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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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6 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!

  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.

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