Praxis Core, Praxis II, & Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure Tests

Praxis Core (For Entry to Watson) :

(Scroll down for Praxis II & MTEL information.)

All students seeking admission into the Watson College of Education Teacher Education Programs are required to take and pass all three sections of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests* unless SAT or ACT scores allow exemption. Students must request that official scores be sent to UNCW, even if the test is taken at the UNCW Testing Center.

*The Praxis Core replaces the Praxis 1. After July 2014, all students must the take Praxis Core, unless exempt, for admission into Watson. Scores from Praxis 1 and Praxis Core may not be combined for entry to Watson.

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Am I Exempt from Praxis Core?
  • 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 & Financial Aid", click "Student Records". Click "Student Information". Click "submit" for the current term, then scroll to the bottom for "Test Score Information".


What Do I Need to Know About the Praxis Core ?
  • The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Test is offered only as a computer based test.
  • There are three required sections:  Reading (#5712), Math (#5732), and Writing (#5722) or the combined test (#5751)
  • Required Core passing scores are: Reading = 156 , Mathematics = 150, Writing = 162,  or combined Score of 468.
    • Required passing scores for Praxis I are: Reading = 176 , Mathematics = 173, Writing = 173,  or combined Score of 522. Note that the Praxis 1 is no longer offered after July 2014.
  • For December 2014 admissions, we will only accept Praxis Core scores.
  • Students should plan to take the Praxis Core before the end of first semester of sophomore year.
  • Transfer students should plan to take the Praxis Core prior to enrolling at UNCW or early in the first semester at UNCW.
  • Test re-takes: An examinee may take each part of the Praxis Core test once every 21 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 six times in a twelve month period.

How Do I Prepare?

How Do I Register to Take the Test?

Accomodations & Fee Waivers

Test-Day Tips
  • 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. The only calculator allowed is the online four-function calculator provided as part of the math testing software.
  • 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 Core test and structure material COMPLETELY before coming to take the test- it provides vital and useful information. See: http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/content/
  • Be well-rested & eat before taking the exam, this allows you to concentrate on the test rather than your hunger and/or sleep.
  • Scores are calculated by number of correct answers, with no deduction for incorrect answers. Be sure to answer all of the questions.
  • Note that each section is timed, so work at an appropriate speed.



Praxis II & MTEL Licensing Test Information

Elementary Education (updated 3/25/14): 
Tests Required for North Carolina Licensure:

These changes are in affect for any student graduating 2014 or after.

 

Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure  (MTEL):

Elementary Education

Foundations on Reading (SA090)
and
General Curriculum - Multi Subject (SA103)
General Curriculum - Mathematics (SA203)
or
General Curriculum - Multi Subject and Mathematics (SA701)

See: http://www.nc.nesinc.com/ for Videos, Study Guides, FAQs and More!

Special Education: General Curriculum:
Tests Required for North Carolina Licensure:

1. PRAXIS II Special Education (Test # 0543)

and

Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure  (MTEL):

Special Education
General Curriculum

Praxis II for Special Education (0543)
Foundations on Reading (SA090)
and
General Curriculum - Multi Subject (SA103)
General Curriculum - Mathematics (SA203)
or
General Curriculum - Multi Subject and Mathematics (SA701)

Summer 2014 graduates/completers will continue to take current Praxis II exams.
Fall 2014 graduates/completers will be required to take new tests as indicated above.

See: http://www.nc.nesinc.com/ for Videos, Study Guides, FAQs and More!

*Note change as of 2/7/14

For additional Information see: http://www.ets.org/praxis/nc/requirements

Chart Outlining Licensure Testing Requirements: Praxis II & Massachusetts Tests

MTEL:

See: http://www.nc.nesinc.com/ for Videos, Study Guides, FAQs and More!
Test Dates: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA16_testdates.asp?pagetype=CBT
Locate a test center: http://www6.pearsonvue.com/Dispatcher?application=VTCLocator&action=actStartApp&v=W2L&cid=442
Test Name and Code as well as test length :http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA16_testselection.asp?pagetype=CBT
 FAQs: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA16_faq.asp

“M” Level Pay Changes:
Beginning in 2014-2015, educators will no longer be eligible for the 10% enhanced pay associated with Masters, 6-year, or Doctorate Degrees. However, educators who are receiving this pay prior to 2014-2015 will be grandfathered and their pay will be unchanged.

Deadline for submission for Spring 2014 graduate is May 7, 2014





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