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The PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test, also referred to as the Praxis I), is required by the State of Nevada and a majority of other states for licensure. Passing scores are a requirement for admission into our teacher education program. The PPST covers the areas of Reading , Writing, and Mathematics. Each section of the test may be taken separately if desired, but many students take all three tests on the same day.

The CBEST is only required by 2 states, California and Oregon , and is also accepted by the State of Nevada in lieu of the PPST. Passing scores are a requirement for admission into the teacher education program as well as for state licensure. The CBEST covers the areas of Reading , Writing, and Mathematics.

Either test is acceptable in order to apply to a teacher education program.

How can I prepare for the PPST and the CBEST?

Most students will feel prepared for the test after completing English 101 and 102 and the Core Math. The PPST tests college level reading writing, and math skills. If you have a weakness in a particular area, you should prepare well in advance. There are several ways to prepare for the PPST and CBEST. There is a computerized version of the PPST available on CD for use at the Learning Resource Center (first floor William Raggio Building). We suggest using the "study mode" of the CD so that you are aware of the justification for the way questions are answered. The CBEST has a computerized practice test available from their website. Finally, there are several study guides written about the PPST, some of which are available at the ASUN Bookstore in the Joe Crowley Student Union (JCSU).

Where can I take the tests?

The paper-based PPST is given six times a year at the College of Education , University of Nevada, Reno . The computer-based PPST is available anytime and may be taken at the Prometric Testing Center located inside the Sylvan Learning Center at 940 W. Moana Lane, Suite 101. Your reading and math scores will be given to you immediately following the administration of the test. However, you will not receive the writing score nor the written documentation of the scores for approximately 4 weeks. So, plan to take the PPST in plenty of time before our March 1st or October 1st application deadlines. The paper-based CBEST is given six times a year. The nearest test site for taking the CBEST is in Sacramento, CA. Refer to the website as they may offer out-of-state testing locations that may be closer to your area.

When should I take the tests?

You may take the PPST or CBEST whenever you are ready: your best preparation is completing English 101 to English 102 and CH 201 (or another 2nd year course which requires challenging writing assignments and Core Math). Please allow approximately 60 days before either of the application deadlines (Oct. 1 and Mar. 1) of each academic year.

You may repeat a section if you fail a section; however, please allow approximately 30 days before you repeat the section if taken in the same format as the previous time (paper based or computer based). You don't have to wait 30 days if switching from paper based format to computer based format.

How do I sign up?

The PPST is administered in two ways, by computer and in written form. To sign up for the written test, log on to the Educational Testing Services website at and follow the directions to register. To take the PPST by computer, you must register by telephone at 1-800-853-6773. The testing site is at the Prometric Testing Center located inside the Sylvan Learning Center at 940 W. Moana Lane, Suite 101 . Each student may take the PPST one time per calendar month, 30 days apart, and up to six times in a twelve month period. The CBEST is given several times a year in California and Oregon. Visit the CBEST website to discover specific test dates, test locations, and to download a computerized practice test. Registration for the CBEST can be done via the internet, mail, or telephone during the various registration periods.

I am very anxious when it comes to taking tests. What can I do to prevent a panic attack?

Feeling worried prior to taking an exam is very normal and may even help to enhance performance. However, when the level of anxiety interferes with a person's ability to recall information or otherwise perform well on the test, the anxiety is a liability. The Educational Testing Services corporation has compiled a guide for recognizing and coping with anxiety. The guide contains several helpful techniques to reduce anxiety and to help control self-defeating thoughts. We encourage you to look at the guide for further suggestions.

What are minimum passing scores on the PPST or CBEST?

Tests Reading Writing Math
Pre-Professional Skills Test-Paper - PPST Paper Based Test 174 172 172
California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)*
The passing score on each CBEST section is a scaled score of 41. A combined score (the sum of Reading, Mathematics, and Writing scaled scores) must total at least of 123 for passing status. It is possible to pass the CBEST with a scaled score on one or two sections as low as 37, provided that the total score is 123 or higher. It is not possible, however, to pass the CBEST if any section score is below 37, regardless of how high the total score may be.
41 37-40 37-40

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