Praxis Test Series

What is the Praxis Test Series?

The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers® is a set of validated assessments that provides information for use by state education agencies in making licensing decisions. Nearly 80 percent of states requiring tests as part of the teacher licensure process.

Many colleges and universities – including the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development – also use the basic academic skills assessments to qualify individuals for entry into teacher education programs and it also used for certification.

Why is Praxis important for me?

  • The State of Maine requires successful scores on the Praxis I exam for teacher certification.
  • The College of Education and Human Development, in order to recommend graduates for initial certification, requires that students pass Praxis CORE basic skills test as part of the application to Teacher Candidacy.
  • Undergraduates in the College’s Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education and the Kinesiology and Physical Education Coaching/Teaching programs should apply for Teacher Candidacy in the second semester of their sophomore year. Teacher Candidacy status is required to enroll in all upper division education courses and for student teaching.
  • Admissions into some certification graduate programs may require Praxis. Check this out with your advisor.
  • As a State of Maine-approved program, the College adapts its requirements to meet changing state regulations. State licensing procedure encompasses Praxis II and the College requires passing scores in the content test as a part of the teacher preparation program. Passing scores are necessary for application to student teaching.

How Does it Work?

The minimum scores required to pass Praxis I in Maine are:

Reading 156
Writing 162
Math 150

OR

Students may also pass by using a Composite Model which requires a combined score of 468 or higher. NOTE: all three tests must be within 3 points of the original passing scores AND add to 468 or greater. (You may borrow up to three points from a successful test toward a score that is no more than 3 points from the passing score).

Registration information is available on-line at www.ets.org/praxis/me. Scores are displayed in your ETS account approximately 3-4 weeks after taking the test.

Help is Available

The College offers helpful sessions in test -taking preparation and strategies, as well as targeted assistance for students who are having difficulty passing various sections of the exam. Diane Jackson, instructor and special education consultant, provides test-prep sessions at designated times throughout the academic year.

For test takers with disabilities OR English as a Second Language (ESL), the Praxis Series program provides services and reasonable accommodations appropriate to the purpose of the test. Non-standard testing accommodations are available for those who meet ETS requirements.

Notice: Individuals requesting such must send documentation of disability or ESL to ETS six weeks prior to registering for the exam. Please allow ample time for this process. ETS will determine if your documentation is sufficient to grant you an accommodation. This is not a University decision.

Other Resources

  • The Advising Center – Shibles Hall
  • The Learning Plus study guides and Barron’s Review Guide –Reserve Room, Fogler Library

Registration Information