College of Education

West Chester University

302 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: (610) 436-2321
Fax : (610) 436-3102
Email: kcrouse@wcupa.edu


Praxis II and PECT Test Requirements

 

     
 

Important!

Candidates cannot graduate from WCU without passing all required tests for their subject area(s) (with the exception of BA in foreign languages & BA in Geography, History, or Political Science).

  • Computer-based tests (CBT) are available for many tests but may have date restrictions. Before registering for an exam, please take note of "limited test dates" under test requirements for your certification area
  • CBTs may be repeated after 30 days
  • There is no limit to the number of times tests can be repeated
  • Because test requirements and passing scores frequently change and vary for different certification areas, students are encouraged to contact this office on a regular basis throughout the completion of their degree program
  • View College of Education - PA Tests for test administrations held at WCU
  • For Praxis only: unless specified, examinees may choose to register for session 1 or 2
 
     

Always include your social security number when registering for tests to avoid delays and additional expense.

Praxis II Register          PECT Register

Click on your certification area(s) for details and requirements.

Biology

Chemistry

Communicative Disorders

Earth and Space Science

English

French

General Science

Geography/Social Studies

German

Grades PK-4

Grades 4-8

Guidance Counselor: Elementary or Secondary

Health and Physical Education

History/Social Studies

Latin

Mathematics

Music

Physics

Political Science/Social Studies

Reading Specialist Endorsement

Social Studies

Spanish

Special Education PK-8

Special Education (7-12)

Biology

  • Praxis II: Biology:Content Knowledge (# 0235/5235) REQUIRED SCORE: 147 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

Chemistry

  • Praxis II: Chemistry: Content Knowledge (#0245/5245) REQUIRED SCORE: 154 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

Communicative Disorders

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: Teaching Speech to Students with Language Impairments (#0881) REQUIRED SCORE: 159 OR Speech-Language Pathology (#0330) - REQUIRED SCORE 600 (minimum score required for degree completion).
    Must TAKE any required Praxis II tests prior to school affiliation.

Earth and Space Science

  • Praxis II: Earth and Space Science(# 0571/5571) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching. Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

English

  • Praxis II: English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge*** (#0041/5041) REQUIRED SCORE: 160 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching. (Last administration of #0041/5041 October 7, 2013)

***Effective 9/1/13, English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (#5038) replaces English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge REQUIRED SCORE: 167-must TAKE it prior to student teaching.

Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

French

Students admitted in Spring 2013 and after

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • ACTFL/ LTO [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/ Language Testing International] Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and have a minimum rate of Advanced Low (AL)

Prior to Spring 2013

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: World Languages: French (#5174) REQUIRED SCORE: 162 (computerized test, no paper tests available)
    Limited test dates!
    Must TAKE both required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching. Must PASS both of the required Praxis II tests* for certification. (These tests determine certification program completion. If unsuccessful, student can earn a B.A. without teacher certification.)
    *For the purposes of clearance for graduation from WCU, passing scores on ACTFL OPI/WPT tests are acceptable in lieu of passing Praxis II scores. ACTFL (OPI & WPT) REQUIRED SCORE: Intermediate High

General Science

  • Praxis II: General Science:Content Knowledge (#0435/5435) REQUIRED SCORE: 146 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

Geography/Social Studies

  • Praxis: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#0081/5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test for certification. (This test determines certification program completion. If unsuccessful, student can earn a B.A. without teacher certification.)

German

Students admitted in Spring 2013 and after

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • ACTFL/ LTO [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/ Language Testing International] Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and have a minimum rate of Advanced Low (AL)

Prior to Spring 2013

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: World Languages: German (#5183) REQUIRED SCORE: 163 (computerized test, no paper tests available)
    Limited test dates!
    Must TAKE both required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS both of the required Praxis II tests* for certification. (These tests determine certification program completion. If unsuccessful, student can earn a B.A. without teacher certification.) *For the purposes of clearance for graduation from WCU, passing scores on ACTFL OPI/WPT tests are acceptable in lieu of passing Praxis II scores. ACTFL (OPI & WPT) REQUIRED SCORE: Intermediate High

Grades PK-4

  • PECT CBT: Grades PK-4*

REQUIRED SCORE:

PECT Module Passing Score
Module 1 220
Module 2 220
Module 3 220

* may take as a combined test & repeat any individual module(s) not passed EGP students must take all certification tests prior to student teaching, and must pass all certification tests prior to graduation.

