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PRAXIS Exam Information

In order to earn an AAT degree (Associate of Arts in Teaching), students must have qualifying scores on a basic skills test approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Currently the accepted tests are the SAT, ACT, GRE, and PRAXIS I. MSDE has announced that starting in September, the PRAXIS testing option will change from the PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills(PPST) tests to the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills tests. These tests are similar and cover the same three content areas: reading, writing, and math.  

Passing Scores

While we anticipate that PRAXIS I PPST scores will still be accepted for some period of time, we recommend the following:

  • Prior to September 1, 2014, AAT majors should take the PRAXIS I exams if they choose a PRAXIS option to meet the basic skills testing requirement.
  • After September 1, 2014, AAT majors should take the PRAXIS Core exams if they choose a PRAXIS option to meet the basic skills testing requirement.
  • Taking (or retaking) the ACT or SAT is another option to consider; although they are given less frequently, the cost for these tests is lower than the PRAXIS.  For information about qualifying test scores on those exams, visit the MSDE website.

NOTE:  The PRAXIS tests offer time extension accommodations for students whose primary language is not English; the ACT and SAT testing services do not.

Maryland passing scores on PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests are 177 in Math, 177 in Reading, 173 in Writing or a composite (combined) score of 527.  In order to graduate with an AAT, students need to have the required composite score.

An MSDE approved qualifying score on the SAT (1100 post April 1995; 1000 prior to April 1995), GRE (297 post September 1, 2011; 1000 prior to September 1, 2011) or ACT (24) are also acceptable in lieu of PRAXIS I.

Preparing for PRAXIS 1

PRAXIS Preparation Courses are an excellent option for those looking to boost their scores for a particular testing area.  Students who prefer guided over independent study should register for these classes.

    •      EDU 002  Preparing for Praxis I: Reading Skills
    •      EDU 003  Preparing for Praxis I: Math Skills
    •      EDU 004  Preparing for Praxis I: Writing Skills

PRAXIS Cyber Cafe is sponsored regularly by the Student Education Association (SEA). Check the SEA website for more details.  There will also be a Praxis information session at the Annual Teacher Education Fair.

KHAN ACADEMY Connections:  Take advantage of instructional videos to review math concepts on the Praxis I exam.

PRAXIS I: PPST "At a Glance" guides provide detailed information about the Reading, Writing, and Math sections of the test. 

FREE Webinars from ETS for Praxis I and Praxis II.

PRAXIS Prep Reference Books are available at the Truxal Library, local libraries and bookstores.  Additional study tips are available at http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/tips.

Testing & Education Reference Center provides a free online study guide and practice tests through the Truxal Libary database.  To access the guide, visit http://libguides.aacc.edu/terc.  Under Career Tools, select TEACHING.  You will need your library barcode to access this resource from off-campus.

Ed2Go provides online non-credit preparation classes that students can take through AACC.  Please e-mail the TEACH Advisor for more information about this option.


Registering for Praxis I

Schedule and register for the test (paper-delivered or computer-delivered)
To access test center information and the testing calendar, visit http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/

There is a fee for the Praxis
For details, visit http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/.  Please note that there are fee waivers available for qualifying students.

Be sure to send scores to AACC
For the registration codes for AACC and your intended transfer institution, visit http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/codes/

Testing accommodations are available
Visit http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/disabilities for details