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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). 

MSDE has announced that starting on September 1, 2014, 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.  

Comparison of the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS Core PDF

More details about the PRAXIS Core PDF

Passing Scores
  • 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.

There is no composite score for the PRAXIS Core exams.  Students must achieve the following passing scores in order to meet the basic skills testing requirement for certification and completion of the AAT:

Important Update: Students who passed any section of the PRAXIS I can complete the Basic Skills requirement by achieving passing scores on any remaining sections of the PRAXIS Core.  For example, a student who has passed PRAXIS I Reading and PRAXIS I Writing, only needs to pass the PRAXIS Core Math exam in order to meet the Basic Skills requirement for graduation and certification.  When combining PRAXIS I and PRAXIS Core scores to meet the requirement, students cannot use the composite score.

MSDE (and AACC) will also accept the following scores as successful completion of the Basic Skills requirement:

  • Praxis I: Composite score of 527 (prior to 9/1/2014)
  • SAT: 1100 on math & verbal (after April 1995) and 1000 on math & verbal (prior to April 1995)
  • ACT: Composite score of 24
  • GRE: 297 (after 9/1/2011) or 1000 (prior to 9/1/2011)
Preparing for Praxis

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.  Prep classes will be offered again in Spring 2015.

PRAXIS Cyber Cafe is sponsored regularly by the Student Education Association (SEA). There will also be a Praxis update included in the Transfer Information Session at the annual Teacher Education Fair.

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

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.


Registering for Praxis

Schedule and register for the test
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