As of October 21, 2013, all teacher candidates must pass the following Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests with the qualifying scores set by the WV Department of Education in order to be admitted to Teacher Education:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (Computer Delivered Test Code 5712), Qualifying Score of 156
  • Core Adademic Skills for Educators: Writing (Computer Delivered Test Code 5722), Qualifying Score of 162
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Math (Computer Delivered Test Code 5732), Qualifying Score of 150

Preparing for the Core Tests

Before taking the Core tests, you should review the test preparation materials provided by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) : 

Study Companion and Test Preparation Videos for Core Reading 5712: http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5712

Study Companion and Test Preparation Videos for Core Writing 5722: http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5722

Study Companion and Test Preparation Videos for Core Math 5732: http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5732

If in the past you have struggled on standardized tests covering the content tested by the Core Tests, you should also visit this link to register for a Learning Express Library account in order to access diagnostic tests you can take to help you target areas for improvement.  Knowing where you are likely to struggle will help you develop a study plan and be better prepared to take the Core tests.  http://www.learningexpresshub.com/learningexpresslibrary?AuthToken=65BFD819-0275-4728-87AA-9CC9A4333686  Login; click on the "Jobs and Careers" tab on the left; click on "Teaching", then on the appropriate exam information and the prep link/practice test.

Registering for the Core Tests

Cost:  You can register to take all three required Core tests on the same testing date for a Combined Test price of $135 -or- you can register to take two of the required Core Tests on the same testing date for a Combined Test price of $125, and then register to take the third test as a single test on another date for and additional $85, for a total of $210 for all three tests -or- you can register for each of the required Core Tests separately for a single test price of $85 each ($255 for all three tests if you register for each one singly).

Fairmont State University Institution/Recipient Code: RA5211

Registration:  http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/computer/

Reporting to Take the Praxis Core Tests

ETS will send you information about where/when to report and what you should do on test day.  Print this information and take it with you to your testing center.  Be sure to take a government issued ID.  Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Drivers license with photo and signature
  • State ID with photo and signature
  • Passport with photo and signature - for non-US citizens

When you register for the tests be sure to use your name exactly as it appears on the ID you will use.  Testing center personnel cannot allow you to take the test if the name on your ID does not match the name on the registration list.  If you do not have your ID you will not be allowed to take the exam - you will have to register - and pay - again. 

Retaking Tests

If you do not make the required score on any CORE test you can retake it, but you will have to regoster amd pay a fee.  ETS requires that you wait 21 days before retaking a test.