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PRAXIS I

PRAXIS II

PRAXIS I

All candidates seeking initial licensure/certification in Delaware, with the exception of out-of-state educators holding a full and current license/certificate (see reciprocity), must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics by meeting the established qualifying scores on the three-part Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST/PRAXIS I) or on some combination of exams that have been deemed PRAXIS I exemption options by the Delaware Department of Education (see below).

The PRAXIS I is offered in two formats: paper-based and computer-based. Please see PRAXIS I score chart for score requirements.

The Department does not administer the PRAXIS I or any of the PRAXIS I exemption options. Therefore, all scores must be sent to the Department and must meet the standard of official documents (see registering for PRAXIS I/sending PRAXIS I scores).

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Exemption Options

Candidates who hold full and current out-of-state licensure/certification (see reciprocity) are exempt from Delaware’s PRAXIS I testing requirement. Other candidates may satisfy the PRAXIS I requirement by meeting the established qualifying score(s) on those examinations deemed to be viable exemption options provided that exemption option testing was completed prior to the candidate's employment date. A candidate may use any combination of the below exemption options and the PRAXIS I to satisfy the Delaware testing requirement. For example, a candidate may use his or her Verbal SAT, Quantitative GRE, and PRAXIS I Writing scores. Exams that qualify as exemption options are as follows:

  1. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): Successfully meeting the established qualifying score (see PRAXIS I score chart) for the VERBAL section of this exam exempts a candidate from the READING section of the PRAXIS I. Successfully meeting the established qualifying score (see PRAXIS I score chart) for the MATH section of the exam exempts a candidate from the MATHEMATICS section of the PRAXIS I.

  2. Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE): Successfully meeting the established qualifying score (see PRAXIS I score chartPRAXIS I score chart) for the VERBAL section of this exam exempts a candidate from the READING section of the PRAXIS I. Successfully meeting the established qualifying score (see PRAXIS I score chart) for the QUANTITATIVE section of the exam exempts a candidate from the MATHEMATICS section of the PRAXIS I.


  3. NTE Communications (NTE): Successfully meeting the established qualifying score (see PRAXIS I score chart) for this exam exempts a candidate from the WRITING section of the PRAXIS I. Please note that the NTE and PRAXIS I are two different examinations. Although the Communications portion of the NTE is an exemption option for the Writing section of the PRAXIS I (provided that one’s scores meet the established requirement), having taken and/or achieved a given score on other portions of the NTE does not exempt one from the Reading or Mathematics sections of PRAXIS I.


  4. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST): Successfully meeting the established qualifying scores for this exam exempts a candidate from the READING, WRITING, and MATHEMATICS sections of the PRAXIS I. Candidates must have attained a total score of 123 with a score of at least 37 in each section.

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PRAXIS I score chart

Composite Scoring

In order to be eligible for composite scoring, a candidate must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • He or she must be one point away from passing a single section of the PRAXIS I, two points away from passing a single section of the PRAXIS I, OR one point away from passing two sections of the PRAXIS I, AND must have the necessary additional points (either one or two) on the other section(s) of the exam. A candidate who is two points away on one section of the test and has a one point surplus on each of the other two sections is eligible for the composite. A candidate who is two points away from passing one section of the exam and one point away from passing another section and has three or more extra points on the third section does not qualify for the composite scoring option.

  • He or she must have taken all three sections of the PRAXIS I, and all three sections must be scored on the same scale (see PRAXIS I score chart).

  • The candidate must meet the PRAXIS I requirement without the aid of composite scoring in mathematics if he or she wishes to teach in the secondary content area of mathematics, or in reading AND writing if he or she wishes to teach in the secondary content area of English/language arts.

  • The candidate must consult with his or her education program advisor (if applicable) to determine that he or she is in fact eligible for composite scoring. At some institutions, PRAXIS I is a program requirement and composite scoring is not accepted as a means of meeting this requirement. Thus, a student’s use of composite scoring may result in his or her not completing an approved program.

DEEDS will automatically apply composite scoring for those who qualify based on their scores.

