Basic Skills Assessment Requirement

You may send test scores to MSDE in one of the following ways: select MSDE as a test score recipient, notation on a college transcript, photocopy of the original score report, or official verification from another 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 unless enrolled in a Resident Teacher Certificate program 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
​Passing 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 (Taken 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

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.