Education Majors are required to pass all three sections (math, writing, and reading) of the Praxis Core Test before being admitted to the professional program. Education majors must also pass the Praxis II and PLT tests prior to being recommended for state teaching certification.

Fee Waiver Form

Praxis Core

Passing scores on the Praxis Core Test are as follows: Math (142 effective September 1, 2016), Writing (158 effective September 1, 2016), and Reading (156).

Applicants who take the SAT (collegeboard.org) or ACT (act.org) can exempt if:

  • ACT composite = 22+, exempt Reading & Writing and Math
  • ACT ELA = 22+, exempt from Reading & Writing
  • ACT Math = 22+, exempt from Math
  • SAT composite= 1100+ on 3 part (new test March 5, 2016+; or 1650+ 2005-2015 test version), exempt Reading & Writing and Math
  • SAT Reading & Writing = 550+, exempt from Reading & Writing
  • SAT Math = 550+, exempt from Math

Test Numbers

Combined test (Reading, Writing, and Math): 5751

Reading Test: 5712

Writing Test: 5722

Mathematics test: 5732

The ID codes for USC Aiken and the SC Dept. of Education:

USCA ID# : 5840

SC DEPT. of ED ID# : 8108

Information and registration can be found at https://www.ets.org/praxis

It takes approximately 3-4 weeks for official scores to reach the USCA School of Education office.

Preparation Resources

Follow the links and instructions below to access resources designed to help students study for and prepare to take the PRAXIS Core Tests.

Longsdale Publishing Praxis CORE Preparation Software

Praxis Core Online Course and Practice tests from Longsdale Publishing includes 4 practice tests each as well as comprehensive instruction for Reading, Writing & Math. Every practice test item is correlated to a Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sub-area objective so you can identify areas of specific need. Areas of weakness are accompanied by specific comments and suggestions for improvement.

To enter:

  • In a separate window, log into Blackboard.
  • Click the "Access Praxis Core Prep in Blackboard" link below to enter
    • You will get an "Access Denied" screen when you enter the page, but you are still able to continue on to the next step
  • Select "Enroll" at the bottom of the course menu on the left side of the page.
  • Select "Submit" on the next page.

Access Praxis Core Prep in Blackboard

PRAXIS CORE Prep Workshop

Check out the PRAXIS CORE Prep Workshop to assist you in preparing for the tests. Be sure to view the slideshow to hear the audio to accompany the powerpoint.

Study Companions

Study Companion Reading

Study Companion Writing

Study Companion Math

Library Resources

Learning Express Library may be found through the link on this page: http://researchguides.usca.edu/az.php?a=l

NOTE: Under the "L" section select "Learning Express Library"

If off campus, you (or any student) would be required to login to the database with their USCA id and password (whatever is used for Blackboard). The database is divided into different portals with modules on a number of different things. The portal of interest to you is the “Career Center” where you want to select “Prepare for an occupation exam.” In this area of the portal, one of the options on the left hand menu will be teaching. Under the teaching dropdown, you can choose prepare for the Praxis Core Exams. To get the most functionality out of this resource, you will need to set up an account while on campus. This will allow you to access the practice exams and take timed tests. Each test has a general practice module as well that allows the test taker to review any incorrect answers with an explanation for what the correct answer would have been.

PRAXIS Prep Workshop

The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) offers prep workshops for the PLT and the Core Academic Skills (Math, Writing and Reading).

Misc. Online and Print Resources

Click on each subject area below to find helpful resources:

Reading

Praxis Core for Dummies – Reading tips and resources

http://www.dummies.com/search.html?query=praxis+core+reading

Teachers Test Prep – study guides, practice tests, prep classes

http://www.teacherstestprep.com/

Praxis Prep info - reading

http://www.praxisprepinfo.com/praxis-core-reading/

Study.com – practice and study guide

http://study.com/academy/course/praxis-i-writing-test.html

Writing

Praxis Core for Dummies – Writing tips and resources

http://www.dummies.com/search.html?query=praxis+core+writing

Marian University – writing tips

http://www.marianuniversity.edu/uploadedFiles/Student_Life/Student_Services/Center_for_Academic_Support_and_Excellence/Praxis%20I%20Writing.pdf

Study.com – practice and study guide

http://study.com/academy/course/praxis-i-writing-test.html

Teachers Test Prep – study guides, practice tests, prep classes

http://www.teacherstestprep.com/

Praxis Prep info - writing

http://www.praxisprepinfo.com/praxis-core-writing-exam/

App State Writing Center - Tips

http://writingcenter.appstate.edu/sites/writingcenter.appstate.edu/files/PRAXIS%20I%20-%20Writing%20-%20Study%20Goals%20and%20Tips-2005.pdf

Math

The list below includes some tutorials, practice guides/worksheets with answer keys, practice tests, and interactive games for practice and support.

