Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE)

PRAXIS CORE TEST STRUCTURE
Praxis Core tests include objective response questions, such as single-selection multiple-choice questions, multiple-selection multiple-choice questions, and numeric entry questions. The Praxis Core Writing test also includes two essay sections.

The Praxis Core tests are delivered on computer and may be taken either as three separate tests on separate days or as one combined test. Individual scores will be reported for reading (5713), mathematics (5733) and writing (5723) on both the individual and the combined tests (5752).

If you take the Praxis Core tests separately, each session lasts two hours. If you take the combined test, the entire session lasts five hours. Each session includes time for tutorials and the collection of background information.

The actual testing time and number of questions for each Praxis Core test is shown below:

Test (Test Code)Number of QuestionsTesting TimeQualifying ScoreMinimum Score
Reading (5713)5685 minutes156149
Writing (5723) (2 sections)
40
2 essay
40 minutes
60 minutes
160153
Mathematics (5733)
5690 minutes150143
Combined CORE (5752) (Reading, Writing, Math)300 Minutes466*466*
Candidates must meet state standards on North Dakota required tests to measure prospective teacher’s content knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics. See www.ets.org/praxis/nd/requirements for test requirements.
**North Dakota licensure for all areas requires**
(1) meeting the passing score of 156 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713), meeting the passing score of 160 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723), and meeting the passing score of 150 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733)
or
(2) meeting a composite score of 466 with no score being below the minimum set for each test; test minimums: 149 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713), 153 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723), and 143 for Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733)

*Candidate MUST take the Praxis I test and submit test scores or a confirmation number of registration for the Praxis I tests to their Education 249/250 instructor and to Haley Jenrich.*
*Successful completion of the CORE is required for Admission to Teacher Education*

Praxis II Tests

Candidate will submit Praxis II test scores or a confirmation number of registration for the Praxis II tests (content and PLT) to the Kim Knodle or Irene Groth by:

  • Spring Student Teachers - January 20th
  • Fall Student Teachers - September 1st
*Completion of the Praxis II and PLT are required for graduation. It is recommended to take the Praxis II and PLT, the semester prior to student teaching.*

To be certified inYou will need to take
Test Code
Qualifying Score
Elementary EducationElementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment5017153

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6
5622
160
To be certified inYou will need to take Test CodeQualifying Score
Secondary EducationPraxis II subject are assessment**
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-125624157
Qualifying Secondary Core Academic Subject Area test cut scores are available online at ND Praxis Requirements
  • Beginning July 1, 2010, all secondary majors will need to meet the qualifying score for the PLT for initial licensure.
  • K-12 majors have the option of completing either the elementary or secondary PLT.

Register for Praxis Tests

Praxis Support

Test preparation materials and support is available through the VCSU Learning Center.

For more information, contact:
Learning Services Coordinator
academic.services@vcsu.edu




Office Information

Mailing Address:
School of Education and Graduate Studies
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072

Fax: 701.845.7190

Contact Information:
Teacher Education Programs contact:
Dr. Sheri Okland
Dean of Education
Phone:701.845.7184
Email:sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu

Field Experiences & Student Teaching contact:
Kim B. Knodle
Director of Field Experiences
Phone:701.845.7186
Email:kim.b.knodle@vcsu.edu
For more information contact:
Irene Groth, Certification Officer & Administrative Assistant
Phone:701.845.7196
Email: irene.groth@vcsu.edu

For more information contact:
Haley Jenrich, Administrative & Assessment Assistant
Phone:701.845.7189
Email: haleyjo.jenrich@vcsu.edu