Praxis Core and Praxis II

The Praxis Series® tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include:

  • Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
    These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.
    • The passing scores on the Praxis Core are:
      • Test 5712 Core Reading:  156 or higher
      • Test 5722 Core Writing:  162 or higher
      • Test 5732 Core Math:  150 or higher
    • North Carolina is currently accepting a composite score of 468 as a way to pass the Praxis Core.  The composite score means that a student who might not reach the passing score in one area can make up for that gap by earning a higher score in another subject area.
    • Further information regarding studying resources and students that are exempt from taking the Praxis Core can be found at
  • Praxis II® Subject Assessments
    These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need for beginning teaching. 

All Praxis Series tests are computer-based tests given in the Office of Testing Services.  For registration and more information, visit