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Praxis Core Assistance

When registering for any Praxis exam, list both the University of South Carolina (5818) and the South Carolina Department of Education (8108) as score recipients.

College of Education Assistance

The College of Education provides Praxis Core assistance via the Study Island system. This service is provided by the College of Education at no cost to you. Study Island consists of practice tests and tutorials that cover the content found on the Praxis Core. Email to request Study Island access.

Study Companions

Study Companions are packets of information provided by the Educational Testing Service. Each one is related to a specific section of the Praxis Core. They typically include an overview of the exam, practice questions and explanations, test‐taking strategies, and a template study guide. They are available for each section, Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. We also recommend you watch the Praxis preparation videos on the associated pages.

Professional Organizations

The South Carolina Education Association and the Palmetto State Teachers Association offer Praxis Core workshops. Dates, times, and registration information can be found on each organization’s web site. These workshops typically require a registration fee (fees are often lower for organization members).

UofSC Test Preparation

University of South Carolina Test Prep offers a free Praxis strategy workshop regularly which introduces you to the Praxis Core exams and covers study tips and sample questions. University Test Prep also offers test prep courses delivered by experienced instructors in an easy-to-follow live, online format for both the Praxis Core Math and the Praxis Core Verbal (Reading and Writing) exams. The Praxis Core Math test prep course costs $199 and includes 15 hours of instruction with an extensive review of mathematical concepts.  The Praxis Core Verbal test prep course costs $159 and includes 10 hours of instruction including an overview of reading skills and writing conventions.  UofSC students can receive a 10% discount when you register and use PROMO CODE USCstu10. Visit the Office of Continuing Education for more details.


Frequently Asked Questions About Praxis

Students in undergraduate teacher certification programs take the Praxis Core exam to meet the entry requirement for their Professional Program. You will take the Praxis II exam typically  during your Senior year as part of the teacher certification process.

You can use a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT in place of the Praxis Core:


 SAT Exemption Scores


Effective Date

SAT Exemption Score

Sections Exempted

(before redesign)

Taken prior to March 5, 2016

Total Score (3 part) = 1650 or higher

All sections of Praxis Core

(after redesign)

Taken on or after March 5, 2016

Total Score (2 part) = 1100 or higher

All sections of Praxis Core

Reading/Writing score = 550 or higher

Reading and Writing sections of Praxis Core

Mathematics score = 550 or higher

Mathematics section of Praxis Core


 ACT Exemption Scores

ACT Exemption  Score

Sections Exempted

Composite Score = 22 or higher

All sections of Praxis Core

English Test Score = 22 or higher

Reading and Writing sections of Praxis Core

Math Test Score = 22 or higher

Mathematics section of Praxis Core



Schedule the ACT online at Visit to schedule the SAT.

You must pass the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections by the deadline for your program.

Deadlines vary by program. College of Education students can find deadlines in their Advisement Guide/Handbook for their program. If you are a student at another college, consult your advisor for your program-specific deadline.

Depending on when you take the Praxis Core, you need the following scores to pass:


 Praxis Core Passing Scores








Please see the Test Retake Policy in the Praxis Series Information Bulletin [pdf].

Find information about Praxis test fees at the Praxis Core website.

No. You only have to retake the sections you did not pass.

Email to request access to Northstar. Also, check the websites for the South Carolina Education Association and the Palmetto State Teachers Association to see if they are offering workshops.

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