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What is a Good Praxis Score?

Wondering “What is a good Praxis score?”? A good Praxis score is a passing score. This is not a test like the SAT or GRE where your scores are going to be scrutinized next to those of other test-takers for the chance at your dream school (or in this case, job). All that matters is whether or not you pass. If you meet the minimum passing criteria for your state (and complete all other requirements for licensure) then you get your teaching license, simple as that! It’s extremely rare for any school or organization to ask for your actual Praxis score; the license is what matters.

What are the Praxis Score Ranges?

On the Core Academic Skills Tests in Math, Reading and Writing, scaled scores range from 100-200 in increments of 2. Scores are calculated by converting a raw number of correct questions to a scaled score that is based on the performance of all test-takers taking that particular Praxis form. The table below gives the median and average performance range of test-takers for 2015:

TestPossible Score RangeMedian ScoreAverage Performance Range
Core Academic Skills: Mathematics100 - 200154138 - 168
Core Academic Skills: Reading100 - 200172160 - 184
Core Academic Skills: Writing100 - 200164158 - 172

You can find the above information along with median and average score ranges by clicking here.

What is a Passing Praxis Score?

The specific Praxis tests you need to take for certification vary by state, level, and subject, but generally-speaking, most hopeful teachers need to take and pass the Core Academic Skills Praxis tests in Math, Reading and Writing (sometimes colloquially referred to as Praxis I) along with one or more Praxis II tests for their specific subject or education level (such as “Biology” or “Elementary Education”).

  • The passing score for Core Academic Math is 150 in almost all states. Pennsylvania and Washington are the exception at 142.
  • The passing score for Core Academic Reading Skills is 156 for almost all states.
  • The passing score for Core Academic Writing Skills is 162 for almost all states. North Dakota and Washington are the exceptions at 160 and 158, respectively.*

When it comes to the Praxis II Tests, passing scores differ between tests and states, so check for the specific Passing Scores by Test and State that you need.

What is a good praxis test score? - Praxis Test

How Will I Know if I Passed the Praxis?

Your score report will indicate a PASSED or NOT PASSED status for each test based on the standard passing standards. Unfortunately, ETS makes it a little difficult to determine how many questions you need to get right in order to get a passing Praxis score, and it can vary between tests. As a general rule of thumb, though, you should be aiming to get over 60% of the questions right (and there’s no guessing penalty, so go to town answering every question!).

*Maine, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania have some special clauses, so if you are applying for licensure in one of these states, be sure to read the fine print (the good news is that the fine print indicates some exceptions that actually make passing easier).

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45 Responses to What is a Good Praxis Score?

  1. Esther October 11, 2016 at 7:23 PM #

    Is there a way to find out, how much point each questions is worth? For example, is each question worth 5 points etc..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2016 at 12:02 PM #

      Unfortunately, there’s no way to do this that will work 100% of the time. The Praxis doesn’t publish the point weight of its various questions, and sometimes it’s not obvious when a question is worth more than one point on a Praxis test. Fortunately, though, the vast majority of single answer multiple-choice questions are worth just one point. So even though you can’t always know how many points a question is worth, the odds are in favor of it being worth a single point.

  2. Brian November 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM #

    Does anyone know how well you do on the ETS Praxis test correlates to how well you did (do) on the actual Praxis exam?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2016 at 5:37 PM #

      In theory, your scores the official practice Praxis tests from ETS correlate quite closely with how you’ll do on test day. Unfortunately, because there’s only one practice test for each version of the Praxis. This is just one possible mix of questions, and there’s always a chance the questions you see on test day will be mixed differently. Because of this, it’s helpful to also check out the free official study companion PDF for each Praxis exam. These do not provide full practice tests, but each Study Companion does offer a generous helping of additional sample questions.

