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PRAXIS I Information

CT Academic Skills Assessments for Applicants to School Counseling Programs: Praxis I

Who Must Meet The Academic Skills Requirement?

Connecticut law mandates a series of assessments to assure that each prospective school counselor has essential skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, subject knowledge competence, and professional knowledge competence.

Individuals seeking formal admission to a UCONN School Counseling Program, or seeking certification in Connecticut, must fulfill the academic skills requirement:

  1. By taking and passing all three Praxis I Academic Skill Assessments in reading, writing and mathematics, OR
  2. By qualifying for and obtaining a Praxis I waiver. If you are eligible for the Praxis I Waiver, you do not need to take the Praxis I Academic Skill Assessments. To determine if you are eligible for the Praxis I Waiver, click here.
  3. Applicants must pass the PRAXIS I or obtain a Waiver prior to enrolling in classes (fall 2016) if accepted into the UCONN School Counseling Program.

Praxis I Academic Skills Assessments Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Praxis I Academic Skills Assessments Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) is Connecticut’s required test for entry into a teacher/school counseling preparation program. Either the computer-based or paper-based Praxis I PPST is acceptable.

Either the computer-based or paper-based Praxis I PPST is acceptable. Students should plan to take the test by the by the time of school counseling program application; this allows time to retake a section of the test (prior to starting fall classes) , if necessary. We must receive the score report from ETS by start of fall classes!

Paper-based tests:

  • Passing scores are required on each of the three discrete tests:
  • Reading (Test #0710; Passing Score = 172)
  • Writing (Test #0720; Passing Score = 171)
  • Mathematics (Test #0730; Passing Score = 171)

Score reports for paper-based tests are mailed four weeks after the test date. Allow 7–10 days for paper score reports to arrive after they are mailed.

Computer-Based Tests (CBTs):

  • Passing scores are required on each of the three discrete tests:
  • Reading (Test #5710; Passing Score = 172)
  • Writing (Test #5720; Passing Score = 171)
  • Mathematics (Test #5730; Passing Score = 171)

Score reports for computer-based tests are mailed two to three weeks after your individual test date. Allow 7–10 days for paper score reports to arrive after they are mailed.

RECIPIENT CODE: When you take the PPST, include the University of Connecticut as a score recipient; UConn’s recipient code is 3915. If you did not include UConn as a score recipient, you must contact ETS and have them mail an official copy of your score report to:

Neag School of Education Admissions Office
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2064
Storrs, CT 06269-2064

REGISTRATION: Praxis registration information, including test sites and dates, is available online: www.ets.org or you may call ETS at 609-771-7395.  Study tips and practice tests are also available on the ETS website.

Praxis I Waiver

How do I know if I am eligible for a Praxis I waiver?

You are eligible for a Praxis waiver if you meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • SAT Waiver. A combined score of 1,100 or more on the SAT* (mathematics and critical reading sections only; does NOT include writing section) with neither the mathematics nor the critical reading subtest score below 400; or
  • ACT Waiver. Scores no less than 22 on the English subtest and no less than 19 on the mathematics subtest on the American College Testing (ACT) program assessment; or
  • PAA Waiver. A total score on the Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) equivalent to a combined score of 1,000 on the SAT with neither the mathematics nor the verbal subtest score below the equivalent of 400 points. In addition, a minimum score of 510 on the English-as-a-Second-Language Achievement Test (ESLAT) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • GRE Waiver. For candidates taking the test prior to October 1, 2002: A combined minimum score of 1000 on the GRE quantitative and verbal reasoning tests, with no less than a score of 500 in quantitative reasoning and 450 in verbal reasoning. For candidates taking the test after October 1, 2002: A combined minimum score of 1000 on the GRE quantitative and verbal reasoning tests, with no less than a score of 500 in quantitative reasoning and 450 in verbal reasoning, plus a minimum analytic writing score of 4.5.

If you DO MEET one of the criteria you may apply for a Praxis Waiver.

If you DO NOT MEET one of the criteria listed above, you must take the Praxis Exam.

* If you have taken the SAT on more than one occasion, your highest verbal score and your highest mathematics score will be combined.

Applying for a Praxis I Waiver

A waiver may be granted by furnishing official proof of having met the criteria on the SAT, the ACT, the PAA, or the GRE. Official SAT, ACT, PAA and GRE scores are those scores sent directly from the respective testing company. Test score reports forwarded to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) directly from candidates cannot be accepted.

Applying for the Praxis I Waiver:

  1. Create an account on the Connecticut Educator Certification System (CECS): http://sdeportal.ct.gov/cecscreateuser/default.aspx
  2. Apply for the waiver online
  3. Submit official score report by US mail to the CT State Department of Education office at the address below:

CT State Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification
PO Box 150471, Room 243
Hartford, CT 06115-0471

Ordering Official Score Report

Have an OFFICIAL score report sent directly from the respective testing company (SAT, ACT, PAA, or GRE) to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) at the above address.

Once the CSDE has processed your waiver, they will issue you an electronic waiver letter in PDF format. You should keep a copy of the waiver letter (in PDF and hard copy) for your records and forward a copy of the waiver letter PDF to Lisa Rasicot (l.rasicot@uconn.edu) to be placed in your file.

If you have questions concerning the Connecticut Academic Skills Assessment Waiver, call 860-713-6969 or e-mail (teacher.cert@ct.gov) the waiver coordinator.