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Test Center Procedures and Regulations

Arrival Time

You should arrive at the test center 30 minutes before your appointment time to allow time for check-in. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted to the test, and your test fees will be forfeited.

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.

Unscheduled Breaks

For the Praxis® Core combined test (5751 and 5752), the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test (5001) and the Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (5152), you have the option to take a short, unscheduled restroom break after the conclusion of one test, but before completing review of the General Directions for the next test. Your test clock will not start until you return and complete the General Directions. Although you will not lose test time by taking an unscheduled restroom break between tests, it is recommended that you return from the break as quickly as possible (within 5–10 minutes) to avoid running over the scheduled appointment time. Test administrators are required to report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks. You must also adhere to the established policies that relate to leaving the test center vicinity and accessing prohibited personal items or electronic devices during this time.

Test Center Procedures

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 begin at sign-in and end at sign-out (including breaks):

  • Complete and sign the Confidentiality and Regulations Agreement provided to you at the test center. If you do not, you cannot test and your fees will NOT be refunded.
  • You may need to 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. (For paper-delivered tests administered as an accommodation for a disability, you may use the test book for scratch work. Scratch paper is not provided except as an approved accommodation.)
  • 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 respects individuals’ privacy and has implemented procedures to ensure that the check-in process is completed in a respectful manner. ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., handheld metal detectors/wands) and may also employ additional security measures such as visual inspections for unauthorized testing aids or other wearable technology. Test takers should be prepared to undergo these security measures to ensure a fair testing environment. 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.

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Praxis Test Takers

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