  3. Stacey April 11, 2017 at 2:55 PM #

    I received a 154 unofficial score on my core reading praxis 1 NJ. What are the chances they bump me up to the 156 Which is passing? I am so worried.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2017 at 3:46 AM #

      Scores can be bumped up by 1-3 points when the score is adjusted for the official score report. However, for the Praxis Core tests, it’s more common for your unofficial score to stay the same on the official report. So there is some chance you’ll get bumped up to passing. But there’s also a good chance you’ve fallen a little short this time around. Hope for the best, but prepare for a retake.

  4. Jess June 11, 2017 at 7:31 PM #

    Do you receive your Praxis core reading score immediately after taking the test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 15, 2017 at 6:27 PM #

      Hi Jess,

      According to the Praxis Information Bulletin provided by ETS (page 15): For tests that only include selected-response questions, you will be able to view the unofficial scores at the testing center after taking the test. If no unofficial score is provided, it means that further analysis is necessary to determine the score (note: this doesn’t necessarily mean that there was a problem with the test).

      Since the Praxis Core Reading exam is selected-answer, you should see your unofficial score after you take the test! 🙂

  5. Jess July 1, 2017 at 2:19 PM #

    I took the reading Praxis today and I got a 190. Is it safe to assume I’ve passed the test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 3, 2017 at 2:16 AM #

      Hi Jess. It looks really promising, yes! 🙂

  6. Janice July 7, 2017 at 7:55 PM #

    So, is it safe to say that if I get 60% or above on each individual test (Reading, Writing, and Math) I should pass each particular test? I am taking the Core combined test of all three at the same time. I have to have a score of 156 in Reading, 162 in Writing, and 150 in Math to pass and I am wondering how many questions I have to correctly answer to pass each one.

    Does it state somewhere how many questions are on the actual test in each individual test? (Reading, Writing, and Math)?

    My Praxis Practice Test I have been taking thus far, (Math and Reading) both have a total of 56 questions. I was wondering if that is the same number that will be on the actual test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 10, 2017 at 12:33 PM #

      Great question, Janice. 🙂

      First, it’s important to remember that your scaled Praxis score (the basis of the final official score you’ll receive) is derived from the percentage of questions you answer correctly, plus 100.

      So you need at least 56% in Reading, 62% in Writing, and 50% in Math to get passing scores. Since your scores may be adjusted by a few points for the official score report, I advise aiming for at least 5 points higher than the minimum. So you should be reasonably safe if you can get a 61% in Reading, a 67% in Writing, and a 55% in Math.

      The number of questions on each test can be seen on the official web page for Praxis Core test content and structure. There are 56 questions in Praxis Core Reading and 56 questions in Praxis Core Math. Then there are 40 multiple choice questions and two essay questions in Core Writing. This makes it a little harder to estimate your exact score, just based on your multiple choice performance, of course.

  7. Robert July 10, 2017 at 7:12 PM #

    Hello! I scored in the ESOL praxis test 184 according to the unofficial report and my state requires 155, do you think that the official report will say that I pass it and display a similar score (to 184)? Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 11, 2017 at 5:38 PM #

      Your score should be similar to 184, Robert. And even if your score is adjusted downward several points (possible, but not likely), you wouldn’t drop all the way down to below 155. Congratulations on passing, and congratulations on doing so impressively well! 🙂

  8. Karen July 12, 2017 at 11:45 AM #


    I just finished my Middle School Social Studies Praxis and I am curious about the scoring on it. I feel pretty confident, but you never truly know with constructed-responses. After my test, it showed that scores would be available in 17 days. However, when I looked online, it says for this testing window and a mixed test, scores wouldn’t be available until 8/11/17. We start school on 8/14 and I need to know sooner than 8/11 if I passed.


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 20, 2017 at 11:52 AM #

      I know that they often report scores earlier than the final date of a window, but there is no guarantee, especially during a peak period like now. It may very well take until 8/11 and there is unfortunately no way to expedite the process. I hope they come through quick! 🙂

  9. Katie July 16, 2017 at 8:19 PM #

    Is the score at the end of the Praxis test accurate, or should I wait for my official scores… my scores for reading and writing were passing with at least 10 points higher than the NEEDED passing score when I finished the computer gave me those two scores.. could it go down that much I would have failed?!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 20, 2017 at 11:51 AM #

      Hi Katie,

      It is usually pretty accurate, but not guaranteed. I have not seen a shift more than a couple of points, though, so I think you can safely feel confident! 🙂

  10. Whitney Allgood August 4, 2017 at 10:35 PM #

    I just took the special need practice test and scored a 51% so what percentage would I need to actually pass

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 8, 2017 at 1:40 PM #

      Hi Whitney! This depends on your state and employer requirements. Do you have more information?

