Required Standardized Testing

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that teacher certification students pass two rounds of standardized testing: The Basic Skills Tests and Praxis II Subject Assessments.

Basic Skills Tests

The Basic Skills Tests cover reading*, writing*, and mathematics. Scores from the corresponding sections of the SAT and ACT tests can count towards the Basic Skills Tests if they meet the required scores. You will need to retake one or more sections of the Basic Skills Tests if you do not meet the minimum scores, or if your composite score is too low. It is recommended to take the sections you need from the Praxis I Core testYou can also use a combination of scores from all test options.

Obtaining passing scores is a teacher candidacy requirement and must be completed prior to enrollment in clinical experience courses. Transfer students coming to KU with 48 credits or more will also need to achieve passing scores before admittance into an education program.

*As of Spring 2021, PDE will allow a minimum grade of a B in CMP 200 to count as passing scores towards the reading and writing sections.

Scores for Basic Skills Tests:

    • SAT Scores

      Prior to March 1, 2016:*

      Content Critical Reading Mathematics Writing
      Passing Score 500 500 500

      Minimum 500 or higher in each individual section required.

      *Students must provide an official score report from CollegeBoard

      After February 29, 2016:

      Content Reading Mathematics Writing and Language
      Passing Score 27 26 28
      Minimum Score 25 24 26

      Composite score of 81 with at least the minimum score required.

    • ACT Scores

      September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2016:

      Content Reading Writing Mathematics
      Passing Score 22 21 21
      Minimum Score 20

      17

      19

      Composite score of 64 with at least the minimum score required.

        

      After August 31, 2016:

      Content Reading Writing Mathematics
      Passing Score 22 8 21
      Minimum Score 20

      7

      19

      Composite score of 51 with at least the minimum score required.

    • Praxis (Core) Test

      Sept. 1, 2019, and later:

      Content Reading (5713) Writing (5723) Mathematics (5733)
      Passing Score 156 162 142
      Minimum Score 148

      158

      132

      Composite score of 460 with at least the minimum score required.

    • PAPA Test
      Content Reading (8001) Writing (8003) Mathematics (8002)
      Passing Score 220 220 193
      Minimum Score 193

      192

      176*

      Composite score of 633 with at least the minimum score required.

      *PDE will accept 174 from candidates accepted into an educator program prior to 8/31/16

    Praxis II Subject Assessments

    The Praxis II Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. Teacher candidates must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment as part of the teacher licensing and certification process required by Pennsylvania and other states. 

    The test(s) you take depend(s) on the content area you want to teach. Each state that uses the Praxis tests sets its own requirements for which tests you must take, as well as the associated passing scores. Find the current requirements for Pennsylvania here

    Please note that German and Spanish Modern Language teacher candidates are required to take the 5511 Fundamental Content Knowledge Praxis test and the appropriate OPI & WLT exams.

    Any Secondary Ed students completing a Special Education dual certification program should consult with the Special Education department regarding required certification testing.

    Test Preparation