Praxis I (PPST) Information
WHAT IS THE PRAXIS I (PPST) AND WHY IS IT REQUIRED?
The PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test) is a standardized test, which assesses how well you can read, write and compute. It is similar, in terms of format and types of questions, to the ACT. However, unlike the ACT, which is used for college admissions and class placement decisions, the PPST is used to determine if you have the basic academic skills necessary to function as a professional educator. The PPST is a statewide requirement for admission into all teacher education programs. It became a requirement in Wisconsin July 1, 1987.
The PPST consists of three subtests:
- Reading (Test Code 0710)
- Mathematics (Test Code 0730)
- Writing (Test Code 0720)
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE TEST?
You are recommended to take the test at the end of your freshman year. It is one of many requirements for admission to the Professional Program in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (see separate handout titled Application and Admission Requirements). You must pass all three tests and score reports must be on file with the Education Office as a part of your application file.
WHERE WILL I TAKE THE TEST?
The test is given at various sites throughout the country during the calendar year. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a test site on 11/12/11 AND 4/28/12. Other test sites around Wisconsin include most of the University of Wisconsin campuses and some of the private colleges. Refer to the PRAXIS Series web site (www.ets.org/praxis) for specific dates and test sites.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE PPST?
Follow these steps:
- Information and registration is available at www.ets.org/praxis. Score reports must be received in the UWGB Education Office by the application deadline directly from Education Testing Service (ETS). Photocopies of a student’s report cannot be accepted. Copies from other universities/colleges cannot be accepted. Our Score Recipient Code is #1859.
- Select your preferred date, keeping in mind your desired date of acceptance into Education, and that it takes 4-6 weeks for results to be received.
- Determine where in Wisconsin you wish to take the test.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR THE TEST?
- Be physically and emotionally “ready” for the test, i.e. get a good night’s rest the night before and be mentally ready for the test.
- Be a smart test taker. Know the basic principles of test taking strategies. Get a handout from the tutoring lab for a review.
- Although not necessary and not statistically proven, it may be helpful to have completed a semester or two of college course work, especially in English composition and mathematics.
- Study guides are available for purchase from The Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org/praxis) and the Phoenix Bookstore. Sample test Questions are available for free download at www.ets.org/praxis for Tests at a Glance (TAAGS). There are different guides to choose from, each published by a different corporation and at varying costs, but each designed to help prepare the test taker for the PPST. The study guides are strictly optional! For some individuals the study guides are a confidence builder. It is your choice; however, you decide.
WHAT IF I DON’T PASS ALL THREE PARTS OF THE PPST?
There are no limits as to how many times any section of the PPST can be retaken. However, keep in mind that passing scores on the PPST are required for admission. Hence, your admission to the Professional Program in Education may be delayed. Plan accordingly! Take the PPST early enough so that you are not delayed admission in the event of having to retest.
IS THERE A COMPUTER-BASED VERSION OF THE PPST?
Yes, you may opt to participate in the Computer-Based Testing Program, which is available at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Testing is arranged by appointment by calling directly to the test site:
- University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (920) 424-1433;
- University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (715) 346-4472.
Faster score reporting and on screen results are two advantages of the computer-based version. More information is available on the PRAXIS Series web site (www.ets.org/praxis). Even though you will receive screen results for the Reading and Mathematics portions of the test, official score reports must be received in the UWGB Education Office by the application deadline directly from Education Testing Service (ETS). Photocopies of a student’s report cannot be accepted. Copies from other universities/colleges cannot be accepted. Our Score Recipient Code is #1859. We usually receive the results of computer-based tests in 3-4 weeks.