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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 deemed by teacher educators to be essential for all candidates preparing to be teachers, no matter what content area or grade-level they aspire to teach. 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 and offered continuously. Find test centers in your area.

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.

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?

Having the right tools to prepare for the Praxis tests can help you achieve your goals. The following resources can help you get ready for test day.

Khan Academy® Official Praxis Core Prep

Now available! This free, online resource will help you build the reading, writing and mathematics skills you need to succeed on the Praxis Core tests. Here's howKhan Academy test prep helps you prepare!

Praxis test prep materials — download free Study Companions and browse other study tools for the Praxis Core tests.

The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin — find information on registration, test day procedures and score reporting.

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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