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PPST/EECIA


Praxis 1 - PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test)

The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) measures basic proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics and is required of all individuals seeking teacher certification in the state of Nebraska. The College of Education (COE) requires passing scores on all sections of the test prior to transferring into the COE from other UNO Colleges as well as applying for admission to the teacher preparation or Speech-Language Pathology programs.

Register

Go online to the Praxis website at http://www.ets.org/praxis to register. Computerized and paper/pencil versions of the PPST are available.

Select a Testing Center

When registering online for the Praxis, you will choose your testing center location. The following are Omaha Testing Cnters that administer the Praxis:

  • Testing Center at Kayser Hall, Room 522, 402-554-4800.
  • Prometric Testing Center at 15606 Elm Street, Suite 104, 402-614-4343. (Located one block south of 156th & Center Street)

Costs/Payment

Payment is required at the time of registration. Costs vary depending on which version and sections of the test are taken. Contact the Testing Center or check with the ETS website for current costs. NO CASH payments can be accepted. Payment must be by check, money order, or credit card (Mastercard, Visa, or American Express).

Passing Scores

UNO's minimum passing scores, on a scale of 150-190, are:

  • READING 173 (Prior to August 1, 2011 READING 170)
  • MATH 173       (Prior to August 1, 2011 MATH 171)
  • WRITING 173 (Prior to August 1, 2011 WRITING 172)

If a student has passed one or more sections by August 1, the current standards will apply for other section(s).

Where to Take the Test

The computerized PPST may be taken at the UNO Testing Center (EAB 113; 402-554-4800) or at the Prometric Test Center  at 15606 Elm Street, Suite 104, 402-614-4343.  (This is located one block south of 156th & Center Street.) Appointments are necessary at both sites. Register on the ETS website.

The paper and pencil version of the test is given at approved test centers as determined and scheduled by Educational Testing Services. Please check with the UNO Testing Center for dates or check the ETS website.

Designating Recipients for your Score Reports

When registering for the Praxis, designate your scores be sent to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (RA 6420) AND the Nebraska Department of Education (R 7643). Please include an accurate social security number this is what NDE uses to track individual scores.

Timeline

Allow 4-6 weeks for the test results to be returned.

Viewing Your Scores

  • You will need to access the scores online at: http://www.ets.org/praxis/scores/get/ (scroll dow to "online" and create a "My Praxis Account").
  • Online scores are downloadable for only 45 days; after that time a $40 fee is charged per score report request.
  • Print off and keep a personal copy of your scores as ETS only retains scores for nine (9) years.

Notes:

  • Photo ID is required on the day of the test. See the Praxis website for acceptable photo IDs.
  • Candidates in the Teacher Academy Program (TAP) should take the computerized version of the PPST.

Test Preparation Information

Resources are available to assist you in preparing for the test.

  • Study guides by Arco, Barron’s, Cliff Notes, and REA (Research and Education Association)
  • The UNO Library has Praxis I, sample tests. Information is available at UNO Library Praxis Materials
  • On-line courses are available for each section of the test through Metropolitan Community College.(EDUC 0090, 0091 and 0092) Check the MCC website for information.
  • Test information and questions can be found on-line at:

EECIA (Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Test)

Graduates from all teacher preparation institutions in Nebraska with endorsements in elementary education and/or elementary special education will need to successfully pass the Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EECIA) test to be considered a “highly qualified” teacher as defined by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education welcomes the opportunity for our students to demonstrate their content knowledge, teaching skills, and professional dispositions to the education community. The EECIA test is one method that can be used to demonstrate your content knowledge.

The EECIA is also the mechanism that allows the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) to communicate your standing as a NCLB qualified professional to the United States Department of Education, to other states in which you may pursue certification, and to school districts who will be considering you for employment.

You may have questions about the test. The following information is provided to help you plan and register for the test. In addition, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in the Documents section of your Blackboard site for student teacher applicants or for student teaching.

The EECIA is a test in the Praxis II series offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at http://www.ets.org/praxis.  The computerized PRAXIS II may be taken at the UNO Testing Center (KH 522; 402-554-4800) or the Prometric Test Center  at 15606 Elm Street, Suite 104, 402-614-4343.  (This is located one block south of 156th & Center Street.) Appointments are necessary.  Register on the ETS website.

The paper and pencil version of the test is given at approved test centers as determined and scheduled by Educational Testing Service.  Locations and test dates are listed on the ETS website at http://www.ets.org/praxis.

Designating Recipients for your Score Reports

Test scores should be sent to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (RA 6420) The Nebraska Department of Education automatically receives the scores.  Please include an accurate social security number. This is the key field that the NDE uses to track individual scores.

You will be able to access your test scores online at:
https://www.ets.org/portal/site/iserpraxis/menuitem.1b7fdbe6788d618e6c41265a7beb1509

Online scores are downloadable for 45 calendar days. After 45 days, they will no longer be available and you will need to request additional score reports for a $40 fee (per request).

It is strongly recommended that you print and keep a copy of your scores with your other important documents. ETS charges for duplicate scores.  Be advised that ETS only keeps score data for 9 years. KEEP YOUR TEST SCORE REPORT AVAILABLE!

Test Preparation Information

Resources are available to assist you in preparing for the test.

  • Study guides by Arco, Barron’s, Cliff Notes, and REA (Research and Education Association) that contain skill review and practice tests are available in the UNO Bookstore and other area bookstores.
  • A limited number of study guides are available for checkout through the College of Education IDEAS Room (Roskens Hall 412). You must be a UNO student to checkout a study guide.
  • The UNO Library has Praxis I, sample tests. Information is available at UNO Library Praxis Materials
  • On-line courses are available for each section of the test through Metropolitan Community College. (Check the MCC website for information.)
  • Test information and questions can be found on-line at:

Photo ID is required on the day of the test.  See ID requirements on the PRAXIS website to verify your ID will be accepted.

Paper based EECIA TEST CODE: 0011

Computer based EECIA TEST CODE: 5011

http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates