Two standardized tests are required for teacher certification: an academic skills test (for program admission) and a subject area test in your certification area (prior to student teaching). Information about these tests is presented below.
Academic Skills Test for Program Admission
To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, students must have attained qualifying scores on an academic skills test taken within the last ten years. Here is a list of acceptable tests: Praxis CORE, ACT Plus Writing, ACT, SAT, Revised GRE, or GRE. The required passing score can be found on the Wisconsin Educator Testing Requirements website.
Students who already have passing scores on the ACT, SAT, or GRE should submit a copy of their score report to Carol Marx in the Education Department office (Briggs 117, 7:30-11:30 a.m.). Students who do not have passing scores on one of these tests should arrange to take the Praxis CORE test and have official scores sent to Lawrence. Check the ETS Praxis website for test centers, dates, and registration (the nearest test center is at UW-Oshkosh).
Subject Area Test for Student Teaching
Before you may student teach, you must pass a subject area test in each certification area. The applicable tests are listed below and on the DPI website. Plan to take this test no later than March of the year before student teaching (register at least a month in advance). It can take up to six weeks for your scores to reach Lawrence, and official scores from ETS Praxis or ACTFL must be on file before you may begin.
Test information is available from Carol Marx in the Education Department office (Briggs 117, 7:30-11:30 a.m.). For Praxis II, check the ETS Praxis website for test centers, dates, and registration (the nearest test center is UW-Oshkosh). For ACTFL, contact the chair of the Education Department to arrange the oral interview and writing proficiency test. Be sure to request that your scores be reported to Lawrence University to avoid a delay and additional score reporting fee.
As of 2016, each Praxis II test costs $120.
|Subject Area||Test||Passing Score|
|Elementary||Praxis II - Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5014)*||147|
|English||Praxis II - English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038)||167|
|Social Studies||Praxis II - Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081)||153|
|Mathematics||Praxis II - Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)||160|
|Science||Praxis II - General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)||154|
|Computer Science||See Education Department chair|
|Art||Praxis II - Art: Content Knowledge (5134)||158|
|Music||Praxis II - Music: Content Knowledge (5113)||150|
|Theatre||Praxis II - Theatre (5641)||157|
ACTFL oral proficiency interview and writing proficiency test (contact the Education Department chair to arrange for these tests)
|ESL||Praxis II - English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361)||143|
*Elementary certification also requires a score of 240 or higher on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test.
Some subjects are covered by broad tests, which means that you'll need to brush up on topics outside your major. For example, the social studies test asks about U.S. history, world history, government, geography, economics, and psychology, and the science test asks about the scientific method, physical sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, and technology. A list of Wisconsin's required Praxis II tests and qualifying scores can be found on the ETS website at Wisconsin: Praxis Test Requirements.
If you do not pass, you may retake the test as many times as necessary to receive a passing score. You must pass the subject area test before you may begin student teaching; there are no exceptions to this policy.