Admission Testing

In accordance with our goal of cultivating teachers who are competent in subject matter, the Colorado Mesa University Center for Teacher Education (CTE) requires content testing prior to program admission and prior to beginning student teaching. When initially applying to the Teacher Education program, undergraduate students must submit a copy of their official Praxis CORE Writing score report (exam# 5723).

Writing Exam - REQUIRED

  • Exam Code: 5723 or 5722
        (5722 not available after August 2020)
  • Passing Score: 162
  • Demonstrates a teacher candidate’s authentic, on-demand writing ability and is a required part of the Teacher Education Program Application
  • Probationary admittance: A score of 152-161 on the PRAXIS CORE Writing test may allow for probationary admittance. Students seeking probationary admittance must work with their program coordinator/advisor to determine remediation steps.

Math Exam - No longer required

Reading Exam - No longer required

*Praxis CORE testing is not required for teacher candidates who hold a bachelor's degree.
For step-by-step instructions, see our Praxis Online Registration Steps
Quick Tips:
  • Use the Register Now button on the ETS test-prep site to get routed to the right test
  • The Recipient code for CMU: 4484
  • The code for the test center located at Colorado Mesa University: 5307
  • Click the EPP Test Requirements button to select the appropriate test:
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723)
  • For more information on testing, contact the CMU Testing Center at 970.248.1260

Required Content/Licensure Testing

Content testing is required for state licensure. Students are required to take their Praxis content exam prior to student teaching, usually prior to their SENIOR year. Learn more about licensure content testing at: