Teacher Certification

Basic Competency Examination Information

The exams listed below meet the basic competency exam requirement for teacher certification in Alaska. You must have passing scores from all sections (reading, writing and mathematics) of ONE of the approved exams. Scores from sections of different exams may not be combined to form a set of passing scores.

An original score report for a basic competency exam must be submitted with your application or be on file with the Teacher Certification Office. Test scores may be sent to the Teacher Certification Office directly from Education Testing Services (ETS), a college or university, or a state agency.

If you do not have passing scores on one of the exams below, but you have a current and valid teaching certificate issued by another state (United States only), you may qualify for a one-year Initial teaching certificate. Email the Teacher Certification Office at tcwebmail@alaska.gov for more information concerning this option.


 

Basic Competency Exams

 

PRAXIS I Qualifying Test Scores**

 

PPST

CBT

Reading

175

322

Writing

174

321

Math

173

318

PPST = PreProfessional Skills Test

CBT = Computer-Based Test

**An average score of 174 with no score less than 172 on each of the reading, writing, and math sections of the Praxis I PPST is also considered a passing score a basic competency exam.

 

Praxis Academic Skills for Educators (ASE) Qualifying Test Scores*

ASE

Reading (5712)

156

Writing (5722)

162

Math (5732)

150

*Scores from sections of Praxis I and the Praxis Academic Skills for Educators exams may not be combined to form a set of passing scores.

Applicants who have passed the Praxis I or the Praxis Academic Skills for Educators exams in reading, writing and mathematics may have official scores sent to the Teacher Certification Office directly from Education Testing Services (ETS), or may submit an original Examinee Score Report.

For further information regarding the Praxis ASE, please contact Education Testing Service (ETS) at (609) 771-7395 or www.ets.org.


CBEST

CBEST Qualifying Test Scores

Total Score: 123 or higher

No individual score less than 37

Passing scores for the CBEST exam must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original Passing Status Verification Card.

For further information regarding CBEST, please visit www.CBEST.nesinc.com.


 

** EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 **

WEST-B

WEST-B Qualifying Test Scores

Reading

240

Writing

240

Math

240

Passing scores for the WEST-B exam must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original Examinee Score Report showing passing scores on all three sections of the exam.

For further information regarding WEST-B, please visit www.WEST.nesinc.com.


 

** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

Alabama Work Keys

Qualifying Test Scores

Reading for Information

4

Writing

3

Applied Mathematics

4

Passing scores for the Alabama Work Keys exam must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores on all three sections of the exam.


 

** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

Florida Teacher Certification Exams - General Knowledge

 

Qualifying Test Scores

Passing scores for each of the reading, English language skills, and math tests for the Florida Teacher Certification Exams must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores on all three sections of the exam.


** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

 

Qualifying Test Scores

Passing scores for each of the reading, writing, and math tests for the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores on all three sections of the exam.


** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

Illinois certification Testing System

 

Qualifying Test Scores

Scaled Total Test Score

240 and scores of:

Reading

50 percent of questions correct

Writing

5 out of 12

Math

35 percent of questions correct

Language Arts

50 percent of questions correct

Passing scores for the Illinois Certification Testing System must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores on all three sections of the exam.


** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification

 

Qualifying Test Scores

A scaled score of 220 in each of the reading, writing, and math tests for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores on all three sections of the exam.


** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills

 

Qualifying Test Scores

Reading

240

Writing

240

Math

240

Passing scores for the New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills exam must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores on all three sections of the exam.


** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

New York State Teacher Certification Liberal Arts and science Test

 

Qualifying Test Scores

A qualifying score of 220 on the New York State Teacher Certification Liberal Arts and Sciences Test must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores the exam.


** EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2007 **

Oklahoma General Education Test

 

Qualifying Test Scores

A total test score of 240 or more and additionally with passing scores on each of the general studies and liberal arts and sciences tests on the Oklahoma General Education Test must be submitted with the application for Initial teacher certification. Applicants must submit an original examinee score report showing passing scores on each of the exams.