Overview of North Carolina Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Licensure

For initial certification in North Carolina, all candidates (traditional and alternate routes) must:

  • Complete a state-approved educator preparation program.
  • Pass the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests, if required.
  • Pass one or more Praxis ® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® tests) as required by the state for their certification area(s)

Important Information

  • If you test in North Carolina, your score report will be sent automatically to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If you test outside of North Carolina, select the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (state code 7846) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
  • As of the 2014–15 testing year, ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing. However, Praxis® tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.

Who Must Take the Tests?

Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take The Praxis Series® tests.

Prior to entering an educator preparation program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Core tests to demonstrate your qualifications. However, individuals with a total SAT® score of 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only) are exempt from Core testing requirements for an educator preparation program administration.

  • Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only), but a score of at least 550 on the Verbal test, are exempt from the Core tests in Reading and Writing for educator preparation program admission.
  • Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only), but a score of at least 550 on the Math test, are exempt from the Core test in Mathematics for educator preparation program admission.

Likewise, individuals with a composite ACT® score of 24 are exempt from Core testing requirements for educator preparation program admission.

  • Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English test, are exempt from the Core tests in Reading and Writing for educator preparation program admission.
  • Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but a score of at least 24 on the Math test, are exempt from the Core test in Mathematics for educator preparation program admission.

In North Carolina, you must take the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments for each licensure area you seek.

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