Overview of Hawaii Testing Requirements

Mobile Test Centers
In order to accommodate Praxis® test takers on the Neighbor Islands, ETS has created mobile testing events. Registering for a mobile testing event uses the same process as registering to take a Praxis test at a Prometric® test center or other test center locations. Test takers should go to the Praxis registration system to register to test for all mobile sites and sign up for their selected test date. Test dates and test center locations for mobile testing events will continue to be added to the Praxis registration system until we have sufficient coverage.

If you need to take a Praxis assessment but do not have access to a center on your island, please contact Denee West to get information about registration and travel reimbursement options for other locations. Denee can be contacted at 609-683-2774, and by email DWest@ets.org. She will respond to emails and answer messages left on her voicemail within 24 hours.

How to Qualify for Licensure

In order to qualify for educator licensure in Hawaii, applicants must:

  • Complete a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP).
  • Meet the requirements for basic skills and content knowledge, which includes Praxis® tests as an option.
  • Meet the professional fitness requirements.
  • Pay license fees.

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board issues the following licenses which require verification of basic skills and/or content knowledge for licensure:

1.  A non-renewable Provisional License may be granted for no more than three years to an applicant who meets the Provisional License requirements. Read the Provisional License minimum requirements to see how to qualify.

2.  A renewable Standard License may be granted for five years to an applicant who meets the Standard License requirements. Read the Standard License minimum requirements to see how to qualify.

Additional information on license types, methods for qualification, documents required and application procedures is found at the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board website.

Important Information

  • 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.
  • If you test in Hawaii, your score report will be sent automatically to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. If you test outside of Hawaii, select the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (state code 8620) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
  • The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to process educator licensure paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes but will submit it to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN could delay processing of your certification application.

Who Must Take the Tests?

Prior to entering an educator preparation program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests to demonstrate your qualifications in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

In Hawaii, you may also be required to take one of the Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® tests) for a selected content area. If an applicant completes a dual (Elementary and Special Education) program, that applicant may have to take a Praxis test in both of the content areas.

Note: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certified educators are exempt from all Praxis assessments.

Out-of-State Applicants

Applicants who completed a SATEP in a state other than Hawaii should review the Hawaii website for licensure requirements.

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