Praxis Tests in Maine

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Which Praxis Tests Are Required in Maine?

Depending on the college degree you earned, there are up to three types of exams required to become certified in Maine.

  1. All candidates must take and pass the Core Academic Skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  2. Candidates who did not graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program must also take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam appropriate for the grade level.
  3. Lastly, all candidates must take a subject area exam for each subject they will teach.

Core Academics Skills Exams: All Candidates

The Maine Board of Education requires all applicants for teaching licenses to complete Core Academic Skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics to earn certification. You may select to take each exam separately or take a lengthier combined test including all three areas. Qualifying scores on the Core Academic Skills tests are as follows:

Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Core Reading 5712 156
Core Writing 5722 162
Core Mathematics 5732, 5733 150
  • Note: You must earn a composite score of 468 on the three sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators. In addition, no single score on any section can be more than three points lower than the qualifying score.

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Exams: Some Candidates

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams are required of individuals who didn't complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. Aspiring teachers must take an exam appropriate to the grade level they are intending to teach. These include grades K-6 and grades 7-12.

Certification Area Test Test Code Qualifying Score
All Areas (K-12) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 5622 160
OR
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 5624 157

Subject Area Exam: All Candidates

All prospective teachers in Maine must also pass a subject area test, a PLT test, or both, designed to measure knowledge of their specific subject area and grade level. See the charts below, organized by developmental level.

Early Childhood (Ages 0 - 5)

Early childhood education certification only requires one exam:

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education PK-3 Education of Young Children 5024 160

Early Elementary (K - 3)

Early elementary educator certification requires two exams, including one based on developmental level and one Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam.

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Elementary (K-3) Education of Young Children 5024 160
AND
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157

General Elementary (K - 8)

Early elementary educator certification requires a Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam based on developmental level. Additionally, an Elementary Education exam consisting of four subtests must be passed.

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test Code Qualifying Score
General Elementary K - 8 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K - 6 5622 157
AND ALL SUBTESTS
Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 157
Elementary Education: Mathematics Subtest 5003157
Elementary Education: Social Studies Subtest 5004155
Elementary Education: Science Subtest 5005159

Middle School Education (5 - 8)

Middle school teaching certification only requires a subject area exam.

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test CodeQualifying Score
Middle School English Middle School English Language Arts 5047164
Middle School Mathematics Middle School Mathematics 5169165
Middle School Science Middle School Science 5440150
Middle School Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089153

Secondary Education

Secondary education teacher certification only requires a subject area exam.

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test CodeQualifying Score
Secondary English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038167
Secondary Life Science Biology: Content Knowledge 5235150
Secondary Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5161160
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081157
Secondary Physical ScienceChemistry: Content Knowledge 5245151
OR
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435153
OR
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265141

Praxis Tests for All Grades

Certification areas that cover all grades, such as art and P.E., require only a subject area test.

Certification Area Subject Specific Test Test CodeQualifying Score
Art K - 12 Art: Content Knowledge 5134158
Business Education K - 12 Business Education: Content Knowledge 5101154
ESL English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362155
Family and Consumer Sciences K - 12 Family and Consumer Sciences 5122153
Gifted-Talented Gifted Education 5358157
Health K - 12 Health Education 5551156
Industrial Arts K - 12 Technology Education 5051156
Music K - 12 Music: Content Knowledge 5113151
Physical Education K - 12 Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091149
Theatre K - 12 Theatre 5641146

Subject-specific tests are also available in the areas of world languages, special education, administration, career and technical education, and educational specialist certificates. Check the Maine Test Requirements page to locate your selected subject area.

When Are Praxis Tests Offered in Maine?

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.

How Does Praxis Scoring Work for Maine?

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 Maine, you must note the Maine Board of Education as a score recipient. Your scores will not be sent automatically. Additionally, the Maine Board of Education requires the collection of your social security number to process your certification paperwork. Therefore, this information will be collected at registration and sent as part of your official score report.

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 Maine?

Praxis testing sites in Maine include Bangor, Farmington, Auburn, South Portland, and Presque Isle. 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 Maine's Praxis Exams?

Study.com 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.

Core Academic Skills Exam Study Guides

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