North Carolina Praxis Tests

Praxis Tests in North Carolina

North Carolina requires that teachers take the Praxis Core Academic Skills test series and Praxis Subject Assessments. All prospective teachers must take Praxis Core (also known as Praxis I) exams prior to attending a teacher preparation program. Praxis Subject Assessments (also known as Praxis II) are taken later as candidates apply for their actual licensure. Not all teachers will need to take Praxis II exams, depending on the area and grade level of licensure.

Praxis Core Academic Skills Exam Requirements

To be admitted into a North Carolina teacher preparation program, students must either achieve minimum required scores on their ACTs or SATs, or earn North Carolina's passing scores on three Praxis Core Academic Skills tests:

Test Test Code Minimum Required Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5713 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Math 5732, 5733 150
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 162

Test takers can also opt to take all three Praxis Core tests together at once. This test is known as Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test.

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test 5751, 5752 Scores are reported by individual test;
minimum scores same as above

Praxis Core Exepting Scores for North Carolina

Test Minimum Score Exempt from
SAT (Quantitative & Verbal) 1100 All Praxis Core (Reading, Math & Writing)
SAT Verbal 550 Praxis Core: Reading, Praxis Core: Writing
Sat Quantitative 550 Praxis Core: Math

The following ACT scores exempt Praxis Core test takers from the equivalent exams:

Test Minimum Score Exempt from
ACT (Composite) 24 All Praxis Core (Reading, Math & Writing)
ACT English 24 Praxis Core: Reading, Praxis Core: Writing
ACT Math 24 Praxis Core: Math

Those who test out of Praxis Core exams must still take applicable Praxis Subject Assessments for their desired licensure subject area.

Praxis II Subject Assessment Exams for Corresponding Licensure Areas in North Carolina

To obtain a teaching license in North Carolina, new teachers typically must complete a teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited school and, for licensure in specialized areas, pass subject-specific Praxis Subject Assessments. Some licensure areas and grade levels require more than one subject assessment; for example, secondary school teachers must take the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624) as well as a subject area exam, such as Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) or English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038). Each subject area is followed by the codes of required tests in North Carolina. View the following chart to identify which Praxis II assessments you must take to achieve licensure in North Carolina:

Licensure Areas for Which Praxis Tests Are Required

CategoryLicensure Area (Test Code)
Elementary School Mathematics (7803
Middle School Language Arts (5047), Mathematics (5169), Science (5440), Social Studies (5089)
Secondary Education Anthropology (5081 & 5624), Biology (5235 & 5624), Chemistry (5245 & 5624), Earth Science (5571 & 5624), Economics (5081 & 5624), English (5038 & 5624), Geography (5081 & 5624), History (5081 & 5624), Mathematics (5161 & 5624), Physics (5265 & 5624), Political Science (5081 & 5624), Comprehensive Science (5434 & 5624), Comprehensive Social Studies (5081 & 5624), Sociology (5081 & 5624)
All Grades Art (5135), Health and Physical Education (5857), Health Specialist (5551), Music (5114), Physical Education (5857), Reading - Bachelor's Level (5204), Reading - Graduate Level (5301), Speech Communication (5221)
World Languages English as a Second Language (5362), French (5174), German (5183), Latin (5601), Spanish (5195)
Special Education Exceptional Children Program Administrator (5412), Adapted Curriculum (5545), Behaviorally/Emotionally Disabled (5372 & 5511), Cross Categorical (5354 & 5511), General Curriculum (7803 & 5543), Learning Disabled (5383 & 5511), Mentally Disabled (5322 & 5511), Severely Profoundly Mentally Disabled (5322 & 5511), Visually Impaired (5282)
Career & Technical Education Business Education (5101), Career-Technical Education (5412), Family and Consumer Sciences (5122), Marketing Education (5561), Technology Education (5051)
Special Service Personnel Audiologist (5342), School Counselor (5421), Curriculum-Instructional Specialist (5412), Media Coordinator (5311), Media Supervisor (5412), School Psychologist (5402)

North Carolina Praxis Testing Centers

If you take Praxis Exams at a North Carolina testing center, your scores will automatically be sent to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If you are testing outside of North Carolina, selecting the state code 7846 will add the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a score recipient.

Use this table to find a Praxis testing center in North Carolina near you:

Testing Center Address
A Plus Testing and Assessment Center Durham 200 Meredith Drive
Durham, NC 27713
ETS - North Carolina Central University 1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707
Saint Augustine's University 1315 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
ETS - Fayetteville State University 1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
A Plus Testing and Assessment Center 1100 Logger Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
Prometric Testing Center Raleigh - Spring Forest Road 3200 Spring Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
Prometric Testing Center Greensboro - Centerview Drive 3 Centerview Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
UNC Pembroke - Office for Regional Initiatives 115 Livermore Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372
Prometric Testing Center Greenville - WH Smith Boulevard 1011 W.H. Smith Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27834
East Carolina University Brewster D-102 Testing Center
Greenville, NC 27858
Charlotte - Coliseum Centre Drive 2815 Coliseum Centre Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
ETS - University of North Carolina Wilmington 601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

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Praxis Test Dates in North Carolina

Praxis Core Exams are offered continuously throughout the year, not in separate testing windows. Prospective test takers can plan on registering for an exam any time. Praxis Subject Assessments are not always offered continuously, and different tests have different testing window frequencies. Make sure to check Praxis test dates to properly align your preparation plan with available testing windows.

North Carolina Praxis Test Preparation Resources

Creating a study plan can help ensure you are fully prepared and confident on test day. First, research your exam to get an overview of test format and content. Then, create a review plan that helps you go over each topic. Plan study sessions around your schedule at regular intervals to avoid cramming.'s free 15-question practice tests are an approachable way to get started, and our comprehensive study guides with bite-sized lessons help make preparation painless!

Praxis Practice Tests for North Carolina

Our free 15-question diagnostic practice tests give you immediate feedback, including answers and video explanations for questions you missed. You'll also receive a list of your strengths and weaknesses, complete with suggested video lessons and other resources to help focus your study. members receive access to 50-question practice tests. Large practice test question banks mean you can take these tests multiple throughout your preparation process to track your progress and assess exam readiness.

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Praxis Study Guides for North Carolina offers online study guides for all Praxis Core exams and many of the Subject Assessments required for North Carolina licensure areas. Our Praxis I & II study guides feature lessons grouped into chapters that closely follow the exam content with short quizzes and tests throughout to assess your strengths and weaknesses for a personalized preparation experience.

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