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School of Education

Teacher Candidate Test Requirements

Praxis II, ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

IMPORTANT: It is a Monmouth University Requirement that you take and pass the Praxis II Test(s), ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for Spanish, Chinese, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual/Bicultural, and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for ESL and Bilingual/Bicultural prior to student teaching. Please do not leave the test to the last minute!

The Praxis II Series is an Educational Testing Service (ETS) program that provides tests and other services for states to use as part of their teacher certification process. Students are required to take one or more Praxis II Series tests if they want to teach, or obtain a professional certificate in a state (including New Jersey) that includes these tests as part of its teacher licensure process.

Praxis II Series Registration Bulletins are available through ETS: You can contact ETS at 1-800-772-9476 or 1-609-771-7395.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 testing year, ETS will discontinue paper-delivered testing. is offering tests in computer-delivered format. Praxis II tests are delivered by computer at an international network of test centers that include Prometric test centers, some universities and other locations. These computer-delivered assessments are by scheduled appointment. Visit ETS Test Centers and Dates  to find testing centers near you.

Important Test Requirement Updates –  As of 9/1/2015
Preschool through Grade 3 

Please Note: Monmouth University must receive an official notice of your Praxis II test results directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). When applying to take the Praxis II, you MUST indicate Monmouth University code #RA2416 as the Agencies To Receive Score Reports and Passing Information.

If you fail to report your scores to Monmouth University you will not be approved for student teaching.

When you complete the registration form for the Praxis, you MUST report your CORRECT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. If you do not give your social security number or give the wrong social security number, you will NOT receive your license from the State of New Jersey.

IMPORTANT: ETS is no longer mailing Praxis II test score reports to individuals. You MUST download your Praxis II score report from ETS. It is very important that you adhere to the ETS deadline to download your score reports to avoid paying an additional fee. Your official score report will be available to you online via your Praxis account on the score report release date, approximately four weeks after the test date.

ACTFL Language Testing

Students who are seeking certification in Spanish must pass the Spanish ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in addition to the Praxis II World Language: Spanish test.

  • Candidates MUST contact the Foreign Language Department to arrange for a proctor to obtain available dates and times
  • After obtaining dates and times that the proctor is available, contact Language Testing International (LTI) to schedule the OPI
  • If a candidate does not receive a score of Advanced Low or higher on the Spanish OPI they are required to wait 90 days before testing again
  • LTI offers a one-time option to waive the 90 day waiting period between tests. A candidate must contact LTI to request this option indicating a valid reason and approval
  • Test results are available from LTI anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks from the test date
  • Candidates can pay an additional fee to expedite the test results (results available in 1 to 2 weeks)

Students who are seeking certification in Chinese must pass the Chinese ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Students who are seeking certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) must pass the English language ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the English Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).

Students who are seeking certification in Bilingual/Bicultural must pass the ACTFL English OPI, English WPT, Target Language OPI, and Target Language WPT.

The tests are administered by the ACTFL Language Testing Office and all information regarding registration, fees, testing, and test sites can be accessed by going to or by calling the Language Testing International Office at 914-963-7110. Your Certificate of Proficiency must be submitted to the Certification, Field Placements and School Partnerships Office to be approved for student teaching.

For the most current information on test requirements for the specific teaching license you are seeking, please visit the ETS website: – New Jersey.

Test Requirements for Instructional Endorsement

Instruction Endorsement Requirements
Art Art: Content Knowledge (5134): 158
Bilingual/Bicultural No Praxis

ACTFL English Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): Intermediate High and English Writing Proficiency Test (WPT): Advanced Low
ACTFL Target Language OPI: Advanced Low and WPT: Advanced Low

Chinese No Praxis

ACTFL Chinese Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): Intermediate High

Elementary Education K-6

To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest.

If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering.

If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Praxis 5001
Elementary Education Multiple Subject
  new test requirement
starting 9/1/2014

four parts must be passed


  • Reading
    & Language Arts subtest #5002
    (passing 157)
  • Mathematics
    subtest #5003

    (passing 157)
  • Social
    Studies subtest #5004
    (passing 155)
  • Science
    subtest #5005

    (passing 159)
Elementary School with Specialization: Language Arts Literacy
Middle School English Language Arts (5047): 164
Elementary School with Specialization: Mathematics (5-8) Middle School Mathematics (5169): 165  On-screen calculator provided
Elementary School with Specialization: Social Studies (5-8) Middle School Social Studies (5089): 158
Elementary School with Specialization: Science (5-8) Middle School Science (5440): 150  new test requirement starting 9/1/2014
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038): 167
English as a Second Language ACTFL English Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): Advanced Low and English Writing Proficiency Test (WPT): Advanced Low
Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857): 160  new test requirement starting 9/1/2014
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161): 160  On-screen graphing calculator provided
Music Music: Content Knowledge (5113): 153
Preschool through Grade 3 Early Childhood: Content Knowledge (5025): 156
Science (Biological) Biology: Content Knowledge (5235): 152




General Science: Content Knowledge (5435): 152

Science (Chemistry) Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245): 152


General Science: Content Knowledge (5435): 152

Science (Physical Science) Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245): 152


Physics: Content Knowledge (5265): 141


General Science: Content Knowledge (5435): 152

Science (Physics) Physics: Content Knowledge (5265): 141


General Science: Content Knowledge (5435): 152

Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081): 157
Spanish; and/or Elementary School with Specialization:
Languages/Spanish (5-8)
Spanish: World Language (5195): 168
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): Advanced Low
Students with Disabilities No Praxis
Applicants must achieve the current required passing score(s) for certificate issuance. Passing scores are always subject to change. A test score must meet the current passing score to satisfy the test requirement.

Additional Information:

New Jersey Test Requirements – Qualifying Scores: