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What is the Praxis?


The Praxis exam series is an academic skills assessment that is used to qualify individuals for entry into teacher education programs and is used by state education agencies in making licensing decisions.

Praxis I is a general test. You can choose to take either the paper-based test or the computer-based test. The paper-based test includes multiple-choice tests in reading and writing that last an hour each, and a writing test that includes both a 30-minute multiple choice and 30-minute essay section. The computer-based test contains computer delivered questions that require selecting single responses or highlighting information, and a writing test that includes an essay section. Each computer-based testing session takes two hours.

Praxis II is an assessment test of candidates’ knowledge of the subjects they will teach, as well as general and subject-specific pedagogical skills needed before they enter the profession. Passing scores on all components of the Praxis I and part one of Praxis II in your content area are required for full admission in the ACT program.

Your Praxis II content results will be used to determine any additional content courses (subject-specific courses outside of the ACT teacher preparation courses) you may be required to take. This will be communicated to you in your personalized Academic Action Plan (AAP).

More information on the Praxis assessments may be found at www.ets.org/praxis. Sample tests can be downloaded at the website given above. Several bookstores and libraries have materials to help you prepare for these exams.

Full admission into the ACT program requires your personal AAP be on file. Your AAP cannot be formalized without the receipt of official transcripts and official Praxis scores. Occasionally, candidates may be admitted to the ACT program on a “temporary” or “provisional” basis, providing space is available.

Allow six weeks after you take the test to get the results.


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