Praxis Core FAQs

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) exams are required for admission into educator preparation programs and for teaching certificates in Nebraska. UNK's College of Education Building hosts one of the Nebraska testing sites.

The Praxis Core consists of three tests:  reading, writing, and math.  When registering, choose the combined test if you would like to take the tests in one sitting, which is the least expensive option.  

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

The Praxis Core consists of three tests with passing scores as follows: Reading - 156, Math - 150, Writing - 162. 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 tests is 468 or above, and
  2. Two tests receive passing scores with at least one test above the passing score, and
  3. One test is within one point of the passing score. 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.  If you qualify for accommodations, contact ETS prior to registering for a Praxis test.  You must apply for accommodations prior to registering each time you take a Praxis test.

What is the Praxis Core exam?

The Praxis Core consists of three tests: reading, writing, and math.

Who should take the Praxis Core exam?

Students in an initial certification program are required to take the Praxis Core exam. The exam is required by UNK for admission to the Teacher Education Program and is required by the Nebraska Department of Education for certification. The Praxis Core is the regenerated version of the Praxis I PPST, which was discontinued August 31, 2014. Students who have received passing scores on the PPST exam are not required to take the Praxis Core.

Where are the tests offered?

You may take the exam at UNK's testing center, located in the COE Building, or at any other authorized testing center in the nation. Follow this link to locate testing centers in Nebraska and across the country: http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates.

How much does the test cost?

The Praxis Core combined test is $150 (reading, writing, and math tests taken in one sitting). Individual tests are $90 each. For a complete list of fees, visit the ETS website at http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/.

How do I register?

Click here to register. The name you use when registering must exactly match the name on your photo ID, which you are required to bring with you on test day. If the names on your registration and photo ID do not match, you will not be allowed to test and you will lose all or part of the test fees. Especially take care to match hyphenated names.

How do I request accommodations?

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities and health-related needs. Additionally, extra test time is available for test takers whose primary language is not English.

If you would like to request accommodations, follow the links above. Note you must request accommodations prior to registering. You must request accommodations each time you register

What if I did not pass?

If you do not pass one or more of the Praxis Core tests, get more detailed information about your scores.  Log in at www.ets.org/Praxis and click the arrow beside your test score to view your category scores.  Take advantage of the test prep materials on our website at www.unk.edu/certification.  Also consider contacting the Learning Commons for tutoring.