WGU Basic Skills Requirement and Cut Scores

WGU Basic Skills Requirement and Cut Scores

Students in all WGU's initial teacher preparation programs must pass a basic skills exam.  Many states require a specific basic skills exam for initial licensure.  State required basic skills exams also fulfill WGU's Basic Skills Exam Requirement.  WGU has established two options for initial program students pursuing licensure in states that don't require a basic skills exam for licensure to satisfy the WGU Basic Skills Exam Requirement:


1.  The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5752) 

OR  The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751)

Students may mix and match subtests of the Praxis Core 5752 and 5751 to satisfy the basic skills requirement.


The test numbers for each exam are as follows:

Praxis 5752: Combined Test (5752), Reading (5713), Writing (5723), Math (5733)

Praxis 5751: Combined Test (5751), Reading (5712), Writing (5722), Math (5732)


2.  Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) (If all three subtests are passed prior to 08/31/2014)


Students pursuing licensure in states that don't require a basic skills exam must pass either the Praxis Core or Praxis I PPST exam by meeting or exceeding the WGU required scores listed in the table below. 


Praxis I PPST

Core Academic Skills for Educators

Reading — 175

Reading — 156

Writing — 174

Writing — 162

Mathematics — 173

Mathematics — 150

Composite Score Option for Praxis I — 522*

No Composite Score Option Available for the Core

*Note:  WGU also allows teacher candidates to meet WGU’s basic skills requirement on the Praxis I PPST by meeting the composite score of 522 with no single score on any section being more than 3 points lower than the required score in the table above.  There is no composite score option for the Praxis Core.  The Praxis I PPST exam was discontinued by ETS on 09/01/2014, but WGU will continue to accept passing scores for the Praxis I PPST from students who passed all three subtests of the exam prior to that date. Students who did not pass all three Praxis I PPST subtests by that date must pass all three subtests of the Praxis Core exam instead.

If a state requires the Praxis Core or Praxis I PPST for certification, then students licensing in that state must meet or exceed the state's required scores.


Students must review the Basic Skills Requirement article in their licensure state's table of contents to determine which basic skills exam they must pass. Students are responsible for Basic Skills exam registration and test fees. Instructions on how to register for the Praxis Core can be found in the Registering for Praxis Basic Skills and Content Exams article in this handbook.

If a student changes their licensure state after passing the basic skills exam required for their previous state, and their new state does not require a basic skills exam for certification, then the student does not need to pass the Praxis Core to satisfy WGU's basic skills requirement. 


Additional Learning Resources For Praxis CORE:
The WGU Library offers PrepSTEP, a service that includes Praxis test preparation resources. You can access this resource by going to the WGU Library, clicking the Quick Links button, then Teachers College Quick Links. It can also be accessed via this link:https://login.wgu.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.prepstep.com. You may be required to enter your student ID.

For more specific mathematics assistance for the math section of the Praxis CORE, WGU students can contact the WGU Math Center. The Math Center has its own math diagnostic and preparation program for Praxis or other state exams, using EdReady. The Math Center has also developed practice problem sets and generated sample or practice exams for students to use. Math Center instructors are available for one-on-one meetings to discuss any math questions. Students can email mathcenter@wgu.edu or make a Time Trade appointment with an instructor. The Math Center website can be found here: https://my.wgu.edu/success-centers/math-center.*

*Note: If clicking on this link does not work, copy and paste into a new web browser. If you have further issues, contact our IT department at (877) 435-7948, ext. 3103.

Alternate Basic Skills Options:

In some cases, WGU will accept an approved alternate exam to satisfy the Basic Skills requirement that applies to your state. If an alternate exam is acceptable, it will be published in your individual state Basic Skills article in this handbook. No alternate exam may be accepted if it is not published in your individual state Basic Skills article. 

As a WGU program requirement, you must always pass an actual approved Basic Skills exam. Therefore, you may not be exempt from taking an actual exam by using other criteria (such as possessing a bachelor's degree), even if your state allows for this kind of exemption for certification purposes.




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