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What Are Passing Praxis Scores?

So you’ve decided to take the Praxis Core. Congratulations! But now you might be wondering, “How well do I need to do to get my certificate?”

Fortunately, the Praxis Core is a pass-fail exam. You don’t need to be in the top 99th percentile to receive your certification. For the Praxis, passing scores will be all you need!

Minimum scores considered passing vary from state to state, but for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (also known as the Praxis), passing Praxis scores are generally as follows:

  • 150 on the mathematics portion
  • 156 on the reading portion
  • 162 on the writing portion

What is a Passing Praxis Score

Some Exceptions for Passing Praxis Scores

The rules are a bit different if you’re taking the exam in North Dakota. North Dakota test-takers can pass the Praxis Core by:

  • Achieving a total score of 466 and a passing score on at least 2 of the 3 sections, or
  • Meeting the passing Praxis scores for all 3 sections

The required Praxis passing scores for certain sections are also lower in Washington State and North Dakota:

  • Washington: 142 math, 158 writing
  • North Dakota: 160 writing

Passing scores for the Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly known as Praxis) vary quite a bit more from state to state than do those for the Core exam, so you’ll definitely want to refer to your state’s Praxis page to make sure you know what score you need to shoot for.


How Many Questions Do I Need to Get Right to Pass?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question. Different editions of the Praxis require different numbers of right answers to pass, since questions rated as more difficult are worth more points than easier ones.


What if I Do Really, Really Well?

Then you’re in luck! The ETS does give special recognition for getting exceptionally high scores on some of the Praxis Subject Assessment tests. The ETS Recognition of Excellence (ROE) Award is given to test takers who score in the top 15 percent on the Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physics, or Social Studies Content Knowledge exams.


Will My School District See My Actual Score?

Yes, your score will be automatically reported to your state’s Department of Education if you take the test in one of the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

If you’re applying to teach in a different state than the one in which you took the Praxis, or if your state isn’t listed above, you will need to list your state’s Department of Education as a score recipients on your registration form.

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38 Responses to What Are Passing Praxis Scores?

  1. Kristina June 13, 2018 at 12:55 PM #

    I just took my praxis professional counseling test and I can’t find the passing standard for Texas?
    I made a score of 157? Would you happen to know the passing score for Texas?
    Thank you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 20, 2018 at 9:37 AM #

      Hi Kristina,

      There is some information on the Praxis website about Texas score requirements, but I don’t see anything that is super relevant to the professional counseling test. I recommend that you contact the agency responsible for licensing/certification in Texas. Good luck!

  2. Alicia August 20, 2018 at 1:49 PM #

    I am taking the Math Praxis Core next week. There are 56 questions and I need a 150 to pass. How many of the 56 questions can I get wrong to still pass? I know you don’t like answering this but I’ll take your best guesstimate!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2018 at 10:38 AM #

      Hi Alicia,

      We can estimate your required raw score using this method, but keep in mind that it’s not perfect. According to that calculation, you should aim to get at least 28 questions correct. However, keep in mind that there may be some experimental questions, and it’s likely that your final score will be adjusted downwards, so you will want to aim to get more questions correct in order to have a nice cushion. Unfortunately, there isn’t really any more specific information that we can give you, and we encourage students to focus on getting as many questions as possible correct instead of thinking about how many they can miss. I hope this helps a bit!

      • Alex April 28, 2019 at 4:51 PM #

        Understandable to encourage focusing on getting questions right. As a teacher with some testing anxiety I know one of the things that most helps me be less anxious during a test is having a concrete idea of what questions I can miss and still come out with an okay score.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2019 at 7:33 PM #

          Thank you for sharing your perspective, Alex!

  3. Brandon Fortenberry October 10, 2018 at 9:44 AM #

    Hi Just finished wondering I finished with 148 on the computer screen. What doses this mean

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 13, 2018 at 9:18 AM #

      It sounds like your estimated final score was 148, but you will need to wait for the official score to be totally sure.

  4. Melissa February 22, 2019 at 7:08 AM #

    Are the practice tests harder than the actual tests?

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 25, 2019 at 2:14 PM #

      Great question, Melissa. If the practice tests are designed correctly, they should not be harder, on average, than the real Praxis. Magoosh Praxis itself has worked hard to design practice tests that are the same average difficulty as the actual exam. And the official practice exams from ETS are certainly the same difficulty level as actual real exams, since all the official practice questions come from previously administered real tests.

      Unfortunately, one individual test can simply have a different difficulty level than another. I’ve heard from many students who took the one or two official practice tests available on the ETS website, only to find that the third ETS test that they took on test day felt more difficult than the first two. Magoosh gives a lot of practice questions so that you get a better sense of th average difficulty level for the Praxis. But there is, sadly, no guarantee that your practice difficulty will line up perfectly with your real Praxis exam experience.

      The good news is that usually your ETS and Magoosh practice tests will be very similar to what you experience on test day. No guarantees, but Magoosh and ETS are fairly safe bets for accurate difficulty in Praxis prep.

  5. Thelma Bell April 2, 2019 at 5:31 AM #

    I passed the writing and reading test. What is the length of time before scores are void. I want to know if i neef to retake test.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 3, 2019 at 7:34 PM #

      Hi Thelma!

      Praxis scores are good for 10 years. Online score reports are available for one calendar year after the score reporting date. After this time, you will need to request additional score reports for $50 each, so make sure you save a copy of your score report in case you need it beyond one year. 🙂

  6. Trish April 26, 2019 at 5:43 PM #

    If I scored a 467 on the Math, English and Reading is that good?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2019 at 7:32 PM #

      Hi Trish!

