Licensure Tests

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Basic Skills and Content Knowledge Verification for Licensure

Please check with your teacher education program administrator for the name and number of tests you are required to take for your specific program.  Content tests should be in the same field and grade level as your program.

  • All test takers should confirm test dates when registering with the testing company and indicate on the registration form that test scores should be  sent directly to HTSB. If you are taking a Praxis® test then use score code 8620 and the scores will be sent directly to HTSB.
  • Not all tests are available on all dates. Applicants are urged to confirm when  required tests are offered during the year to ensure you are able to complete the testing requirements.
  • Current NBPTS-certified and MNTC licensed teachers holding a current valid license from another state are exempt from all examinations.
  • Those with valid out-of-state licenses should refer to the test requirements for their license type for instructions regarding required tests to see if you are able to use licensure tests from the state that issued your license.
  • Teacher candidates and license applicants should periodically check this page for any updates to testing requirements.
  • For some tests that are being replaced, there is an overlap period when both the old and new tests are available and both will be accepted for licensure. Score reports for previously required tests may be accepted for licensure. Check with HTSB for verification.

Mobile Test Centers

In order to accommodate Praxis® test takers on the Neighbor Islands, ETS has created mobile testing events. Registering for a mobile testing event uses the same process as registering to take a Praxis test at a Prometric® test center or other test center locations. Test takers should go to the Praxis registration system to register to test for all mobile sites and sign up for their selected test date. Test dates and test center locations for mobile testing events will continue to be added to the Praxis registration system until we have sufficient coverage.

If you need to take a Praxis assessment but do not have access to a center on your island, please contact Denee West to get information and assistance about registration and other testing locations. Denee can be contacted at 609-683-2774, and by email at DWest@ets.org. She will respond to emails and answer messages left on her voicemail within 24 hours.

 

Type Options and Documentation to Submit
Basic Skills
  • If you completed a Hawaii state approved preparation program since July 1, 2002 your EPP will verify your basic skills.

OR

  • Passing scores on basic skills licensure test adopted by the HTSB in Reading, Writing and Mathematics: submit Praxis scores.

 

Praxis Test Code Qualifying Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators:Reading 5712 156
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators:Writing 5722 162
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators:Math 5732 150

OR

  • Qualifying scores on SAT Reading and Mathematics sections and passing score on Praxis Basic Skills.
    SAT Reading: Passing score of 530
    SAT Math: Passing score of 560
    Writing test: submit Praxis score

OR

  • Qualifying scores on ACT Reading and Mathematics sections and passing score on the Praxis Basic Skills.
    ACT Reading: Passing score of 18
    ACT Math: Passing score of 19
    Writing Test: submit Praxis score

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education: submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution showing you graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

If using ACT scores, you must still take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing test.

NOTE: Praxis PPST Reading, Writing and Mathematics Tests will also be accepted if taken on or before June 30, 2014 with the following passing scores:

PPST Reading: 172
PPST Writing: 171
PPST Mathematics: 173

PLT exams can only be used to verify experience for adding a new teaching field

Test Code Qualifying Score
To add PK-3 or PK-K license levels, take Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
To add K-6 license levels, take Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
To add 6-8 license levels, take Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
To add 6-12 license levels, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

 

License Field Verification of Content Expertise Content Verification: Tests or Other Options: Qualifying Score
All License Fields Any of these options may be used in lieu of a content or subject assessment in any license field:


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in the content field;
OR
Content major consisting of a minimum of thirty semester hours in the content field for a bachelor’s degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
OR
A minimum of thirty semester hours in the content field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, at least fifteen of which must be upper division level;
OR
A master’s, specialist or doctoral degree in the license field awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Submit NBPTS certification verification or Official transcript
All CTE Licenses Meet ONE of the following content knowledge testing options:

Praxis in content field, if one exists;
OR
Current valid National Industry Certification in content area;
OR
Current valid industry license in content area;
OR
30 hours coursework in the license field;
OR
Five years of successful industry experience related to the field.

Art K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5134 Passing score of 158
CTE – Arts and Communication K-6, 6-12 No Test Available
CTE – Arts and Communication Vocational 6-12 No Test Available
CTE – Business K-6, 6-12 Praxis 5101 Passing score of 154
CTE – Business Vocational K-6, 6-12 No Test Available
CTE – Health Services 6-12 No Test Available
CTE – Health Services Vocational 6-12 No Test Available
CTE – Industrial and Engineering Technology K-6, 6-12 Praxis 5051 Passing Score of 159
CTE – Industrial and Engineering Technology Vocational K-6, 6-12 No Test Available
CTE – Natural Resources K-6, 6-12 Praxis 5701 Passing score of 147
CTE – Natural Resources Vocational K-6, 6-12 No Test Available
CTE – Public and Human Services K-6, 6-12 Praxis 5122 Test 5122: Passing score of 153
CTE – Public and Human Services Vocational K-6, 6-12 No Test Available
Early Childhood Education PK-K, PK-3 Praxis 5024 Passing score of 160
Elementary Education K-6

Praxis 5001

Test Multiple Subjects 5001:Passing scores on each subtest

Reading (5002): 157
Math (5003): 157
Social Studies (5004): 155
Science (5005): 159

To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Alternatively, a total of thirty-six semester hours, including nine semester hours in each of the following four core content areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. At least three semester hours in each of the core content areas must be upper division level

English 6-8 Praxis 5047 Passing score of 164
English 6-12 Praxis 5038 Passing score of 167
Health K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5551 Passing score of 142
Mathematics 6-8 Praxis 5169 Passing score of 164
Mathematics 6-12 Praxis 5161 Passing score of 160
Music K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5113 Passing score of 139
Physical Education K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5091 Passing score of 155
Psychology 6-12 Praxis 5391 Passing score of 154
Reading K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5204 Passing score of 159
Reading Specialist P-3, K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5301

NOTE: You CANNOT use this test to add the field of Reading Specialist to a license. It should only be used by applicants who have completed a SATEP in Reading SPECIALIST.

Passing score of 164
School Counselor K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5421 Passing score of 156
School Librarian K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5311

NOTE: You CANNOT use this test to add the field of School Librarian to a license. It should only be used by applicants who completed a SATEP in Library Science

Passing score of 148
Science 6-8 Praxis 5440 Passing score of 150
Choose ONE of the following five PRAXIS tests for field Science 6-12:
Science 6-12 Praxis 5435 Passing score of 152
Physics 6-12 Praxis 5265 Passing score of 153
Biology 6-12 Praxis 5235 Passing score of 151
Chemistry 6-12 Praxis 5245 Passing score of 154
Earth and Space Sciences 6-12 Praxis 5571 Passing score of 147
Social Studies 6-8 Praxis 5089 Passing score of 152
Choose ONE of the following five PRAXIS tests for field Social Studies 6-12
Social Studies 6-12 Praxis 5081 Passing score of 154
Economics 6-12 Praxis 5911 Passing score of 150
Geography 6-12 Praxis 5921 Passing score of 151
Government/Political Science 6-12 Praxis 5931 Passing score of 149
Sociology 6-12 Praxis 5952 Passing score of 154
Special Education PK-3, P-12, K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5354 Passing score of 151
SPED Blind/Visually Impaired PK-3, P-12, K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5282 Passing score of 163
SPED Deaf/ Hard of Hearing PK-3, P-12, K-6, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5272 Passing score of 160
SPED Mild/Moderate PK-3, P-12, K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5543 Passing score of 158
SPED Severe/Profound PK-3, P-12, K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5545 Passing score of 158
STEM Field Meet ONE of the following content knowledge options

30 credit hours from an integrated STEM education program that includes all 4 STEM disciplines and at least 3 hours of coursework in the engineering design process

OR

A combination of the following coursework:

  • a major of 30 semester hours in at least one STEM field; AND
  • a minimum of 6 semester hours in at least one non-major STEM field; AND
  • at least 3 semester hours of coursework that includes the engineering design process

OR

Completion of a minimum of 9 PD credits offered by a private/non-profit organization or school district in integrated STEM education that includes all 4 STEM disciplines with at least 3 hours of the engineering design process.  During the course of the PD, the individual must develop and deliver a purposeful unit that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math along with other content areas.

OR

Passing scores on Praxis Technology Education test and a passing score on either the Praxis science or mathematics area test (see below).

STEM K-6, 6-8, 6-12 For grades K-6: Praxis 5031 and Praxis 5440 or Praxis 5435 or Praxis 5161 or Praxis 5169

For grades 6-8: Praxis 5031 and Praxis 5440 or Praxis 5169

For grades 6-12: Praxis 5031 and Praxis 5435 or Praxis 5161

Praxis 5031: Passing score of 159

Praxis 5440: Passing score of 150

Praxis 5435: Passing score of 152

Praxis 5161: Passing score of 160

Praxis 5169: Passing score of 164

Teacher Leader GACE® Teacher Leader Assessment (303) Passing score of 31
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages PK-3, K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5361 Passing score of 140

 

WORLD LANGUAGES: Test Required: OPI Score Required: WPT Score Required:
Afrikaans K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Akan-Twi K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Albanian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid
American Sign Language K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12  Praxis Test Code: ASLPI  Test Score: 170
Amharic K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K- 12 ACTFL Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid
Azerbaijani K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Baluchi K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Bengali K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Bulgarian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Burmese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High* N/A
Cambodian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High* N/A
Cebuano K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Chavacano K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
CHINESE – Choose ONE of the following test options depending on your preparation program (ACTFL or PRAXIS)  ACTFL or PRAXIS)
Chinese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid
Chinese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis Test Code: 5665 Test Score: 164
Cantonese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Mandarin K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis 5665 164
Mandarin K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid
Czech K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Dari K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12K-6 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Dutch K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
FRENCH – Choose ONE of the following test options (ACTFL or PRAXIS)  ACTFL or PRAXIS)
French K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
French K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis Test Code: 5174 Test Score: 162
GERMAN – Choose ONE of the following test options (ACTFL or PRAXIS)  ACTFL or PRAXIS)
German K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
German K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis Test Code: 5183 Test Score: 163
Gujarati K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Haitian Creole K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Hausa K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Hebrew K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Hindi K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
Hmong/Mong K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Hungarian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Igbo K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Ilocano K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Indonesian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Italian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
Japanese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid
Korean K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid
Kurdish-Kurmanji K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Lao K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Latin K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 NONE NONE NONE
Malay K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Nepali K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Norwegian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Persian Farsi K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Polish K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
Portuguese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
Punjabi K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Romanian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Russian K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Serbian-Croatizan K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
Sindhi K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Sinhalese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Slovak K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Somali K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
SPANISH – Choose ONE of the following test options (ACTFL or PRAXIS)  ACTFL or PRAXIS)
Spanish K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
Spanish K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 Praxis Test Code: 5195 Test Score: 168
Swahili K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Swedish K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Tagalog K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Tajik K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Tamil K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Tausug K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Telugu K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Thai K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Turkish K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Turkmen K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Urdu K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Vietnamese K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High Intermediate High
Wu K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12 ACTFL Intermediate High N/A
Yoruba K-6, 6-8, 6-12, K-12a ACTFL Intermediate High N/A