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The PRAXIS Exam

The Praxis Series exams provide assessment testing for those wanting to become licensed teachers in certain states. Find out more details about your specific state's requirements here.

Both the Praxis I and Praxis II tests are administered at a variety of exam centers throughout the country, although some online testing options are now available.

Praxis I – Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

The first Praxis exam measures basic academic skills. The format is multiple-choice, with essay questions for the writing portion. The Praxis I - PPST can be completed at established test centers or online.

The purpose of the test is to accurately evaluate whether a person has the fundamental academic skills required to become a teacher. Test components include:

  • Reading
    • 75 minutes long
    • 46 questions to answer
    • Designed to test reading comprehension skills
  • Math
    • 75 minutes long
    • 46 questions to answer
    • Covers basic skills and some advanced mathematics
  • Writing
    • 38 minutes long
    • 44 questions to answer
    • Evaluates grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure

Praxis II – Subject Tests

The Praxis II Subject Assesments measure knowledge of the specific subjects that K-12 teachers cover, in addition to general and specific teaching skills. There are over 120 subjects to choose from, and the subjects you are required to take depends on the licensing agency requirements in your state.

Praxis II exam requirements for the licensing and certification of new teachers vary from state-to-state. The Praxis II can be taken at both local testing centers or online.

3 Praxis Strategies and Tips

  1. You do not have to take all three sections of the Praxis I test at the same time. If you think you may have difficulty passing a section, you may want to take that part of the test on its own. This will allow you to be able to better focus your study time.
  2. For the Praxis II exams, you'll want to approach each subject separately, studying on one at a time. This is a better approach than trying to study for all the subjects at one time, where you'll be in danger of overstretching yourself.
  3. The Praxis I and II exams can be quite difficult for some, especially if you're specialized in one area (such as mathematics) and haven't prepared yourself for the other subjects. Don't worry if you don't pass the first time - this will allow you to identify which areas you need to work on.

The Praxis website hosts a wealth of preparation materials and resources including how to develop a study plan and even test prep webinars.

On Test Day

  • Arrive on time: If you're late, you may be denied admittance into the exam and will forfeit your test fee. For a computerized test, you should arrive 30 minutes early, as you'll be given valuable practice time to get used to using the system
  • No electronic devices are allowed in the test center, so leave your cell phones and iPods at home
  • If you bring a time-keeping device, ensure that there are no alarms turned on
  • You're allowed to use graphing, scientific, or four-function calculators where permitted
  • You're given scrap paper to work out your answers, and you can also use the booklet. Ensure that all of these materials are returned at the end of the test.
  • All answers must be recorded on the appropriate answer sheet in order to be counted

Results

It usually takes about six weeks for the results of a Praxis exam to be posted on their website. Whether you pass or fail depends on the requirements set out by each state.

If you do not pass, you can take the test again in one month, up to six times per year.


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