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Registering for PRAXIS I/Sending PRAXIS I (or PRAXIS I Exemption Options) Scores to the Department

Defining "Official"

In order to be used for licensure/certification purposes, test scores must be official. Candidates should designate the Department as a recipient of their test scores (see testing code chart) when completing the PRAXIS I registration form.

A candidate may also submit an unopened score report or an official unopened transcript (college or high school) on which his or her PRAXIS or exemption option scores appear. (Before ordering a transcript to use as a means of score verification, one should be certain that the desired scores do in fact appear on the transcript. Official college transcripts, for example, do not always include SAT scores. Even in cases where SAT scores may appear on an unofficial college transcript, they may not appear on the official version of that same transcript.)

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Delaware Department of Education Testing Codes

A candidate may register for PRAXIS I, or have scores sent to the Department, by visiting ETS’s website or by contacting ETS by telephone. When registering for the test and/or sending scores, a candidate should provide the Department’s agency code. Codes and telephone numbers are as follows:

Test Test-Specific Delaware Code (to be provided to test contact) Contact Contact Information
PRAXIS I R7065 Educational Testing Service (ETS) (800) 772-9476 or ETS
PRAXIS II R7065 ETS (800) 772-9476 or ETS
NTE Communications R7065 ETS (800) 772-9476 or ETS
SAT 9402 ETS (609) 771-7600
GRE 5154 ETS (609) 771-7670
CBEST n/a National Evaluation Systems, Inc. (NES)

or

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTA)
(916) 928-4001

www.cbest.nesinc.com

or

(916) 445-7254

(888) 921-2682

www.ctc.ca.gov

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When Will the Department Receive My Scores?

PRAXIS I scores are sent to the Department electronically and become accessible to Department personnel approximately two weeks after a test-taker receives his or her mailed score report. Candidates should keep this delay in mind when viewing their DEEDS documentation checklists.

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PRAXIS I and Employment

An educator may be issued a license/certificate without having passed PRAXIS I provided that he or she is employed. Such an educator must pass PRAXIS I in the time period set forth in Regulation 1510 Issuance of Initial License. An applicant who is not employed will not be issued a license/certificate until he or she has met the PRAXIS I requirement.

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PRAXIS II

Click here to see the most current PRAXIS II Chart.

Registering for PRAXIS II/Sending PRAXIS II Scores to the Department

A candidate may register for PRAXIS II, or have scores sent to the Department, by visiting the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website or by calling ETS at 1-800-772-9476. When registering for the test and/or sending scores, a candidate should provide the Department’s agency code. Codes are as follows:

PRAXIS II: R7065.

As with PRAXIS I and PRAXIS I exemption options, all PRAXIS II scores must be received officially, meaning that they must be sent electronically by ETS or must come on an approved unopened document (see defining "official").

Educators, please note before registering/sending scores: The State of Delaware has not approved a PRAXIS II test for all certificated areas. Moreover, areas exist where Education Testing Service (ETS) offers more than one version of a PRAXIS II area test, only one of which has been approved by the State of Delaware. It is the responsibility of the educator to make sure that he or she is registering for the proper test, or that (in the case of out-of-state educators) he or she is not requesting that ETS send a PRAXIS II score that the State of Delaware will not recognize. Tests may have similar names, so one should register by test number and name. Please see the above PRAXIS II chart for all approved tests.

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PRAXIS I and Exemptions

Subject 

PRAXIS I

SAT

GRE

NTE (National Teacher Exam) Communication Skills

Reading

175

Verbal

560 (after 4/1/95)

480 (before 4/1/95)

Verbal

152 (after 8/1/2011)

490 (before 8/1/2011)

n/a

Math

174

540 (after 4/1/95)

520 (before 4/1/95)

Quantitative

145 (after 8/1/2011)

540 (before 8/1/2011)

n/a

Writing

173

n/a

n/a

670


Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the Praxis I. Please use reporting code R7065 to ensure test scores are sent electronically to the Department of Education.

 
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