Praxis Tests in Alaska


Praxis Tests Required in Alaska

Alaska uses several Praxis tests to certify teachers. All teachers in Alaska are required to take a basic skills test, either the Praxis test or another approved test. If you want to teach in Alaska, you must also take Praxis content tests designed for the grade level or subject area you're planning to teach.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) in Alaska

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test evaluates an applicant's basic skills. It consists of three subtests.

Praxis Subtest Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712) 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722) 162
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732, 5733) 150

Ensure that you send your test scores to the Teacher Certification Office with the code 7027. You can also send your Examinee Score Report.

All teacher certification applicants in Alaska need to pass the Praxis Core or a suitable alternative basic skills test approved by the state of Alaska to fulfill this requirement. For example, qualifying test scores from ACT, SAT, and GRE exams may meet the requirement. Also, several other states' basic exams are accepted, such as California, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, and Florida.

Praxis Subject Assessments for Alaska

All teachers in Alaska must pass a Praxis II test that evaluates their content knowledge. These tests are designed for the appropriate grade levels and the content subjects that an applicant plans to teach. The following tables provide you with the name of the certification, the corresponding Praxis exam, and the required passing score as determined by the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Some relevant, additional information is included as it pertains to some of the major teaching certifications and Praxis tests.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Early Childhood Education Birth-Age 5 Early Childhood Education (5025) 156
Elementary Developmental K-8 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5025) 156
Elementary Developmental K-8 Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (5018) 163
Elementary Developmental K-8 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) must pass all subtests
Elementary Developmental K-8 Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts Subtest (5002) 157
Elementary Developmental K-8 Elementary Education: Mathematics Subtest (5003) 157
Elementary Developmental K-8 Elementary Education: Social Studies Subtest (5004) 155
Elementary Developmental K-8 Elementary Education: Science Subtest (5005) 159
Reading-Elementary Teaching Reading: Elementary Education (5203) 162

In Alaska, early childhood and elementary teachers need to take one of three elementary education Praxis tests to qualify for certification.

The Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test is a two-hour test that is divided into four sections covering mathematics, science, social science and reading and language arts. In order to pass this test, it is necessary to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the four key subject areas that are taught in elementary school.

The Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Praxis test takes 130 minutes to complete and covers five subject areas. In addition to the primary subjects of mathematics, science, social studies and reading and language arts, this Praxis test has a section covering art, music and physical education. This test looks at whether an applicant has sufficient knowledge to teach the subject areas identified at the elementary school level and also assesses an applicant's ability to teach these subjects. Applicants will be required to demonstrate that they can produce a curriculum plan and understand how to instruct students effectively.

The Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test is comprised of four subtests. The four subtests take three and a half hours to complete and cover mathematics, science, social studies and reading and language arts. Like the other elementary education tests, the objective is to ensure that only applicants who have sufficient content knowledge in the four subject areas qualify to teach elementary students.

Middle School Education

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Middle School 6-8 Middle School: Content Knowledge (5146) 140
Middle School English Language Arts 6-8 Middle School English Language Arts (5047) 164
Middle School Mathematics 6-8 Middle School Mathematics (5169) 165
Middle School Science 6-8 Middle School Science (5440) 150
Middle School Social Studies 6-8 Middle School Social Studies (5089) 149

Middle school teachers in Alaska have the option of taking a general Middle School: Content Knowledge test or a Praxis test that is intended for middle school teachers specializing in a specific subject area.

The Middle School: Content Knowledge test is designed to assess an applicant's level of knowledge in mathematics, science, history, social studies, literature and language studies. It contains 120 questions that are presented in selected-response format, and applicants have two hours to complete the test.

Almost half of the Middle School English Language Arts test assesses applicants' reading skills. The test also looks at their writing, speaking, listening and language use skills. While these parts of the test focus on establishing that applicants have enough knowledge of the subject area, 25% of the test focuses on their ability to teach English language arts effectively.

