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Praxis Series Assessments


Basic Skills (Praxis Core, SAT, GRE, or ACT):

For more information and score requirements for the Basic Skills tests, please visit the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website.

Praxis II: Subject Assessments:

The Content Area assessments vary for each area of certification, based upon your major and the age/grade level of certification you are seeking.  The chart below indicates the required test(s) for each area of certification.

Successful completion of Praxis II assessments (passing scores meeting the MSDE requirements) is required for continuation into Phase II of the student teaching internship. For a complete list of praxis II exams visit the MSDE website.

NOTE: If you have any questions regarding the praxis II exam you should be taking, please contact your program and/or advisor.

Although MSDE does not require the pedagogy examination for world languages, it is required by the program for University of Maryland students.


When are the Praxis Series Assessments offered?

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) praxis tests are offered at various locations and dates throughout the United States as well as some international areas. For more information on the praxis tests please view The Praxis Series Information Bulletin which provides facts on everything from registration through learning to read your scores.

How do I register for the Praxis Series Assessments?

Detailed information regarding the Praxis Series Assessments, including registration procedures, costs, and Maryland qualifying scores, is available at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

(NOTE: The University of Maryland is a testing site for the Praxis through the Counseling Center, Testing and Research Center .

Why are Praxis tests required?

Praxis I and Praxis II tests are certification requirements, required by the Maryland State Department of Education and are part of the College of Education’s teacher preparation programs.  All students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must successfully complete all certification requirements as part of the degree program.  Students will be required to submit Praxis score reports to the Maryland State Department of Education upon graduation.

When should I plan to take the Praxis assessments?

You should begin preparing 2-3 months prior to taking the test. The Praxis I assesses basic knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is also a College of Education selective admissions requirement and is typically taken during or immediately following the freshman year for undergraduates and upon admission for graduate students. All students must meet the State of Maryland's score requirement on each individual assessment, Reading, Writing, and Mathematics as part of the admission process.

The Praxis II measures your knowledge of subject(s), education methodology, and pedagogy in the subject area you will be teaching. The Praxis II subject exams typically are taken late in the Junior year for undergraduates and in the second semester of the year-long internship for graduate students . However, the questions for the Praxis II pedagogy exams are based on information taught during your education methods courses. Successful completion of the Praxis II assessments is a requirement for continuation into Phase II of the student teaching internship.

Where should I send my scores?

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) no longer mails score reports. Students are encouraged to print their score reports upon viewing them online.   Students should indicate the University of Maryland, College Park as an official score recipient, Recipient Code: R5814, when registering.

How can I prepare for the Praxis Core Exams?

Visit the Educational Testing Services website for webinars offered for test preparation. Study guides are also available (a cost is associated with them and varies depending on the exam).

Where can I go on campus to get individual help?

Individual help is available from the following offices on campus:

  • Learning Assistance Service (LAS), offers workshops and individual help in various academic areas, such as, math and writing. The Math Learning Program helps students reduce anxiety about math by teaching them study and test-taking skills. They are located within the Counseling Center, Shoemaker Building, Room 2202, call 301-314-9685 for more info.
  • The Writing Center, offered through the English Department, assists students with tutoring to develop skills in writing, organizing and revising essays. Also, available are workshops throughout the semester. You must make an appointment online, but the tutoring is free. Located in Room 1205 Tawes Hall, 301-405-3785.