All Fellows are required to register for and pass the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) reading, writing, and math tests to continue in our program, regardless of assigned subject area. It is imperative that you register for this test as soon as possible so you are able to start training, and so you will be able to fully concentrate on passing your Content Area exam if necessary (see Pearson Content Area Assessment section below). Computerized-test administration dates for the CASA tests are flexible and can be scheduled at your convenience. You will need to take your test by April 15th and submit passing scores no later than May 2nd to qualify for Marian University financial aid requirements.
The CASA can only be administered in the state of Indiana. We strongly suggest the ACT/SAT for out-of-state candidates.
Prior to admission to a teacher preparation program prospective Indiana educators are required to pass the CASA assessments, which measure proficiency in basic academic skills, or meet an approved alternative. Please note that CASA testing only applies to preservice teachers prior to enrollment into a program and is no longer a licensure requirement.
The following additional assessments/routes are acceptable to document basic skills competency at the time of admission to a teacher preparation program:
- ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science; We strongly encourage enrollees to take the ACT before attempting the CASA.
- SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and Math;
- GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11;
- GRE with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/11; or,
- Praxis I composite score of at least 527 based on Reading, Writing, and Math if taken prior to 9/1/13.
- Master’s Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
Check here to learn more about CASA exemptions.
Note: Examinees that do not pass a section of the CASA test may retake just that section. If you wish to retake a test, you will need to complete the registration process again, though you must wait 30 days before retaking a test. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you violate this restriction, the scores from your test will not be reported and your test fees will not be refunded. If you are a test taker with disabilities, information about how to request alternative testing arrangements is available on the Requesting Alternative Testing Arrangements page.
CASA Testing Codes
Please take note of the following test codes to register for the CASA:
Core Academic Skills Assessment – Reading
Core Academic Skills Assessment – Mathematics
Core Academic Skills Assessment – Writing
Core Academic Skills Assessment Reading, Mathematics, and Writing Combined Test - this is the computer-based CASA exam for all 3 above tests (001, 002, 003) for those who want to take all three at the same time.