Praxis Core Preparation Information
What is it? Who needs to take it?
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (formerly Praxis I) is a computer-based assessment offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS). The series consists of three separate tests to measure academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. A passing score in all three areas can be used for admission to State-certified teacher licensure programs. Students register for the test online at ETS.org.
Scores that Meet Admissions Eliqibility Requirements for State-certified programs:
|ACT||Composite score of 23
Minimum of 20 in on English, Math, Reading
|SAT||Composite of 1070
Minimum of 450 on Math and Reading
|GRE||Composite of 298
Minimum of 150 on Verbal and 145 on Quantitative
The Praxis Core Exam is comprised of three tests:
|Core Test||# of Questions||Time in minutes||Task||Passing Score|
|Reading||56||85||Complete integration and analysis of multiple writing samples||156|
40 multiple choice
Determine grammatical errors, demonstrate research strategies and ability to revise and improve text.
Complete argumentative writing and informative/explanatory writing tasks.
|Math||56||85||Solve numeric entry and multiple choice questions. *on-screen calculator provided||150|
The Praxis Core tests may be taken either as one combined test ($135) or three separate tests ($85 each) on separate days. Individual scores will be reported for reading, mathematics, and writing on both the individual and the combined tests.
If you take the Praxis Core tests separately, each session lasts two hours. If you take the combined test, the entire session lasts 5 hours. Each session includes time for tutorials and the collection of background information. The combined test includes time for an optional 10-minute break.
Additional information available: ETS Tests at a Glance at www.ets.org/praxis and in the COEHS office.
- Register for the test at ETS.org
- Send offical scores to UW Oshkosh, recipient code #1916
- Testing centers available at UW Oshkosh and throughout the country; dates offered continuously.
How to Prepare
- Learn about question types, test preparation, and test-taking strategies.
- Reading and Study Skills Center workshops (Reading and Writing Tests)
- See the bottom of this page for list of dates
- Also announced via e-mail from COEHS PEP office
- free for UWO students, no registration required
- One-on-one appointment with a Reading and Study Skills Center instructor
- Call 424-1031, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in at N/Ed room 201
- free for UWO students who cannot make the workshops
- Determine your strengths and weaknesses in each area by taking a practice exam as a diagnostic. Know both what you got wrong and why. Write down the types of errors that you are missing.
Two sources for full-length practice exams:
Northstar Workforce Readiness Web-Based Practice Program for Core Math, Reading, and Writing tests. (see reverse)
- View lessons for any sub-topic, then do practice exercises until mastery is achieved. A full-length practice test is also included.
- Obtain a username and password from the Reading and Study Skills Center, good for 4 weeks at a time
Preparation books (such as ETS, Barron’s, Cliff Notes, ARCO) available at:
- Bookstores, including University Bookstore and online
- Public libraries
- Educational Materials Center (EMC) in Polk Library
- Reading and Study Skills Center (a limited number of books for two-week checkouts)
- Used books from friends or other sources
- Create a time plan with beginning and ending dates. Make appointments with yourself to engage in steady practice. Your purpose is both to build up skills and become very comfortable with the way that questions are asked.
Use the above-listed Northstar Program or preparation books, and the ets.org website.
- Consider using a full-length practice test or two for a final timed rehearsal before test day.
Know all you can about how to prepare for and take this important examination! Free workshops for UWO students will be held at the following times:
Reading Test Workshop
- Wednesday, September 23, 3-4 p.m., NE 202B
- Tuesday, October 20, 3-4 p.m., NE 202B
- Wednesday, November 18, 3-4 p.m., NE 202B
Writing Test Workshop
- Thursday, September 24, 3-4:30 p.m., NE 202B
- Wednesday, October 21, 3-4:30 p.m., NE 202B
- Thursday, November 19, 3-4:30 p.m., NE 202B
Winter Interim Workshops
- Wednesday, January 6, 1-2 p.m. (Reading) NE 202B
- Wednesday, Janaury 6, 2-3:30 p.m. (Writing) NE 202B
Reading Test Workshop
Writing Test Workshop
Spring Interim Workshops
Individual assistance is also available on request. Call 424-1031, email email@example.com or stop in Nursing Ed 201 for an appointment.
Online Praxis I Practice and Study Tool for Available for UWO Students
The Reading and Study Skills Center has subscriptions to Northstar online assessment and learning modules to help students prepare for the Praxis I Math, Reading, and Writing. Call (920) 424-1031, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in to Nursing Education room 201 to sign up for your free access to this helpful study tool.