MN NES Essential Academic Skills Exam
What is it?
The MN NES Essential Academic Skills Exam (EAS) is a computer based exam that tests on the essential academic skills (reading, writing, and math). This is one of the testing options that the MN Professional Educators and Licensing and Standards Board has established to meet the Basic Skills licensure requirement. If you do not meet the required minimum scores for the ACT PLUS Writing, SAT, or GRE students will take the MN NES Essential Academic Skills exam. Learn more on the MN NES website.
- $50 for one Essential Academic Skills subtest
- $75 for two Essential Academic Skills subtests
- $100 for three Essential Academic Skills subtests
Or $50 each if taken in separate testing settings
How do I register?
Register online and choose the MN NES Essential Academic Skills (Reading, Writing, and Math)
- Be sure to register a few weeks in advance of the testing window to ensure a seat is available for you. Your test date and time will be given to you at the end of the registration process.
4815 W Arrowhead Rd
North Shore Bank Place Suite 100
Hermantown, MN 55811
Or locate a testing site outside of Duluth
Score Release Information
A scaled score is provided immediately after testing. Your official score report will be emailed to you, if you requested this service when you registered, according to the schedule on the below link. Score reports are also posted to your account for 2 years as PDF documents, which you may view, print, and save for your records. Learn more on the MN NES Scores webpage.
It is very important that you keep a copy of your official score report for your records (save it to your Google Drive, in your email, or print a copy, etc.) This will be required when you apply for admission to the blocks.
- Be sure to also choose UMD as a recipient of your scores.
NES Essential Academic Skills Exam
- Reading: 520 or higher
- Writing: 520 or higher
- Math: 520 or higher
Prepare for the Exam
It is very important to spend time reviewing materials for the NES Essential Academic Skills subtests (reading, writing, and math). Learn more about preparation materials.