Basic Skills Testing

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All students planning to enroll in an initial professional education (licensure) program in Wisconsin colleges, universities or alternative programs are required to pass an assessment of basic skills.  Currently there are four different pathways to demonstrate basic skills.

Exams cannot be mixed and matched!  For example, you can not take two passing scores from the ACT and combine it with another score from the Praxis I.


Praxis I Pre Professional Skills Test Option

The Praxis I® Pre Professional Skills Test(s) in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. 

Completion of the Praxis I tests is one of four ways a teacher candidate can demonstrate basic skills required for admission to all professional education programs.

Educators applying for licenses in Wisconsin who have completed professional education programs after August 31, 1992, at colleges and universities located in other states are required to submit passing scores on the Praxis I test to the Department of Public Instruction

The Praxis I® (PPST©) should attempted during your first year of college if you did not meet the basic skills requirement using either the ACT, SAT, or GRE exams.  You must pass all sections of the Praxis I® (PPST) before you can be admitted into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP).

  • The Praxis I® is not offered at UWRF.  For a list of computer based testing locations, please visit http://etsis4.ets.org/tcenter/index.htmllink.
  • Study guides can be purchased in the bookstore or from Educational Testing Services www.ets.orglink, a sample test book is available in WEB 203. You may check the book out for one day.
  • Which tests should I take?
    • Praxis I Mathematics, Qualifying score is 173
    • Praxis I Reading, Qualifying score is 175
    • Praxis I Writing, Qualifying score is 174
      Check on the Education Testing Serviceslink Website for specific information about each exam
ACT Exam Option

 ACT Exam Option

A candidate who has completed the ACT test within five years of the EPP admission application date may use their ACT scores to satisfy the basic skills requirement if they meet all of the following:

  • A composite score of 23 or above
  • Minimum score of 20 on Reading
  • Minimum score of 20 on English
  • Minimum score of 20 on Math

Candidates who do not meet all of the above ACT scores will need to take the Praxis I® Pre Professional Skills Exam, or another basic skills assessment to fulfill the basic skills testing requirement.  Your scores are available to review on your unofficial transcripts through eSIS. Transfer students may need to request official copies from ACT http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send/link.

Frequently asked questions regarding ACT:

Q: Can I retake the ACT if I did not get the minimum scores on it in High School?
A: Yes, but remember it is an all or none requirement.  It means you would need to take the entire exam (including the science section.)  and receive all four the above minimum scores, on that test attempt.  You cannot blend your best scores from multiple exam attempts. 

Q: If I get a 20 for each sub section but did not get a 23 composite do I meet the requirements?
A: No, you need to meet all four scores to use the ACT.

Q: How much does the ACT exam cost?
A: The exam is around $40.00.

Q: Can I appeal a section on the ACT like the Praxis I?
A: No, the ACT is considered a singe exam with multiple sections. The Praxis I is considered three separate exams with three separate scores.  The UWRF appeal process requires passing at least two the the three exams.  To appeal the ACT would require an exemption for the entire exam.

Q: Do I need to take the ACT with writing?
A: No, You only need the ACT (No, Writing.)

ACT Links

SAT Exam Option

SAT Exam Option

A candidate who has completed the SAT exam within five years of the EPP admission application date may use their SAT scores to satisfy the basic skills requirement if they meet all of the following:

  • A composite score of 1070 or above
  • Minimum score of 450 on verbal
  • Minimum score of 450 on Math

Candidates who do not meet all of the above SAT scores will need to take the Praxis I® Pre Professional Skills Exam, or one of the other basic skills assessments. to fulfill the basic skills testing requirement.  Your scores are available to review on your unofficial transcripts through eSIS. Transfer students may need to request official copies from The College Board.


GRE Exam Option

GRE Exam Option

A candidate who has completed the GRE (after 8/1/2011), within five years of the EPP admission application date may use their GRE scores to satisfy the basic skills requirement if they meet all of the following:

  • A composite score of 298 or above
  • Minimum score of 150 verbal.
  • Minimum score of 145 math.

Candidates who do not meet all of the above GRE scores will need to take the Praxis I® Pre Professional Skills Exam, or any other basic skills assesment to fulfill the basic skills testing requirement. 

Praxis I Tips
  • Test results will be
     sent to you via e-mail.
    Make sure to give an
    E-Mail address you check.
  • Make sure to print a
    few copies of your test
    results to keep with your
     professional credentials.
    It costs $45.00 to order 
    copies from ETS
  •  Save an E-copy of your
    results for future use.
  • Badger link has some great study resources for free! http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/?HR=http://www.badgerlink.net/link

 


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