Basic Skills Requirement


All teacher education candidates must meet a basic skills requirement prior to being admitted to teacher education. The requirement at PSU is an ACT composite score of 22. If your ACT score does not meet this minimum requirement and you have taken the exam at least one time since completing high school, you may meet the basic skills requirement using one of the following options:  

Required Scores
Exam   Required Score   
ACT Subscores Reading: 16
Writing: 6
Mathematics: 16
SAT

Minimum combined score of 1120 
(for tests taken after March 2016) 

CORE Reading: 156
Writing: 162
Mathematics: 142
  Accuplacer Next Generation   Reading: 255
Writing: 255
Mathematics*: 263
*Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics 
  • Praxis CORE Registration Information

The Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) is a computer-delivered exam. The test can be taken at any Prometric Testing Center according to their available schedules. Registration is completed by going to the ETS Praxis website.

  • Praxis Subject Assessments

The Praxis Subject Assessments are designed to be taken by students and individuals planning to enter the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. The Praxis Subject Assessments should be taken at the end of a student's teacher education program. The test can be taken at any Prometric Testing Center according to their available schedules. Registration is completed by going to the ETS Praxis website.


PLT Workshop Dates


All workshops are the same and consist of the following: a practice test, review of responses, and a review of general test-taking strategies.

Please sign up for the workshops in advance to ensure the appropriate amount of materials are available. A sign-up sheet is posted outside of 110C Hughes Hall, or you may contact Steve Brown for reservations. On the date of the workshop, report to 110 Hughes Hall at least five minutes prior to start time.

PLT Workshop Dates - 110 Hughes Hall - All workshops are from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

  • September 6th
  • September 20th
  • October 4th
  • October 18th
  • November 1st
  • December 20th

If you are unable to attend the workshops and would like assistance, contact Steve Brown, 110C Hughes Hall, 620-235-6148.