The basic skills requirement assesses a candidate’s competency levels in reading, writing, and mathematics. Relay, as an accredited institution, is required to report on the average group performance on these competencies for students enrolled in our educator preparation programs.
Some states require a basic skills exam for teacher certification or licensure while others do not; therefore, what is deemed acceptable for meeting this basic skills requirement varies by the state in which a Relay candidate is enrolled and seeking licensure. Unless passing or minimum scores on a basic skills exam are required to enroll in an educator preparation program in your state, your scores will not have an impact on whether you receive an offer of admission from Relay (i.e., they are only for data collection purposes).
For details on which exams meet the basic skills requirement for your program, please review this Support Center article: “Which exams meet the basic skills requirement for admissions in my Relay program?”
For directions on how to access and upload a score report for the Praxis Core, GRE, ACT, or SAT, please review this Support Center article: “How do I access score reports for the basic skills requirement?”
Unofficial records may be considered acceptable for the basic skills requirement as long as the record is clearly legible and contains the test name, your first and last name, your scores on individual test subsections (i.e., reading, mathematics, and writing), and the testing date. For guidance on what is deemed acceptable for unofficial test records, please review this Support Center article: “What are considered acceptable unofficial records for the basic skills requirement?”
NOTE: If you are applying to one of the following programs and can provide proof of either (1) holding an international undergraduate degree, or (2) attending an undergraduate institution that did not require one of these basic skills exams for admissions, you may be eligible to be waived from this requirement. Applicants may complete this form (note: you must be logged into your account to access) or reach out to email@example.com with questions if you believe you are eligible.
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