NOTE: The initial Praxis Math assessment required for professional program entrance is the Praxis Core Math. Praxis 1 is NO LONGER ACCEPTED for admission.

BOOKS

Core Math Made Easy – by Dr. Lynn Gardner

Praxis 1 Math: My Private Tutor       

ISBN-13: 978-1461093145 ISBN-10: 1461093147

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

The Praxis Series Official Guide with CD-ROM, 2nd Ed.     

ISBN-13: 978-0071626606 ISBN-10: 0071626603

Kaplan Praxis        

ISBN-13: 978-1609785840 ISBN-10: 1609785843

McGraw-Hill’s Praxis 1 PPST Practice Tests                                                   

ISBN-13: 978-0071787260 ISBN-10: 0071787267

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

Barron’s Praxis 7th Ed.    

ISBN-13: 978-1438003788 ISBN-10: 1438003781

CliffsNotes Praxis 1: PPST, 4th Ed.     

ISBN-13: 978-0470454541 ISBN-10: 0470454547

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

Praxis Core for Dummies            

ISBN-13: 978-1118532805 ISBN-10: 1118532805

ONLINE RESOURCES

A+ Click - Assessments for all grade levels and topics                            

Online Math Learning - Tutorials, games

Virginia Department of Education

  1. Instructional videos for teachers
  2. Algebraic properties
  3. Mathematics Vocabulary Word Wall Cards
  4. EPAT -- VA Electronic Practice Assessment Tool
  5. Calculator videos

The Math Learning Center - Go down to Free Resources, select Practice Books Grade K-5 has practice books and answer keys

Crest Capital – Resource guide to algebra                                                 

Cool Math - Practice problems (decimals to algebra)           

Algebra Help - Worksheets with answer keys           

Khan Academy - videos on most topics     

AAA Math - Tutorials and practice     

Kids Zone - Online drills on adding, subtracting, and multiplication

Math is Fun! - Tutorials K-Algebra   

Math Playground - Videos, math games to practice skills      

Algebra Class - Practice tests with answer keys for Pre-Algebra and Algebra

Interactive Mathematics - Tutorials and practice on basic Algebra and higher

Teachers Test Prep - Practice math tests – free online

Test-Guide.com - Practice tests

NOTE: This is a good resource for the content HOWEVER you will be taking the Praxis Core Math assessment for School of Education program entry.

Praxis Exam Success – Math Practice Tests

MathHelp.com – Praxis Math test prep courses

Study Guide Zone – study guide and resources

Praxisprep.com

Mometrix - Video review lessons and practice tests in all 3 areas

Core Workshop Powerpoint

Praxis Prep (via Kaplan Partnership Solutions Institutional Group):

Praxis II

The Praxis II Subject Area Exam(s) and the Principles of Teaching & Learning (PLT) exams must be passed prior to state teacher certification. It is recommended that teacher candidates take the Subject Area exam(s) prior to internship and the PLT during internship.

For the most current list of required Praxis exams, go to the South Carolina Department of Education's Website, under Educator Services, or click on the link below:

http://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/certification-resources/required-examinations/

Additional information and exam registration can be found at the Praxis website.

Helpful Resources

Learning Express Library may be found through the link on this page: http://researchguides.usca.edu/az.php?a=l

NOTE: Under the "L" section select "Learning Express Library"

The portal of interest to you is the “Career Center” where you want to select “Prepare for an occupation exam.” In this area of the portal, one of the options on the left hand menu will be teaching. Under the teaching dropdown, you can choose Prepare for the Praxis II Subject Assessments. To get the most functionality out of this resource, you will need to set up an account while on campus. This will allow you to access the practice exams and take timed tests. Each test has a general practice module as well that allows the test taker to review any incorrect answers with an explanation for what the correct answer would have been.