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Divisions > Educator Effectiveness > Certification Branch > Testing Information
Basic Skills (Praxis I, SAT, GRE, or ACT)

 Academic  Skills  Assessments

All beginning teachers in all content areas must take Praxis I, SAT, GRE, or ACT.


Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST or CPPST)

Test Code

MD Score

PPST Reading (mc - 60 min.) or

0710

 177

Computerized PPST Reading (mc - 75 min.)

5710

 177

PPST Writing (mc & cr - 60 min.)  or

0720

 173

Computerized PPST Writing (mc  & cr - 75 min.)

5720

 173

PPST Mathematics (mc - 55 min.)  or

0730

 177

Computerized PPST Mathematics  (mc - 75min.)

5730

 177

SAT (prior to April,1995) (math and verbal)

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1000
SAT (after April, 1995) (math and verbal or math and critical reading)
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1100
GRE  (prior to September 1, 2011) (math and verbal)
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1000
GRE (taken as of September 1, 2011) (math and verbal)

-

 297

ACT
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 24

Applicants may meet the testing requirement in one of two ways by submitting: individual scores at or above the state qualifying scores on Praxis I: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or a composite score that is at or above the state qualifying score on Praxis I, SAT, GRE, or ACT.

The composite score is the combined total of state qualifying scores on the three Praxis I assessments.  The composite score for the PPST and CPPST is 527. 

The composite score on the SAT taken prior to April 1995 is 1000; the composite score on the SAT taken after April 1995 is 1100.  The composite score on the GRE taken prior to September 1, 2011  is 1000; the composite score on the GRE taken as of September 1, 2011 is 297. The composite score on the ACT is 24.

NTE qualifying scores as of January 1, 2011 will no longer be accepted unless accompanied by a valid, professional out-of-state certificate.  Applicants must meet current testing requirements at the time of application.


Contact Information
, Certification Assistance Line
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0412 or toll free 1-866-772-8922
TTY/TDD:  410-333-6442
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