Educator Certification Office

Praxis I (PPST)

The Praxis I (PPST) exam is required for admission into educator preparation programs and teaching certificates (except substitute) in Nebraska.  UNK’s College of Education Building hosts one of the Nebraska testing sites.   

To register for the exam and for exam information, visit the ETS website.  Indicate UNK 6467 and Nebraska Department of Education as score recipients.  While on the ETS website, be sure to check out the test preparation information so you know how to prepare and what to bring with you on the day of your test. 

UNK’s Calvin T. Ryan Library provides on-line practice tests and test preparation information.  Follow these steps to get to the Praxis preparation site:

  1. Go to library.unk.edu.  Choose "Research Tools-Articles & Books" and "Articles and E-Resources" from the drop-down menu. 
  2. From the list, choose "Careers and Test Prep > Recommended." 
  3. From the Resource Subjects, choose "Testing and Education Reference Center."  Do not click the "About Resource" button. 
  4. From the horizontal menu across the top, hover over "Career Tools" and select "Teaching (PRAXIS)" from the drop-down. 

The Praxis I (PPST) test consists of three sections with passing scores as follows: Reading—170, Math—171, Writing—172.  The Nebraska Department of Education will accept a non-passing score if all of the following criteria are met: 

  1. the composite score of all three sections is 513 or above, and
  2. two sections are at or above passing scores, and
  3. one section is within one point of the passing scores.  If you believe you qualify for the exception, contact the Educator Certification Office for verification.

If you have a disability, health-related needs, or your primary language is not English, visit the ETS website for information on accommodations.