Praxis Tests in Pennsylvania

Overview of Praxis Requirements in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, teaching candidates seeking initial licensure generally must earn a bachelor's degree (with the exception of vocational instruction), complete a teacher preparation program, pass multiple Praxis exams, and submit all associated certification papers.

Aspiring Pennsylvania teachers need to achieve qualifying scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills (Core). Additionally, they must pass the appropriate subject assessments to demonstrate basic skills and subject mastery for the grade levels and content areas they wish to teach.

Basic Skills Testing Requirement for Pennsylvania Teachers

All teachers seeking initial licensure must, first, demonstrate basic skills, typically by earning qualifying scores on the Praxis Core exams. Applicants may, alternatively, submit their scores on the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA).

For the Praxis Core, there are three subtests you need to take:

Praxis Core Subtest Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713) 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723) 162
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732, 5733) 142

You can sign up for all subtests at once with the exam name and code Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751, 5752). You'll need to achieve the above-listed qualifying scores in each subtest in order to pass.

Subject and Grade-Level Praxis Tests in Pennsylvania

Along with basic skills assessments, beginning teachers typically must pass grade-level and content-specific Praxis subject assessments. Pennsylvania classifies its licensure areas into seven categories. In the following sections, you'll find a chart for all the certifications in each licensure area.

Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Biology 7-12 Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) 147
Chemistry 7-12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) 154
Citizenship Education 7-12 Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge (5087) 148
Communication 7-12 Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (5221) 145
Earth and Space Science 7-12 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) 157
English 7-12 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) 167
General Science 7-12 General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) 146
Mathematics 7-12 Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) 160
Physics 7-12 Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) 140
Social Studies 7-12 Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) 157

Middle Level (Grades 4-8)

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 Assessment in their desired specialization.

First, see what's required for the Pennsylvania Core:

Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Core Assessment Subtest Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Pedagogy Subtest (5153)* 162
English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest (5154) 152
Mathematics and Science Subtest (5155) 164

*If you hold a Pennsylvania Grades PK-4 certificate, you do not need to take the pedagogy subtest.

You can sign up for all subtests at once with the exam name and code Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Core Assessment (5152). You'll need to achieve the qualifying scores in each subtest in order to pass, but you can take or retake an individual subtest.

In addition to the Pennsylvania Core, grades 4-8 teacher candidates must take the subject assessment(s) for the area(s) they plan to teach:

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Middle Level Citizenship Education 4-8 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (5157) 150
Middle Level English 4-8 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts (5156) 156
Middle Level Mathematics 4-8 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics (5158) 173
Middle Level Science 4-8 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Science (5159) 156
Elementary Grades 5-6* English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest (5154) AND Mathematics and Science Subtest (5155) 152 / 164

*You can only qualify for the Elementary Grades 5-6 certification if you hold the Pennsylvania Grades PK-4 certificate.

Pre-K to Grade 12

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, including foreign languages, sciences, business concentrations, English, math, health, social studies, special education, and technology:

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Any PK-12 Area Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) 150
Agriculture PK-12 Agriculture (5701) 147
American Sign Language PK-12* American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (0634) 3+ (170)
Art PK-12 Art: Content Knowledge (5134) 158
Business, Computers & Information Technology PK-12 Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) 154
Chinese (Mandarin) PK-12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language (5665) 164
Environmental Education PK-12 Environmental Education (0831) 156
Family and Consumer Sciences PK-12 Family and Consumer Sciences (5122) 153
French PK-12 French: World Language (5174) 162
German PK-12 German: World Language (5183) 163
Health PK-12 Health Education (5551) 158
Health and Physical Education PK-12 Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857) 160
Latin PK-12 Latin (5601) 152
Library Science PK-12 Library Media Specialist (5311) 151
Marketing/Distributive Education PK-12 Marketing Education (5561) 144
Music PK-12 Music: Content Knowledge (5113) 158
Reading Specialist PK-12 Reading Specialist (5301) 164
Spanish PK-12 Spanish: World Language (5195) 168
Technology Education PK-12 Technology Education (5051) 159

*The American Sign Language PK-12 certification requires an interview instead of a computer-based test. You need a score of 3 or higher, which is equivalent to 170 on the 100-200 point scale for Praxis exams.

