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Louisiana Praxis Testing Information

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Praxis Exams

Apart from the required components within iteachLOUISIANA (coursework and residency) every future teacher must pass specific Louisiana teacher certification tests to demonstrate to schools and the state competency. These exams, called Praxis exams, are administered by the Education Testing Services (ETS.org). The process to compete Louisiana teacher certification testing can be confusing. Hopefully page helps!

When registering for your exam, you can select iteachLOUISIANA to be a recipient of your scores by using our school code: 6255. You can also either email or upload your scores your iteach portal so that our office has record of your passing results.

Every applicant is required to have passed both Praxis CORE and Praxis II Subject to be eligible to enroll in the program.

Praxis Core

The Praxis Core exam is a Louisiana teacher certification test that measures basic skills for educators. This exam has three components: Reading, Writing and Math. Each exam must be passed independently. Even though there is three separate exams for each section, you can register for all three via the combined exam, test #5751. More information can be found below:

Praxis Core Exam Section Test Code Passing Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 162
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 150


Click for great Praxis Core Study Resource / Overview

Praxis Core Exemptions

There are several ways in which to waive the requirement for Praxis Core. The following is an exhaustive list:

  • Passed Praxis I PPST – Prior to the approval of the Praxis Core, the Praxis PPST was the approved exam for basic skills.
  • Master’s Degree – Hold a master’s degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • SAT Score 1030 (or greater) on Reading and Math sections
  • ACT Score of 22 or greater

Praxis II – Subject

The Praxis II is required to be passed in order to enroll in the program. You can apply and start the application process before it is passed, but it must be passed in order to formally enroll. Below is a complete list of certification areas that we are approved to offer certification. Clicking on the test name will take you immediately to study information regarding the exam.

If you passed an older Praxis II exam which was approved at the time you took it, we can accept those scores.

Early Childhood Grade Level Test Code Passing Score
Pre-Kindergarten – 3rd Grade 5001 All 4 Parts
Elementary Education Grade Levels Test Code Passing Score
1st Grade – 5th Grade 5001 All 4 Parts
Middle School Grade Levels Test Code Passing Score
4-8 English/Language Arts 5047 164
4-8 Mathematics 5169 165
4-8 Science 5440 150
4-8 Social Studies 5089 149
High School Grade Levels Test Code Passing Score
6-12 Biology 5235 150
6-12 Chemistry 5245 151
6-12 English 5039 168
6-12 General Science 5435 156
6-12 Mathematics 5161 160
6-12 Physics 5265 141
6-12 Speech 5221 146
6-12 Social Studies 5086 160
6-12 Agriculture 5701 147
6-12 Business Education 5101 154
6-12 Family and Consumer Science 5122 153
6-12 Technologies Education 5051 159
All Grade Levels Test Code Passing Score
K-12 Art 5134 159
K-12 Health & Physical Education 5857 160
K-12 Music 5113 151
K-12 French 5174 157
K-12 German 5183 157
K-12 Spanish 5195 157

No Approved Praxis Exam Subject Areas

There are eight content areas in which the state of Louisiana’s Department of Education has not approved a Praxis exam to demonstrate subject matter knowledge. Rather, in these eight areas you must have 31 hours of college coursework correlating to the subject area. These areas are:

  • 6-12 Computer Science
  • 6-12 Earth Science
  • 6-12 Environmental Science
  • 6-12 Italian
  • 6-12 Journalism
  • 6-12 Latin
  • 6-12 Marketing
  • K-12 Dance

For details regarding what college coursework would be acceptable for these areas, please click here.

Praxis – Principles of Learning and Teaching

At this point you have passed (or been exempt from) Praxis Core and you have passed Praxis Subject exam. While teaching there is a final exam you must pass to earn your Level 1 Professional Certificate: Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT). Depending on the grade level in which you are teaching, you will take one of the following PLT exams.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Test Code Passing Score
PLT: Early Childhood (PK-3) 5621 157
PLT: Grades K-6 5622 160
PLT: Grades 5-9 5623 160
PLT: Grades 7-12 5624 157

 

Please note that there is some overlap between Early Childhood PLT and Elementary PLT. Though there is one Praxis II (5018/5001) for both areas, depending on the subject you are teaching, you will take either Early Childhood or Elementary PLT exam.

Praxis Teaching Reading

Every individual pursuing certification in either Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education is required to demonstrate competency in Teaching Reading. This can be complete one of two ways:

  • Nine (9) hours of Reading completed at a regionally accredited college or university, or
  • Pass Praxis Teaching Reading (Test #5204)

With the ability to complete this requirement via college hours, the Praxis Teaching Reading is not a required exam, though most teachers do need to take this exam.

You can find out more about the exam and passing score here: http://www.ets.org/praxis/la/alternate_route/

Louisiana Administrative Code – Section 237, see highlights (PDF, 97kb)

Below are some of the available study material:

Louisiana Praxis Exam Testing Locations

City Test Center Address Location
Alexandria Alexandria, LA
APCN-1313
Louisiana State University at Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA, LA 71302
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Alexandria PROMETRIC TEST CENTER
APCN-5160
1505 Metro Dr.
ALEXANDRIA, LA 71301
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Baton Rouge ETS – LOUISIANA STATE UNIV.
APCN-7567
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
BATON ROUGE, LA 70803
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Baton Rouge Baton Rouge – S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard
APCN-5233
4354 S SHERWOOD FOREST BLVD
BATON ROUGE, LA 70816
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Bossier City Shreveport – Bossier City
APCN-1308
4350 VIKING DR, STE 3
BOSSIER CITY, LA 71111
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Hammond Southeastern Louisiana University
STN12882A
900 B West University Ave
HAMMOND, LA 70402
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Lafayette University of Louisiana at Lafayette
STN14859A
220 Hebrard Blvd
LAFAYETTE, LA 70503
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Lake Charles McNeese State University
STN14968A
450 Lawton Drive
LAKE CHARLES, LA 70609
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Mandeville NTCC St Tammany Testing Center
STN15173A
21454 Koop Drive
MANDEVILLE, LA 70471
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Metarie New Orleans – Metairie
APCN-0061
2424 EDENBORN AVE.
METAIRIE, LA 70001
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Metairie New Orleans – Metairie
APCN-5397
2424 EDENBORN AVE
METAIRIE, LA 70001
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Monroe Louisiana Delta Community College
STN14604B
7500 Millhaven Road
MONROE, LA 71203
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Natchitoches Northwestern State University
STN14903A
165 Sam Sibley Drive
NATCHITOCHES, LA 71497
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New Orleans ETS – UNIV OF NEW ORLEANS
APCN-7568
2000 LAKESHORE DRIVE
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70148
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New Orleans Dillard University
STN13897A
2601 Gentilly Blvd
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70122
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West Monroe Louisiana Delta West Monroe Campus
STN15092A
609 Vocational Pkwy
WEST MONROE, LA 71292
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