Praxis I (Obsolete Assessment)

Note:  This outdated page of explanation is provided for historical purposes only. After September 1, 2006, Georgia certification applicants are required to take the GACE test whenever a test is required, either for program admissions or subject area content. See the GACE website for details:

Click here to see current program admissions formally called basic skills testing information.

Important: All statements below regarding requirements became out of date September 1, 2006. For current requirements for a particular teacher preparation program you should contact that institution's representative directly.

Praxis I Test Series

  • Program Admissions
    Praxis I is an academic skills assessment produced by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that tests knowledge in reading, math, and writing.

  • Required for Graduates of Georgia Teacher Preparation
    Praxis I (or exemption) is required as a part of Georgia approved preparation program entrance requirements.

  • Required for Some Non-Renewable Certificate Holders
    In order to receive either a GATAPP Intern certificate or a Non-Renewable certificate under the "delayed pedagogy" alternative route in Georgia you must pass the Praxis I. There are additional requirements for each style of certificate.

  • Not Required for Prior Certificate Holders
    If you hold a current or expired Georgia Clear Renewable (professional) certification, you are not required to take Praxis I.

  • Not Required for Holders of Certificates from Other States
    If you hold a current or expired professional certificate from another state or are being recommended for certification from a preparation program approved in another state, you are not required to take Praxis I.

  • Paper and Pencil Test or Computer Based Test
    Praxis I is offered in two formats - a computer-based version called Computer Pre-Professional Skills Test (CPPST) and the paper/pencil version called Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). PPST and CPPST are scored on the same scale.

    · 0710 PPST Reading Passing Score: 176
    · 0720 PPST Writing Passing Score: 174
    · 0730 PPST Mathematics Passing Score: 176
    · 5710 CPPST Reading Passing Score: 176
    · 5720 CPPST Writing Passing Score: 174
    · 5730  CPPST Mathematics Passing Score: 176
    · Passing Composite Score: 526
    (A composite score must consist of one score from each of the three testing areas of reading, mathematics, and writing, but the scores can come from either style of test, CPPST, or PPST).

  • CBT Praxis No Longer Offered
    The older Praxis I test called CBT is no longer administered, but scores obtained on the CBT are still accepted by the GaPSC.

    · 0711 CBT Reading Passing Score: 322
    · 0721 CBT Writing Passing Score: 321
    · 0731 CBT Mathematics Passing Score: 321
    · Passing Composite Score: 964
    (A composite score must consist of one score from each of the three testing areas of reading, mathematics, and writing).
    · CBT scores may be equated to PPST scores using the concordance table at the end of this page.

  • Passing Score Computation
    If you pass all three Praxis I test components (reading, writing, and mathematics), then you pass the Praxis I overall. However you may satisfy the Praxis I test requirement by making an overall (composite) score of 526 or higher on the PPST version of the Praxis I. You have also satisfied the Praxis I test requirement if you made an overall (composite) score of 964 or higher on the CBT version of the Praxis I before it ended.

  • Retaking the Praxis I
    Note: if you find one of the three tests particularly hard to pass, you may take the other two tests again (in either version) in an effort to achieve the passing composite score level. Your highest scores will be used by the GaPSC, even if you make lower scores in later testing. Mandatory waiting times exist between taking and retaking Praxis I tests; contact ETS to determine the waiting time for the particular test you need.

  • Testing Schedules

    • You may check the ETS website at for information on the cost of the PPST and the CPPST.
    • Praxis Registration Bulletins with testing sites and schedules for both PPST and CPPST are available at colleges, universities, RESAs, and ETS.
    • You can find the PRAXIS calendar with registration deadlines here and the test locations here.
      Note: Flexible testing appointments are possible with computerized testing. See for details.
    • Test results are returned approximately six weeks after the test date for the PPST. CPPST results for reading and math are immediate, but CPPST writing scores takes several weeks.

  • How to Exempt Praxis I
    Praxis I may be exempted if high enough scores are obtained on the SAT®, ACT®, or GRE®. Exemptions scores are as follows:

    • SAT® exemptions: minimum combined verbal and mathematics score of 1000.
    • GRE® exemption: minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1030.
    • ACT® exemption: minimum combined English and mathematics score of 43.

  • Practicing for the Praxis I

    • A Praxis I tutorial program called Plato is available at several Georgia colleges and universities, and ETS has instituted a Praxis I tutorial program though Plato Learning.
    • A Praxis I study guide is available from the ETS Store. For more information click here:
      Praxis I Test At A Glance (TAAG)
Praxis I Concordance Table
Relating PPST and CBT Scores
Mathematics Reading Writing
180 325 180 328 180 329
179 324 179 327 179 328
178 323 178 326 178 326
177 322 177 325 177 325
176 321 176 323 176 324
175 320 175 322 175 322
175 321
174 319 174 321 174 320
173 318 173 320 173 319
172 317 172 319 172 318
171 316 171 317 171 316
170 315 170 316 170 314
169 314 169 315 169 313
168 313 168 314 168 312
167 312 167 313 167 310
166 311 166 312 166 308
165 310 165 311 165 307

The table entries are scale scores. The PPST scale ranges from 150-190. The CBT scale ranges from 300-335. Due to scale range differences, all CBT scores use higher numbers than PPST scores. This does not mean that individuals have to achieve higher scores on CBT than PPST in order to pass.

To find the comparable scores in mathematics, reading, or writing, locate the PPST score under the appropriate subject area and read across to the column "CBT". For example, if a PPST score in mathematics is 176, a comparable CBT score is 321; likewise, if a CBT score in reading is 322, then the comparable PPST score is 175. If your score does not appear on the chart, locate the next score up on the scale and use that score. For example, if your CBT Writing score is 323, then go up to 324 and across to the PPST Writing score of 176.

Praxis I Concordance Table was copyrighted in 1993 by Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved.