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Praxis Series Tests

When registering for both tests (Praxis I and II), be sure to include St. Norbert College (R1706) as the Score Recipient Institution.

Praxis I—Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
Wisconsin requires all certification candidates to pass minimum competency tests in three areas: reading, writing and mathematics. Students will be introduced to the Praxis I (PPST) tests during the first year of education courses. Students are required to pass the PPST unless they meet the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) ACT/SAT/GRE waiver guidelines.

Students are required to take the PPST exams, or complete the DPI ACT/SAT/GRE waiver guidelines, during their freshman or first year in the program. Students can register online or print a registration form from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website to mail to ETS. The ETS site contains specific information about each test as well as registration and test location information. Students must bear the cost for the tests and must pass all three portions of the PPST by the conclusion of their pre-professional block experience.

Currently, the state has established the following minimum scores for entry into teacher preparation: Reading - 175, Writing - 174 and Mathematics - 173. Students will not be allowed to continue in the teacher-education program without successfully passing the PPST tests or fulfilling the guidelines set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Students may retake the portions of the test until these requirements are met. Waivers may be granted after two unsuccessful tries on any portion of the PPST. See the PPST waiver guidelines for more information on the waiver process.

Praxis I - PPST  Test Codes
PPST Reading Exam 5712
PPST Writing Exam
5722
PPST Mathematics Exam
5732

 

Praxis II—Content Assessment
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) requires that all pre-service teachers, in order to be certified to teach in the state, demonstrate their content knowledge by passing a standardized test — the Educational Testing Services Praxis II Series.

In order to take the exam, a pre-service teacher must have: passed the PPST, had it waived by the department, or passed the ACT in accordance with Wisconsin DPI guidelines; be in good standing in the St. Norbert College teacher-education program; and have declared a major/minor/concentration area/certification program. For pre-service teachers student-teaching in the fall semester, the Praxis II must be passed by January of the calendar year in which the student-teaching will occur. For those student-teaching in the spring semester, the Praxis II must be passed by August of the previous calendar year.

The Praxis II is required to be passed before a student is placed for student-teaching. No waivers are allowed on the Praxis II tests. View the test codes for each certification area/major.

More information about the state requirement for Praxis Series Tests can be viewed on the ETS web site.

Praxis II Content Exams - Which Test Do I Register For? 

Major/Certification Test Code Test Name
Education/Early Childhood-Middle Childhood
5014
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Education/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence
5146
Middle School: Content Knowledge
English as a Second Language
5361
English to Speakers of Other Languages
French/Early Childhood-Adolescence (all ages) French: WPT/OPI (Not Praxis 2)
German/Early Childhood-Adolescence (all ages)

German: WPT/OPI (Not Praxis 2)
Spanish/Early Childhood-Adolescence (all ages)

Spanish: WPT/OPI (Not Praxis 2)
Theater/Early Childhood-Adolescence (all ages) 5641 Theater
Art/Early Childhood-Adolescence (all ages) 5134 Art: Content Knowledge
English/Early Adolescence-Adolescence 5038 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
Communication/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5038 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
Mathematics 5161
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Computer Science/Early Adolescence-Adolescence 5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Music/Early Childhood-Adolescence (all ages)
5113 Music: Content Knowledge
Broadfield Science/Early  Adolescence-Adolescence
5435
General Science: Content Knowledge
Biology/Early Adolescence-Adolescence 5435
General Science: Content Knowledge
Chemistry/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5435
General Science: Content Knowledge
Earth & Space Science (Geology) Early Adolescence-Adolescence 5435
General Science: Content Knowledge
Physics/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5435
General Science: Content Knowledge
Broadfield Social Science/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5081
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Economics/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5081
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
History/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5081
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Political Science/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5081
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Psychology/Early Adolescence-Adolescence 5081
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Sociology/Early Adolescence-Adolescence
5081
Social Studies: Content Knowledge


ACTFL World Language Tests

ACTFL World Language Tests are required for all world language teacher candidates enrolled in Wisconsin educator preparation programs beginning September 2011. Candidates enrolled in a Wisconsin approved World Language program that have met passing scores in Praxis II: Subject Area Tests in French (0173), German (0181) and Spanish (0191) prior to September 2011 may use those scores.

For ACTFL World Language Tests, Wisconsin requires both the oral proficiency interview (OPI-OPIc) and writing proficiency test (WPT). The qualifying score for licensure in Wisconsin on both tests are intermediate high.

To learn more about Wisconsin-approved world language assessments, go to the LTI Website.  For registration information, visit the LTI Website or email admin@languagetesting.com.