  11. Grace August 16, 2017 at 10:32 PM #

    Hi! I just took a special ed praxis and my raw score is 168. My state requires a passing scaled score of 145. Do you think my raw score, converted to the scaled score, will be over 145? I’m afraid npt to pass

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 18, 2017 at 2:17 PM #

      Hi Grace,

      That 168 was not a raw score, but rather an estimated score. I think you can safely say that you passed! 🙂

  12. Michelle August 27, 2017 at 11:30 PM #

    I got 66 questions correct out of 110 on the practice 5411. What kind of score is this?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 28, 2017 at 4:22 PM #

      Hi Michelle,

      This would be approximately a 160!

  13. Duncan Ellington III September 1, 2017 at 7:58 PM #

    I just dropped a 172 on the social studies practice…. boutta help my boo drop a 190. Any tips from you second class test takers??? Even if you have suggestions keep them to yourselves hahahaha

  14. Scott November 6, 2017 at 12:23 PM #

    I got a 30 out of 56 on a practice math test, what would that equal as a score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 6, 2017 at 2:41 PM #

      Hi Scott,

      That would be approximately 153 on the converted Praxis score. 🙂

  15. Meghan J Lanter November 7, 2017 at 6:37 PM #

    Hi, there!

    Apparently I got a 168 on the math portion.
    Is there any way to tell how many questions I got right of the 56 questions?

    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2017 at 3:17 PM #

      Hi Meghan,

      We could estimate you got approximately 38/56 correct, but without knowing how the test was scaled, this might be off a problem or two.

      • Macey November 8, 2017 at 6:13 PM #

        I’m trying to understand my praxis math score to help me pass next time. I got a 138 on the praxis math core test and I needed a 150 for KY. That means that I got 21/56 correct right? And I need 7 more correct answers to pass the test? Is it common for there to be questions worth more than 1 point on this specific test?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 9, 2017 at 7:41 PM #

          Hi Macey,

          It means you got approximately 21 correct, but the scaling can be a little off from this estimate, so I would say you got between 20-23 correct. To guarantee a pass, I would aim to get at last 30/56 (but definitely shoot higher if you can). Good luck! 🙂

  16. Ron November 19, 2017 at 11:42 AM #

    Hello! I’ve 2-questions (disguised at 4 🙂

    (1) If one assumes a 3 in the Argumentative Essay, and 2 in Comparative Essay, how many multiple choice of the 40 does one have to get right to pass the Basis Writing Praxis Test 5722 (NJ requires 162)? 25 right out of 40, won’t cut it, right?

    (2) I got a 190 on Basic Reading Praxis 5712, and 200 on Basic Math Praxis 5732. Of course, these are unofficial scores (and doesn’t really matter how much one scores above the passing grade, for NJ 156 and 150 respectively). However, I’m a bit concerned about the Basic Writing 5722, especially, the Essay Writing part since I kind of ran out of time on the last essay 🙁 Is it taking approximately 16-working-days to know one’s official score? And why do they not tell how many of the multiple choice one got right?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 20, 2017 at 5:24 PM #

      Hi Ron,

      The official page about the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722) is pretty vague about how many questions of the 40 will be scored, so it is very difficult to make these kinds of approximations and estimations. I would honestly shoot for 30/40 because there are unscored questions mixed in and you don’t want to go for a “bare minimum” situation without realizing the risk of those unscored questions.

