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Program Testing Requirements

There are limited testing opportunities before the start of training, so register for the required test(s) as soon as possible once you have enrolled. Enrolled Fellows will receive information on how to submit proof of test registration, which you must show to secure your place in the 2016 cohort. Select your program below for detailed information on registering, preparing for and taking tests. 

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BCTR TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Maryland requires all teachers to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core) and Praxis II tests to show basic skills and subject area competency. Passing these exams demonstrates that a Resident is “Highly Qualified” (HQ) under No Child Left Behind and therefore is eligible to enter the classroom under a Resident Teaching Certificate.

You must submit passing scores for the Praxis Core and Praxis II no later than May 19, 2017 in order to be eligible to continue  with the Baltimore City Teaching Residency pre-service training in late June. 

Visit the Educational Testing Service website to register for the appropriate exam(s) based on your BCTR subject area assignment.  When you register for the Praxis exam(s), list the Baltimore City Teaching Residency (R5132) and the Maryland State Department of Education (R7403) as test score recipients. You are also required to submit your Praxis score reports to your TT2 checklist. 

TESTING WINDOWS

Praxis Core
There are no registration deadlines for the Praxis Core, but spots fill quickly, so register as soon as possible. Also, not all testing windows are available for all content area tests at all testing centers so please plan ahead. You will receive your scores for the Reading and Math section on screen immediately after the exam. Your official score report with your Writing score will be available via the web 12-17 business days after your test date.

Praxis II
The Praxis II exams are administered during testing windows. Your final Praxis II testing window is April 10 – April 22.  You are strongly encouraged to take the Praxis II before this testing window in case you do not pass on your first attempt. Scores will be available via the web 12-17 business days after the testing window closes.

PRAXIS CORE

Register for the Praxis Core as soon as possible so you can concentrate on passing the Praxis II Content Knowledge exams (see Praxis II section below).  

You may take the Praxis Core only once per calendar month, and no more than six times within a 12-month period. This applies even if you cancelled 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, refer to this page.  

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Reading, Writing and Math) (5751)

Exception to Praxis Core

We encourage you to take advantage of the option to use qualifying scores from one of the exams listed here in place of taking the Praxis Core exam.

PRAXIS II CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

You have been assigned a subject area based on your eligibility and preference, as well as the needs of the district.

Praxis II Testing Codes

Please refer to your assigned subject area to determine which Content Area Test(s) to take.

Biology

Praxis II: Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)

Chemistry

Praxis II: Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)

Early Childhood

Praxis II: Early Childhood: Content Knowledge (5025)

Elementary Education

Praxis II: Elementary Education: Instructional Practice & Applications (5019)

English

Praxis II: English Language Arts: Content & Analysis (5039)

Mathematics

Praxis II: Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)

Special Education – Elementary

Praxis II: Elementary Education: Instructional Practice & Applications

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications exam (5354) – Residents are not required to submit passing scores for this exam until the end of their second year in the classroom.

Special Education – English 

Praxis II: English Language Arts: Content & Analysis (5039)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications exam (5354) – Residents are not required to submit passing scores for this exam until the end of their second year in the classroom.

Special Education – Math

Praxis II: Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications exam (5354) – Residents are not required to submit passing scores for this exam until the end of their second year in the classroom.

TESTING RESOURCES

We want to support you in preparing for your Praxis exam through our free online Math Test Prep Enrollment Course.  Two separate courses will be facilitated by a TNTP Virtual Effectiveness Coach and are designed to help you study and prepare for the Praxis Core and Praxis II Math exams. Once enrolled, you will receive more details on how to register.

We do not specifically endorse any of these materials and individuals’ preparation needs will vary, but alumni have cited these resources as helpful starting points in studying for these important tests.

Resources

ETS Study Plan Webinar: This free webinar covers how to prepare for Praxis exams.

ETS Test at a Glance Documents: Available for each Praxis exam, these documents can help you create your study guide and practice sample questions. 

LearningExpress:  Many public libraries have subscriptions for this online test-prep service.  Simply visit your public library website, click on LearningExpress and then search “Praxis.” 

Study Books: Companies like Barron’s and Cliffs Notes publish study guides for most Praxis exams, many of which include full-length practice tests and online resources. ETS also carries an eBook study guide available for download on their website. Borrow these study guides for free at the public library, or visit Amazon.com to buy used copies at reduced prices. 

College Resources: The textbooks that you used for your college coursework can help you prepare for Praxis exams, especially for secondary subjects such as math and science.

SAT/ACT/AP Test Study Materials: Many of the topics covered in the Middle School and Secondary Content Knowledge exams are also covered on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.  Consider going back to these guides for refreshers on basic algebra and geometry.  AP tests in specific content areas, like chemistry, are also helpful in reviewing for specific secondary Praxis exams.

