Core and Praxis II Exams

Act! students are required to pass both the Core and Praxis II tests prior to student teaching. These tests can be taken anytime after the student is accepted into the act! program, either before, during or after coursework has been started or completed. 

Planning is essential for successfully passing both tests. Educational Testing Services (ETS) develops, administers and Core more than 50 million tests annually. ETS is not flexible in terms of refunding the cost of any scheduled test. Students should take into account preparation, weather and any other factors before scheduling a Core or Praxis II test date.

  • Students should not delay in meeting the ETS testing requirements.
  • Allow enough time for test preparation, but take into account the scheduling options available through ETS.
  • Additionally, allow enough time for your Core report to be returned before the application for student teaching deadlines of February 15 for the following Fall semester and September 15 for the following Spring semester.
  • Note that the official Core reports become available online via your ETS account on the Core report release date, approximately four weeks after the test date. Your Core will be downloadable and available for only forty-five (45) calendar days from the Core reporting date.

Core Test    

The Core test measures basic skills in reading, writing and math. The test includes three separate tests with test codes and passing Core below:

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

The Core test can only be taken as a computer-based test. Register for the test and find locations and costs on the ETS website. Students may choose to take the Core test at any ETS testing center. The nearest center for computer-based testing is at UW-Oshkosh. For questions related to the Core test, call Testing Services in Polk Library (UW-Oshkosh), Room 3, at 920-424-1433.

ETS is committed to serving test takers with disabilities by providing services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test. Nonstandard testing accommodations are available for test takers with disabilities who meet ETS requirements. If you are requesting nonstandard testing accommodations, you must register by mail through ETS and have your accommodations approved prior to testing. 

Free “test-at-a-glance” preparation materials are available online from ETS. Additionally, eBooks are affordable digital test preparation guides which can be ordered from the ETS website. Core and Praxis II study guides are available at both the Polk Library (UW-Oshkosh) and the UW-Fox Valley Library. The Reading Study Center at UW-Oshkosh offers general assistance with test taking strategies.

Call 920-424-1031 for more information about Reading Study Center workshops.

  • ACT, SAT and GRE test Cores may be substituted for the Core test requirement as of September 1, 2014. Requirements for acceptable ACT, SAT and GRE Cores are immediately below.
  • ACT – Core must be within 5 years of admission to the program, passing Core composite of 23, with minimum Cores of 20 on English, Math and Reading is required.
  • SAT – Core must be within 5 years of admission to the program, passing Core composite of 1070, with a minimum Core of 450 Math and Verbal is required.
  • GRE – score must be within 5 years of admission to the program, a composite score of 298, with a minimum 150 on Verbal and 145 on Math is required. The revised General Test is the only acceptable GRE test.

Praxis II Test 

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires all individuals who apply for an initial license after August 2004 to pass the Praxis II content test(s) for their area(s) of licensure.

The act! program requires passing Core on the appropriate Praxis II content tests. You must provide an original Core report of passing Core on the Praxis II exam for either the Mathematics: Content Knowledge or General Science: Content Knowledge test before you will be allowed to student teach.

Praxis II Test Name Test Code Qualifying Score
Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5161 160
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 154
Technology Education 5051 159

For additional information including dates, locations, fees and practice exams and Core reporting please visit the ETS website.