Praxis Subject Assessments

The Praxis Subject Assessment tests are a measure of content knowledge for teachers in Tennessee and other states.  It does not assess understanding of pedagogical practices—it only assesses the content knowledge necessary to be ready to teach a grade level or subject.  While some education programs can be started before passing the Praxis Subject Assessment test, Memphis Teacher Residency requires that all residents pass the appropriate test for their content area prior to beginning the residency.

A Praxis Subject Assessment test score is not required to submit an application, and you do not have to be an education major to subject an application. If you happen to have taken and passed the appropriate Praxis test prior to submitting your application, you will be asked to self-report your score on the application. As a passing score does strengthen an application somewhat, you are encouraged to email your score to the Recruiting Director if you take the appropriate Praxis test and receive a passing score after you apply but before being accepted to the program.

To begin as a resident, only the Subject Assessment test for your grade/discipline needs to be passed. If you’ve obtained a 3.0 cumulative GPA, no other Praxis tests are required prior to becoming a resident. The Core Praxis tests are also required for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.99 or below.

Official Praxis Subject Assessment score reports must be sent to the following two institutions:

  • Christian Brothers University (code 1121)
  • TN Department of Education (code 8190).

Applicants who pass the Praxis will be required to forward a copy of the official student score report to MTR after receiving an invitation to join the program. Applicants should keep their original official score reports for future reference.

To register, go to the ETS Praxis Registration page.

Praxis Subject Assessments

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Elementary Education

Initially, you should register for test code 5001, which includes all four subtests in one sitting. If you need to retake individual subtests that you didn’t initially pass, register just for the subtest codes you need to retake.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary EducationElementary Education: Multiple Subjects5001Each subtest must be individually passed (see below).
Reading and Language Arts Subtest5002157
Mathematics Subtest5003157
Social Studies Subtest5004155
Science Subtest5005159

Secondary Education

To Be Certified in            You Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Biology 7–12Biology: Content Knowledge5235148
Chemistry 7–12Chemistry: Content Knowledge5245152
English 7–12English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038167
ESLEnglish to Speakers of Other Languages5362155
History 7–12World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge5941157
Mathematics 7–12Mathematics: Content Knowledge5165159
Physics 7–12Physics: Content Knowledge5265144

For Praxis Study Tips, click here.

For Praxis Content Preparation and Sample Tests, click here.

For Praxis Test Information and Sample Questions, see here.

Based on your family’s size and income, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. It is up to you to determine if you qualify.