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Praxis Tests in Pennsylvania

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Pennsylvania requires candidates for teaching licenses to pass various Praxis tests before they are eligible for certification. Learn about the Praxis tests that are necessary to meet teacher requirements and how to earn the scores you'll need to pass those tests in Pennsylvania.

Overview of Praxis Requirements in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, most beginning teachers must achieve qualifying scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills and Subject Assessments to demonstrate basic skills and subject mastery for various grade levels.

Basic Skills Testing Requirement

All teachers seeking licensure must, first, demonstrate basic skills*, typically by submitting Pennsylvania's qualifying scores for Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Applicants may, alternatively, submit their scores on the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA).

Praxis Core Academic Skills TestQualifying Scores in Pennsylvania
Reading156
Mathematics 150
Writing 162

*The basic skills testing requirement may be waived for individuals with post-baccalaureate credentials or comparable qualifications from another state, or for educational specialists who are licensed by the state.

Subject Test and Grade-Level Teaching Assessments

Along with basic skills assessments, beginning teachers typically must pass grade-level and content-specific Praxis Subject Assessments.

Pre-K to Grade 12: Required Praxis Testing Assessments

In Pennsylvania, a teacher seeking initial teaching license for any specialized area from pre-kindergarten through high school must take both a fundamental knowledge Praxis test and the subject assessment exam for their specific field. Test takers must score 150 or higher in order to pass the Praxis Fundamental Subjects Content Knowledge assessment.

Upon completion of the fundamental subjects test, educators may demonstrate their subject-specific qualifications by taking a Praxis Subject Assessment. Subjects include foreign languages, sciences, business concentrations, English, math, health, social studies, special education, and technology. The official Praxis website provides detailed information about tests and score requirements.

Grades 4 - 8 Teachers: Praxis Assessments

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has separate licensing and assessment requirements for those applying for certification to teach grades 4 through 8. To be licensed to teach these grades, all educators must pass the Pennsylvania Grades 4 - 8 Core Assessment, along with a Praxis Subject Concentration test in their desired specialization.

Grades 4 - 8 Test Subtests Passing Scores
Pennsylvania Grades 4 - 8 Core Assessment Pedagogy 162
English Language Arts and Social Studies 152
Math and Science 164
Pennsylvania Grades 4 - 8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies 150
Pennsylvania Grades 4 - 8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts 156
Pennsylvania Grades 4 - 8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics 173
Pennsylvania Grades 4 - 8 Subject Concentration: Science 156

Praxis Testing for Educational Specialist Licensure

Those seeking Pennsylvania certification as school counselors, psychologists or speech pathologists may meet state assessment requirements by passing a basic skills test along with one of the following Praxis Subject Assessments:

  • Professional School Counselor (passing score: 156)
  • School Psychologist (passing score: 147)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (passing score: 162)

Pennsylvania Praxis Prep Courses

Educators in Pennsylvania may find courses online to help them prepare for state-required exams. Study.com's courses prepare students for Praxis test content and questions with short lessons they may access via video or text, and quizzes to measure knowledge. See what these courses offer:

Praxis Test CategoryPrep Course Examples
Praxis Core Academic Skills Praxis Math Core Academic Test, Praxis Writing Core Academic Test
Praxis Subject Assessments Praxis Business Education, Praxis School Psychologist, Praxis Reading Specialist

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