Praxis II Requirements as of January 2013

During the 2011-12 legislative session, the Iowa legislature passed a law requiring all teacher candidates to complete an assessment in both pedagogy and content for licensure.  This law applies to both elementary and secondary education majors.  This new law pertains only to licensure and does not affect Praxis I requirements for entrance to BVU's Teacher Education Program.  Praxis I Reading, Writing, and Math tests remain as a requirement for Checkpoint I and entrance to the program.

The Iowa Department of Education decided which Praxis II tests will be administered and set the passing requirement to be above the 25th percentile.  This law goes into effect for all students recommended for licensure on or after January 1, 2013.

It is highly recommended that students complete the Praxis II exams in Pedagogy and Content either the term/semester prior to student teaching or early during their student teaching experience so that they can complete licensure requirements in a timely manner.

Score Requirements

Students will be required to take two tests for licensure, one in pedagogy and one in content.  No candidates are required to take more than two tests.  Content tests will be determined according to your major content are of preparation for licensure.  Those adding endorsements will not be tested on the additional endorsements. 

Elementary Education K-6

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): K-6; Test Code 5622, Minimum Score 168.
  • Elementary Education: Content Knowledge; Test Code 5018, Minimum Score 157. OR  Elementary Education: Content Knowledge; Test Code 5014, Minimum Score 152. Passing scores will be honored through July 1, 2016. 

Secondary Education 7-12 and Post Baccalaureate Certification

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12; Test Code 5624, Minimum Score 166.  OR  Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 5-9; Test Code 0623/5623, Minimum Score 166.
  • The content test associated with the student's content (subject) area. See link below*.

*Secondary Content Area Test Codes and Minimum Scores for Iowa.

Test Registration

Register through the ETS website at

Plan ahead as Praxis II tests are offered only on selected dates throughout the year.

Be sure to list Buena Vista University as a score recipient.  The school code for BVU is 6047.

Payment of initial registration as well as any retakes is the responsibility of the student.  The tests are administered as computer-based exams.


Non-standard testing accommodations are provided for students with disabilities who meet ETS requirements. The request form for non-standard testing accommodations as well as other information regarding non-standard testing can be found at All requests for accommodations must be approved in accordance with The Praxis Series Program policies. Because ETS needs to review documentation in order to provide appropriate accommodations, test takers seeking non-standard testing accommodations must register through the Educational Testing Service. Test takers who require only minor modifications to the standard testing environment (e.g. wheel chair access, adjustable table or chair, or special lighting) or who have documented medical needs (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy) that necessitate taking medication or snack breaks will submit a letter of support from a medical doctor or other qualified professional stating the nature of the disability and the minor modifications requested with the test registration form and fee. All other requests for accommodations must be made on the request form for non-standard testing accommodations.

Test Preparation

Buena Vista University provides tutorial support for the Praxis I exam via the BVU Center for Academic Excellence.

Practice tests are available at:

LearningExpress Through the BVU Library, the LearningExpress database provides practice exams and study materials free of charge.  Students will need their BVU ID and password to access materials.  Provides information regarding test preparation materials, strategies and tips, developing a study plan, and test prep webinars.  Provided interactive practice test to prepare for the Praxis II exams in a timed, online environment that simulates the test.  Practice exams may be purchased through the ETS store. Provides sample tests.

Additional information regarding Praxis II requirements

Information is also available through Iowa Department of Education website.