skip to main content skip to footer

The Praxis® Tests

Prepare for your teaching career

Select a step to learn more about your Praxis® journey.
 

About the Praxis Tests

The Praxis tests measure the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for the classroom. Whether entering a teacher preparation program or seeking your certification, succeeding on these tests helps you on your journey to becoming a qualified educator.

Detailed information about each test is available in the Study Companions and other test prep materials. Below is a high-level look at the different types of Praxis tests.
 

What do they measure?

There are three Core tests: Mathematics, Reading and Writing. You can take them as separate tests or one combined test.
 

Who takes the tests and why?

Colleges and universities use the Praxis Core tests to evaluate candidates for entry into teacher preparation programs. The Core tests are generally taken early in your college career. Many states also require Praxis Core scores as part of their teacher licensing process.
 

How are they given?

They’re computer delivered, and you can take them at a test center or at home.

Which test should I take?

The test(s) you’ll need to take depends on your state or licensing agency’s requirements. Each state or agency sets its own test requirements and passing scores. See your state requirements.

What do they measure?

There are over 90 different tests, ranging from Agriculture to World Languages, that measure your knowledge of the subject, as well as your general and subject-specific teaching skills.

Who takes the tests and why?

Individuals entering the teaching profession take the Praxis Subject Tests as part of the teacher licensure and certification process, either in a state or for a professional association or organization.
 

How are they given?

With the exception of the Braille Proficiency test, Praxis Subject Tests are computer delivered. You can take them in a test center or — for many tests — at home.
 

Which test should I take?

The test(s) you’ll need to take depends on your state or licensing agency’s requirements. Each state or agency sets its own test requirements and passing scores. See your state requirements.

What does it measure?

The CKT assessment is composed of four subtests: Reading and Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. They measure the content knowledge of the subject itself as well as specialized content knowledge you need to teach the student curriculum.
 

Who takes the test and why?

Teacher candidates seeking a generalist elementary school license take the CKT assessment. It allows you to demonstrate that you have the full range of content knowledge — both an understanding of the subject and the knowledge used to teach it — needed to enter the teacher profession.

How is it given?

The CKT assessment is computer delivered at test centers and at home.
 

Do I need to take it?

Whether you need to take the CKT assessment depends on your state or licensing agency’s requirements. Each state or agency sets its own test requirements and passing scores. See your state requirements.