EPP Testing Information

Basic Skills Assessment

One of the first assessments to evaluate a prospective teacher candidate is an assessment of their reading, writing, and mathematics (basic skills).  Currently there are three different options for a teacher candidate to demonstrate their basic skills proficiency. 

Option I - College Entrance Exams

Candidates may use one of the following college entrance exams to demonstrate basic skills.  The exams cannot be combined with other options or college entrance exams.  All scores must be achieved on a single exam attempt.


ACT Exam Option

A candidate who has completed the ACT or the ACT with writing test, may use their ACT scores to satisfy the basic skills requirement if they meet the following:

  • A composite score of 22 or higher

ACT scores are available to review on your unofficial transcripts through eSIS. If your scores are not on your unoffiical transcripts you may need to request official copies of scores from ACT.


SAT (new) 1500

SAT Exam (new version)
Taken March 1, 2016 - Present

Minimum required scores:

  • Reading + Writing: 550
  • Mathematics: 570

Sat (old) 2400

SAT (old version)
Taken 3/12/2005 - 2/28/2016

Minimum qualifying scores

  • Reading: 510
  • Writing: 510
  • Mathematics: 520


Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Taken between 2001 - 8/11/2011
Minimum Scores Required

  • Verbal Reasoning: 450
  • Analytical Writing: 3
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 540

Taken after 8/11/2011
Minimum Scores Required

  • Verbal Reasoning: 150
  • Analytical Writing: 3
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 145

Option II - Basic Skills Assessment Exams

Candidates who do not demonstrate basic skills with a college entrance exam, may use one of the following approved basic skills exams to demonstrate basic skills.  The subtests can be combined with other basic skills exam options in this section to demonstrate basic skills in math, reading and writing.

Praxis Exams

Praxis® Exams for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. 

Testing Company: Educational Testing Services (ETS)

Currently, there are two approved ETS exams which can be used to demonstrate basic skills/

Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators

  • Reading score = 156
  • Writing score = 162
  • Mathematics score = 150

Praxis I® Skills Test (PPST®): Reading, Writing, and Mathematics - no longer offered

  • Reading score  = 175
  • Writing score = 174
  • Mathematics score = 173

Basic skills testing should attempt during your first year of college if you did not meet the basic skills requirement using either the ACT, SAT, or GRE exams. Please note:

  • CORE Combined test, test code 5751,  (Reading, Writing, Mathematics): $150.00
    • A single CORE subtest: $90.00
  • A candidate can retake subtest(s) they don't pass.
  • Passing results from the PPST® and CORE tests can be combined.
  • Basic skills tests are not offered at UWRF.  For a list of testing locations, please visit
  • Study guides can be purchased in the bookstore or from Educational Testing Services,

ETS Resources

Registration Links

Useful tips

  • UW - River Falls Institution code is 1918 for all Praxis exams except the Speech Pathology test.
  • Score reports will be sent to you via e-mail
  • Print a copy of your score report for your records
  • Save a copy of the score report PDF file somewhere safe

Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Exam

Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS)

The MN NES exam can be used to demonstrate basic skills at UWRF.  The EAS exam can be combined with passing scores from the Praxis CORE exam.

Minimum Score for all three EAS exams (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) = 520

Option III - Basic Skills Portfolio

Educator Preparation Program candidates who seek admission to the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program, have the option to submit a portfolio to demonstrate basic skills (reading, writing, math) in place of an approved basic skills exam.

Portfolio Requirements and Submission Process

Basic Skills Resources