Test Information

 

NEW! Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

The Office of Field Experiences (OFE) will begin the student teaching placement process 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 passed their content examinations by the March 1st /October 1st deadline should still request placement services upon submission of passing scores to the OFE. However, the OFE makes no guarantee that a placement will be found in time to begin student teaching during the desired semester. Students who find themselves in this situation should seek advising assistance immediately as failure to meet these deadlines may result in delayed program completion and/or graduation. For student reference, test scores are on your WINS account under test results.

As a result of the Wisconsin Read to Lead Task Force recommendations, a new statutory provision was created in ACT 166. The specific statute 118.19 (14) puts into place a required content test in Foundations of Reading for all GradeK-5 teachers, special education teachers, reading teachers, and reading specialists. Please see the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin Effective 7/15/2013 for additional information.

Beginning on January 31, 2014, candidates in Wisconsin applying for an initial 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. The policy for this process is as follows:

Passing scores (see below) on the Wisconsin Foundation of Reading Test (WI-FOR) submitted to the Office of Field Experiences by the current semester deadline established by the OFE.

Applicants who apply for Wisconsin Licensure on or after January 31, 2014 through August 31, 2014:
State Minimum Score:   229

Applicants who apply for Wisconsin Licensure on or after September 1, 2014:
State Minimum Score:  240  

Additional test information, descriptions, and study suggestions can be located at:  http://www.wi.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html

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

***The WI-FOR test is now being administered through the UW-W Testing Office every Wednesday 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.***

Feel free to contact Lynn Lindahl in the Office of Field Experiences at (262) 472-1123 or fletchel@uww.edu if you have further questions or concerns.

 

Requirements for Admission to Professional Education

All students pursuing an initial teaching license through 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 either 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 PPST 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).

Test

Wisconsin Passing Score

CORE Reading (5712)

156

CORE Writing (5722)

162

CORE Mathematics (5732)

150

Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

Note: This the PPST is 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.*

PPST

Wisconsin Passing Score

PPST Reading (0710/5710)

175

PPST Writing (0720/5720)

174

PPST Math (0730/5730)

173

College Entrance Tests

Note: Only passing scores from within the past five 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.

Test

Wisconsin Passing Scores

ACT
www.act.org

Composite Score of 23

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

SAT
www.sat.collegeboard.org

Composite Score of 1070

with minimum score of 450 on Math and Verbal

GRE Revised General Test
www.ets.org

Composite Score of 298

with minimum score of 150 on Verbal and 145 on Math

 

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 when these assessments must be passed. Students will be provided with required Praxis II test numbers and/or content area exam names on their Admission to Professional Education acceptance packet. The accurate test(s) will be written in the bottom right hand corner of a student’s accepted application. 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.

UW-Whitewater students must pass Praxis II and/or content area exams in order to receive a student teaching placement. The Office of Field Experiences recommends that students meet passing scores on any and all required content area assessments at least eight months before they expect to begin student teaching to allow adequate time to confirm student teaching placements.

Test Preparation Resources

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, go to the ETS website. 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.

The UW-Whitewater Academic Support Center and Tutorial Center provides free tutoring services for students as well as test preparation materials (for reference in the Center, not to be checked out).  For more information, please visit their website. 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 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. Feel free to use the Test Prep Resources for Teacher Licensing LibGuide to find study materials in the Andersen Library. 

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

Lastly, test preparation books are available for purchase at the University Bookstore, through ETS, and through your preferred bookseller.