Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests Overview

What Are the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests?

Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.

Who Takes the Tests and Why?

Colleges and universities may use the Praxis Core tests to evaluate individuals for entry into teacher education programs. The assessments are generally taken early in your college career. Many states also require Praxis Core scores as part of their teacher licensing process.

How Are the Praxis Core Tests Given?

The Praxis Core tests are delivered on computer. They are administered through an international network of test centers. The Core tests are offered during specific testing windows.

Praxis tests are only given in English. If you are a test taker whose primary language is not English (PLNE), you may be eligible for extended testing time. Test takers who qualify for PLNE accommodations may take Core tests on all test dates at pre-established test centers.

Which Tests Should I Take?

The test(s) you take depend(s) on your state or licensing agency's requirements for the teaching discipline you are pursuing. Each state or agency that uses the Praxis tests sets its own requirements for which tests you must take and the associated passing scores.

Before you register for a test, confirm your state or agency's testing requirements.

How Can I Prepare for the Tests?

Review the following materials to help you prepare for the Praxis Core tests:

The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin — provides information on registration, test day procedures and score reporting.
Praxis test preparation materials — provide detailed study tools for Praxis Core tests.

Should I Guess?

All test takers receive a score regardless of the number of questions answered or the type of test. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly, with no penalty or subtraction for answering a question incorrectly. It is to your advantage to pace yourself so that you have enough time to carefully consider every question.

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