      I do not know the current time to turn around a score, but given that we are heading into a quite chaotic holiday season alongside the busiest testing season of the year, I would not be surprised to find you had to wait longer than average. Remember, too, that it is not just about your test date but rather the testing window. ETS says, “score reports are available approximately 10–16 days from the last date of the testing window or on the test date if the test is offered continuously.”

      In short, I don’t have much more information. Just sit back, relax, and wait a bit longer. 🙂

  17. Charlyn Motley December 3, 2017 at 5:13 PM #

    I took the praxis 1 in 2010 and my score in writing was 168. Now my question is I need to know if I still have to take it again because the scores are different now. Will they convert it?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 4, 2017 at 1:01 PM #

      Hi Charlyn, I recommend that you look up your state’s requirements. Most states require that the Praxis score be used for certification within a certain time frame (for example, 5 years), so you may have to re-take it because the scores have expired. If there is no expiration date, then you should contact your state’s certification office or ETS for information about score conversion. Sorry I can’t be more helpful here, and good luck!

  18. Haley Wetzel January 7, 2018 at 9:58 PM #

    What score (1-6) should I aim for on the essay portion of the writting exam?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 10, 2018 at 4:31 PM #

      Hi Haley,

      That depends on what you have been told by your future employer. The guidelines differ! I recommend looking at what you can find based on what authority will be evaluating your scores. 🙂

  19. Jenny January 16, 2018 at 5:36 PM #

    I took the ESL Praxis last week and at the end of he test it said NS-No score. Yet, on the same screen, it broke down the questions into sections and told me I got 95/120 questions correct.

    I need a 155 in my state to pass. Do you think the raw score of 95 out of 120 is passing? Also, why would they do the NS thing?

    Thank you!!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 18, 2018 at 1:37 PM #

      Jenny, I’ll be honest with you– the Praxis would do the NS thing because the way they display your scores on test day in the test center is very inconsistent, and suspect to gliche. The good news is that they did still give you enough info to estimate your score. Your final official score will be the percentage of questions you got right, plus 100. 95/120 = about 79%, so your official score will be roughly a 179. That is a passing score by the standards of most states. However, every state has different Praxis requirements. So look up your state on the official Praxis State Requirements web page to see if you passed.

  20. Rose January 17, 2018 at 12:18 PM #

    what is the best way to study for Praxis Writing? Also if you get a high score in essay can you get less correct on multiple choice and still pass or vise versa?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 18, 2018 at 1:32 PM #

      The best way to prepare for Praxis Core Writing is to know the test. Your first stop should be the official Praxis Core Writing Study Companion PDF. This includes a good explanation of test basics as well as a nice range of authentic sample questions and answers from ETS. You may also want to consider buying one or both of the official ETS full-length practice exams; these can be found if you scroll down to the very bottom of the official Praxis Core Writing Prep page.

      And of course, Magoosh has plenty of prep material for you to. I recommend reviewing the articles in the Magoosh Praxis Blog Core Writing archives. You may also want to consider a subscription to Magoosh Praxis Core Premium. There, you can get many additional practice questions and video lessons to help you practice for every part of Praxis Core, including writing.

  21. Red February 8, 2018 at 9:45 AM #

    I took a practice test on special education and out of 120 questions I got 66 correct on my first attempt. My state requires a 152 to pass what would think my score would be?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 10, 2018 at 4:17 AM #

      Hi Red,

      It looks like you got a 55% accuracy rate, which means your score very well could be 155. We can’t make any promises as you’re close enough to the cutoff that it would be risky, but fingers crossed!

  22. Ashley February 16, 2018 at 8:55 PM #

    I took the Math Praxis test and got an unofficial score of 143. There were 56 questions, but I was wondering if that is a passing score or not. Also, how many questions does that mean I got correct? Any help is greatly appreciative. Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 18, 2018 at 1:42 PM #

      Your unofficial scaled score is (approximately) the percentage of questions you got right, plus 100. 43 + 100 = 143 and means you answered about 43% of the answers right. That means you answered 24 out of the 56 questions correctly. Whether or not that’s passing depends on your state’s Praxis Core Math requirements. You can look those up on the official Praxis state requirements website.

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