Washington Frequently Asked Questions
- Who has to take the tests?
Candidates for school counselor, school psychologist and school social worker residency certification who hold a master's or doctorate degree, but cannot provide satisfactory evidence to the Certification Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction that he or she has: 1) completed all course work requirements relevant to the required master's degree, and 2) satisfactorily completed a comprehensive written examination required in such master's degree program, must take such an examination.
This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Alternatively, the candidate may meet this requirement by receiving a passing score on the relevant Praxis II® examination administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- Where will the tests be offered in Washington?
The Praxis Series™ offers both paper-delivered and computer-delivered testing locations for the 2012–13 testing year. Refer to Test Centers and Dates for test center availability.
- When will the Praxis II tests be administered?
Praxis™ test administrations are held throughout the year. Refer to Test Centers and Dates for both paper-delivered and computer-delivered test administration dates.
- Can I take the test on a computer?
The Speech-Language Pathology and Professional School Counselor tests are available in a computer-delivered format. All other required Praxis II subject knowledge tests are available only in paper-and-pencil format.
- How much does it cost to take a Praxis test?
The test fee is determined by the test format (multiple choice, constructed response or a combination of the two). Visit Praxis Test Fees for more information.
- How do I know which test to take?
Refer to the Praxis Test Requirements page.
- How do I register to take the test?
You may choose to register online or submit the non-scannable registration form.
- Where can I get more information about Praxis II tests?
Select the test name to view and download test preparation (both free and priced) information. Information includes test specifications, sample questions and test-taking strategies.
- Where can I get The Praxis Series Information Bulletin?
- Can I register online?
- How long will my scores be available from The Praxis Series?
Scores are posted online on the score reporting release dates, approximately four weeks after the test date and are available for 45 days once posted. Beginning in September, the window will extend to one year. If you have not dowloaded your score report by the time the window ends, you will be charged a service fee of $40 to obtain an additional copy of your scores. There is also a service fee of $40 to send score reports to an additional score recipient. Please consult The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin for score report release dates for each test. Your score(s) will remain on file for ten years.
Visit The Praxis Series Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
- Who will receive my Praxis scores?
Currently, higher education institutions do not automatically receive a copy of your scores. You must provide an official copy of your score reports to the higher education institution for the purposes of program admission or residency certification.
As more Washington educators take the Washington Educators Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B) or the Praxis II assessments, the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) urges them to save their score reports and store them in the same manner as their certificate or transcripts. The score reports are important documents that educators may need continuously throughout their careers to produce evidence of having successfully passed a basic skills and/or a content knowledge assessment.
Washington educators should not expect colleges/universities or the Certification Office to provide a copy of their score reports. If a Praxis II score report is lost or misplaced, an additional copy can be obtained for a fee. Go to Praxis Scores Overview to locate score ordering and sending information.