Grades 4-8

  • Praxis II CBT: PA Grades 4-8 Core Assessment (5152), REQUIRED SCORE: N/A* Entire test (5152) must be taken prior to re-taking individual module(s) not passed. See below:
    • PA G 4-8 CA: English Language Arts and Social Studies (5154) REQUIRED SCORE: 152
    • PA G 4-8 CA: Mathematics and Science (5155) REQUIRED SCORE: 164
    • PA G 4-8 CA: Pedagogy (5153) REQUIRED SCORE: 162

      * To pass the Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If, after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.

    Limited test dates!
  • Praxis II Subject Concentration test(s) according to specified program:
    • PA G 4-8 SC: English Language Arts (5156) REQUIRED SCORE: 156
    • PA G 4-8 SC: Mathematics (5158) REQUIRED SCORE: 173
    • PA G 4-8 SC: Science (5159) REQUIRED SCORE: 156
    • PA G 4-8 SC: Social Studies (5157) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
    Limited test dates!
    MGP students must take all certification tests prior to student teaching, and must pass all certification tests prior to graduation.

Guidance Counselor: Elementary or Secondary

  • Praxis II: Professional School Counselor (#5421/0421) REQUIRED SCORE: 156 - must take it in the last semester of classes.
    Students must PASS Professional School Counselor (#5421/0421) if they seek teacher certification in Pennsylvania.

Health and Physical Education

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge(#0856/5856) REQUIRED SCORE: 146 Must TAKE any required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS any required Praxis II tests in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

History/Social Studies

  • Praxis II: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#0081/5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - must PASS it for certification. (This test determines program completion. If unsuccessful, student can earn a B.A. without certification.)

Latin

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: Latin (#0601) - REQUIRED SCORE: 152
    Must TAKE any required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS any required Praxis II tests in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

Mathematics

  • Praxis II: Mathematics: Content Knowledge *** (#0061/5061) REQUIRED SCORE: 136 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching. (Last administration of #0061/5061 October 7, 2013)

***Effective 9/1/13, Mathematics: Content Knowledge (#5161) replaces Mathematics: Content Knowledge (#0061/5061) REQUIRED SCORE: 160-must TAKE it prior to student teaching.

Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

Music

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150 - must TAKE it as a pre-requisite for MUE 332, Music Methods and Materials II.
  • Praxis II: Music:Content Knowledge (#5113) REQUIRED SCORE: 158 - must TAKE it immediately upon completion of MHL 212,( Music History III), and as a pre-requisite to MUE 431/432 (Student Teaching).
    Students must PASS both required tests in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

Physics

  • Praxis II: Physics:Content Knowledge (#5265) REQUIRED SCORE: 140 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to graduate or be considered a program completer.

Political Science/Social Studies

  • Praxis II: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#0081/5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - must PASS it for certification. (This test determines program completion. If unsuccessful, student can earn a B.A. without certification.)

Reading Specialist Endorsement

  • Praxis II: Reading Specialist (#5301) REQUIRED SCORE: 164
    Must PASS in order to be eligible for Pennsylvania school certification.

Social Studies (History, Political Science, and Geography)

  • Praxis II: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#0081/5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - must PASS it for certification. (This test determines program completion. If unsuccessful, student can earn a B.A. without certification.)

Spanish

Students admitted in Spring 2013 and after

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • ACTFL/ LTO [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/ Language Testing International] Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and have a minimum rate of Advanced Low (AL)

Prior to Spring 2013

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: World Languages: Spanish (#5195) REQUIRED SCORE: 168 (computerized test, no paper tests available)
    Limited test dates!
    Must TAKE both required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching. Must PASS both of the required Praxis II tests* for certification. (These tests determine certification program completion. If unsuccessful, student can earn a B.A. without teacher certification.)

    *For the purposes of clearance for graduation from WCU, passing scores on ACTFL OPI/WPT tests are acceptable in lieu of passing Praxis II scores. ACTFL (OPI & WPT) REQUIRED SCORE: Intermediate High

Special Education PK-8

  • PECT CBT: Special Education PK-8*
    REQUIRED SCORE:
    PECT Module Passing Score
    Module 1 220
    Module 2 220
    *may take as a combined test & repeat any individual module not passed
  • PECT area(s) of subject concentration-must TAKE all modules before student teaching and PASS before graduation.

Special Education (7-12)

  • PECT CBT: Special Education 7-12*
    REQUIRED SCORE:
    PECT Module Passing Score
    Module 1 220
    Module 2 220
    *may take as a combined test & repeat any individual module not passed
  • PECT area(s) of subject concentration-must TAKE all modules before student teaching and PASS before graduation.