The Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) have mandated licensure exams for the state of SD. See Which Tests Do I Have to Take? for details! Exams should be taken and scores reported to the Teacher Education Program prior to entering your student teaching placement(s). Qualifying scores must be achieved to meet teacher certification requirements in South Dakota and other PRAXIS testing states.

You must register online unless you are applying for testing accommodations.
Visit the ETS website for Registration Information. Be sure to put Augustana University (SD) down as one of your score recipients: AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY (code=6015) so the Education Department has access to your score reports. If you test in South Dakota, your score report will be sent automatically to the South Dakota Department of Education. If you test outside of South Dakota, select the South Dakota Department of Education (code=8112) as a score recipient when you register. 

Take care to download a copy of your scores as once your scores are no longer available to you via your ETS account, you will have to pay a fee to receive a hard copy of your scores.  SD DOE 
Praxis Information is available from the ETS website as well. You can also check the ETS Website for test preparation materials.

Up-to-date SD PRAXIS testing requirements

Information about Passage Preparation, an affordable test preparation option

A few links to FREE online test preparation materials: 


    • K-8 ELED Content Knowledge:  Test #5001 (can register to take all 4 subtests at once or separately)
      • Reading/LA Subtest #5002 Qualifying Score=150
      • Math Subtest #5003 Qualifying Score=146
      • SS Subtest #5004 Qualifying Score=147
      • Science Subtest #5005 Qualifying Score=150
    • K-12 SPED: Core Knowledge & Application: Test #5354, Qualifying Score=145
    • K-12 Art: Content Knowledge: Test #5134, Qualifying Score=151
    • K-12 Music: Content Knowledge: Test #5113, Qualifying Score=150
    • K-12 French: World Language: Test #5174, Qualifying Score=152
    • K-12 Spanish: World Language: Test #5195, Qualifying Score=160
    • K-12 Physical Education: Content Knowledge: Test #5091, Qualifying Score=140
    • K-12 Comprehensive School Health:  Test #5551, Qualifying Score=145
    • 7-12 Eng/Lang/Lit/Comp: Content Knowledge: Test #5038, Qualifying Score=167
    • 7-12 Speech Communication: Test #5221, Qualifying Score=143
    • 7-12 Mathematics: Content Knowledge:  Test #5165=Qualifying Score=159
    • 7-12 Biology: Test #5236, Qualifying Score=154
    • 7-12 Chemistry: Test #5246, Qualifying Score=146
    • 7-12 Physics: Test #5266, Qualifying Score=145
    • 7-12 Government/Political Science: Test #5931, Qualifying Score=149
    • 7-12 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge: Test #5941 Qualifying Score=146
    • 7-12 Math/Science Composite or Science Composite--take BOTH content tests that match the composite areas
    • Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades K-6: Test #5622, Qualifying Score=160 (ELED majors)
    • Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades 7-12: Test #5624, Qualifying Score=157 (SEED and EK12 majors)
    • Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades PreK-12:  Test #5625, Qualifying Score=157 (option for EK12 majors--check with Teacher Education Program Director, Dr. Sharon Andrews, before registering)

To add the Middle-Level Learner and Subject-Specific 5-8 endorsement to your K-8 or 5-12 SD DOE teaching credential you must complete the MS student teaching and achieve the qualifying score on the applicable PRAXIS content test.

  • 5-8 English/Language Arts
    • No additional test is required for ELED or English/SEED majors
  • 5-8 Mathematics
    • No additional test is required for ELED or Mathematics/SEED majors
  • 5-8 Science
    • No additional test is required for ELED
    • SEED science majors (BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY or PHYSICS) must take an additional PRAXIS content test and can choose from the following:
      • #5005 ELED SCI subtest OR #5442 MS Science OR #5436 Gen Sci CK
  • 5-8 Social Studies      
    • No additional test is required for ELED
    • SEED social science majors (HISTORY or GOVERNMENT) must take an additional PRAXIS content test and can choose from the following:
      • #5004 ELED SS subtest OR #5089 MS SS or #5081 SS CK