About PRAXIS I Test
Pursuing a career in the field of education as a teacher is the dream of many students. Not only does a teacher earn respect and recognition, but he also gets job satisfaction and financial stability. Aiming for becoming a teacher does not ensure that you will eventually become one. You will have to meet various criteria and take certain tests to demonstrate your skills in imparting good quality education for getting admission to teacher education programs or even for earning your teaching licensure. Taking the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) is one such hurdle that you will have to overcome on your way to becoming a successful teacher.
What is Praxis I?
There are a large number of educational institutions that consider the Praxis I scores for evaluating the suitability of candidates to be selected for attending teacher education programs. Most US states have their own state-level examinations for grant of teaching licensure, while certain US states may require you to submit your Praxis I scores as a prerequisite for grant of teaching licensure for that state. However, Praxis II tests are the series of tests the scores of which are more widely accepted for grant of teaching licensure. Nevertheless, doing exceptionally well in Praxis I can be to your advantage as some states give some credence to Praxis I scores when it comes to grant of teaching licensure.
The Praxis series of tests is owned and conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service). The eligibility criteria for taking the Praxis I tests and their conduct will vary from state to state. The official website of the Praxis I tests is www.ets.org. You will have to refer to this website for details of the state-wise eligibility criteria for the Praxis I tests.
What is the Praxis I Test Format?
Praxis I tests evaluate your basic academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics that are essential for a successful career in the field of education. You may have to take one or more than one of the Praxis series tests depending upon the educational institution you wish to join and also on your state’s requirements for grant of teaching licensure for the subject that you wish to qualify for. You will be able to identify the Praxis tests that you need to take by checking the requirements of your state from the official website of Praxis, www.ets.org.
Praxis I tests consist of three subtests: Reading, Mathematics and Writing. These subtests have been designed to test the skill levels of the test-takers in the fundamental concepts of reading, writing and mathematics. The number of questions in each test and the time allotted for answering them will depend upon the format of the Praxis I test being taken by you. Praxis I tests are offered in two formats:
- Computer-based Tests (CBT): The computer-based Praxis tests are conducted throughout the year. However, these may not be available at all Praxis test centers. Check the official website for test centers that offer the CBT version of Praxis I.
- You can either take each of CBT subtests separately in different Praxis I administrations or you may take all 3 subtests as a combined test on the same day.
- In both cases, you will be given individual scores for each subtest.
- You will have 2 hours to complete each subtest if you are taking the subtests separately. You will be given 4 and half hours to complete the entire session if you are taking the combined test. This time includes the time spent on tutorials and the collection of background information of the test-takers.
- Both the Reading and the Mathematics subtests consist of 46 multiple-choice questions each. The Writing subtest will consist of two sections; one with 44 multiple-choice questions and the other will require you to write an essay.
- Paper-based Tests (PBT): The paper-based version of Praxis I is available on selected dates. You can visit the official website to check the test centers where the PBT version is available as well as the dates on which the tests will be conducted.
- Each of the PBT subtests can be taken separately on different days or all together on the same day.
- You will have 1 hour to complete each subtest in both the cases.
- The Reading and Mathematics subtests will both consist of 40 multiple-choice questions each. The Writing subtest will consist of two sections. You will be presented with 38 multiple-choice questions in one section and you will have to write an essay in the other section. You will have 30 minutes to complete each section.
Registering for Praxis
The Praxis I (CBT) can be taken throughout the year by taking an appointment. You can schedule an appointment by calling the Prometric candidate services at the number 1-800-853-6733. You can also contact your test center directly to register for the Praxis I CBT. Check the official website for the contact details of a CBT test center near your area of residence. You can register for the Praxis I (PBT) tests, which are offered on fixed test dates, by mail or online from the official website. Make sure that you check the deadlines for registering for a particular test date or else you may run out of time for registering for Praxis.
The registration fee for taking the Praxis tests depends upon whether you are taking the CBT version or the PBT version of Praxis I. The fee also depends upon the number of subtests being taken by you at a time. Therefore, the cost of taking Praxis I will accordingly depend upon the option that you exercise for taking the subtests. For instance, if you are taking 1 CBT subtest at a time, then the fee will be $80 and it will be $130 if you are taking the CBT combined test. Visit the official website to have a look at the detailed fee structure for Praxis tests.
Praxis I Scores
The minimum scores required for passing the Praxis tests will vary from state to state. You will receive scores depending upon the number of questions that you have answered correctly. No marks are deducted for incorrect answers. The state-wise requirements for passing the Praxis tests can be checked from the official website. You can also download PDF documents from the official website that provide the following information:
- Comparison of passing scores with respect to the Praxis I tests and different states
- Understanding your Praxis I scores along with the scoring details
Preparing for Praxis I
It is a well known fact that any form of assistance increases your chances of success in any endeavor. The same holds true for Praxis I tests too! Take help if you wish to succeed in getting good Praxis I scores. You will find good Praxis I prep materials on the official website. These prep materials contain guidance on how to prepare for Praxis I along with sets of practice tests. Moreover, there are numerous Praxis I prep courses that will help you to prepare for Praxis I. There are a number of universities that conduct such Praxis I prep courses and workshops for assistance in preparing for the tests. Search the internet to look for a Praxis I prep course being conducted in your neighborhood.
One Last Word!
Praxis scores can make or break your future in a career related to the field of education. Remember that you have taken Praxis I for admission to a college program just like your competitors. You need to ensure that you score in such a way that your chances of admission to your desired course are high. This can happen only if you beat your competitors and perform better than them. As the number of seats in any course is limited, it is obvious that applicants with a better performance in Praxis I will be at an advantage. Do not make the mistake of taking the Praxis tests lightly. Ensure that you put in serious effort to do well in the Praxis tests so that you are able to get admission to the college education program of your choice.
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