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Praxis Core Assistance

When registering for any Praxis exam, list both the University of South Carolina (5818) and the South Carolina Department of Education (8108) as score recipients.

Testing Resources

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides several resources including Study Companions. These packets of information are related to a specific section of the Praxis Core. They typically include an overview of the exam, practice questions and explanations, test-taking strategies, and a template study guide. There are Khan Academy Official Praxis Core Prep resources, as well as study plan resources available on the ETS website.

Professional Organizations

The South Carolina Education Association and the Palmetto State Teachers Association offer Praxis Core workshops. Dates, times, and registration information can be found on each organization’s web site. These workshops typically require a registration fee (fees are often lower for organization members).

USC Test Preparation

University of South Carolina Test Prep offers a free Praxis strategy workshop regularly which introduces you to the Praxis Core exams and covers study tips and sample questions. University Test Prep also offers test prep courses delivered by experienced instructors in an easy-to-follow live, online format for both the Praxis Core Math and the Praxis Core Verbal (Reading and Writing) exams. The Praxis Core Math test prep course costs $199 and includes 15 hours of instruction with an extensive review of mathematical concepts.  The Praxis Core Verbal test prep course costs $159 and includes 10 hours of instruction including an overview of reading skills and writing conventions.  USC students can receive a 10% discount when you register and use PROMO CODE USCstu10. Visit the Office of Continuing Education for more details.


Frequently Asked Questions About Praxis

Students in undergraduate teacher certification programs take the Praxis Core exam to meet the entry requirement for their Professional Program. You will take the Praxis II exam typically  during your Senior year as part of the teacher certification process.

You can use a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT in place of the Praxis Core:


 SAT Exemption Scores

Exam Effective Date SAT Exemption Score Sections Exempted
(before redesign)
Taken prior to March 5, 2016 Total Score (3 part) = 1650 or higher All sections of Praxis Core
(after redesign)
Taken on or after March 5, 2016 Total Score (2 part) = 1100 or higher All sections of Praxis Core
Reading/Writing score = 550 or higher Reading and Writing sections of Praxis Core

Mathematics score = 550 or higher

Mathematics section of Praxis Core


 ACT Exemption Scores

ACT Exemption  Score

Sections Exempted

Composite Score = 22 or higher All sections of Praxis Core
English Test Score = 22 or higher Reading and Writing sections of Praxis Core
Math Test Score = 22 or higher Mathematics section of Praxis Core



Schedule the ACT online at Visit to schedule the SAT.

You must pass the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections by the deadline for your program.

Deadlines vary by program. College of Education students can find deadlines in their Advisement Guide/Handbook for their program. If you are a student at another college, consult your advisor for your program-specific deadline.

Depending on when you take the Praxis Core, you need the following scores to pass:

 Praxis Core Passing Scores







You may also qualify for full program admission with a composite score of at least 464 on the three subtests. No subtest's score can be more than four points below the required passing score for that subtest.

Required Composite Score: 464
Praxis Core: Reading Minimum subtest score: 152
Praxis Core: Mathematics Minimum subtest score: 146
Praxis Core: Writing Minimum subtest score:154

Please see the Test Retake Policy by downloading The Praxis Tests Information Bulletin.

Find information about Praxis test fees by downloading The Praxis Tests Information Bulletin. There is a section in the Bulletin on test fees.

No. You only have to retake the sections you did not pass.

Access test preparation resources, including Khan Academy® Official Praxis® Core Prep through the ETS website.

You can also check the websites for the South Carolina Education Association and the Palmetto State Teachers Association to see if they are offering workshops.

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