Overview of the Praxis
When you take a Praxis test, you're measuring the deep knowledge and skills you'll need as an educator.
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Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests
Praxis Core tests measure reading, writing, and mathematics skills as well as the content knowledge of those entering teacher preparation programs. Educators determined that regardless of content or grade level, these skills are vital for all prospective teachers. Praxis Core includes objective response questions like single-selection selected responses, multiple-selection selected responses, and numeric-entry questions. The Writing test also includes two essays.
Users take these assessments - either as three separate tests on separate days or as one combined test - on a computer either in a test center or at home. Individual scores are reported for reading, mathematics, and writing on both the individual and the combined tests.
Praxis Subject Tests
The Praxis Program Reading Series, the Science of Reading, and the collective Praxis Subject tests measure the deep understanding, knowledge, and skills a beginning K-12 educator must have. Furthermore, Praxis Subject tests include over 90 different tests ranging from Agriculture to World Languages.
Except for the Braille Proficiency test, most of the tests are computer delivered. They range from 1 hour long to 4 hours long and include selected-response questions, essays, constructed-response questions, or a combination of question types. The number of questions and length of each test depends on the test.
Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT) Assessment
The Praxis CKT Assessment was designed for teacher candidates seeking a generalist elementary school license. It assesses whether candidates have the full range of knowledge needed when entering the elementary teaching profession. This content knowledge includes the following:
- what they learn during their elementary education studies to do the work of the student curriculum
- what specialized understanding they apply to specific tasks so that they can teach the student curriculum
The CKT assessment is computer delivered in test centers or at home. It is made up of four subtests: Reading and Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All four subtests contain selected-response questions; the Mathematics subtest also includes numeric-entry questions.