MAT Program: Praxis Core Tests

All graduate initial licensure candidates are required to demonstrate basic competency in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to admission. To demonstrate these competencies, MAT applicants are required to take the Praxis Core tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics unless exempted by GRE scores fewer than 5 years old at the time of completion of application*. The Praxis Core tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.

**In order to gain exemption from the Praxis Core requirements, an applicant must achieve at or above the 50th percentile scores on the GRE Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing tests. Students who have not taken the GRE are strongly encouraged to take the Praxis Core tests to demonstrate these competencies.

How are the Praxis Core tests given?

The Praxis Core tests are delivered on computer through an international network of test centers.

When registering online at, click on EPP Test Requirements:

EPP Test Requirements example



Which Tests Should I Take?

Reading (Test Code: 5712)

This test measures skills in understanding, analyzing and evaluating texts of different kinds. Each passage is followed by questions that are based on its content and that relate to reading skills. All questions can be answered by using information contained within the passage. It has 56 multiple-choice questions and a total testing time of 85 minutes.
Criterion score: 156

Writing (Test Code: 5722)

This test is designed to measure examinees' ability to use standard written English correctly and effectively. Total testing time is 100 minutes, divided into a 40-minute multiple-choice section and two 30-minute essay sections.
Criterion score: 162

Mathematics (Test Code: 5732)

The test will cover four major content areas: Number and Quantity, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Focus is on key concepts of mathematics and the ability to solve problems and to reason in a quantitative context. Many of the problems require the integration of multiple skills to achieve a solution. It has 56 multiple-choice and numeric entry questions, and a total testing time of 85 minutes. On-screen calculator is available.
Criterion score: 154

Combined Test (Test Code: 5751)

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, Mathematics.

The recommended Criterion Scores for the Praxis Core are:

  • Reading: 156
  • Writing: 162
  • Mathematics: 154

Criterion Score is a recommended score threshold and candidates should try to achieve these scores or higher. Annual applicant cohorts (average) for each program (by level and campus) must meet CAEP 50th percentile scores, which may be higher than the listed criterion scores.


How Can I Prepare for the Tests?

Please note: Some of these options require a fee.

  • The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin (PDF) provides information on registration, test day procedures and score reporting.
  • Praxis test preparation materials provides detailed study tools for Praxis Core tests, including a Study Companion for each subject.
  • PraxisPrep
  • Exam Edge
  • Core Math Made Easy
  • Khan Academy
  • Praxis Core Prep Books with online practice tests/tools:
    Praxis Prep (12th edition, 2018): 11 Practice Tests + Proven Strategies + Online (Kaplan Test Prep). ISBN 9781506246079
    Praxis Core for Dummies with 6 Online Practice Tests (2nd edition, 2018) (John Wiley & Sons). ISBN 9781119382409
  • The Vacca Office of Student Services (Undergraduate Advising Office) website lists additional test prep resources.
  • Additional Resources: Practice Praxis available in the IRC (221 White Hall), and resources available through University Library.


Should I Guess?

All test takers receive a score regardless of the number of questions answered or the type of test. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly, with no penalty or subtraction for answering a question incorrectly. It is to your advantage to pace yourself so that you have enough time to carefully consider every question.


Retest Policy

Tests that are offered continuously may be taken once every 21 days, not including your initial test date.


Praxis Test Fees (Subject to Change)

$90 each ($150 for all 3 tests)


Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities and Health-related Needs

If a student is eligible for accommodations at Kent State University, he/she may also be eligible for accommodations for the Praxis through ETS. To apply for accommodations through ETS, see How to Apply for Accommodations on the ETS website. Once you have applied for accommodations, it will take approximately 6 weeks to receive a decision. Due to the length of time it takes to receive a decision on your application, you will need to apply at least 2-3 months prior to the date you need the scores.


Extended Test Time for Test Takers Whose Primary Language Is Not English (PLNE, sometimes referred to as ESL)

The Praxis® tests are only given in English. If English is not your primary language, you may be eligible for extended testing time. PLNE accommodations are available on all test dates and at all established test centers. Test takers who meet ETS requirements will be allowed 50 percent additional testing time. For more information, see Test Takers Needing PLNE Accommodations on the ETS website.


Getting your Praxis Scores

You will review unofficial scores for multiple-choice tests at the test center; however, because of the scoring process, you will not view scores for tests that include constructed-response questions at that time. Test centers cannot provide printed copies of score reports. Your official scores will be supplied to your score recipients and available for you to view, print, and download by accessing the online user account you created. Scores will be available approximately 2-3 weeks after the testing. Scores will be available online for one year from the date they are reported. Online scores are downloadable for one calendar year from the score reporting date. After one year, your score report will no longer be available and you will need to request additional score reports for a $40 fee (per request). We recommend saving a copy of your score report for future reference.