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West Virginia Test Requirements

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and see the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. 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 West Virginia, your score report will be sent automatically to the West Virginia Department of Education. If you test outside of West Virginia, select the West Virginia Department of Education (state code 8480) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)

Persons who meet one or more of the following criteria may be exempt from the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core).

  1. hold certification through the NBPTS
  2. hold or have held a West Virginia Professional Certificate
  3. hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  4. attained, from a single administration, a qualifying score on the American College Test (ACT®) or Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT®) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) as listed below:
    • ACT
      • a composite score of 25 (prior to November, 1989)
      • a composite score of 26 on the ACT enhanced (effective November 1989),
    • SAT
      • a combined score of 1035 (prior to April 1995)
      • a combined score of 1125 on the re-centered SAT (effective April 1995),
      • a score of 1170 on the revised SAT using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (effective March 2005)
      • a score of 1240 on the New SAT using the combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score (effective May 2016-the Present)
    • GRE
      • a score of combined score of 800 verbal and quantitative (prior to November, 2011)
      • at least a score of 286 (November, 2011 – the present)
  5. hold a valid out-of-state certificate in the content area
  6. successfully completed three years of experience within the last seven years in one or a combination of specializations recognized on an out-of-state professional certificate valid during those three years

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered 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).

To Be Certified 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 *

Principles of Learning and Teaching

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Professional Education Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Candidates for the initial West Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate shall take one of the above Principles of Learning and Teaching tests as indicated in the West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5100.

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (K–4) Early Childhood Education 5024 *
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 *
Early Education (PreK–K) Pre-Kindergarten Education 5531 *
Preschool Education (PreK) No Praxis test required.
Reading Education (PreK–K) No Praxis test required.

Elementary Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–6) Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 *
Mathematics Subtest(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
Reading Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
* 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.
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 *
Elementary Mathematics Education (K–6) No Praxis test required.
Elementary Mathematics Specialist (K–6) No Praxis test required.
Reading Education (K–6) No Praxis test required.

Middle School Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Art (5–9) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
English (5–9) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
General Math through Algebra 1 (5–9) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
General Science (5–9) Middle School Science 5440 *
Mathematics (5–9) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Physical Education (5–9) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Social Studies (5–9) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *

Secondary Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Agriculture (5–Adult) Agriculture 5701 *
American Sign Language (5–Adult) ASL Proficiency Interview 0634 *
or
Sign Language Proficiency Interview: ASL Note: A candidate who holds valid certification through the American Sign Language Teaching Association or valid National Interpreter Certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is not required to satisfy the Sign Language Proficiency Interview: ASL or the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (Gallaudet University) requirement or Praxis Assessment of Signed Communication ASL (American Sign Language). Superior Level
Art (5–Adult) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
Biology (9–Adult) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Business Education (5–Adult; 9–Adult) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Business Education/ Marketing(5–Adult; 9–Adult) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
and
Marketing Education 5561 *
Chemistry (9–Adult) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Chemistry and Physics (9–Adult) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
and
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Chinese (5–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Dance (5–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Driver Education (9–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Earth and Space Science (5–Adult) Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 *
English (5–Adult) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
Family and Consumer Science (5–Adult) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
French (5–Adult) French: World Language 5174 *
General Integrated Mathematics (5–Adult) Algebra I (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5162 *
General Science (5–Adult) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
German (5–Adult) German: World Language 5183 *
Health (5–Adult) Health Education 5551 *
Japanese (5–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Journalism (5–Adult; 9–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Latin (5–Adult) Latin 5601 *
Marketing (9–Adult) Marketing Education 5561 *
Mathematics (5–Adult) Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Oral Communications (5–Adult; 9–Adult) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
Physical Education (5–Adult) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Physics (9–Adult) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Reading Education (5–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Russian (5–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Social Studies (5–Adult) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Spanish (5–Adult) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Technology Education (5–Adult) Technology Education 5051 *
Theatre (5–Adult) No Praxis test required.

All Grades

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
American Sign Language (PreK–Adult) ASL Proficiency Interview 0634 4 (180)
or
Sign Language Proficiency Interview: ASL Note: A candidate who holds valid certification through the American Sign Language Teaching Association or valid National Interpreter Certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is not required to satisfy the Sign Language Proficiency Interview: ASL or the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (Gallaudet University) requirement or Praxis Assessment of Signed Communication ASL (American Sign Language). Superior Level
Art (PreK–Adult) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
Chinese (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Computer Science Education (PreK–Adult) Computer Science 5652 *
Dance (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
English as a Second Language (PreK–Adult) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
French (PreK–Adult) French: World Language 5174 *
German (PreK–Adult) German: World Language 5183 *
Health (PreK–Adult) Health Education 5551 *
Instructional Technology (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Japanese (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Latin (PreK–Adult) Latin 5601 *
Music (PreK–Adult) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education (PreK–Adult) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Reading Specialist (PreK–Adult) Reading Specialist 5301 *
Russian (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
School Library/Media (PreK–Adult) Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Spanish (PreK–Adult) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Theatre (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Wellness (PreK–Adult) Health Education 5551 *
and
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
or
Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5857 *

Administrator/School Leader

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Principal (PreK–Adult) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Superintendent (PreK–Adult) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Supervisor of Instruction (PreK–Adult) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *

Special Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Autism (PreK; K–6; 5–Adult) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
or
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543 *
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PreK–Adult) Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 *
Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (K–6; 5–Adult) Special Education: Teaching Students With Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 *
and
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Gifted (1–12) Gifted Education 5358 *
Mentally Impaired (Mild/Moderate) (K–6; 5–Adult) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Multi-Categorical Special Education (E/BD, MI, SLD, excluding Autism) (K–6; 5–Adult) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543 *
Preschool Special Needs (PreK–K) Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 *
Severe Disabilities (K–Adult) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 *
Specific Learning Disabilities (K–6; 5–Adult) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 5383 *
Visual Impairment (PreK–Adult) Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 *
and
Braille Proficiency 0633 *

Student Support Personnel

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
School Counselor (PreK–Adult) Professional School Counselor 5421 *
School Nurse (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
School Psychologist (PreK–Adult) School Psychologist 5402 *
Since this is the same test taken for national certification, the national score will be accepted if it is the same or higher than the state validated score.
Social Services and Attendance (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Speech Assistant (PreK–Adult) No Praxis test required.
Speech-Language Pathologist (PreK–Adult) Speech-Language Pathology 5331 *
Since this is the same test taken for national certification, the national score will be accepted if it is the same or higher than the state validated score.

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

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