Basic Skills Assessment Requirement

You may send test scores to MSDE in one of the following ways: notation on a college transcript, photocopy of the original score report, or official verification from a state department of education.​

Academic Skills Assessments

Teacher Candidates applying for certification in all academic content areas must demonstrate mastery of basic reading, writing, and math skills. Those teacher candidates who submit a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on their most recently earned degree are not required to submit a basic skills assessment.  Candidates who do not have an overall GPA of 3.0, must present one of the assessments listed below.

Teacher candidates applying for certification in a Professional and Technical Education (PTE) area who do not hold a bachelor's degree, are not required to submit a basic skills assessment. 

Test
​Test Code
​MD Score
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Version 2019)
  • ​Reading (sr - 85 minutes) and
  • Writing (sr & cr - 100 minutes) and
  • Mathematics (sr - 85 minutes)


5713
5723
5733

156
162
150
​Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
  • ​Reading (sr - 85 minutes) and
  • Writing (sr & cr - 100 minutes) and
  • Mathematics (sr - 85 minutes)


5712
5722
5732


156
162
150
Praxis I: PPST/CPPST (Prior to September 1, 2014)
  • ​Reading (sr - 85 minutes) and
  • Writing (sr & cr - 100 minutes) and
  • Mathematics (sr - 85 minutes)


5710
5720
5730




177
173
177
Composite Score- 527
SAT (prior to April 1995) (math and verbal)
​ -​1000
SAT (April 1995 - December 31, 2018) (math and verbal OR math and critical reading OR evidence-based reading & writing and math)​ -​1100
SAT (on/after January 1, 2019) (evidence-based reading & writing and math)​ -
​1180
GRE (prior to September 1, 2011) (math and verbal)
​ -
​1000
​GRE (taken as of September 1, 2011) (math and verbal)
​ -
​297
​ACT​ -
​24

Applicants may meet the basic skills testing requirement in one of the following ways by submitting:

  1. Individual scores at or above the MD qualifying scores on Praxis: CORE and PPST
  2. A composite score that is at or above MD qualifying score on Praxis PPST, SAT, GRE, or ACT
  3. Individual qualifying scores at or above the MD qualifying scores on any combination of Praxis: CORE and Praxis PPST.

Many colleges and universities in Maryland offer courses and workshops designed to prepare individuals to take basic skills assessments.  Those interested in basic skills preparation should contact the provider directly.