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Praxis

The Praxis Series is an Education Testing Service program that provides tests for the State of Maine to use as part of its teacher certification requirements. The University of Maine at Fort Kent requires all students to have attempted, or show proof of registration, of the Praxis I exam, prior to either enrolling in education courses (Professional Certification program) or beginning of the junior year (Bachelor of Science Teacher Ed. program) of the teacher-training program. All students should attempt and pass both Praxis I & II before beginning student teaching. To register for a Praxis exam click here.

Assessment Formats

Praxis consists of basic skills assessment in reading, writing and mathematics, which are available in a computer-based format.

Testing Dates & Registration

Computer version Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
The testing date for the computer-based Praxis test is made by appointment only. Call the Praxis testing center nearest you. A complete list of CBT test centers is available online.

Test Takers with Disabilities

Nonstandard testing accommodations are available for test takers who meet ETS requirements. All requests for accommodations (e.g., extended testing time, large print test book, etc.) must be made on the Applicant's Request for Nonstandard Testing Accommodations form. Test takers with modifications to the standard testing environment or who have documented medical needs that require taking medication should submit a letter of support from a medical doctor or other qualified professional stating the nature of the disability and the modifications requested. Additional information regarding disabilities is available in the Registration Bulletin or online.

Test Takers Whose Primary Language is Not English (PLNE)

Nonstandard test accommodations (extended testing time) may be available for test takers whose primary language is not English. Test takers who meet ETS requirements will be allowed 50 percent additional testing time. Request must be submitted together with documentation to ETS six weeks before test dates. Registration information, test dates and test centers for English as a Second Language examinees are available online.

Helpful Assistance

There are a variety of materials available to assist you in becoming familiar and being successful with the Praxis tests.

  • Test Preparation study guides are available online.
  • Free Test Preparation Materials are available here.
  • The following books are on reserve in Blake Library, University of Maine at Fort Kent. All have practice exams based on the official PPST with full answer explanations.
    • The PPST Guide by ETS.
    • The Complete Preparation Guide PPST Praxis: Pre-Professional Skills Test by Learning Express.
    • How to Prepare for the Praxis I by Barron.
Passing Scores for Praxis I for the State of Maine
  Paper & Pencil Test Computer version
Reading 176 176
Writing 175 175
Math 175 175

A Composite Score of 526 is required with no single score on any section being more than three points lower than the required score.

Passing Scores for Praxis II for the State of Maine, click here.
For Fingerprint Registration please click here.

Additional Information or questions about the Praxis exams can be directed to Student Support Services staff by calling (207) 834-7530, by emailing tconnor@maine.edu, or by visiting http://www.ets.org/praxis/

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