      Passing scores on the Praxis are specific to each state. 🙂 Visit this website here to check your state’s requirements. Best of luck! 🙂

  7. Robin May 1, 2019 at 3:21 PM #

    Do you know what the score for the praxis in health content in Ohio is?

  8. Barbara a Brewer May 16, 2019 at 10:31 PM #

    Hi I was wondering how many questions do I need to aim to get correct in order to pass the Core math? Is it around 30 or less? Thank you for your quick reply.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 19, 2019 at 12:52 PM #

      Hi Barbara!

      Passing scores differ from state to state, so in order to estimate the number of questions you’ll need to pass, you’ll first need to check your state’s required scores. 🙂

    • Mary June 16, 2019 at 4:27 PM #

      I passed the Praxis core back in 2014. Does it expire? Also, I took the test in Virginia, can I transfer it to Hawaii?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2019 at 8:26 PM #

        Hi Mary!

        Praxis scores are valid for 10 years. 🙂 According to this blog post – because most states use the Praxis, you should be able to transfer your scores. However, I’d recommend reaching out to Hawaii’s Department of Education for the most accurate information.

  9. Elizabeth June 7, 2019 at 2:33 PM #

    On the essay part of the praxis do anyone walk you through it ?

    • David Recine
      David Recine June 10, 2019 at 6:55 AM #

      It sounds like you’re asking if you can get extra help or explanations from the test center staff when you take the essay exam? If there’s something you don’t understand in a Praxis essay question, you can certainly raise your hand and ask the test center staff for clarification. Close guidance, such as advice on how to answer the questions, or assistance with reading comprehension in prompt passages and descriptions aren’t available in the test center, but very basic questions can be answered. 🙂 I hope this helps, but let me know if there’s anything else I can still clarify, Elizabeth.

  10. Agatha June 14, 2019 at 11:27 PM #

    I just took praxis 5372 n showed a 160 score on the screen is that passing for Virginia

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2019 at 8:20 PM #

      Hi Agatha,

      It doesn’t look like there’s a specific passing score published for the Praxis 5372 in Virginia. The best way to get this information is to wait for your official scores to come back, or to reach out to the Virginia Department of Education. 🙂

  11. Precious M Johnson June 15, 2019 at 1:48 PM #

    I scored an 138 on math praxis I need 150 to pass what is the likelyhood that I will get a 150 on my official score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2019 at 1:05 PM #

      Hi Precious,

      It looks like the 138 is your unofficial score for the Praxis. Unfortunately, Praxis scores rarely change by more than 1-3 points, so I would prepare for a retake. I’m sorry about that!

      Best of luck!

  12. Laura July 17, 2019 at 1:05 PM #

    I’m going to be taking the ESL Praxis test 5362 in Mississippi. I’ve taken the practice tests, but not sure how to gauge where my scores fall. On the practice test there’s 120 questions.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 19, 2019 at 4:34 PM #

      Hi Laura,

      Our expertise is in the Praxis Core, but you may find this blog post useful for estimating your scores for your test: Praxis II Scores.

  13. tia Louiso September 30, 2019 at 9:11 AM #

    I have been studying to take the praxis writing core 5722 and I was wondering if there was any help in knowing if the writing part of the two tests will be wrote on the computer or if I write them on paper? What is the total score for the entire test and I only need a 162 to pass but is it 162 out of 200? 300? 1,000? Just confused a little. Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 19, 2019 at 7:47 PM #

      Hi there,

      The highest possible score is 200 on the Praxis. 🙂

  14. Nadia Bennett December 3, 2019 at 1:38 PM #

    Where do you see this unofficial score when you take the math Praxis?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2020 at 3:12 PM #

      The unofficial score should pop up on the screen after the test.

  15. Jayda February 18, 2020 at 8:11 PM #

    I am terrible at test taking and passing the praxis core is the only thing standing in my way of becoming a teacher. I will be taking the core exam on 2/25/2020 for the very first time. I have no idea what this will be like and I feel like it’s making things worse for me. I recently took a practice test from the ETS for reading and I got 29 out of 56 right. I am nervous that I will not pass. I haven’t taken a test in years! Any tips and study suggestions? I am also terrible at math so I am praying for miracles here.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 6, 2020 at 1:38 PM #

      Hi Jayda,

      I’m sorry that we didn’t respond to this in time. I hope you have some good news and this advice is now irrelevant. It sounds like you are dealing with some test stress, which is very common and can have an outsized negative effect on your scores. Besides using high quality study materials (have you checked out our Magoosh Premium program for the Praxis Core? We have a particular focus on the math section), I’d recommend that you explore strategies to manage stress.

  16. Sky March 5, 2020 at 10:55 PM #

    I was wondering if you know how many questions I’m allotted to get incorrect on the SPED praxis 5354? Or how many questions I need to get right.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 7, 2020 at 12:14 PM #

      Hi Sky,

      Each state can set its own requirements for passing test scores, so it would be best to contact your board of education to make sure of what score you will need to obtain. Good luck! 🙂

  17. Gianna July 30, 2020 at 5:18 PM #

    Hello! I just took the praxis core math (5733) and It showed my raw score was 156, 150 is a passing score in my state. Is it possible my official score will go down to below a 150?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2020 at 8:57 AM #

      Hi Gianna, the unofficial score and the official score are usually the same, but occasionally they change by a point or so. You’ll have to wait for the official score to know for sure! Good luck 🙂

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