Praxis exams

Praxis Core exams

On July 1, 2020, Iowa Legislation signed a new law removing the requirement of a developed pre-professional skills test for program admission. For those looking for the Praxis Core requirements prior to the new legislation signed into law on July 1, 2020, those can be accessed through this PDF document.

Praxis Subject Assessments

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

Subject assessment exams

Iowa endorsement numbers and area for ECE & elementary teachers Praxis Content Knowledge exams Test code Passing score (before Oct. 1, 2019) Passing score (after Oct. 1, 2019)
100 – Teacher – Birth-grade 3, inclusive settings Interdisciplinary early childhood education 5023 172 172
102 – Teacher elem classroom K-6 Elementary education: Content knowledge 5018 151 151
Iowa endorsement numbers for areas and for secondary teachers Praxis Content Knowledge exams Test code Passing score (before Oct. 1, 2019) Passing score (after Oct. 1, 2019)
112 – Agriculture-5-12 Agriculture 5701 158 147
120 – English Language Arts English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 164 164
122 – Chinese-5-12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 183 164
124 – French-5-12 French: World Language 5174 154 152
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 153 145
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 5091 140 140
151 – Biology-5-12 Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 149 147
152 – Chemistry-5-12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 141 135
153 – Earth Science-5-12 Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge 5571 148 147
156 – Physics-5-12 Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 130 130
157 – American Government-5-12
*Political science education students should take this exam
Government/Political Science 5931 150 149
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

PPAT

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.

Cost: 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

Description

Fee

Registration fee

$300

Reschedule fee

$30
Re-submission fee (price per task)  $75
Additional fees   
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.

Fall 2020 student teachers – Praxis PLT

Fall 2020 student teachers will be required to take the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (Praxis PLT) in place of the PPAT to fulfill the Program Completion Pedagogy Assessment requirement.

Endorsements: Please take the exam that aligns with your initial endorsement using the table below:

ETS Praxis PEDAGOGY General Education

Endorsement Grade Levels

Praxis Pedagogy Test (PLT)

Required Score

PK-K or PK-3 only (with no other grade level endorsement) Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Early Childhood #5621 157
K-6 or K-8 general education Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): K- 6 #5622 160
5-12 general education

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 5-9 #5623

OR

160

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12 #5624

157
9-12 general education

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12 #5624

157
K-12 general education

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): K- 6 #5622

OR

160

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 5-9 #5623

OR

160
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12 #5624 157

Student pursuing an initial endorsement in grades 5-12, K-12 music, or K-12 PE: You may choose the pedagogy test for the grade level in which you are most confident.

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


Teresa Kahler, Praxis 
Coordinator of
Licensure

133A MacKay Hall

515-294-7004

Lisa Woolery, PPAT
Coordinator of Evaluation and Assessment

2662 Lagomarcino

515-294-7886

Heidi Doellinger, PPAT
Director of Educator Preparation

1620D Lagomarcino

515-294-6368