The Middle School Mathematics test primarily focuses on assessing applicants' algebra and arithmetic skills as well as their skills with geometry and data. The test will also establish that applicants can apply mathematical reasoning skills to their work.

Topics such as life sciences, physical sciences and earth and space sciences are covered in the Middle School Science test. Applicants are also tested on their knowledge of the principles of matter and energy and the scientific process. Test takers will need to show that they know how to apply problem-solving skills to science questions effectively.

A quarter of the Middle School Social Studies test involves writing three essays related to U.S. and world history, geography, economics or government/civics. The remaining 75% of the test includes selected-response questions covering these topics.

Secondary Education

In order to be eligible for certification to teach at the high school level, it is necessary to pass a Praxis content area test relevant to the subject you want to teach. Subjects high school teachers can be certified to teach are:

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Agriculture Agriculture (5701) 147
Algebra I Algebra I (5162) 157
Art Art: Content Knowledge (5134) 158
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) 144
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) 154
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) 139
Computer Science Computer Science (5652) 149
Earth Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) 144
Economics Economics (5911) 150
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) 167
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences (5122) 153
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) 146
Geography Geography (5921) 149
Government and Political Science Government/Political Science (5931) 149
Health Health Education (5551) 155
Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857) 160
History World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge (5941) 141
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) 160
Music Music: Content Knowledge (5113) OR Music: Content and Instruction (5114) 154 OR 162
Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5091) OR Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) 146 OR 169
Physical Science Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) OR General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) OR Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) 139 OR 146 OR 127
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) 127
Psychology Psychology (5391) 154
Reading - Secondary Teaching Reading (5204) 159
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) OR Social Studies: Content and Interpretation (5086) 152 OR 153
Sociology Sociology (5952) 154
Speech Communication Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (5221) 146
Technology Education Technology Education (5051) 159
Theatre Theatre (5641) 157
Vocational Education Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) 150

Special Education

If you're a special education specialist, you will earn one of two possible certifications, depending on the age group of students you want to teach.

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (5691) 159
Special Education Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) 151

World Languages

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
English As a Foreign Language English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362) 155
French French: World Language (5174) 162
German German: World Language (5183) 163
Spanish Spanish: World Language (5195) 168

Individuals who want to teach French, German or Spanish need to take the world language test for their subject area. In addition to testing applicants' ability to read in their chosen language, applicants must also show that they can process the language when it's spoken. They are also evaluated on their ability to speak the language effectively. Prospective teachers who pass the world language Praxis tests are qualified to teach students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Praxis Testing Centers in Alaska

You can register for the Praxis test through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website, or you can do a mail-in registration or a phone call registration (for an extra fee). As of August 2019, ETS listed the following testing centers in Alaska:

Testing Center Address
Alakanuk School 9 School Road, Alakanuk, AK 99554
Anchorage - 82nd Avenue 615 E. 82nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99518
Bering Strait School District 225 Main Street, Unalakleet, AK 99684
ETS - University of Alaska 211 Gruening Bldg, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Kodiak College, UAA 117 Benny Benson Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615
Matanuska - Susitna College Learning Center 8295 E College Dr, Palmer, AK 99645
Southwest Region School District 574 Kenny Wren Rd, Dillingham, AK 99576
UAS - Ketchikan Testing Center 2600 7th Avenue, Ketchikan, AK 99901
University of Alaska Southeast Juneau 11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK 99801
University of Alaska Southeast Sitka 1332 Seward Avenue, Sitka, AK 99835

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Resources for Alaska Praxis Tests

If you're an Alaska teacher getting ready for your certification exams, check out this collection of Praxis Study Guides to find resources for elementary, middle and high school exams in a variety of subject areas.

Also available to you are free 15-question quizzes, which can help you identify the areas you need to further study to prepare for the Praxis exams. As a member of, you can access all the Praxis Practice Tests here.

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