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?

Praxis II tests are available in paper-delivered and computer-delivered formats. (Not all tests are offered in both formats.) They are administered through an international network of test centers, which includes Prometric test centers, some universities, and other locations throughout the world.

Please view the Study Companion for each test to determine the test length. You may take up to four tests on a given day depending on the length of each test. If you take a test that is longer than two hours, it must be scheduled in Session 1, and you may not schedule any additional tests on that day.

Session 1 (Report Time: 7:30 a.m.)
One 2-hour test
One 2 1/2-hour test
One 3 1/2-hour test
One 4-hour test
OR One or two 1-hour tests
Session 2 (Report Time: 10:45 a.m.)
One 2-hour test OR One or two 1-hour tests


See register for a computer-delivered test for more information on taking computer-delivered tests. You may also view the Study Companion for the test you are taking for more information on test specifications. If you are taking a computer-delivered test, you should allow an additional hour on top of the test time to allow time for check-in, the collection of personal information, and tutorials prior to the start of the test. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

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. Test takers with PLNE accommodations may take Praxis II tests on all test dates at pre-established test centers.

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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