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PROGRAM TESTING REQUIREMENTS

The state of Indiana and Marian University require the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) (or approved alternative, including the ACT) and Pearson Indiana CORE Content Area Assessment for all of its teachers to show basic skills and subject-area competency. Passing the CASA ensures Fellows are able to enroll in Marian’s Transition to Teaching program and are therefore eligible to enter the classroom under a Transition to Teaching Permit. Passing the Content exams demonstrates that a Fellow is “Highly Qualified” (HQ) under No Child Left Behind.

CASA and Pearson Indiana CORE Requirements

You must submit a passing score report for the CASA or an approved exemption score and, in some cases, the Pearson Indiana CORE Content Area Assessment in order to begin pre-service training. Upon applying to Marian University, including submitting all transcripts, you will be notified of exactly which tests you need to take and by when. We recommend taking all necessary tests by April 15th so that you can ensure your scores will be delivered in May, and allow yourself one more opportunity to take and pass the exams before PST begins. However, it is our expectation that you register for the required tests immediately upon enrollment, and test at the next possible opportunity.  If you fail to submit passing scores before the start of pre-service training, you will not be eligible to start training. Therefore, it is critical that you give yourself time to take the required exams multiple times in the event that you are not successful on your first attempt. If there is any reason you are unable to meet these deadlines, it is critical that you are in constant communication with site staff.

All candidates should visit the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensing website to register for the CASA and their appropriate Content Area exam(s) based on Marian’s guidance. When you register for the CASA and/or Pearson Content Area Assessment, please make sure that you list Marian University and Indianapolis Teaching Fellows as an official test score recipient.

Please note that Pearson offers three tests for educator certification: the CASA, Content Area Assessments, and Pedagogy Assessments. Fellows are only required to take the CASA and the appropriate Content Area Assessments. Please do NOT register for a Pedagogy Assessment at this time. You will take the Pedagogy Assessment after your first year of teaching. 

CASA

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 must submit a passing score report for the CASA exam by May 2. For this reason, you should plan to test no later than April 15th 

Exemptions

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 test may retake it. 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
001

Core Academic Skills Assessment – Mathematics
002

Core Academic Skills Assessment – Writing
003

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.         

PEARSON CONTENT AREA ASSESSMENTS

Enrollees teaching in a content area that aligns with their undergraduate degree will not be required to take a Pearson Indiana CORE Content Area Assessment prior to admission.

Enrollees teaching in a content area different than their undergraduate degree will be required to take the Pearson Indiana CORE Content Area Assessment in their content area prior to admission.

Elementary, SPED, and ESL Enrollees do not need to take any Pearson Indiana CORE Content Area Assessments prior to admission.

While the Pearson Indiana CORE Content Area Assessments are not necessarily required prior to admission in the program, most Indianapolis Teaching Fellows will be required to take and pass these exams during their first two years of teaching, in order to receive their Initial Practitioner’s Teaching license. We therefore recommend that enrollees test early and often, even though the exams are not necessarily required for admission.

TESTING RESOURCES

We do not specifically endorse any of these materials and individuals’ preparation needs will vary, but alumni have cited these resources as helpful starting points in studying for these important tests.

Testing Resources

CASA Preparation Page: There are several resources available for the CASA at the NESINC webpage.

Pearson Preparation Page: Pearson’s website includes a “Prepare” page that gives you an overview of the resources available for each content test you intend to take. 

LearningExpress:  Many public libraries have subscriptions for this online test-prep service.  Simply visit your public library website. 

Study Books: Companies like Barron’s and Cliffs Notes publish study guides for most tests. Many of these books contain full-length practice tests and online resources. If you wish to avoid paying for these guides, visit the public library, where you can check out study materials for free, or amazon.com, where you can obtain used copies of these texts at reduced costs.

Quizlet.com: Quizlet.com allows you to study the material of common tests at no charge. Many Indianapolis Teaching Fellows use this resource as they prepare for their required tests.

College Resources: The textbooks that you used for your college coursework can help you prepare for content area test, especially for secondary subjects such as math and science.

SAT/ACT/AP Test Study Materials: Many of the topics covered in the Middle School and Secondary Content Knowledge exams are also covered on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. Consider going back to these guides for refreshers on basic algebra and geometry. AP tests in specific content areas, like chemistry, are also helpful in reviewing for specific content area tests.

Connect with Other Fellows: Once you enroll in Indianapolis Teaching Fellows, you will have the opportunity to connect with other Fellows via the 2016 Facebook group as well as a system available on our 2016 Cohort Website for finding study buddies, test prep group meetings in your area, and the potential for online test prep sessions led by other enrollees who have taken and passed the tests. 

TIPS AND RESOURCES

Know what test you need to take.
Review your offer letter and the Pearson website to determine which test(s) you are required to take and by what date. Once you have officially joined Indianapolis Teaching Fellows, you will also have access to the 2016 Cohort Website, which provides further information on how to double check which tests you should take.

