All teacher candidates must pass the following Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests with the qualifying scores set by the W.V. Department of Education in order to be admitted to Teacher Education:
Before taking the Core tests, you should review the test preparation materials provided by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) :
Study Companion and Test Preparation Videos for Core Reading 5713: http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5713
Study Companion and Test Preparation Videos for Core Writing 5723: http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5723
Study Companion and Test Preparation Videos for Core Math 5733: http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5733
If in the past you have struggled on standardized tests covering the content tested by the Core Tests, you should also register for a Learning Express Library account in order to access diagnostic tests you can take to help you target areas for improvement. Knowing where you are likely to struggle will help you develop a study plan and be better prepared to take the Core tests. To register for a Learning Express Library account you should:
To diagnose and strengthen your Reading skills you should:
To diagnose and strengthen your Math skills you should:
You may also select "Improve Your Writing, Speaking, and Grammar" and access the "Writing Skills Tutorial" to strengthen basic writing skills. Writing support is also available in the Fairmont State Writing Center, located in 308 Jaynes Hall. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 AM - 7 PM and Friday 8 AM - 1 PM. To make an appointment, students can stop in 308 Jaynes Hall during business hours or call 304-367-3699.
Cost: You can register to take all three required Core tests on the same testing date for a Combined Test cost of $135 -or- you can register to take two of the required Core Tests on the same testing date for a Combined Test cost of $125, and then register to take the third test as a single test on another date for and additional $85, for a total of $210 for all three tests -or- you can register for each of the required Core Tests separately for a single test cost of $85 each ($255 will be charged for all three tests, if you register for each one individually).
Fairmont State University Institution/Recipient Code: RA5211
ETS will send you information about where/when to report and what you should do on test day. Print this information and take it with you to your testing center. Be sure to take a government issued ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:
When you register for the tests be sure to use your name exactly as it appears on the ID you will use. Testing center personnel cannot allow you to take the test if the name on your ID does not match the name on the registration list. If you do not have your ID you will not be allowed to take the exam. You will need to register and pay again.
If you do not make the required score on any CORE test, you can retake it, but you will have to register again and pay a fee. ETS requires you to wait 21 days before retaking a test.
ETS offers the option of applying for a waiver of the Praxis Test fee. If you are interested in a waiver visit: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/ to see if you are eligible to apply and to access the instructions and required application form.