Praxis Test

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What is a Praxis Test ?

Praxis test is one of the most popular teacher certification programs in the United States. Majority of the state use standardize testing for their licensure and certification. Praxis tests may be required before, during or after the teacher training courses, depending on the state you are in.

The Education Testing Service administers it. ETS is the same institute which develops, administers and scores assessments like the GRE, SAT, TOEFL and many more.

The tests can be taken by either students of teacher candidates. Some students may also be eligible for fee waivers, if they fall into the category.

Each state determines its own Praxis passing scores and requirements.

What are the different kinds of Praxis tests ?

Praxis (Pre Professional Skills Test or PPST) consists of reading, writing and mathematics. This test is now known as the CASE (Core Academic Skills Test). These sections (reading, writing or math) can be taken together or separately.

Praxis Subject Assessments cover a whole range of subjects and different states have their own combination of these tests.
Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments (CKT): This test measures the subject specific knowledge of the candidates, usually based on the skills required for teaching elementary schools.

Preparing for Praxis?

As the saying goes “No short cuts to success”, while Praxis is not a hard test to pass, you will need to adequately prepare for the test in order to get the passing scores. Find some helpful tips below to do just that.

To pass the praxis exam you will need to do the following:
  1. Sign up: Sign up and get the test dates in advance. Know how much time you have in your hand to know the efforts you will need to put into the tests.
  2. Write and Learn: Try and write down all the topics, concepts or even words that you might need help with for your test. Write on a note book or flash cards and go through it when ever you have the time. Writing and reading it makes the grasping easier and efficient. If this method does not work for you use whatever method is the best for you. Just make sure you have read and re-read your topics before appearing for the test.
  3. Resources: You may look up course materials on ETS website
    1. ETS study companion : Go to the ETS website and download the study companion. It’s a very informative resource and does not cost a thing. It gives you a clear idea of what the test will look like, topics that you need to study for, gives you a study plan and also some important tips.
    2. Online Courses: Khan academy courses offer’s online courses for the tests.
    3. Offline Help: Buy books like the Praxis core for Dummies, Praxis core study guides. Some of the books will also carry an online link for more tests; you can spend sometime working on these questions. Once you are done with all questions, do the tests a few more times to ensure that you have learned it well enough.
  1. Additional Help: Check online and you will get some great help in online videos about specific topics and subjects. There are some really good videos on youtube, which can help you understand specific topics.
  2. Study Play: Make a study guide by going through all the books, online sites, question papers, etc. and once you have all the materials then make a study plan. Study plan should include time you spend on studies, how will you study and how much will you study.
Once you are done with all the preparations, and before your final tests, you may go online and take the ETS Practice tests. This does cost some money (about $20). Investing the amount of money might seem a lot, but the test costs are much more and this will help you get more confident of the test. So something to think about before your final test!

Day of the test

If you are prepared and confident about it you need not stress about the day and are hopefully looking forward to the test. Make sure you had a good nights sleep, have a hearty breakfast/ lunch depending on your time of test and be confident!!! Of course additional planning never hurts, make sure that you are planned ahead of time for the day of the test. Some ways that you do that is as below:

Cost of Test

The praxis test registration is free. The tests however come with some fees. In order to know more about the fees click on https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees

Requirements

States, Territories an National Agencies / Organizations which currently allow Praxis Below are the list of the states which use the Praxis test. If your state is no on the list you may need to look for the state specific tests before preparing and planning for your licensure and certification. ( Source: ETS website, click https://www.ets.org/praxis/nj for more information on each test and requirements) STATES:
Alabama Alaska Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming

Territories:

American Samoa Guam Northern Mariana Island U.S. Virgin Islands

National agencies/organizations:

ASHA DODEA NASP
To take the Praxis test go to the https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/dates_centers/ All the best. If this was helpful, you can add more information or you need more help do comment below.


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