Testing Information - General

Who Must Take the Tests?

Teacher Candidates applying for initial certification in all academic content areas must submit an approved basic skills assessment and the appropriate content and pedagogy assessments where required (Praxis or ACTFL).  The tests may be taken at any valid test site in the nation. Applicants must meet current testing requirements at the time of application.


Teacher candidates applying for initial 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.  Those PTE candidates who do hold a bachelor's degree, must submit an approved basic skills assessment. 


Out-of-state candidates who do not hold a professional certificate from their respective state must meet Maryland's qualifying scores. A candidate who holds a teaching certificate from another state and has documentation of satisfactory teaching experience may be eligible for a test exemption. Please visit our How to Apply for Maryland Certification page for information regarding required documentation for out of state candidates. 

How Do I Submit my Test Scores?

An applicant who has taken the teacher certification tests must submit their scores when applying for a Maryland certificate. Test scores must be sent to the Maryland State Department of Education, by the applicant, in one of the following ways:    

  • notation on an official college transcript
  • photocopy of examinee's score report
  • verification from a state department of education

Choosing MSDE as a recipient of a Praxis test score during administration will not fulfill this requirement.  The applicant/educator must submit a copy of the score report directly to the MSDE Office of Certification.


Where Can I Get Additional Test Information?

Educational Testing Service

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages​