Procedures and Regulations

Cell Phones and Other Devices

Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® and iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs and any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording or listening devices are not permitted at the test center. If you bring such devices to the test center, you will be dismissed from the test, your test fees will be forfeited and your scores from all tests taken that day will be canceled. If you are seen ACCESSING such a device for ANY reason, in addition to the above conditions, the device will be confiscated and inspected. Test center staff are not permitted to collect or store devices.

Arrival Time

Please report to the test center on time. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted to the test, and your test fees will be forfeited.

  • If you are taking a computer-delivered test, you should arrive at the test center 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow time for check-in.
  • If you are taking a paper-delivered test, you should arrive at the test center at the reporting time shown on your admission ticket. Testing will begin approximately 30–45 minutes later.

On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test administrator's or ETS's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test appointment.

Procedures for Computer-delivered Tests

When you arrive, an administrator or supervisor will check you in and assign your seat.

Plan to be at the test center up to an hour longer than the actual duration of your test (see Test Fees for test durations). This includes time for check-in, the collection of background information and the completion of tutorials.

The following rules are in place to protect the security of the testing process. They apply to computer-delivered test sessions, beginning at sign-in and ending at sign-out (including breaks):

  • Complete and sign the confidentiality statement provided to you at the test center. If you do not, you cannot test and your fees will NOT be refunded.
  • Sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
  • Use only the scratch paper given to you by the test administrator. You may not bring your own scratch paper to the test or remove scratch paper from the testing room.
  • Use graphing, scientific and four-function calculators only where allowed or required. For detailed information, see Calculator Use.
  • Raise your hand if you have a problem with your computer or need the administrator's help at any time during the test.
  • Use the allotted 30 minutes of practice time for the tutorial and other untimed sections prior to the test. This allows you to become familiar with the computer functions and will help make your computer-delivered testing experience go smoothly. You may not use scratch paper during this time.
  • Be aware that test takers on the testing premises are subject to videotaping, photographing, thumb printing, signature comparison and other forms of electronic biometric ID comparison. ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.
  • If you have health-related needs requiring you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations in advance. Procedures for requesting accommodations are described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.

Watch a video (Flash) to learn what to expect when you take a computer-delivered Praxis I® test

Procedures for Paper-delivered Tests

You should plan to arrive at 7:30 a.m. for Session 1 tests, or at 10:45 a.m. for Session 2 tests. When you arrive, test center staff will check you in and assign your seat. Directions will be given and test materials handed out. The actual testing time will begin approximately 30-45 minutes after you arrive.

Plan to be at the test center for at least two hours, depending on the length of your test. For more information about test length, see Test and Service Fees.

The following additional rules are in place to protect the security of the testing process. They apply during the entire test session, beginning when you are admitted to the test center and up to the time that you leave the test center (including breaks):

  • Do not bring mechanical pencils or paper of any kind into the testing room.
  • Do not ask supervisors for schedule changes.
  • Do not use watch alarms or time-keeping devices that make noise. Digital watches are not permitted. You may pace yourself with your own watch, but the supervisor is the official timekeeper. Test center staff may ask you to remove and store your watch. You may not continue the test beyond the established time limit.
  • Mark all your answers on the separate answer sheet. You may use the test book to work out your answers. However, answers recorded in the test book will not be scored.
  • Return your test book and answer sheet to the test supervisor at the end of the test. These materials are the property of ETS.
  • Use graphing, scientific and four-function calculators only where allowed or required. For detailed information, see Calculator Use.
  • If you are taking (0135) Art: Content and Analysis, bring four color photographs or still reproductions of your own artwork, which meet the following requirements:
    • Each image must be of a different work.
    • Each of the images must be clear and show the complete artwork.
    • At least two of the artworks represented must be in a medium or media that is not used in any of the other artworks.
    • For more detailed information, see the Art: Content and Analysis Study Companion.
  • If you have health-related needs requiring you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations in advance. Procedures for requesting accommodations are described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.

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