Test Information

Requirements for Admission to Professional Education

All students pursuing a teaching license through a Wisconsin Educator Preparation Program (EPP) are required to meet Wisconsin passing scores on the Praxis CORE, PPST (Praxis I), ACT, SAT, or GRE. At UW-Whitewater, passing scores are required for Admission to Professional Education.

As of September 1, 2013, Wisconsin EPPs are authorized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to use the ACT, SAT, or GRE entrance tests as verification of skills required for admission to EPPs. The state superintendent has approved the usage of and set passing scores for the three tests. Scroll down to view Wisconsin passing scores for these tests.

Students may apply for Admission to Professional Education using passing scores from the PPST (Praxis I), Praxis CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE.

***Effective September 1, 2014, Educational Testing Service (ETS) will administer the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators tests in place of the PPST (Praxis I) in Wisconsin. If students do not meet qualifying scores on the ACT, SAT, or GRE, they must take the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators tests. Students may still use qualifying PPST (Praxis I) scores September 1, 2014 and after, but will no longer be able to take the PPST (Praxis I).  Students may use a combination of qualifying PPST (Praxis I) and Praxis CORE subtest scores as verification of skills required for Admission to Professional Education. Please note: Wisconsin passing scores for these exams differ.***


Praxis CORE Overview

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.

The Praxis CORE tests are administered by computer only. Praxis CORE tests include objective response questions, such as single-selection multiple-choice questions, multiple-selection multiple-choice questions, and numeric entry questions. The Praxis CORE writing test also includes two essay sections. If taken separately, each test session lasts approximately two hours. If taken all in one sitting, the entire Praxis CORE session will last about five hours. Each test session will include time for tutorials and collection of background information.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) determines passing scores on each of the three tests. Scroll down the page to see Wisconsin passing scores. Students who fail one or more parts of the Praxis CORE test may retake any or all parts. Tests may be taken once every 21 days, not including your initial test date. (Note: if you take the combined CORE test, you cannot retake an individual CORE test until after the 21-day period.) This applies even if you canceled your scores on a previously completed test.

Even though the College of Education and Professional Studies should receive verification of the scores, it is the student's responsibility to keep original score reports. UW-Whitewater does not archive scores.


Wisconsin Passing Scores

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) Test

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)



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)



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


Composite score of 23

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

ACT plus Writing


Composite score of 22

with minimum score of 20 on

English, English/Writing, Math, and Reading


Minimum score of

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

GRE Revised General Test

Prior to August 1, 2011

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

August 1, 2011 to Present

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



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 

Students can electronically enroll to take the WI-FOR test at:   www.wi.nesinc.com


***The WI-FOR test is now being administered through the UW-W Testing Office every Monday evening from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Please contact the Testing Office at (262) 472-5613 or testing@uww.edu for more information.***

Praxis II and Content Area Assessments

Students seeking teacher licensure in the state of Wisconsin are required to take and pass assessments of content knowledge as determined by the state superintendent. Each Educator Preparation Program in Wisconsin establishes its own policy for the point by which these assessments must be passed. Students admitted to Professional Education will be provided the required Praxis II test numbers and/or content area exam names in their acceptance packet. The accurate test(s) will be written in the bottom right hand corner of a student’s application form. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to know which Praxis II test or content area exams they will required to take. Students must consult with their COEPS faculty advisor for clarification of which Praxis II test(s) and/or content area exam(s) they will be required to pass for licensable minors and/or non-declared programs. Accurate test numbers will not be given over the phone.

Testing and Student Teaching Placements

The Office of Field Experiences (OFE) will begin the student teaching placement process only for teacher candidates who have submitted passing scores on their content examination tests by March 1st for fall semester placements, and October 1st for spring semester placements. Students who have not submitted passing scores on their content examinations by the March 1st / October 1st deadline will not be placed and should plan to student teach the following semester. Students who find themselves in this situation should seek advising assistance immediately as failure to meet these deadlines will result in delayed program completion and/or graduation. For student reference, test scores are on your WINS account under test results.

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, through ETS, and through your preferred bookseller.


  • We also recommend that students visit their local public libraries to utilize test preparation materials available there.

Praxis CORE and Praxis II

NOTE: Students may also use Praxis I PPST study materials to prepare for the Praxis CORE as the same academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics are measured in both tests.

The ETS website provides free study companions and low-cost interactive practice tests for each Praxis CORE test and Praxis II 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." Click on the name or number of test that will be used for your licensure area.

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