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!

PECT and Praxis II tests are now available at WCU's Professional Testing Center (PTC)

  • Computer-based tests (CBT) may have date restrictions
  • 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

 

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

 

Praxis II Register
For all majors except Grades PK-4 and Special Education
PECT Register
For Early Grades (PK-4) & Special Education (PK-8; 7-12) Majors

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

 

Biology

Chemistry

Earth and Space Science

English

French

General Science

Geography/Social Studies

German

Grades PK-4

Grades 4-8

Health & Physical Ed

History/Social Studies

Mathematics

Music

Physics

Political Sci./Social Studies

Reading Specialist

Russian

School Counselor PK-12

Social Studies

Spanish

Special Education PK-8

Special Education (7-12)

Speech & Lang. Impaired

Biology

  • Praxis II: Biology:Content Knowledge (#5235) REQUIRED SCORE: 147 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS to graduate, be a program completer and/or PA certified.

Chemistry

  • Praxis II: Chemistry: Content Knowledge (#5245) REQUIRED SCORE: 154 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS to graduate, be a program completer and/or PA certified.

Speech and Language Impaired

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: Speech Language Pathology (#5331)* REQUIRED SCORE: 162
    Must TAKE any required Praxis II tests prior to school affiliation.
    *(5331) effective 9/1/2014 (replaces 0881/5881/0330/5330)

Earth and Space Science

  • Praxis II: Earth and Space Science(#5571) REQUIRED SCORE: 157

Must TAKE prior to student teaching.
Must PASS to graduate, be a program completer, and/or be PA certified.

English

  • Praxis II: English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) REQUIRED SCORE: 167 – must TAKE prior to student teaching. Must PASS the required Praxis II test in order to be considered PA certified.

French

Students Formally (FATE) admitted in Spring 2013 and after

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • ACTFL/ LTI [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 rating Intermediate High (IH).
    Must TAKE the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL* tests for PA certification.
    *The PA Dept of Ed will accept the Praxis II World Language: French test (#5174) in lieu of ACTFL for certification. Regardless of that, our candidates must take the ACTFL tests prior to student teaching; Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) is required under either circumstance.

Students Formally (FATE) admitted Prior to Spring 2013

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: World Languages: French (#5174) REQUIRED SCORE: 162
    *The PA Dept of Ed will accept ACTFL (OPI & WPT) REQUIRED SCORE: Intermediate High (IH) in lieu of passing Praxis II - World Languages: French (#5174) for state certification. Regardless of that, our candidates must take both required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching.

General Science

  • Praxis II: General Science:Content Knowledge (#5435) REQUIRED SCORE: 146 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching. Must PASS to graduate, be considered a program completer and/or PA certified.

Geography/Social Studies

  • Praxis: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - must TAKE it prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS for PA certification.

German

Students Formally (FATE) admitted in Spring 2013 and after

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • ACTFL/ LTI [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 Intermediate High (IH).
    Must TAKE the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL* tests for PA certification.
    *The PA Dept of Ed will accept the Praxis II World Language: German test (#5183) REQUIRED SCORE: 163 in lieu of ACTFL for certification. Regardless of that, our candidates must take the ACTFL tests prior to student teaching; Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) is required under either circumstance.

Students Formally (FATE) admitted Prior to Spring 2013

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: World Languages: German (#5183) REQUIRED SCORE: 163
    *The PA Dept of Ed will accept ACTFL (OPI & WPT) REQUIRED SCORE: Intermediate High (IH) in lieu of passing Praxis II - World Languages: French (#5174) for state certification. Regardless of that, our candidates must take both required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching.

Grades PK-4

  • PECT CBT: Grades PK-4*

REQUIRED SCORE:

 

PECT Module Passing Score
Module 1 197
Module 2 193
Module 3 193

 

* may take as a combined test & repeat any individual module(s) not passed. Must TAKE all certification tests prior to student teaching and must PASS all certification tests to be PA certified.

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.

  • 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

    Must TAKE all certification tests prior to student teaching and must PASS all certification tests to be PA certified.

School Counselor: PK-12

  • Praxis II: Professional School Counselor (#5421) REQUIRED SCORE: 156 - must take in the last semester of classes.
    Students must PASS to seek Educational Specialist certification in Pennsylvania.

Health & Physical Ed

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • AND
  • Praxis II: Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge(#5856) REQUIRED SCORE: 146 Must TAKE both Praxis II tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS both Praxis II tests in order to be PA certified.

History/Social Studies

  • Praxis II: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - must TAKE prior to student teaching and must PASS for PA certification.

Mathematics

  • Praxis II: Mathematics: Content Knowledge (#5161) REQUIRED SCORE: 160 - must TAKE prior to student teaching. Must PASS for PA certification.

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 to graduate, be considered a program completer and/or be PA certified.

Physics

  • Praxis II: Physics:Content Knowledge (#5265) REQUIRED SCORE: 140 - must TAKE prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS to graduate, be considered a program completer and/or PA certified.

Political Science/Social Studies

  • Praxis II: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - Must TAKE prior to student teaching and must PASS for PA certification.

Reading Specialist

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

Russian

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • ACTFL/LTI [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 rating of Intermediate High (IH)

    Must TAKE the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL tests for PA certification.

Social Studies (History, Political Science, and Geography)

  • Praxis II: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (#5081) REQUIRED SCORE: 157 - Must TAKE it prior to student teaching and must PASS for PA certification.

Spanish

Students Formally (FATE) in Spring 2013 and after

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • ACTFL/ LTI [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 rating of Intermediate High (IH).
    Must TAKE the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL tests prior to student teaching.
    Must PASS the required Praxis II test (#5511) and both ACTFL* tests for PA certification.
    *The PA Dept of Ed will accept the Praxis II World Language: Spanish test (#5195) REQUIRED SCORE: 168 in lieu of ACTFL for certification. Regardless of that, our candidates must take the ACTFL tests prior to student teaching; Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) is required under either circumstance.

Students Formally (FATE) admitted Prior to Spring 2013

  • Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (#5511) REQUIRED SCORE: 150
  • Praxis II: World Languages: Spanish (#5195) REQUIRED SCORE: 168
    Must TAKE both required Praxis II tests prior to student teaching. Must PASS both of the required Praxis II tests* for PA certification.

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. Must TAKE all modules before student teaching; must PASS all modules to be PA certified.

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. Must TAKE all modules before student teaching; must PASS all modules to be PA certified.