Special Education

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Special Education: Hearing Impaired PK-12 Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) 160
Special Education: Speech & Language Impaired PK-12 Speech-Language Pathology (5331) 162
Special Education: Visually Impaired PK-12 Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) 163

Educational Specialist

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
School Counselor PK-12 Professional School Counselor (5421) 156
School Psychologist PK-12 School Psychologist (5402) 147
Speech Pathologist PK-12 Speech-Language Pathology (5331) 162

Administration

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Principal or Vocational Director School Leaders Licensure Assessment (6990) 151
Superintendent: Letter of Eligibility School Superintendent Assessment (6991) 162
Supervisor or Vocational Supervisor Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5412) 146

Vocational Instruction

Certification Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Vocational Instructional I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713) AND Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723) 148 / 158
Vocational Instructional II Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732, 5733) 142

Testing Centers in Pennsylvania

Praxis exams are computer-based and must be taken at an approved testing center. If you take your test at an in-state center, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will automatically receive your score report. However, if you choose an out-of-state center, you must forward your scores by selecting state code 8033.

Included in the following chart are the centers in operation in Pennsylvania, as of September 2019. Check the Praxis website (ets.org) for the latest information.

Testing Center Address
Allentown - Mack Boulevard 2211 Mack Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103
Allentown - Winchester Road 3500 Winchester Rd, Allentown, PA 18104
BCY Solution 961 Marcon Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 411 Lightstreet Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Delaware County Community College 901 S Media Line Rd, Media, PA 19063
Erie - Peach Street 7200 Peach St Suite 440, Erie, PA 16509
ETS - Indiana University of Pennsylvania 107 Pratt Hall, Indiana, PA 15705
Harrisburg - Mountain Road 1100 N Mountain Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112
ETS - University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Immaculata University 1145 King Rd, Immaculata, PA 19345
Luzerne County Community College Hazleton Center, Hazleton, PA 18201
Philadelphia - King of Prussia 1017 W 9th Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Philadelphia - Walnut Street 601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Pittsburgh - Corporate Drive 5700 Corporate Dr Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Pittsburgh - Monroeville 4055 Monroeville Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146
Prometric Test Center - York 2300 E Market St, York, PA 17402
Slippery Rock University McKay Education Building, Room 215, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
State College - Calder Square II Calder Square II, State College, PA 16801
Temple University 1803 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Venango College of Clarion University 1801 West First Street, Oil City, PA 16301
West Chester University 25 W Rosedale Ave, West Chester, PA 19383
York - Lancaster 2064 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster PA 17601

Pennsylvania Praxis Prep Courses

Study.com has designed study guides to help prepare students for Praxis test content and questions. These comprehensive guides are divided into chapters and lessons. The succinct lessons are presented via video and/or text, and each one includes a quiz to measure your knowledge.

Here is our main page where you can access all content related to the Praxis Core. And here are the links to the courses for these three Core subtests:

Praxis Test CategoryStudy.com Resources
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis Core - Reading (5712), Praxis Core - Writing (5722), Praxis Core - Mathematics (5732), Praxis Core - Mathematics (5733)

Pennsylvania has its own particular Praxis exams for educators of grades 4-8. Below you can access Core Assessments and Subject Concentrations courses for these exams:

Praxis Test CategoryStudy.com Resources
Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Core Assessments English Language Arts & Social Studies (5154), Mathematics & Science (5155)

Praxis Test CategoryStudy.com Resources
Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentrations English Language Arts (5156), Social Studies (5157), Math (5158), Science (5159)

Apart from these Pennsylvania-specific preparation courses for grades 4-8, you can also prepare for content exams through Praxis II Subject Assessments.

Check out some of these relevant courses:

Praxis Test CategoryStudy.com Resources
Praxis II Subject Assessments Fundamental Subjects - Content Knowledge (5511), General Science (5435), Biology (5235), Reading Specialist (5301), Health Education (5551)

Lastly, evaluate how well you've studied our courses and how well you're prepared for the Praxis. Another feature we offer are Praxis Practice Tests. You can explore that link to see all of the practice tests available, but here is a sampling of some relevant tests:

Praxis Test CategoryStudy.com Resources
Praxis Practice Tests English Language Arts - Content Knowledge (5038), Mathematics - Content Knowledge (5161), Social Studies - Content Knowledge (5081), Earth & Space Sciences - Content Knowledge (5571), Art - Content Knowledge (5134), School Psychologist (5402)

Each state's Praxis requirements are different. Here, you can check the Praxis requirements for other states.

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