Praxis Core

About the Test

Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering Educator Preparation Programs.

The Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests consist of three separate tests:

  • Reading Test: The Core Reading test includes sets of questions that require the integration and analysis of multiple documents, as well as some alternate response types, e.g., select-in-passage. See Reading Test Preparation.
  • Writing Test: The Core Writing test assesses both argumentative writing and informative/explanatory writing, and will contain one writing task for each writing type. In addition, multiple-choice questions will be added to address the importance of research strategies and assess strategies for revising and improving text. See Writing Test Preparation.
  • Mathematics Test: The Core Mathematics test includes numeric entry and multiple choice questions, and will also offer an on-screen calculator to help ensure that questions are testing mathematical reasoning by reducing the chance that a candidate’s wrong response comes from a simple arithmetic error. See Mathematics Test Preparation.

 Why is it important for you to take Praxis Core?

A student cannot be admitted into any Educator Preparation Program without having passed the Praxis Core exam, unless the student is exempt by his or her SAT or ACT scores.

What scores will exempt you from taking Praxis Core?


Computer-delivered Tests

   The Praxis Core computer tests may be taken either as three separate tests on separate days, or as one combined test. Individual scores will be reported for Reading, Mathematics and Writing on both the individual and the combined tests.


Number of Questions

Testing Time



85 mins.



85 mins.

Optional Break (for Combined Test only)


10 mins.

Writing (2 sections)

2 essays

40 mins.
60 mins.

 Passing Score

Reading: 156

Writing: 162

Math: 150

Or Combined Score of 468*