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South Carolina Test Requirements

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and see the minimum qualifying score. Click the test title to access the Study Companion, which provides details on test duration, skills assessed and sample questions. Once you know your test(s), find out how to register for Praxis® tests and read the Praxis test retake policy.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in South Carolina, your score report will be sent automatically to the South Carolina Department of Education. If you test outside of South Carolina, select the South Carolina Department of Education (state code 8108) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Entrance to an Educator Preparation Program

Beginning teachers in all content areas must pass all three Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests.

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 5732 *
If you wish to take all three Core exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

Principles of Learning and Teaching

Program Completion Performance Assessment

The PPAT® Assessment has been adopted as an option for South Carolina's preparation providers to use with teacher candidates completing an approved program. If the institution chooses to use the PPAT assessment, the state will then accept a successful score for certification purposes. Only teacher candidates completing a preparation program which requires the PPAT assessment should register for this assessment.

To Complete a Program inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
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or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Education Education of Young Children 5024 *

Elementary Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Education Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 *
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Mathematics Subtest(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
Science Subtest(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
*To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Middle School Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Middle Level Language Arts Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle Level Mathematics Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Middle Level Science Middle School Science 5440 *
Middle Level Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 *

Secondary Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Advanced Fine Arts–Music Music: Content and Instruction 5114 *
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Computer Science Computer Science 5652 *
Earth and Space Sciences Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 *
Economics Accepted through December 31, 2018.
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
5086 *
Available now. Required beginning January 1, 2019.
Economics
5911 TBA
English English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 *
Geography Accepted through December 31, 2018.
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
5086 *
Available now. Required beginning January 1, 2019.
Geography
5921 TBA
Government Accepted through December 31, 2018.
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
5086 *
Available now. Required beginning January 1, 2019.
Government/Political Science
5931 TBA
Health Health Education 5551 *
History Accepted through December 31, 2018.
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
5086 *
Available now. Required beginning January 1, 2019.
World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge
5941 TBA
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Psychology Psychology 5391 *
Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
Social Studies Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086 *
Sociology Accepted through December 31, 2018.
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
5086 *
Available now. Required beginning January 1, 2019.
Sociology
5952 TBA

All Grades

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Advanced Fine Arts: Art Art: Content and Analysis 5135 *
Art Art: Content and Analysis 5135 *
Music Music: Content and Instruction 5114 *
Physical Education Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 *
Theatre Theatre 5641 *

World Languages

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Chinese (Mandarin) Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
English to Speakers of Other Languages English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
French French: World Language 5174 *
German German: World Language 5183 *
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 *

Administrator/School Leader

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary School Principal & Supervisor Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision. 5412 *
Secondary School Principal & Supervisor Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision. 5412 *
Superintendent Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision. 5412 *

Career & Technical Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Agriculture Agriculture 5701 *
Business and Marketing Technology Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Family and Consumer Science Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Industrial Technology Technology Education 5051 *

Reading or Literacy

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Literacy Coach Teaching Reading 5204 *
Literacy Specialist Teaching Reading 5204 *
Literacy Teacher Teaching Reading 5204 *

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Guidance Professional School Counselor 5421 *
Media Specialist Library Media Specialist 5311 *
School Psychologist I, II or III School Psychologist 5402 *
Speech-Language Therapist Speech-Language Pathology 5331 *

This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Information Bulletin.

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

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