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Praxis Core Test

MSERC-using-resourcesAll candidates in an undergraduate teacher education program must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading, writing, and mathematics according to the State of Delaware guidelines upon completion of 60 credit hours and/or prior to admission to upper-level education courses.

Passing Scores

Students can take a test an unlimited number of times in order to achieve a passing score. The passing scores are listed in the table below.

Core Test Code Passing Score
Reading 5712 156
Mathematics 5732 150
Writing 5722 162

Exemptions

Students who earn ACT, SAT, or GRE scores at or above the levels listed in the following table established by the State of Delaware are exempt from taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading and mathematics.

Students who are not exempt from any test would initially register for the Combined Test (reading, mathematics, and writing). Students who are exempt from the reading test and/or mathematics test would register for the Individual Test(s) that they need to pass.

Test Score Exemption
ACT English at or above 24 Praxis Core – Reading
ACT math at or above 24 Praxis Core – Mathematics
SAT verbal at or above 560 Praxis Core – Reading
SAT  math at or above 540 Praxis Core – Mathematics
GRE verbal at or above 490 Praxis Core – Reading
GRE revised verbal at or above 152 Praxis Core – Reading
GRE quantitative at or above 540 Praxis Core – Mathematics
GRE revised quantitative at or above 145 Praxis Core – Mathematics

If your ACT, SAT, and/or GRE scores are reported in UDSIS, then UD will accept these scores as proof of having met the test exemptions. However, when applying for certification in Delaware and in other states which may allow similar exemptions, you will need to send the scores to the Delaware Department of Education or departments of education in other states. You can contact ACT to request official copies of your ACT scores, the College Board to request official copies of your SAT scores, the Educational Testing Service to request official copies of your GRE scores.

All students must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in writing; there is no exemption for this test.

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