Test Information

Requirements for Admission to Professional Education


As of Fall 2017, students can apply for admission to the College of Education and Professional Studies by obtaining a combined GPA of 2.75 OR using passing scores from all components of ONE of the tests listed below:

1. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) Test

The Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators is part of the Praxis Series administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The Praxis CORE is used to measure teacher candidates’ knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics. Note: If you wish to take all three Praxis CORE tests at the same time, select CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering with ETS.  Scores, however, will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).


Wisconsin Passing Score

CORE Reading (5712)


CORE Writing (5722)


CORE Mathematics (5732)



2. Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

Note: The PPST is no longer offered. However, passing scores earned before September 1, 2014 may be used for Admission to Professional Education and will not expire. PPST subtest passing scores may be combined with CORE passing scores to meet testing requirement.


Wisconsin Passing Score

PPST Reading (0710/5710)


PPST Writing (0720/5720)


PPST Math (0730/5730)



3. College Entrance Tests

Note: Effective September 1, 2015, only passing scores from within the past 10 years (from the date of submission of application for Admission to Professional Education) will be accepted. Passing scores must all be from the same test session.


Wisconsin Passing Scores


September 17, 2017 to present

Composite score of 22

with minimum score of 20 on 
English, Math, and Reading

Prior to September 2017

Composite score of 23 with a minimum score of 20 on English, Mathematics, and Reading

Composite score of 22 with a minimum score of 20 on English/Writing, Mathematics, and Reading


March 1, 2016 to Present

Composite score of 1100 

Prior to March 1, 2016

Minimum score of

510 on Critical Reading, 480 on Writing, and 520 on Math


GRE Revised General Test

August 1, 2011 to Present

Minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 145 on Quantitative Reasoning

Prior to August 1, 2011

Minimum score of 450 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 540 on Quantitative Reasoning




Licensure Tests

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

All candidates in Wisconsin applying for a teaching license in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Special Education, Reading Teacher license, and Reading Specialist will be required to take the Foundations of Reading Test (WI-FOR). Passing scores on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (WI-FOR) will be required to be endorsed for a Wisconsin Teaching License. 

For detailed information about the test, visit Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin.

State Minimum Score:  240 

The WI-FOR test is being administered through the UW-W Testing Office Thursday evenings during the academic year.   Students can also electronically enroll to take the WI-FOR at:   www.wi.nesinc.com

Praxis II and Content Area Assessments

As of September 18, 2017, in order to qualify for student teaching and licensure, students must either:

1. Pass the appropriate Praxis subject assessment test


2. Have a 3.00 or greater GPA in their major and licensure courses.  

Students must complete these requirements by March 1st for Fall student teaching or October 1st for Spring student teaching in order to be placed by the Office of Field Experience (OFE).  

Students admitted to the College of Education and Professional Studies will be provided the required Praxis subject assessment test numbers and/or content area exam names in their acceptance packet.  Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to know which test they will required to take. Students must consult with their COEPS faculty advisor for clarification of which Praxis subject assessment test(s) and/or content area exam(s) they will be required to pass for licensable minors and/or non-declared programs. 

Test Preparation Resources

  • The UW-Whitewater Academic Support Center and Tutorial Center provides free tutoring services for students.  For more information, please visit their website.
  • The UW-Whitewater Andersen Library has a plethora of test preparation materials for students seeking teacher licensure available for checkout and for use in the library.
  • Test preparation books are available for purchase at the University Bookstore and through your preferred bookseller.  The ETS website provides free study companions and low-cost interative tests.  In order to obtain a copy of the "test at a glance" for your desired subject area, under "for test takers", click on "prepare for a test".
  • We also recommend that students visit their local public libraries to utilize test preparation materials available there.

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading

Test outline, practice tests, study guides, videos, and tutorials provided by Pearson Education, the test publisher, can be found here.

UW-Madison hosts an online self-paced test review course for FREE. Become familiarized with the objectives and content of the test through a series of modules, each of which represents a different subarea of the test. Each module contains readings and activities designed to help, in conjunction with methods courses, to become comfortable with the material that will be tested on the Foundations of Reading Test. Register for this course here