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Teacher Candidate Test Requirements

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

IMPORTANT: It is a Monmouth University Requirement that you take and pass the Praxis Test(s), ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI/OPIc) 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 Clinical Practice. Please do not leave the test to the last minute!

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

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

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.

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

ACTFL Language Testing

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 Clinical Practice.

Test Requirements for Instructional Endorsement

Instruction Endorsement Requirements
Art Art: Content Knowledge
Bilingual/Bicultural No Praxis

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

Chinese No Praxis

ACTFL Chinese Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI/OPIc): 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 or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Elementary Education Multiple Subject

All four parts must be passed

  • Reading & Language Arts subtest
  • Mathematics subtest
  • Social Studies subtest
  • Science subtest
Elementary School with Specialization: Language Arts Literacy
Middle School English Language Arts
Elementary School with Specialization: Mathematics (5-8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided)
Elementary School with Specialization: Social Studies (5-8) Middle School Social Studies
Elementary School with Specialization: Science (5-8) Middle School Science
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
English as a Second Language ACTFL English Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI/OPIc): Advanced Low and English Writing Proficiency Test (WPT): Advanced Low
Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education
Mathematics Mathematics Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided)
Music Music: Content Knowledge
Preschool through Grade 3 Early Childhood Education
Science (Biological) Biology: Content Knowledge


General Science: Content Knowledge

Science (Chemistry) Chemistry: Content Knowledge




General Science: Content Knowledge

Science (Physical Science) Chemistry: Content Knowledge



Physics: Content Knowledge


General Science: Content Knowledge

Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Spanish; and/or Elementary School with Specialization:
Languages/Spanish (5-8)
Spanish: World Language


ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI/OPIc): 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: