Frequently Asked Questions About the Praxis® Tests at Home
- Can I take a Praxis® test at home?
The at home testing option is available to anyone who meets the following requirements:
- You live in the United States or a U.S. territory. Note: The ability to register for a Praxis test at home is based on the address in your Praxis account.
- Your test title is offered for at home testing.
- Your computer meets the equipment requirements for the test, including the installation of the ETS Test Browser for Windows® or Mac® and the ProctorU® Equipment Check.
- You have a room that provides an acceptable environment for the test.
- What test titles are available for at home testing?
- View a current list of available test titles.
- How do I register?
- Is the test fee different for the at home test?
- The test fee is the same. See a list of Praxis test and service fees.
- What test dates and times are available?
- Currently, at home appointments are available 10 a.m.–1 a.m. ET, seven days a week to address the scheduling needs of candidates across the United States and its territories. Be sure to check your test time before submitting your registration; sessions are available for both a.m. and p.m. testing.
- Are there accommodations for test takers with disabilities?
Yes. Accommodations of extended time, extra breaks, screen magnification and selectable colors can be requested using your Praxis account. Other accommodations available at physical testing centers can be requested through ETS Disability Services. All accommodations must be requested before you begin your registration.
If you need to confirm your accommodations have been applied to your registration, call:
Toll free for test takers in the United States, U.S. Territories (including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
- What are the ID requirements?
- See a full list of acceptable primary ID. You'll be expected to show your ID to the proctor on the day of your test, and the name on it must match exactly to the name on your Praxis account.
- Can I retake the test?
Yes. You may retake a Praxis test on a date that is at least 28 days after your most recent test date.
This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you violate this restriction, the scores from your retest will be canceled by ETS and your test fees will not be refunded.
Rescheduling or Canceling a Test
- Can I reschedule from a test center appointment to an at home test?
Yes. If your test is available at home and you wish to reschedule to an at home appointment, you can do so for free. You have two options:
- For immediate service, reschedule your test appointment through your Praxis account.
- Contact Praxis customer support from Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, via phone at 1-800-772-9476. Due to increased demand on our customer support line, you may experience longer wait times.
Note: In either case, you must change your appointment at least three full days before your test date.
- Can I reschedule my at home test to another date?
- Yes, you can reschedule your at home test for free through your Praxis account. You must reschedule your test no later than three full days prior to your test date. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to reschedule your test.
- Can I reschedule my at home test to a physical test center?
- Yes. You can reschedule your at home test to a physical testing center through your Praxis account, or by contacting Praxis customer service. You must reschedule your appointment at least three full days before your test date. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to reschedule your test.
- Can I cancel my at home test appointment?
- Yes. You can cancel through your Praxis account. You must cancel no later than three full days prior to your test date to receive a 50% refund. If you cancel less than three full days prior to your test date, your fees will be forfeited.
Test Environment and Equipment
- Where can I take the test?
- You must have a private room with a desk or table where you will take the test. Your desk or table must be cleared of all non-testing materials.
- What type of devices (hand-held, tablet, PC) can be used for testing?
- You must use a laptop or desktop computer that meets the technical requirements. You cannot use a phone or tablet.
- Can I take the test on a Mac computer?
- What if I have technical issues while I’m testing my equipment?
- If you have technical issues while testing your equipment, contact ProctorU for assistance.
- Can I use scratch paper during my exam?
- No. You may use an erasable marker with a small whiteboard or one blank piece of paper inside a transparency sheet during your exam. You'll be asked to erase all notes in view of the proctor at the end of the test.
- How do I prepare for the test?
- Because there is no difference in the test content, you can use the same test preparation material that you would for a test taken at a test center.
- How do I prepare my testing area?
- Gather the materials you'll need for your test session.
- Passport or other acceptable ID
- Acceptable note-taking materials, such as a whiteboard or plastic transparency sheet
- Cellphone or hand-held mirror for check-in
- Remove all other items from the area.
- Make sure the area meets all environment requirements.
- Gather the materials you'll need for your test session.
On Test Day
- What should I wear during my test?
- Your test session will be recorded, so dress comfortably and appropriately. Avoid wearing items such as tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories.
- What is the check-in process like?
This video offers a closer look at how to prepare your testing area, the check-in process and what you should expect during your at home test. The check-in process takes approximately 20 minutes.
- Will I be monitored during my test session?
Yes. A human proctor during your entire test session. A human proctor will connect with you during the check-in process, verify your ID and monitor you throughout the entire session to ensure you are following testing procedures. The proctor assigned to monitor you could be male or female.
You will also be monitored by artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help ensure test security.
- What if I need to contact or chat with the proctor?
If you need to contact or chat with the proctor during your test, you should speak to get their attention or use the LogMeIn chat function. It may take 30–60 seconds for the proctor to reply.
If the proctor is attempting to chat with you, the chat icon (a blue owl) will bounce up and down.
- Will I have to submit a photo?
- Your photo will be taken at the beginning of your at home test.
- Will I be recorded during my test?
- Yes, your entire test session will be recorded.
- Are there breaks during the test?
Most tests don't include a break. However, you have the option to take a short, unscheduled restroom break if you're taking one of the following:
- Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators combined test (5751 and 5752)
- Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test (5001)
- Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle—Mathematics, Social Studies and Science (5901)
- Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (5152)
- Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7811)
If you choose to take a break, you must take it after the conclusion of one test, but before completing review of the General Directions for the next test. Your test clock won't start until you return and complete the General Directions.
- Will I be able to see my unofficial scores at the end of my test?
- It depends on which test you take. Some Praxis tests offer you an opportunity to view unofficial scores. If an unofficial score isn't provided for your test, it means that further analysis must be conducted before scoring can be completed. This doesn't indicate a problem with the administration of your test and won't result in a score reporting delay.
- Can I wear a headset or earphones during my test?
- No. You must use internal or external computer speakers.
Troubleshooting Technical Issues
- What if I fail the ProctorU Equipment Check?
You must resolve all issues (shown in red) and pass the equipment check before checking in for your test. If you can't resolve the issues yourself, contact ProctorU using the contact form at the bottom of the equipment check page. Live Help Desk technicians are available to assist you.
- Is there anything I can do ahead of time to prevent issues?
- Run the ProctorU Equipment Check at the time of day you plan to test to make sure you don't have any bandwidth issues.
- Run a final equipment check shortly before your test session starts.
- Close all browsers and applications not needed for the test. This can help prevent bandwidth issues while you test.
- Make sure any other devices in your household that use the internet are not running.
For additional information and troubleshooting help, visit the ProctorU Test-taker Resource Page.
- What if I have an issue right before my test starts?
- If you have technical issues immediately before your test, contact ProctorU via the Live Chat feature in your ProctorU account or call ProctorU at 1-855-772-8678. Support is available 24/7.
- What if I have a technical issue and my start time is extended?
- This won't affect the amount of time you have to complete the test. The timer for your test doesn't begin until the proctor enters the password.
- What if I have a technical issue during my test?
- If you have a technical issue during your test that prohibits you from speaking to the proctor, notify the proctor via the LogMeIn chat function. The chat icon (a blue owl) can be found on the task bar for a PC and on the menu bar for Mac.
- What if I lose internet during the test?
If you lose your internet connection momentarily, you'll automatically be reconnected to the proctor when your connection is restored. If your exam can be reopened, your proctor will do so for you.
If you can't reconnect and speak to the proctor via the LogMeIn chat function, call ProctorU at 1-855-772-8678 for assistance.
- Is scoring the same?
- Yes. Because this is still a Praxis test, the scoring criteria, scoring process and score scale are the same. Scores can be accepted and used in the same way as if you took the test at a test center. See details about Praxis scoring.
- How and when do I get my scores?
- You'll receive your official scores through your Praxis account. When you receive scores depends on which test you took. For more information, see After the Test.
- How do I send my scores to an institution?
As with a test taken at a test center, you can send your scores to four agencies or institutions at no additional cost.