Education Majors are required to pass all three sections (math, writing, and reading) of the Praxis Core Test before being admitted to the professional program. Education majors must also pass the Praxis II and PLT tests prior to being recommended for state teaching certification.

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Praxis Core

Scoring

Prior to September 2019

 

Praxis Core: Reading (5712)

156

Praxis Core: Mathematics (5732) 

142

Praxis Core: Writing (5722)

 158

Beginning September 2019

 

Praxis Core: Reading (new code 5713)*

 156

Praxis Core: Mathematics (new test 5733)

 150

Praxis Core: Writing (new code 5723)*

 158

*Previous codes for Reading (5712) and Writing (5722) may be used.

 

Composite Score Option

Minimum Subtest Score (with minimum total score of 464)

Praxis Core: Reading (new code 5713)* 152

Praxis Core: Mathematics (new test 5733) 146

Praxis Core: Writing (new code 5723)* 154

*Previous codes for Reading (5712) and Writing (5722) may be used.

SAT Exemption

1100+ Composite Score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math)—Candidate may exempt all three sections of Praxis Core. *Tests taken before 2016 must be a total score of at least 1650 (Math, Reading, and Writing)

550+ Evidence-based Reading and Writing Score: Canidate may exempt Praxis Core— Reading and Writing

550+ Math Score—Candidate may exempt Praxis Core: Mathematics.

ACT Exemption

22 Composite Score—Candidate may exempt all three sections of Praxis Core.

22 English Score—Candidate may exempt Praxis Core: Reading and Praxis Core: Writing.

22 Math Score—Candidate may exempt Mathematics subtest.

Test Numbers

Combined test (Reading, Writing, and Math): 5752

Reading Test: 5713

Writing Test: 5723

Mathematics test: 5733

The ID codes for USC Aiken and the SC Dept. of Education:

USCA ID# : 5840

SC DEPT. of ED ID# : 8108

Information and registration can be found at https://www.ets.org/praxis

It takes approximately 3-4 weeks for official scores to reach the USCA School of Education office.

Preparation Resources

Follow the links and instructions below to access resources designed to help students study for and prepare to take the PRAXIS Core Tests.

PRAXIS CORE Prep Workshop

Check out the workshop below to assist you in preparing for the tests. 

Study Companions

Study Companion Reading

Study Companion Writing

Study Companion Math

Library Resources

Learning Express Library may be found through the link on this library page

NOTE: Under the "L" section select "Learning Express Library"

If off campus, you (or any student) would be required to login to the database with their USCA id and password (whatever is used for Blackboard). The database is divided into different portals with modules on a number of different things. The portal of interest to you is the “Career Center” where you want to select “Prepare for an occupation exam.” In this area of the portal, one of the options on the left hand menu will be teaching. Under the teaching dropdown, you can choose prepare for the Praxis Core Exams. To get the most functionality out of this resource, you will need to set up an account while on campus. This will allow you to access the practice exams and take timed tests. Each test has a general practice module as well that allows the test taker to review any incorrect answers with an explanation for what the correct answer would have been.

PRAXIS Prep Workshop

The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) offers prep workshops for the PLT and the Core Academic Skills (Math, Writing and Reading).

Misc. Online and Print Resources

Click on each subject area below to find helpful resources:

Reading

Praxis Core for Dummies – Reading tips and resources

Teachers Test Prep – study guides, practice tests, prep classes

Praxis Prep info - reading

Study.com – practice and study guide

Writing

Praxis Core for Dummies – Writing tips and resources

Marian University – writing tips

Study.com – practice and study guide

Teachers Test Prep – study guides, practice tests, prep classes

Praxis Prep info - writing

App State Writing Center - Tips

Math

The list below includes some tutorials, practice guides/worksheets with answer keys, practice tests, and interactive games for practice and support.

NOTE: The initial Praxis Math assessment required for professional program entrance is the Praxis Core Math. Praxis 1 is NO LONGER ACCEPTED for admission.

BOOKS

Core Math Made Easy – by Dr. Lynn Gardner

Praxis 1 Math: My Private Tutor       

ISBN-13: 978-1461093145 ISBN-10: 1461093147

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

The Praxis Series Official Guide with CD-ROM, 2nd Ed.     

ISBN-13: 978-0071626606 ISBN-10: 0071626603

Kaplan Praxis        

ISBN-13: 978-1609785840 ISBN-10: 1609785843

McGraw-Hill’s Praxis 1 PPST Practice Tests                                                   

ISBN-13: 978-0071787260 ISBN-10: 0071787267

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

Barron’s Praxis 7th Ed.    

ISBN-13: 978-1438003788 ISBN-10: 1438003781

CliffsNotes Praxis 1: PPST, 4th Ed.     

ISBN-13: 978-0470454541 ISBN-10: 0470454547

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

Praxis Core for Dummies            

ISBN-13: 978-1118532805 ISBN-10: 1118532805

ONLINE RESOURCES

A+ Click - Assessments for all grade levels and topics                            

Online Math Learning - Tutorials, games

Virginia Department of Education

  1. Instructional videos for teachers
  2. Algebraic properties
  3. Mathematics Vocabulary Word Wall Cards
  4. EPAT -- VA Electronic Practice Assessment Tool
  5. Calculator videos

The Math Learning Center - Go down to Free Resources, select Practice Books Grade K-5 has practice books and answer keys

Crest Capital – Resource guide to algebra                                                 

Cool Math - Practice problems (decimals to algebra)           

Algebra Help - Worksheets with answer keys           

Khan Academy - videos on most topics     

AAA Math - Tutorials and practice     

Kids Zone - Online drills on adding, subtracting, and multiplication

Math is Fun! - Tutorials K-Algebra   

Math Playground - Videos, math games to practice skills      

Algebra Class - Practice tests with answer keys for Pre-Algebra and Algebra

Interactive Mathematics - Tutorials and practice on basic Algebra and higher

Teachers Test Prep - Practice math tests – free online

Test-Guide.com - Practice tests

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

Praxis Exam Success – Math Practice Tests

MathHelp.com – Praxis Math test prep courses

Study Guide Zone – study guide and resources

Praxisprep.com

Mometrix - Video review lessons and practice tests in all 3 areas

Core Workshop Powerpoint

Praxis Prep (via Kaplan Partnership Solutions Institutional Group):

Praxis II

The Praxis II Subject Area Exam(s) and the Principles of Teaching & Learning (PLT) exams must be passed prior to state teacher certification. It is recommended that teacher candidates take the Subject Area exam(s) prior to internship and the PLT during internship.

For the most current list of required Praxis exams, go to the South Carolina Department of Education's Website, under Educator Services.

Additional information and exam registration can be found at the Praxis website.

Helpful Resources

Learning Express Library may be found through the link on this page: http://researchguides.usca.edu/az.php?a=l

NOTE: Under the "L" section select "Learning Express Library"

The portal of interest to you is the “Career Center” where you want to select “Prepare for an occupation exam.” In this area of the portal, one of the options on the left hand menu will be teaching. Under the teaching dropdown, you can choose Prepare for the Praxis II Subject Assessments. To get the most functionality out of this resource, you will need to set up an account while on campus. This will allow you to access the practice exams and take timed tests. Each test has a general practice module as well that allows the test taker to review any incorrect answers with an explanation for what the correct answer would have been.