TESTING INFORMATION FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Test Requirements for Traditional Programs

Passing scores on the Reading, Writing and Math sections of the PPST or Core test are required for admission to the traditional undergraduate Teacher Education program.  A score of 22 or higher on the individual corresponding sections of the ACT is acceptable in place of the PPST or Core test.  If a candidate has a bachelor's degree or higher, they are exempt from the admission testing requirement. The Core test is taken computer based through the Kelly Center on the FHSU campus or at other sites (locations and registration available at www.ets.org). 

 

For purposes of admission to the teacher education program, test scores are valid for up to 6 years from the date the test was taken.  Any ACT, PPST or Core test scores more than 6 years old will not be accepted.  A waiver request regarding test recency may be submitted for review.  KSDE will accept old assessments for licensure for up to 6 years after the beginning date of a new assessment as long as the old assessment was taken and passed prior to the beginning date of the new assessment.

 

ETS PRAXIS Score Reporting Reminder

A test taker may designate up to four score recipients as part of their initial registration. Candidates should be encouraged to use their four free score reports at registration as they cannot "bank" any score reports not sent. After registration, candidates may send additional score reports for $50 each. To help guide your teacher candidates, discuss if they intend to apply for licensure in the state in which they are testing, and if that state is an Automatic Reporting State.

Testing in Automatic Reporting State: If the state in which the test taker plans to test is an automatic reporting state, the test taker will not need to designate that state as a score recipient as the state will automatically receive the test taker scores.
Automatic Reporting States include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Testing in Non-automatic Reporting State: If the state in which the test taker is testing is not an automatic reporting state and the test taker plans to apply to the state for licensure, then the test taker will need to designate the state as a score recipient during registration. Candidates attending programs in an automatic reporting state but testing across a state's border would not have their scores automatically sent to the state where they are receiving their training and should designate that state as a score recipient if they are planning to teach there. For example, a candidate is receiving their training in Kentucky but tests in West Virginia. The candidate should designate Kentucky as a score recipient if they were planning on teaching in Kentucky, as the scores for that candidate would automatically be sent to West Virginia and not Kentucky.

Candidates are informed of any free score recipients when registering for their tests based on where they choose to test and should pay close attention to ensure that the proper state is receiving their scores.
Further information on score recipients can be found at Praxis Scores Overview or in the Praxis® Bulletin (PDF).

Testing Resources

A subject area assessment is required for each teaching endorsement as well as one Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test.  To register for these tests and to get additional information regarding test dates and locations, go to www.ets.org and look for PRAXIS II tests. These are the only two tests Transition to Teaching teachers need to take.

Test Study Assistance

PRAXIS CORE: Utilize the following free and paid-for resources in your preparation for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam.

  • Praxis (ETS) offers free study guides, demonstrations, and exercises to help you prepare.  You can also purchased interactive practice tests.  See the following website for more information: https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials
  • FHSU in conjunction with Ed2Go offers a non-credit course to prepare students for the Praxis Core.  Information on cost and start dates can be found at the following website: https://www.ed2go.com/fhsu/online-courses/praxis-1-preparation
  • The Mathematics Department offers free tutoring on mathematical concepts during the school year.  For more information, please contact the Mathematics Department at 785-628-4240.
  • If you have taken the PLT test for Subject Area Assessment test and failed it multiple times (4 or more), you may contact Susan Helbert at KSDE, to request ETS create a targeted study plan for you. shelbert@ksde.org or 785-296-2289.  Not available for T2T teachers.    

 ACT: Utilize the following free and paid-for resources in your preparation for the ACT.

  • ACT offers free study guides as well as paid-for resources in your preparation for the ACT.
  • FHSU in conjunction with Ed2Go offers a non-credit course to prepare students for the ACT.  Information on cost and start dates can be found at the following websites: https://www.ed2go.com/fhsu/online-courses/sat-act-preparation-1  
  • The Mathematics Department offers free tutoring on mathematical concepts during the school year.  For more information, please contact the Mathematics Department at 785-628-4240.

  EXTERNAL RESOURCES: The following is a list of companies that offer test preparation materials.


               

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