Nebraska Frequently Asked Questions About The Praxis Series® Tests
- How do I know which test to take to meet Nebraska requirements?
Information about Nebraska requirements is available on the Test Requirements page. Effective September 1, 2014, passage of the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests is required for admission into an educator preparation program.
The Nebraska Department of Education will also accept the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) with Nebraska’s required passing scores.
You must pass the Praxis® Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EECIA) test to be designated as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Qualified, an NCLB requirement for all new-to-the-profession teachers at the elementary education or elementary special education level of instruction. The NCLB requirement applies only to teachers at the K–8 grade levels.
- Why is it important that I take the Praxis test?
Effective September 1, 2015, passing the appropriate Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II® tests) will be required to have an endorsement placed on one’s Nebraska teaching certificate for the first time. Those who obtained a teaching certificate prior to September 1, 2015 are not subject to this requirement unless they want to have an additional endorsement placed on their certificate.
- Am I required to take the Praxis test?
You need to consult with your institution to determine educator preparation program requirements. Candidates who apply for a Nebraska certificate effective September 1, 2015, will be required to show evidence they have passed the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments at the required score, as described on the Test Requirements page. In addition, Elementary Education and Elementary Special Education candidates are required to take the Praxis EECIA (5017) to be considered NCLB-qualified. Although NCLB-qualified designation is not required to obtain a Nebraska certificate, Nebraska employers give priority to NCLB-qualified applicants.
- How and when do I register for the test?
Consult with your educator preparation program for the requirements and recommended timeline for taking the Praxis Core tests and the Praxis Subject Assessments.
The Nebraska Department of Education will also accept the PPST tests with Nebraska’s required passing scores. Online registration is available for all Praxis tests from the Registration page of this website. It is requested that you provide your Social Security Number (SSN) when you register. Failure to do so will delay processing of your certification application in Nebraska.
- What if I don't pass the test?
You have the option of retaking the test multiple times. Review the Praxis test retake policy.
- What should I do to prepare for the test?
A variety of test preparation materials are available from ETS. Study materials may also be available from your educator preparation program.
- How can I be certain that my scores are reported to the correct institutions?
It is very important that you indicate your institution AND the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) as score recipients during the registration process.
- Will my test scores be valid in other states?
Each state has different requirements for certification and obtaining NCLB-Qualified status. Information about requirements in other states that use ETS tests is available from The Praxis Series® page of the ETS website.