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Test preparation resources for praxis exams in math, reading, and writing.

Praxis Test Preparation Resources

The Praxis Series tests are required in the state of Pennsylvania and many other states across the nation. The Praxis Series examinations provide educational tests that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process. The Praxis I, Reading, Writing, and Math tests measure basic academic skills.

All candidates for initial certification in Pennsylvania must have earned at least a baccalaureate degree (with the exception of vocational instructional areas), completed an approved program of teacher education, and passed The Praxis Series tests for their certification area. Please note, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will recognize scores for ten years from the date of the test administration for candidates educated within the Commonwealth. Qualifying scores may be subject to change.

All candidates for certification must meet the qualifying score for ALL applicable tests at the time their application for certification is received by the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.


Vocational Instructional Certificate Requirements:


  • Individuals seeking a Vocational Instructional I certificate must take the Pre-Professional Skills (PPST) paper and pencil OR Computerized PPST tests in Reading (0710 or 5710) and Writing (0720 or 5720).
  • Individuals seeking a Vocational Instructional II certificate must take the paper and pencil Pre-Professional Skills (PPST) Mathematics (0730) OR Computerized PPST Mathematics (5730).
  • This test replaces the Vocational General Knowledge test effective September 1, 2008.
  • The computer-based tests are offered by appointment through a national network of PrometricTM Testing Centers these centers can be found in selected institutional sites, and ETS Field Service Offices. Visit the Computer-based Test Centers on the ETS website for the locations near you.
  • Each Computerized PPST may be taken once per calendar month up to six times in a 12-month period. Test scores will not be reported and test fees will not be refunded if this restriction is violated. This applies even if you canceled your scores for a test taken previously.

Licensure Area

Session/Test Code

Test Name

Qualifying Score

PPST: All Areas Instructional I Certificate, Vocational I Certificate & Educational Specialist I Certificate


PPST Reading




Computerized PPST Reading




PPST Writing




Computerized PPST Writing


PPST: All Areas Instructional I Certificate, Vocational II Certificate, and Educational Specialist I Certificate


PPST Mathematics

(Calculators prohibited)




Computerized PPST Mathematics

(Calculators prohibited)


Where to Get Additional Information:

To obtain information about approved teacher preparation programs visit, or contact:

Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality

Pennsylvania Department of Education

333 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Telephone 1-717-787-3356