Praxis II® Overview

What Are the Praxis II® Tests?

Praxis II® Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K–12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.

Who Takes the Tests and Why?

Individuals entering the teaching profession take the Praxis II tests as part of the teacher licensing and certification process required by many states. Some professional associations and organizations require Praxis II tests as a criterion for professional licensing decisions.

How Are the Praxis II Tests Given?

All Praxis II tests (with the exception of Braille Proficiency [0631] and Assessment of Signed Communication – American Sign Language [0632]) are delivered on computer. They are administered through an international network of test centers, which includes Prometric® test centers, some universities and other locations throughout the world.

Note: 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?

Praxis II: Subject Assessments include over 120 different tests, ranging from Agriculture to World Languages. The test(s) you take depend(s) on your state or licensing agency's requirements for the teaching discipline you are pursuing. Each state that uses the Praxis tests sets its own requirements for which tests you must take, as well as 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 II tests:

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

Praxis test preparation materials — includes detailed study tools that contain outlines, sample questions with answers and detailed rationales, valuable test-taking strategies, as well as full-length practice 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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