Praxis I, Praxis II, & Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure Tests
All students seeking admission into the Watson College of Education Teacher Education Programs are required to take and pass all three sections of PRAXIS I, unless SAT or ACT scores allow exemption. Students must request that PRAXIS I scores be sent to UNCW, even if the test is taken at the UNCW Testing Center.
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- Students with an SAT score of 1100 or higher (Math + Verbal) are exempt from the Praxis I exam. The Writing SAT score is not counted in the total of 1100 needed for exemption. Students with SAT scores of less than 1100, but with SAT scores of 550 or higher on Verbal are exempt from Praxis I Reading and Writing, SAT of 550 or higher on Math are exempt from Praxis I Math.
- Students with an ACT composite score of 24 or higher are exempt from the Praxis I exam. Students with a composite score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English test are exempt from the Praxis I Reading and Writing, ACT of at least 24 on the Math test are exempt from the Praxis I Math.
- Students are required to provide the Watson College of Education Associate Dean’s Office with official SAT or ACT scores, which they can access on file with UNCW/Watson on SeaNet.
- Under "Student Services & Finanacial Aid", click "Student Records". Click "Student Information". Click "submit" for the current term, then scroll to the bottom for "Test Score Information".
- PRAXIS 1 is offered in two forms: PPST (paper-based) or C-PPST (computer-based).
- There are three required sections: Reading, Writing, and Math
- Required passing scores are: Reading = 176 , Mathematics = 173, Writing = 173, or combined Score of 522
- Allow 4-6 weeks (minimum) for official test scores to arrive at the Watson College of Education. Students must request that UNCW be listed as a score recipient.
- Sign up for a test at www.ets.org. Local testing centers include: UNCW (weekdays) and Sylvan Learning Center (weekdays & weekends).
- Official Scores from ETS must be sent to UNCW.
- Current students should plan to take the PRAXIS I before the end of first semester sophomore year.
- Transfer students should plan to take the PRAXIS I prior to enrolling at UNCW or early in the first semester at UNCW.
- Computer Based Testing
- An examinee may take each computer-delivered Praxis test only once per 30 consecutive days. This policy applies even if the examinee canceled the scores on a test taken previously. A student can take each part of the test a maximum of 6 times in a twelve month period.
- Unofficial scores are available for student viewing immediately for Math and Reading. However, official scores needed for Watson admission may take as long as 6 weeks to arrive.
- Paper Based Testing
Offered limited times & dates. See www.ets.org.
- Take the computer-based version of the test. It offers greater flexibility with scheduling.
- We recommend that students take a maximum of two sections of the test per day. Pick your best two areas and then take the third area on a separate day.
- To get a combined testing discount, schedule and pay for all tests together.
- Accommodations can be made for students with disabilities by special request.
- Fee Waiver- if you are receiving Financial Aid and are enrolled in the university, you may be eligible to receive a fee waiver, but you must apply with ETS well in advance. Fee waivers are only offered through ETS.
- DO NOT FORGET, students MUST request that their PRAXIS I scores be sent to UNCW since this is not automatically done, even if the tests are taken on the UNCW campus. An additional fee is charged to have official scores sent at a later date.
- Arrive at the test site at least 30-minutes prior to your test time. Late arrivals are not allowed to enter the testing room once the test has begun.
- Test takers must bring all appropriate and required materials to the test. This includes (but not limited to): 2 appropriate forms of picture ID, pencils, sweaters/coats, etc.
- Test takers are expected to be prepared and behave in a professional manner. UNCW will not tolerate inappropriate or unprofessional behavior by exam test takers.
- READ the Praxis Informational Bulletin COMPLETELY before coming to take the test- it provides vital and useful information. It is available at www.ets.org/praxis1.
- Be well-rested & eat before taking the exam, this allows you to concentrate on the test rather than your hunger and/or sleep.
- Read the question(s) first, before you begin reading the passage(s) - this allows you to know what information you need to look for. Make sure you know what the question is asking.
- Note that each section is timed, work at an appropriate speed.
- Answer the questions you know first, then eliminate answers you know are incorrect, narrowing down your correct choices.
- Answer every question.
- Learning Express (Skills Improvements & Practice Tests)- Take a Praxis 1 practice test and get recommended learning tutorials based on your score!
Instructions: Go to http://library.uncw.edu click on “Databases & Articles”, once there, Click L, then Learning Express Library. Click on “New User”, create a username and password. Your first login needs to be done on UNCW campus. Type “Praxis 1” in the search box. There are two full length Praxis 1 practice tests. Once you complete the test and it is scored, you will be directed to free learning tutorials to improve your skills.
- ETS Praxis Website: www.ets.org/praxis1. You will find "tests at a glance" and helpful links including how to prepare for the Praxis1.
- Study Guides/Practice Books: Available in the UNCW bookstore, websites (such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble), and through the UNCW Library Reserves Area.
- Praxis 1 Preparation Course (online) -See: http://www.ed2go.com/webu/ . Courses begin each month and last for 6 weeks. Cost is $99.