Nebraska Frequently Asked Questions About The Praxis Series™ Tests
- How do I know which test to take to meet Nebraska requirements?
Information about Nebraska requirements is available on the Test Requirements page. Passage of the Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST®) is required for admission into a teacher preparation program. You must pass the Praxis II® Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EECIA) test to be designated as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Qualified, an NCLB requirement for all new-to-the-profession teachers at the elementary education level of instruction. The NCLB requirement applies only to teachers at the K–8 grade levels. If you do not intend to teach at the K–8 levels, your institution may advise you that you are not required to take the Praxis II test for the NCLB Qualified designation.
- How and when do I register for the test?
Consult with your teacher education program for the requirements and recommended timeline for taking the Praxis I (PPST) test and, if appropriate, the Praxis II (EECIA) test. Online registration is available for all Praxis™ tests from the Registration page of this website. It is requested that you provide your Social Security number (SSN) when you register. Failure to do so will delay processing of your certification application in Nebraska.
- What if I don't pass the test?
You have the option of retaking the test multiple times. Review the Praxis test retake policy.
- Am I required to take the Praxis II test?
You will need to consult with your institution to determine teacher preparation program requirements. It is important for you to understand that even though you are not required to take the Praxis II test for certification, many school districts give priority to NCLB-Qualified status in their hiring decisions, since all local school districts are working toward the goal of having a 100% NCLB-Qualified staff.
- Why is it important that I take the Praxis II test?
NCLB requires that all new-to-the-profession teachers at the elementary level of instruction be "highly qualified". In Nebraska, this requires passage of the Praxis II (EECIA) test to show NCLB-Qualified status.
- How does not taking or passing the Praxis II impact my certification?
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) does not require passage of the Praxis II test for certification. Contact your institution for specific requirements regarding program completion or recommendation for certification.
- Is there a computer-delivered version of the Praxis II test that I can take anytime at a testing center?
Yes. The EECIA test is available in both paper-delivered and computer-delivered formats. Test Centers and Dates are available on this website.
- What should I do to prepare for the test?
Access to a variety of test preparation materials, including study guides and practice tests, is available. Study materials may also be available from your teacher education program.
- How can I be certain that my scores are reported to the correct institutions?
It is very important that you indicate your institution AND the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) as score recipients during the registration process.
- Will my test scores be valid in other states?
Each state has different requirements for certification and obtaining NCLB-Qualified status. Information about requirements in other states that use ETS tests is available from The Praxis Series™ page of the ETS website.
Also see ETS's Top 10 Questions Asked by Praxis Candidates