First things first: Praxis isn’t a single exam; it’s a series of exams. The most popular Praxis exams are Reading, Mathematics, Writing, Principles of Learning and Teaching, and Elementary Content Knowledge and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. It is essential that you know which tests are required in the state(s) in which you plan to teach before registering for the tests and beginning your preparation. Understanding these requirements will guide your preparation. To learn which tests you need to take, contact your state’s department of education.
The Tests and their Differences
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
The Praxis Core is made up of three tests covering basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills. These tests are often required for undergraduates entering education programs. Some states also require them for non–education major applicants seeking jobs in the classroom. You will need to pass all three tests to be certified to teach in many Praxis states. As a result, it’s important to know where you need the most help so that you can focus your preparatory energies where they are most needed.
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The Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests are broken up by grade level: K-6, 5-9, and 7-12. Refer to the requirements for the state in which you plan to teach to determine which of these tests you will need to take.
Praxis Elementary Education
There are two Praxis Elementary Education tests:
- Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Praxis Subject Assessments
A Note about Scoring
Registering for Praxis