Praxis Tests in Hawaii


Which Praxis Tests Are Required in Hawaii?

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board requires applicants for teaching licenses to complete Core Academic Skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics before they can begin working. You may select to take each exam separately or take a lengthier combined test including all three areas.

Prospective teachers in Hawaii must also pass subject tests designed to measure knowledge of their specific subject area.

Early Childhood

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code
Early Childhood Education PK-3 Education of Young Children 5024

Elementary Education

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code
Elementary Education Elementary Education: Multiple Subject 5001
Elementary EducationReading and Language Arts Subtest 5002
Elementary EducationMathematics Subtest 5003
Elementary EducationSocial Studies Subtest 5004
Elementary EducationScience Subtest 5005

Middle School Education

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code
Middle Level English Language Arts 5 - 9 Middle School English Language Arts 5047
Middle Level Mathematics 5 - 9 Middle School Mathematics 5169
Middle Level Science 5 - 9 Middle School Science 5440
Middle Level Social Studies 5 - 9 Middle School Social Studies 5089

Secondary Education

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code
Algebra I (6 - 12) Algebra I 5162
Earth and Space Sciences Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571
Economics Economics 5911
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038
Geography Geography 5921
Government / Political Science Government / Political Science 5931
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5161
Psychology Psychology 5931
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081

Praxis Exams for All Grades

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134
Computer Science Computer Science 5652
Health Health Education 5551
Music Music: Content Knowledge 5113
Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091

Subject-specific tests are also available in the areas of world languages, special education, career and technical education, and instructional support personnel. Check the Hawaii Test Requirements page to locate your selected subject area.

Principles of Learning and Teaching exams are another type of Praxis test, but these are only required of individuals who didn't complete a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP). Aspiring teachers must take an exam appropriate to the grade level they are intending to teach. These include early childhood, grades K - 6, grades 5 - 9, and grades 7 - 12.

When Are Praxis Tests Offered in Hawaii?

The Core Academic Skills Tests are administered continuously. Each of them includes around an hour and a half of testing time. You may also select to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test that includes all three areas. The testing time for this exam is four hours and thirty minutes.

Most subject area tests and the Principles of Learning and Teaching exams are offered during 12-day testing windows. The frequency with which these testing windows are available varies by exam, though many exams offer testing windows around once a month.

What Score Do I Need to Pass the Praxis?

Qualifying scores on the previous version of the core academic skills tests are accepted through August 31, 2020.

Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 162
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 150

New qualifying scores are yet to be determined for the following new versions of each test, which will be offered beginning September 1, 2019.

Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5713 TBA
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 TBA
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5733 TBA

Each subject-specific test has a different qualifying score set by the state. Most minimum scores fall between 150 - 170. On the Hawaii Test Requirements page, you can find qualifying scores for subject area exams listed by the following categories:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Secondary Education
  • All Grades
  • World Languages
  • Special Education
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Instructional Support Personnel

How Does Praxis Scoring Work in Hawaii?

If your test includes only Selected Response (SR) questions, you can view unofficial scores at the end of your testing session. However, sometimes further analysis is needed and scores will not be available upon completion of the test.

If you test in Hawaii, a copy of your official scores will be automatically sent to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. If you test outside of Hawaii, register the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, state code 8620, as a score recipient.

Official scores will also be available in your online MyPraxis account. For tests offered continuously, such as the core subject exams, scores will most likely be posted 1 - 3 weeks after your test date. For subject area specific exams, scores will typically be available 2 - 3 weeks after the testing window closes. Scores are available digitally for ten years after the score reporting date.

Where Can I Take a Praxis Test in Hawaii?

Praxis testing sites are available in Honolulu, Kapolei, Laie, Kahului, Lihue, and Kamuela. You can select one testing location when you sign up to test through the Praxis online registration portal. During registration you will also need to select which test(s) you want to take and choose a test date.

How Can I Prepare for Hawaii's Praxis Exams? offers a wide variety of courses that can help you prepare for Praxis examinations. These study guides provide instruction through short, engaging video lessons and allow you to check your progress with self-assessment quizzes and tests. You can work through these courses at your own pace, whenever it's convenient for you, while still getting support from expert instructors. To get ready for the Core Academic Skills exams, check out these test-prep courses:

You'll also find study guides for the following Praxis subject tests, which are grouped below by licensure area and teaching subject.

Licensure Area Subject
Early Childhood Early Childhood
Elementary School Social Studies, Science, Reading and Language Arts, Mathematics
Middle School English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science
Secondary School Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Physics, Economics, Geography, Mathematics, Social Studies, General Science, English Language Arts
All Grades Health Education, Physical Education
World Languages Spanish
Career/Technical Education Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences
Special Education Special Education
Specialist Reading Specialist, Professional School Counselor

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