Basic Skills

Demonstrating the fundamentals.

Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 requires that all students applying for admission to an educator preparation program in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program must pass competency tests in communication skills prior to admission.


Praxis CORE Tests

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics are the state’s approved basic skills tests. Qualifying scores are:

Test Passing Score
Reading (5712) 156
Writing (5722) 162
Mathematics (5732) 150

For information including questions and registration, go to ETS Website or call 1-800-772-9476.

College Entrance Exams

Wisconsin Educator Preparation Programs may use one of the following three college entrance tests as the standardized test of communication skills required for program admission. Only test scores that are the result of exams taken in the past ten years are allowable.

College Entrance Test Wisconsin Passing Score
The ACT® Plus Writing Test
Composite Score of 22 and combined English/Writing score of 20
The ACT® Test
Score of 23 with minimum sub-scores of 20 on English, 20 on Math, and 20 on Reading
The SAT® Test
(effective 9/1/2015)
Minimum sub-scores:
  • 520 on Mathematics
  • 510 on Critical Reading
  • 480 on Writing
The revised GRE® General Test (after 8/1/2011)
Minimum sub-scores:
  • 145 on Quantitative Reasoning
  • 150 on Verbal Reasoning
  • 3 on Analytical Writing
The GRE® Test
(prior to 8/1/2011)
Minimum sub-scores:
  • 540 on Quantitative Reasoning
  • 450 on Verbal Reasoning
  • 3 on Analytical Writing

General Education Requirements

Students can complete the math, writing and reading requirements through their general education.

Currently, Beloit College’s general education requirement includes one course with quantitative skills (marked with a “Q ” on their transcript), three courses emphasizing writing skills (marked with a “W” on their transcript), and one course emphasizing the reading and analysis of texts which parallels to a reading component (marked with a 5T on their transcript). Students who transferred from another institution also need to fulfill all general education requirement.

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