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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 Northstar system. This service is provided by the College of Education at no cost to you. Northstar consists of practice tests and tutorials that cover the content found on the Praxis Core. Email coestudy@mailbox.sc.edu to request Northstar 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).

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Praxis

Which Praxis exam do I take, Praxis Core or Praxis II?

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.

How do I schedule the Praxis Core exam?
Can I substitute another test for the Praxis Core?

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

 

 SAT Exemption Scores

Exam

Effective Date

Exemption Score

Sections Exempted

Old SAT
(before redesign)

Taken prior to March 5, 2016

Total Score (3 part) = 1650 or higher

All sections of Praxis Core

New SAT
(after redesign)

Taken on or after March 5, 2016

Total Score (2 part) of 1100 or higher

All sections of Praxis Core

Reading/Writing score of 550 or higher

Reading and Writing sections of Praxis Core

Mathematics score of 550 or higher

Mathematics section of Praxis Core

 

 ACT Exemption Scores

Effective Date

Required Score for Exemption

Sections Exempted

ACT taken prior to May 1, 2016

Composite Score of 24 or higher

All sections of Praxis Core

ACT taken on or after May 1, 2016

Composite Score of 22 or higher

All sections of Praxis Core

English Test Score of 22 or higher

Reading and Writing sections of Praxis Core

Math Test Score of 22 or higher

Mathematics section of Praxis Core

   

Can I take the ACT or SAT again instead of the Praxis Core?

Yes.

How do I schedule the ACT or SAT?

Schedule the ACT online at www.actstudent.org. Visit www.collegeboard.com to schedule the SAT.

What sections of the Praxis Core do I have to take?

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

What is the deadline for passing the Praxis Core?

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.

What is a passing score on the Praxis Core?

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

 

 

Taken prior to Sept. 1, 2016

Taken on or after Sept. 1, 2016

Reading

156

156

Writing

162

158

Mathematics

150

142

 

How many times can I take the Praxis Core?

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

What are the fees for taking the Praxis Core?

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

If I don't pass all three sections of the Praxis Core, do I have to take all three sections over?

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

If I'm having trouble passing the Praxis Core, can I get help?

Email COESTUDY@mailbox.sc.edu 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.

Who should I contact if I have other questions?

For additional questions, please contact coestudy@mailbox.sc.edu