Praxis exams

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
  • Fees

The Praxis Core* tests will consist of three sections:

  • 5713 – Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading
  • 5723 – Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing
  • 5733 – Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics

*If you are planning to register for all three Praxis Core tests at once, register for Test Number 5752 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.

Exam prep

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.

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 July 1, 2019) Passing score (after July 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 Aug. 1, 2018) Passing score (after Aug. 1, 2018)
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


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



Registration fee


Reschedule fee

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.

Teresa Kahler, Praxis 
Coordinator of

133A MacKay Hall


Lisa Woolery, PPAT
Coordinator of Evaluation and Assessment

2662 Lagomarcino


Heidi Doellinger, PPAT
Director of Educator Preparation

1620D Lagomarcino