According to new Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) guidelines, all students who completed their program and/or are applying for their teacher licensure AFTER August 31, 2004, will have to demonstrate that they have taken appropriate Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam. Students must provide evidence that they have passed the appropriate exams before they will be approved for student teaching.
The Praxis II Content Knowledge test measures subject matter knowledge. It is not an exam about how to teach. It is an exam that assesses your knowledge about what you teach. Depending on your major/minor, you may need to take more than one test. Only students who have been admitted into the College of Education and Human Services are eligible to take the Praxis II.
Who must take the Praxis II Subject Assessments?
All students who complete a professional education program after August 31, 2004, must take the Praxis II: Subject Assessments required by Wisconsin for their licensure area in order to qualify for a state education license. Undergraduate and licensure only students must have Admission I before they are eligible to take the Praxis II. It is important to note that no candidate may be waived from taking the required Praxis II test for their licensure area. This includes all scenarios of program completion including but not limited to:
- Educators licensed prior to September, 2004 returning to complete a license program in a new subject area;
- Educators licensed prior to September, 2004 returning to complete programs to add on age levels that were not covered by their previous licenses;
- All educators who complete initial licensing programs after August 31, 2004 and all subsequent programs (that require a Praxis II test) they complete
- Students completing licensing programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
- Students completing licensing programs as special students.
Educators who complete state approved professional education programs after August 31, 2004 in other states will need to document that they have passed the specific Praxis II test(s) required by Wisconsin in their licensure area(s) to obtain an Initial Educator or Professional Educator License in Wisconsin. A one year non-renewable license may be issued to applicants from other states who need to take and pass the appropriate Praxis II test(s).
When are the tests offered?
The ETS website (http://www.ets.org/praxis) is an excellent resource to check for available dates, locations and practice tests. Students may take the Praxis II exam at any location in the state that offers the test. If your first choice is full, you will automatically be assigned to a test center within 125 miles of your first choice. Students who are taking an exam in Session 1 will report at 7:30 a.m. Students taking an exam in Session 2 will report at 10:45 a.m. Test takers are required to stay the entire two hours even if the test is completed earlier than other candidates. For test descriptions, sample questions with answers, and test taking strategies, see Tests at a Glance. Review and download Tests at a Glance information instantly from the Praxis Series Web www.ets.org/praxis. Praxis II workshops will be offered through UW-Oshkosh Reading Study Center, N/E 201, (920) 424-1031. Study guides are available for check out in the Reading Study Center or Polk Library. You may also purchase study guides from ETS or the University Bookstore.
Passing scores have been determined by the State of Wisconsin. All students must achieve passing scores on the Praxis II exam prior to Admission II (one semester before student teaching).
How do I register to take the test?
On-line registration: This is the fastest and easiest way to confirm available dates and receive immediate confirmation. www.ets.org/praxis
Paper/pencil registration form: This form is available in the Praxis Registration Bulletin available in the Testing Center, Polk Library or in N/E 113. Registration deadlines are approximately one month prior to the test date.
What are the Praxis II: Subject Assessment Requirements?
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in accordance with PI34, Wisconsin Administrative Code, requires that all students completing a Wisconsin professional education (licensure) program and out-of-state applicants who completed their programs after August 31, 2004, take the specific Praxis II: Subject Assessments listed below that correspond to the license(s) they will be issued:
|Wisconsin License||Test Code||Test Name||Qualifying Score||Notes|
|Early Childhood Dual (PK-3)||0014||Elementary Education: Content Knowledge||147||Test includes language arts areas, math areas, social studies areas & science areas. If you have a minor in foreign language, ESL, or health, you must take an additional Praxis II exam that corresponds with your minor.|
|0146||Middle School: Content Knowledge||146||Test includes language arts areas, math areas, social studies areas & science areas. If you have a minor in foreign language, ESL, or health, you must take an additional Praxis II exam that corresponds with your minor.|