Praxis Core exams
The State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) and Iowa State University requires an assessment of basic skills in order to be admitted into a state approved Educator Preparation Program.
Visit the ETS Praxis site for information on:
- A description of Praxis Core scheduling
- Description on taking Praxis
- Praxis preparation materials
The Praxis Core tests will consist of three sections:
- Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading
- Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing
- Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
*If you are planning to register for all three Praxis Core tests at once, register for Test Number 5751 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test.
When you register, list Iowa State University as a score recipient. Iowa State University’s code is 6306. This will ensure Iowa State University receives your scores promptly.
The following are the required scores for each of the sections
- Core: Reading 156
- Core: Writing 162
- Core: Mathematics 150
Students wanting to apply to admission to the Educator Preparation Program are required to take the Praxis Core. If there are extenuating circumstances or information you would like considered, please talk with your adviser.
It is best to take Praxis Core once you have taken some general education courses that increase your reading, writing, and mathematical knowledge base.
The preferred time period is at the end of your first year of college. You can take Praxis Core while you are taking courses at a community college.
ETS offers free study companions for the three test areas as well as more specific study aids for the math exam in partnership with Kahn Academy.
- Reading study companion
- Writing study companion
- Math study companion
- Math instructional support (videos by Khan Academy)
Iowa Administrative Code requires candidates to pass an approved content and pedagogy assessments in order to be considered program completers and be recommended for licensure.
- A pedagogy test that is relevant to the grade level that you are going to teach.
- A content test that is relevant to the subject that you are going to instruct.
To find out more information about these tests, please review the information provided by ETS
Endorsements: Please take the exam that aligns with your initial endorsement.
- For elementary education majors this is: “Elementary education: Content knowledge exam.” You do not have to take an exam for additional endorsements.
Student pursuing an initial endorsement in grades 5-12, K-12 music, or K-12 PE: You can choose the pedagogy test for the grade level you are most confident in.
Register: Students have to register for the exams using the information from ETS
Review: Students can prepare for the tests by reviewing tests at a glance.
Cost: Varies. Review the ETS fees information
|Iowa endorsement numbers and area for ECE & elementary teachers||Praxis Content Knowledge exams||Test code||Passing score (before Aug. 1, 2018)||Passing score (after Aug. 1, 2018)|
|100 – Teacher – Prekindergarten through grade three, including special education||Interdisciplinary early childhood education||5023||172||172|
|102 – Teacher elem classroom K-6||Elementary education: Content knowledge||5018||152||151|
|Iowa endorsement numbers for areas and for secondary teachers||Praxis Content Knowledge exams||Test code||Passing score (before Aug. 1, 2018)||Passing score (after Aug. 1, 2018)|
|112 – Agriculture-5-12||Agriculture||5701||159||158|
|120 – English Language Arts||English Language Arts: Content and Analysis||5039||164||164|
|122 – Chinese-5-12||Chinese (Mandarin): World Language||5665||177||183|
|124 – French-5-12||French: World Language||5174||153||154|
|126 – German-5-12||German: World Language||5183||150||151|
|134 – Spanish-5-12||Spanish: World Language||5195||151||151|
|138 – Health Education||Health Education||5551||154||153|
|139 – Family and Consumer Science – General-5-12||Family and Consumer Sciences||5122||151||152|
|143 – Mathematics||Mathematics: Content Knowledge||5161||135||135|
|144/145 – Music||Music: Content Knowledge||5113||155||154|
|146/147 – Physical Education-K-8 and 5-12||Physical Education: Content and Design||5095||159||158|
|151 – Biology-5-12||Biology: Content Knowledge||5235||148||149|
|152 – Chemistry-5-12||Chemistry: Content Knowledge||5245||141||141|
|153 – Earth Science-5-12||Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge||5571||148||148|
|156 – Physics-5-12||Physics: Content Knowledge||5265||130||130|
|157 – American Government-5-12
*Political science education students should take this exam
|158 – American History-5-12
*History education students should take this exam
|World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge||5941||145||145|
|166 – World History-5-12||World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge||5941||145||145|
|186 – All Social Studies-5-12||Social Studies: Content Knowledge||5081||150||150|
The PPAT assessment evaluates test takers on their abilities to impact student learning as it relates to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, demonstrating that they have the basic pedagogical content knowledge and application for the classroom to begin teaching as an entry-level teacher. It is designed to:
- Develop more effective teachers in the classroom
- Identify strengths and areas for improvement of practice
- Allow student teachers to continually refine their teaching practices
- Contribute to a development plan for professional growth
The PPAT assessment must be completed and passed by a teacher candidate during their student teaching semester.
As of August 2018, the minimum score needed to pass the PPAT at Iowa State is a 32 out of a possible 60 points. The state of Iowa reviews and updates the minimum passing score required each year and a new score for each academic year is set in July.
The cost of the PPAT, as of May 2018, is $300. ETS reviews pricing each year and may publish a new fee by August 1 of each year. Below is a complete fee schedule for the PPAT, including late fee payment charges:
Fees and payments for the PPAT assessment
|Re-submission fee (price per task)||$75|
|Late registration fees||$40|
|Late submission service fee (price per task)||$50|
The assessment contains four tasks requiring written commentary and submission of artifacts. A video submission also is required for one of the tasks. The task requirements are found on the pages of this website. You will complete tasks by entering a written response for each textbox, uploading artifacts and linking those artifacts to your written response, uploading a video and uploading permission forms via an online submission system on or before the submission deadline. Tasks include:
- Task 1: Knowledge of students and the learning environment
- Task 2: Assessment and data collection to measure and inform student learning
- Task 3: Designing instruction for student learning
- Task 4: Implementing and analyzing instruction to promote student learning
To register or to get the most up-to-date information visit the PPAT website by ETS.