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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Test Requirements

ALL CERTIFICATION AREAS REQUIRE THE APPROPRIATE CONTENT AREA TEST.

Educators applying for an initial undergraduate Instructional area license for any subject area are required to pass a basic skills test and the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments. Educators applying for Educational Specialist areas are required to pass the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments. Educators applying for Instructional areas that cover PK–12 must pass the Praxis Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge test AND the appropriate Praxis subject test.
 

Find your certification area below to determine which test(s) you need to take. For test prep materials, click the test title. Once you know which tests you should take, schedule your test.

Unless it’s specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, you can’t use a calculator on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).
 

For Career and Technical Instructional certifications, see Career and Technical Instructional section.

Score reporting

  • If you test in Pennsylvania at a test center or at home, and your Praxis profile address is in Pennsylvania, your score report will be sent automatically to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • If you test outside Pennsylvania or your Praxis profile address is not in Pennsylvania, your scores are NOT automatically sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. To have your scores sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, you must select the Pennsylvania Department of Education (state code 8033) as a score recipient when you register.
  • For all methods of Praxis testing, to request additional score reports you must select the Pennsylvania Department of Education (state code 8033) with each additional score report request.

Tests required for specific licensure areas

To Be Certified in...


Career and Technical Instructional II

 

Educators who are currently undergraduates applying for an initial Instructional Middle Level area are required to pass a basic skills test, in addition to passing the appropriate Praxis test(s).
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take... Test Code Qualifying Score

Middle Level 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment

(Calculator allowed)

5152

1

 

Pedagogy Subtest2

5153

162

 

English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest

5154

152

 

Mathematics and Science Subtest

(Calculator allowed)

5155

164

 

1 To pass the Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all three subtests (5153, 5154, 5155) at the same time, select Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (5152) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.
2 You may omit the Pedagogy subtest (code 5153) if you hold a Pennsylvania Grades PK–4 certificate.

 

Test takers seeking certification in Middle Level 4–8 must ALSO take the Subject Concentration test(s) for the area(s) they plan to teach.

Middle Level Citizenship Education 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies

5157

150

Middle Level English 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts

5156

156

Middle Level Mathematics 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics

(Calculator allowed)

5158

173

Middle Level Science 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science

(Calculator allowed)

5159

156

Elementary Grades 5–6

English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest

and

5154

152

 

Mathematics and Science Subtest

(Calculator allowed)

5155

164

 

Note: Elementary Grades 5–6 is only available to those holding a valid Pennsylvania Grades PK–4 certificate.

Educators who are currently undergraduates applying for an initial Instructional 7–12 area are required to pass a basic skills test, in addition to passing the appropriate Praxis test(s).
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take... Test Code Qualifying Score

Biology 7–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Biology: Content Knowledge

5235

147

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

Biology

5236

154

Chemistry 7–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

5245

154

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

Chemistry

5246

146

Citizenship Education 7–12

Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge

5087

148

Communication 7–12

Speech Communication: Content Knowledge

5221

145

Computer Science 7–12

Computer Science

5652

149

Earth and Space Science 7–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge

5571

157

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

Earth and Space Sciences

5572

154

English 7–12

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

5038

167

General Science 7–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

General Science: Content Knowledge

5435

146

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

General Science

5436

141

Mathematics 7–12

Mathematics

(Online graphing calculator provided)

5165

159

Physics 7–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Physics: Content Knowledge

5265

140

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

Physics

5266

145

Social Studies 7–12

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

5081

157

Educators applying for an initial Instructional PK–12 area are required to pass a basic skills test, the Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge test and the appropriate Praxis test(s).
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Any PK–12 Area

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

(On-screen scientific calculator allowed)

5511

150

Agriculture PK–12

Agriculture

5701

147

American Sign Language PK–12

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview

0634

3 (160)

Art PK–12

Art: Content Knowledge

5134

158

Business, Computers & Information Technology PK–12

Business Education: Content Knowledge

(Calculator allowed)

5101

154

Chinese (Mandarin)
PK–12

Chinese (Mandarin): World Language

5665

164

Family and Consumer Sciences PK–12

Family and Consumer Sciences

5122

153

French PK–12

French: World Language

5174

162

German PK–12

German: World Language

5183

163

Health PK–12

Health Education

5551

158

Health and Physical Education PK–12

Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5857

160

Latin PK–12

Latin

5601

152

Library Science PK–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Library Media Specialist

5311

151

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

School Librarian

5312

154

Marketing/
Distributive Education PK–12

Marketing Education

5561

144

Music PK–12

Music: Content Knowledge

5113

158

Reading Specialist
PK–12

Reading Specialist

5302

164

Spanish PK–12

Spanish: World Language

5195

168

Technology Education PK–12

Technology Education

5051

159

Educators applying for an initial Instructional Special Education area are required to pass a basic skills test, the Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge test and the appropriate Praxis test(s).
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Any Special Education Area

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
(On-screen scientific calculator allowed)

5511

150

Special Education: Hearing Impaired
PK–12

Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

5272

160

Special Education: PK–12

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

5354

151

Special Education:
Speech & Language
Impaired PK–12

Speech-Language Pathology

5331

162

Special Education:
Visually Impaired
PK–12

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

5282

163

Educators applying for an initial Education Specialist certificate who completed their certification program at the bachelor's degree level, must take the basic skills tests.

Educators applying for an initial certificate in the areas of

  • Elementary and Secondary School Counselor, School Speech & Language Pathologist, and School Psychologist must pass the appropriate Praxis test(s).
  • Educational Specialist candidates with a baccalaureate degree who hold a current and valid Pennsylvania license as a registered nurse, dental hygienist, psychologist, counselor, speech pathologist or social worker and can provide a copy of this Pennsylvania license as part of their application for the related Pennsylvania Educational Specialist certification are not required to take any tests to receive the related certificate.

Note: A current and valid Pennsylvania license is required to obtain a school nurse and dental hygienist certification.
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

School Counselor PK–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Professional School Counselor

5421

156

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

School Counselor

5422

159

School Psychologist
PK–12

Accepted through August 31, 2022

School Psychologist

5402

147

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

School Psychologist

5403

155

Speech Pathologist
PK–12

Speech-Language Pathology

5331

162

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Principal or Vocational Director

School Leaders Licensure Assessment

(Must use SLS website to register.)

6990

151

Superintendent: Letter of Eligibility

School Superintendent Assessment

(Must use SLS website to register.)

6991

162

Supervisor or Vocational Supervisor

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146


TBA: To Be Announced. All TBA scores will be available once the test is required.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin (PDF).


Pennsylvania Department of Education