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What is the Pre-Professional Academic Skills Test (PRAXIS I)?

PRAXIS I is a series of three one-hour multiple choice exams in reading, writing, and mathematics.  The writing test includes both a 30-minute multiple-choice test and a 30-minute essay section.

What are the passing scores for the PRAXIS I test?

There are two ways to Pass PRAXIS I:
Individual Test Scores:

  • Mathematics - 177
  • Reading - 177
  • Writing - 173

OR a Composite Score (total score for the three tests) - 527

Where may I take the PRAXIS I Test?

  • Go to to sign up for a PRAXIS I test and to sign up for a paper and pencil version of the test offered in the area.
  • If you wish to take the test online you must make an appointment with the Prometric Test Center in Columbia at (410) 740-8137 or (800) 853-6773.

When should I take the PRAXIS I test?

You should complete the PRAXIS I during the semester you are completing credit hours 30 - 45.  It is best to plan to take the test following the completion of ENGL-121 (College Composition I: Expository Writing) and MATH-127 (Concepts of Mathematics I).

If I fail one particular test, for example writing, do I need to retake all three tests?

No, you only need to repeat a single test*.  Some students repeat a particular test they failed while other students may decide to retake a test in their area of strength in order to improve their composite score.

*An exception to this recommendation is that if you plan to transfer to the University of Maryland College Park's Early Childhood or Elementary Education program you will be required to submit passing scores for each subtest in math, reading, and writing.

How can students prepare for PRAXIS I?

1.  Review the PRAXIS I preparation books which are on reserve in the Howard Community College library.  You may also purchase preparation books at the HCC bookstore or your favorite area bookstore.

2.  Enroll in PRAXIS I Review Courses.  HCC offers two (2) review courses twice each semester in a hybrid format.

  • EDUC-101 PRAXIS I Review Course Reading/Writing Tests (1 credit) - 8 weeks
  • EDUC-102 PRAXIS I Review Course Math Test (1 credit) - 8 weeks

3.  If you have followed the above steps and continue to have questions regarding the PRAXIS I test, contact Jean Lyons at

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