Understand what information is covered on your test.            
Visit the Pearson preparation page to learn what resources are available for your test.

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PROGRAM TESTING REQUIREMENTS

In order to begin pre-service training, all Corps members must register for and pass the Praxis Core Skills for Educators or the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) to demonstrate competency in basic reading, writing and mathematics.

Before the end of your first year of teaching you must also pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam: Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5019).  While we encourage you to take this exam as early as possible, your immediate focus should be passing the Praxis Core or CBEST.

CALIFORNIA BASIC EDUCATIONAL SKILLS TEST (CBEST)

CBEST computer tests are offered year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). Test appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seating is limited. You may also take a paper test on specific dates. The test is offered at limited locations in Nevada.

Costs for the CBEST will range from $102 - $155.

If you do not pass the CBEST you may retake 45 days after prior administration. We encourage you to register and take the CBEST as early as possible.

Once you receive your scores, you must upload them to the enrollment checklist. In Nevada a qualifying score for the CBEST is 123 for all three sections

Register for the CBEST.

Review the FAQ for more information.

PRAXIS CORE

Praxis Core computer-based tests are offered year-round. The test is offered at limited locations in Nevada.

Costs for the Praxis Core are $90 per test if taken separately or $150 if taking all three combined. If you do not pass the Praxis Core you may retake 21 days after prior administration. We encourage you to register and take the Praxis Core as early as possible.

Once you receive your scores, you must upload them to the enrollment checklist. In Nevada, qualifying scores for Praxis Core are reading, 156; writing, 162 and mathematics, 150.

Praxis Core Test Codes

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading
5712

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing
5722

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
5732

You may take tests individually, but we strongly recommend taking all three at the same time by selecting Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751) when registering. This will shorten your overall testing timeline and if you don’t pass one section, you can schedule a re-take for an individual test.  Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

If you are a test taker with disabilities, refer here for guidance.

Register for the Praxis Core.

PRAXIS II CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

Before the end of your first year of teaching – the 2016-2017 school year -- you must also pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam: Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5019).  Please note that test numbers 5014 and 5018 are not applicable. You must take test 5019 to qualify for a standard teaching license in elementary education.

There are no registration deadlines for Praxis II Content Knowledge tests, but spots fill quickly, so schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Also, not all testing windows are available for all content area tests at all testing centers. Be sure to confirm testing windows for Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5019) far in advance of your intended testing date.

Once you receive your scores, you must upload them to the enrollment checklist. Scores will be available via the web 12-17 business days after the testing window closes.

Testing windows for Praxis II Content Knowledge exam.

Register for the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam.

TESTING RESOURCES

We do not specifically endorse any of these materials and individuals’ preparation needs will vary, but alumni have cited these resources as helpful starting points in studying for these important tests.

Interactive Practice Tests: Available for each Praxis exam, these interactive tests can help you create your study guide and practice sample questions.

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading | 5712

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing | 5722

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics | 5732

Praxis II Content Knowledge exam: Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications | 5019

LearningExpress:  Many public libraries have subscriptions for this online test-prep service.  Simply visit your public library website, click on LearningExpress and then search “Praxis.” 

Study Books: Companies like Barron’s and Cliffs Notes publish study guides for most Praxis exams, many of which include full-length practice tests and online resources. ETS also carries an eBook study guide available for download on their website. Borrow these study guides for free at the public library, or visit Amazon.com to buy used copies at reduced prices. 

College Resources: The textbooks that you used for your college coursework can help you prepare for Praxis exams, especially for secondary subjects such as math and science.

SAT/ACT/AP Test Study Materials: Many of the topics covered in the Middle School and Secondary Content Knowledge exams are also covered on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.  Consider going back to these guides for refreshers on basic algebra and geometry.  AP tests in specific content areas, like chemistry, are also helpful in reviewing for specific secondary Praxis exams.

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TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Louisiana requires the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core) and Praxis II tests for all of its teachers to show basic skills and subject-area competency. Passing these exams helps demonstrate that a Fellow is “Highly Qualified” (HQ) under No Child Left Behind and therefore is eligible to enter the classroom under a Practitioner License. 

Testing Requirements

Since there are limited testing opportunities prior to the start of training, it is imperative that you quickly register for, and take, the required test(s) following an offer and enrollment.   While we have high expectations that you will study and pass the tests on your first attempt, testing can be difficult, and you must pass the required tests to continue with the program and start training.

Once you enroll, you will need to submit proof of test registration by the deadline outlined in the Checklist Item and Testing Deadlines Chart, which is necessary to confirm your enrollment and secure your placement in the 2016 cohort. We encourage you to reach out to program staff with any questions specific to testing after you have enrolled.

