The Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (aka Praxis® Core) and the Praxis® II exam are required for all students who wish to earn an endorsement for teacher licensure. Successful completion of the Praxis® Core is typically required before the end of the sophomore year, while the Praxis® II exam is required by the end of the senior year. Please check with your program regarding the exact deadlines.
What is the Praxis® Core Exam?
The Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (aka Praxis® Core) tests academic proficiency in reading, writing, and math studies for students pursuing state licensure as education professionals. All students who are looking to gain endorsement for state licensure are expected to complete the exam, with the exception of those who have fulfilled this requirement with competitive SAT/ACT/GRE scores.
What are the Qualifying SAT/ACT/GRE Scores?
Students who have received the following scores in at least one exam will have satisfied the educational requirement and are therefore exempt from the Praxis® Core Exam.
- Qualifying SAT Scores: Combined 1100, Verbal 500, Math 500, if taken after April 1, 1995
- Qualifying ACT Scores: English 22, Math 22
- Qualifying GRE Scores: Combined 300, Verbal 153, Quantitative 144 if taken after August 1, 2011
Where Can I Find Resources to Help Me Prepare?
UVM’s Bailey Howe Library is equipped with resources to help students prepare for all Praxis® Core Exams, including hard copies of Praxis study guides and free access to Mometrix Test Prep. Browse Bailey Howe’s online website or ask a librarian today!
What to Expect on the Day of Your Computer-Delivered Test (Video; Flash)
Where Can I Find Official Study Guides for the Exam?
How Do I Prepare for the Exam?
1. Learn what information the test covers. You can find exam specifications for your test(s) in the free Study Companion. Each Study Companion includes a comprehensive overview of the test, with detailed test descriptions and sample questions with answers and explanations to help you prepare.
2. Collect study materials. Obtaining and organizing your materials for review are critical steps in preparing for the Praxis tests. Consider the following reference sources as you plan your study:
- Did you take a course in which the content area was covered? If yes, do you still have your book(s) or your notes?
- Bailey Howe Library has a good introductory college-level textbooks in this area.
- Additional test preparation resources are available for many Praxis tests. Check the Prepare for a Test page to see what materials are available for your test.
3. Plan and organize your time. You can begin to plan and organize your time while you are still collecting materials. Allow yourself plenty of time to review so you can avoid "cramming" new material at the end.
4. Develop a study plan. A study plan provides a roadmap to prepare for the Praxis tests. It can help you understand what skills and knowledge are covered on the test and where to focus your attention. A written study plan can help you organize your efforts.
Where Can I Receive Help Studying for the Exam?
Assistance is available for students seeking help with coursework at several locations on campus. Visit the Tutoring or Writing Centers, or contact some of our student tutors for more information!
- Jill Duprey, Praxis Core Math Tutor: Jill.Duprey@uvm.edu
- Sierra Norford, Praxis Core Math Tutor: Sierra.Norford@uvm.edu
What is the Praxis II Exam?
The Praxis® II Exam covers more subject-specific information and is required of students seeking endorsement for licensure. For more information on the Praxis II exam required for your area of endorsement, please refer to the Vermont Agency of Education
*subject to change, please confirm that all information is current with the Vermont Agency of Education.
ETS provides study guides for each Praxis® II Exam
I Have More Questions, Who Can I Contact?
For any additional questions, please contact the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) Student Services Office for more guidance on the Praxis® exams:
528 Waterman Building
Phone: (802) 656-3468
Hours: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Monday-Friday)
Now That I Am Ready, How Do I Register For A Praxis Exam?
To register for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, or the Praxis II exam, you need to set up an account in ETS