Praxis Core Exams

On July 1, 2020, Iowa Legislation signed a new law removing the requirement of a developed pre-professional skills test for program admission. For those looking for the Praxis Core requirements prior to the new legislation signed into law on July 1, 2020, those can be accessed through this PDF document.

Praxis Subject Assessments

Iowa Administrative Code requires candidates to pass an approved content and pedagogy assessments in order to be considered program completers and be recommended for licensure.

  • A pedagogy test that is relevant to the grade level that you are going to teach.
  • A content test that is relevant to the subject that you are going to instruct.

To find out more information about these tests, please review the information provided by ETS

Endorsements: Please take the exam that aligns with your initial endorsement.

  • For elementary education majors, this is: “Elementary education: Content knowledge exam.” You do not have to take an exam for additional endorsements.

Student pursuing an initial endorsement in grades 5-12, K-12 music, or K-12 PE: You can choose the pedagogy test for the grade level you are most confident in.

Register: Students have to register for the exams using the information from ETS

Review: Students can prepare for the tests by reviewing tests at a glance.

Cost: Varies. Review the ETS fees information

Subject Assessment Exams

Iowa endorsement numbers and area for ECE & elementary teachersPraxis Content Knowledge examsTest codePASSING SCORE PIROR to July, 1 2021PASSING SCORE (AFTER JULY 1, 2021
100 – Teacher – Birth-grade 3, inclusive settingsInterdisciplinary early childhood education5023172172
102 – Teacher elem classroom K-6Elementary education: Content knowledge5018151151
112 – Agriculture-5-12Agriculture5701158147
120 – English Language ArtsEnglish Language Arts: Content and Analysis5039164164
122 – Chinese-5-12Chinese (Mandarin): World Language5665183164
124 – French-5-12French: World Language5174154152
126 – German-5-12German: World Language5183150151
134 – Spanish-5-12Spanish: World Language5195151151
138 – Health EducationHealth Education5551153145
139 – Family and Consumer Science – General-5-12Family and Consumer Sciences5122151152
143 – MathematicsMathematics: Content Knowledge5161135135
Discontinues August 2022
143 – MathematicsMathematics: Content Knowledge5165Starts Sep 2021159
144/145 – MusicMusic: Content Knowledge5113155154
146/147 – Physical Education-K-8 and 5-12Physical Education: Content and Design5091140140
151 – Biology-5-12Biology: Content Knowledge5235149147
152 – Chemistry-5-12Chemistry: Content Knowledge5245141135
153 – Earth Science-5-12Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge5571148147
156 – Physics-5-12Physics: Content Knowledge5265130130
157 – American Government-5-12
*Political science education students should take this exam
Government/Political Science5931150149
158 – American History-5-12
*History education students should take this exam
World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge5941145145
166 – World History-5-12World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge5941145145
186 – All Social Studies-5-12Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081150150

PPAT

The PPAT assessment evaluates test takers on their abilities to impact student learning as it relates to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, demonstrating that they have the basic pedagogical content knowledge and application for the classroom to begin teaching as an entry-level teacher. It is designed to:

  • Develop more effective teachers in the classroom
  • Identify strengths and areas for improvement of practice
  • Allow student teachers to continually refine their teaching practices
  • Contribute to a development plan for professional growth

The PPAT assessment must be completed and passed by a teacher candidate during their student teaching semester.

As of August 2018, the minimum score needed to pass the PPAT at Iowa State is 32 out of a possible 60 points. The state of Iowa reviews and updates the minimum passing score required each year and a new score for each academic year is set in July.

Cost: ETS reviews pricing each year and may publish a new fee by August 1 of each year. Below is a complete fee schedule for the PPAT, including late fee payment charges:

Fees and payments for the PPAT assessment

DescriptionFee
Registration fee$300
Reschedule fee$30
Re-submission fee (price per task) $75
Additional fees  
Late registration fees $40
Late submission service fee (price per task) $50

The assessment contains four tasks requiring written commentary and submission of artifacts. A video submission also is required for one of the tasks. The task requirements are found on the pages of this website. You will complete tasks by entering a written response for each textbox, uploading artifacts and linking those artifacts to your written response, uploading a video and uploading permission forms via an online submission system on or before the submission deadline. Tasks include:

  • Task 1: Knowledge of students and the learning environment
  • Task 2: Assessment and data collection to measure and inform student learning
  • Task 3: Designing instruction for student learning
  • Task 4: Implementing and analyzing instruction to promote student learning

To register or to get the most up-to-date information visit the PPAT website by ETS.

Fall 2020 Student Teachers – Praxis PLT

Fall 2020 student teachers will be required to take the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (Praxis PLT) in place of the PPAT to fulfill the Program Completion Pedagogy Assessment requirement.

Endorsements: Please take the exam that aligns with your initial endorsement using the table below:

ETS Praxis PEDAGOGY General Education

Endorsement Grade LevelsPraxis Pedagogy Test (PLT)Required Score
PK-K or PK-3 only (with no other grade level endorsement)Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Early Childhood #5621157
K-6 or K-8 general educationPrinciples of Learning and Teaching (PLT): K- 6 #5622160
5-12 general educationPrinciples of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 5-9 #5623 OR160
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12 #5624157
9-12 general educationPrinciples of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12 #5624157
K-12 general educationPrinciples of Learning and Teaching (PLT): K- 6 #5622 OR160
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 5-9 #5623 OR 160
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12 #5624 157

Student pursuing an initial endorsement in grades 5-12, K-12 music, or K-12 PE: You may choose the pedagogy test for the grade level in which you are most confident.

Register: Students have to register for the exams using the information from ETS

Review: Students can prepare for the tests by reviewing tests at a glance.

Cost: Varies. Review the ETS fees information


Teresa Kahler, Praxis 

Coordinator of Licensure
133A MacKay Hall
515-294-7004
takahler@iastate.edu

Lisa Woolery, PPAT

Coordinator of Evaluation and Assessment
2662 Lagomarcino
515-294-7886
lwoolery@iastate.edu

Heidi Doellinger, PPAT

Director of Educator Preparation
1620D Lagomarcino
515-294-6368
hldoell@iastate.edu