Visit the Educational Testing Service website to register for your appropriate exam(s).  When you register for the Praxis exam(s), list teachNOLA Teaching Fellows (6376), TNTP Academy (6376), and the Louisiana Department of Education (7330) as test score recipients.

Keep track of your requirements with the Checklist Items and Testing Deadlines Chart.

TESTING WINDOWS

Below are all of the testing windows offered by ETS, but you must register for a test in the window that meets the deadline guidance in the Checklist Items and Testing Deadlines Chart.

December 5, 2016 – December 17, 2016
January 16, 2017 – January 28, 2017
February 13, 2017 – February 25, 2017
March 13, 2017 – March 25, 2017
April 10, 2017 – April 22, 2017

There are no registration deadlines for computer-delivered tests, but spots fill quickly, so schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Also, not all testing windows are available for all content area tests at all testing centers. ELA Grades 6-12 and Spanish have very few windows. Be sure to confirm testing windows for your subject as soon as you enroll and plan ahead.

Scores will be available via the web 12-17 business days after the testing window closes.

PRAXIS CORE

All Fellows must register for and pass the Praxis Core Reading, Writing, and Math tests to be accepted into our program, regardless of your assigned subject area. Register for the Praxis Core as soon as possible so you can concentrate on passing the Praxis II exams (see Praxis II section below).

Praxis Core Exemptions

Fellows may be exempt from the Praxis Core requirement by submitting one of the following:

  • The combined Reading and Math scores for the SAT exam is equal to or greater than 1030.
  • The composite score on the ACT is 22 or greater.
  • A degree conferred transcript, showing you have earned an advanced degree (MA or higher).

If you are using one of the above-mentioned Praxis Core exemptions, please submit proof of this within the deadlines listed in the Checklist Item and Testing Deadlines Chart of your enrollment in the program.  Again, you will receive guidance on how to provide this notification upon enrollment.

You may take the Praxis Core exam only once every 21 days, and no more than six times within a 12-month period. 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, refer here for guidance.

Praxis Core Testing Codes

Please take note of the following test codes to register for the Praxis Core:

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined (reading, writing, and math)
5751

*After you have taken the combined exam, if you do not pass one of the individual sections, you may take the individual test(s) you did not pass.  The individual test codes are listed here:

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading
5712

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing
5722

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
5732

PRAXIS II CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

You have been assigned a subject area based on your eligibility and preference, as well as the needs of the district.  Please refer to your assigned subject area to determine which Content Area Test(s) to take in order to earn your Practitioner License for your first year as a teacher.

Praxis II Testing Codes

Biology (6 – 12)
Biology:  Content Knowledge (5235)

Chemistry (6 – 12)
Chemistry:  Content Knowledge (5245)

Early Childhood (PK-3)
Elementary Content Knowledge (5018)

Elementary Education (1-5) and Special Education - Elementary
Elementary Content Knowledge (5018)

English - Middle School (4-8) and Special Education - English Language Arts - Middle School
Middle School English/Language Arts (5047)

English - High School (6-12) and Special Education - English Language Arts
English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039)

Mathematics - Middle School (4-8) and Special Education - Math - Middle School
Middle School Mathematics (5169)

Mathematics - High School (6-12) and Special Education - Math
Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)

Physics (6-12)
Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)

General Science (6-12)
General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)

Science - Middle School (4-8)
General Science: Content Knowledge (5440)

Spanish (6-12)
Spanish: World Language (5195)

To earn a Practitioner License, Fellows must pass both the Praxis Core exams (or submit a waiver) and the Praxis II exam.  .

TESTING RESOURCES

We do not specifically endorse any of these materials and individuals’ preparation needs will vary, but alumni have cited these resources as helpful starting points in studying for these important tests.

Resources

ETS Study Plan Webinar: This free webinar covers how to prepare for Praxis exams.

ETS Test at a Glance Documents: Available for each Praxis exam, these documents can help you create your study guide and practice sample questions. 

LearningExpress:  Many public libraries have subscriptions for this online test-prep service.  Simply visit your public library website, click on LearningExpress and then search “Praxis.” 

Study Books: Companies like Barron’s and Cliffs Notes publish study guides for most Praxis exams, many of which include full-length practice tests and online resources. ETS also carries an eBook study guide available for download on their website. Borrow these study guides for free at the public library, or visit Amazon.com to buy used copies at reduced prices. 

College Resources: The textbooks that you used for your college coursework can help you prepare for Praxis exams, especially for secondary subjects such as math and science.

SAT/ACT/AP Test Study Materials: Many of the topics covered in the Middle School and Secondary Content Knowledge exams are also covered on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.  Consider going back to these guides for refreshers on basic algebra and geometry.  AP tests in specific content areas, like chemistry, are also helpful in reviewing for specific secondary Praxis exams.

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