NES Essential Academic Skills Exam

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

Where can I take the exams

Duluth Area:

Online Proctored environment from a computer anywhere with reliable internet access.
Pearson Professional Centers-Hermantown (Duluth)MN
4815 West Arrowhead Road
Suite 100
North Shore Bank Place
Hermantown, Minnesota 55811
United States
Northwoods Technical College (Formerly Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-WITC)
600 North 21st Street
Superior, Wisconsin 54880
United States

Find another testing center in Minnesota or Wisconsin:

Locate a Testing Center, select "MTLE," select the "exam name" you are taking, click "next," select the "check boxes" next to exam modules and click "next," enter zip code and click "search," the exam centers nearby the zip code will appear.

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.

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.

Score Report

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.

Exam Retakes

Teacher candidates who do not pass an exam must wait a minimum of 30 days prior to retaking an exam.  Teacher candidates can schedule ahead 30 days out from the failed exam date.  If a teacher candidate fails an exam two or more times they may be eligible for a retake fee voucher.  Vouchers are emailed within two to four weeks of the score report date. 

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.

NES Essential Academic Skills Handout