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Act! students are required to pass both the CORE and Praxis II tests prior to student teaching. These tests can be taken anytime after the student is accepted into the act! program, either before, during, or after coursework has been started or completed.

Planning is essential for successfully passing both tests. Educational Testing Services (ETS) develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually. ETS is not flexible in terms of refunding the cost of any scheduled test. Students should take into account preparation, weather, and any other factors before scheduling a CORE or Praxis II test date.

Students should not delay in meeting the ETS testing requirements. Allow enough time for test preparation, but take into account the scheduling options available through ETS. Additionally, allow enough time for your score report to be returned before the application for student teaching deadlines of February 15 for the following fall semester and September 15 for the following spring semester. Note that the official score reports become available online via your ETS account on the score report release date, approximately four weeks after the test date. Your score will be downloadable and available for only forty-five (45) calendar days from the score reporting date. More information on score reporting can be found at the ETS website.

The CORE test measures basic skills in reading, writing, and math. The test includes three separate tests with test codes and passing scores below:

Test Name

Test Code

Passing Score

CORE Reading



CORE Writing



CORE Mathematics



The CORE test can only be taken as a computer-based test that you register for on the ETS web site (see website for locations and costs). Students may choose to take the CORE test at any ETS testing center. The nearest center for computer-based testing is at UW Oshkosh. For questions related to the CORE test, call Testing Services in Polk Library, Room 3, at 920-424-1433.

ETS is committed to serving test takers with disabilities by providing services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test. Nonstandard testing accommodations are available for test takers with disabilities who meet ETS requirements. If you are requesting nonstandard testing accommodations, you must register by mail through ETS and have your accommodations approved prior to testing.

Free “Test At a Glance” preparation materials are available on-line from ETS. Additionally, eBooks are affordable digital test preparation guides which can be ordered from the ETS website. CORE and PRAXIS II study guides are available at both the Polk Library (UW Oshkosh) and the UW Fox Library. The Reading Study Center at UW Oshkosh offers general assistance with test taking strategies. Call 920-424-1031 for more information about Reading Study Center workshops.

ACT, SAT and GRE test scores may be substituted for the CORE test requirement after September 1, 2014. Requirements for acceptable ACT, SAT and GRE scores are immediately below.

ACT – score must be within 5 years of admission to the program, passing score composite of 23, with minimum scores of 20 on English, Math and Reading is required.

SAT - score must be within 5 years of admission to the program, passing score composite of 1070, with a minimum score of 450 Math and Verbal is required.

GRE – the revised General Test only is acceptable - score must be within 5 years of admission to the program, a composite score of 298, with a minimum 150 on Verbal and 145 on Math is required.

Praxis II Test
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires all individuals who apply for an initial license after August 2004 to pass the Praxis II content test(s) for their area(s) of licensure.

The act! program requires passing scores on the appropriate Praxis II content tests. You must provide an original score report of passing scores on the PRAXIS II exam for either the Mathematics: Content Knowledge or General Science: Content Knowledge test before you will be allowed to student teach.


Test Code

Qualifying Score

Mathematics: Content Knowledge



General Science: Content Knowledge



For additional information including dates, locations, fees and practice exams please visit the ETS Website