Tests for Watson Admission & Teacher Licensure

Praxis Core (For Entry to Watson):

All students seeking admission into the Watson College of Education Teacher Education Programs are required to take and pass all three sections of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests* unless exempt. Students must request that official scores be sent to UNCW, even if the test is taken at the UNCW Testing Center.

*The Praxis Core replaces the Praxis 1. After August 2014, all students must the take Praxis Core, unless exempt, for admission into Watson. Scores from Praxis 1 and Praxis Core may not be combined for entry to Watson. Students who have already passed the full Praxis 1 may submit scores for admission to Watson, however students who need to take Praxis are urged to take the Core so that if a re-take is necessary scores can be combined. Praxis Core and Praxis 1 scores cannot be combined.

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Am I Exempt from Praxis Core?
  • Students with an SAT score of 1100 or higher (Math + Verbal) are exempt from the Praxis I or Core exam.  The Writing SAT score is not counted in the total of 1100 needed for exemption. Students with SAT scores of less than 1100, but with SAT scores of 550 or higher on Verbal are exempt from Praxis Core Reading and Writing, SAT of 550 or higher on Math are exempt from Praxis Core Math.
  • Students with an ACT composite score of 24 or higher are exempt from the full Praxis Core exam. Students with a composite score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English test are exempt from the Praxis Core Reading and Writing, ACT of at least 24 on the Math test are exempt from the Praxis Core Math.
  • Students that have earned a Master's or Bachelor's degree with a final cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher are exempt from the full Praxis Core exam.
  • Students may confirm official SAT or ACT exempting scores by accessing SEANET: Under "Student Services & Financial Aid", click "Student Records". Click "Student Information". Click "submit" for the current term, then scroll to the bottom for "Test Score Information".
  • Students are required to provide the Watson College of Education Associate Dean’s Office with the corresponding official documentation from the granting institution (University or Collegeboard) to receive exemptions for Praxis Core.


What Do I Need to Know About the Praxis Core ?
  • The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Test is offered only as a computer based test.
  • There are three required sections:  Reading (#5712), Math (#5732), and Writing (#5722) or the combined test (#5751)
  • Required Core passing scores are: Reading = 156 , Mathematics = 150, Writing = 162,  or combined Score of 468.
    • Required passing scores for Praxis I are: Reading = 176 , Mathematics = 173, Writing = 173,  or combined Score of 522. Note that the Praxis 1 is no longer offered after August 2014. Students are urged to take the Praxis Core, since scores from the Praxis 1 and Praxis Core cannot be combined.
  • Students should plan to take the Praxis Core before the end of first semester of sophomore year.
  • Transfer students should plan to take the Praxis Core prior to enrolling at UNCW or early in the first semester at UNCW.
  • Test re-takes: An examinee may take each part of the Praxis Core test once every 21 consecutive days. This policy applies even if the examinee canceled the scores on a test taken previously. A student can take each part of the test a maximum of six times in a twelve month period.

How Do I Prepare?

How Do I Register to Take the Test?

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Test-Day Tips
  • Arrive at the test site at least 30-minutes prior to your test time. Late arrivals are not allowed to enter the testing room once the test has begun.
  • Test takers must bring all appropriate and required materials to the test. This includes (but not limited to): 2 appropriate forms of picture ID, pencils, sweaters/coats, etc. The only calculator allowed is the online four-function calculator provided as part of the math testing software.
  • Test takers are expected to be prepared and behave in a professional manner. UNCW will not tolerate inappropriate or unprofessional behavior by exam test takers.
  • READ the Praxis Core test and structure material COMPLETELY before coming to take the test- it provides vital and useful information. See: http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/content/
  • Be well-rested & eat before taking the exam, this allows you to concentrate on the test rather than your hunger and/or sleep.
  • Scores are calculated by number of correct answers, with no deduction for incorrect answers. Be sure to answer all of the questions.
  • Note that each section is timed, so work at an appropriate speed.


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