There are many PRAXIS® tests administered by the Educational Testing Service® (ETS®). Regardless of your teaching field or level, you must take the PRAXIS® Core Test, as well as other tests on specialized subject matter. The PRAXIS® Core test measures basic academic skills in reading, writing, and math that teachers should possess before entering a teacher preparation program.
Note: Effective with the September 2019 test administration, there are significant modifications to the PRAXIS® Core Test Math section. All of our materials reflect those changes.
The results may be used in two ways. Colleges often require certain score levels prior to acceptance in their teacher training programs. Many states require submission of scores as part of their teacher licensing or certification process.
All three sections of the PRAXIS® Core test are taken on computer and they are only administered in English. There is a possibility of qualifying for extra time if English is not your native language. Tests of language are not included in this provision. Go here for more information about that.
Actual testing times and number of questions per section are as follows:
Reading: 85 minutes to answer 56 selected response (multiple-choice) questions
Mathematics: 90 minutes to answer 56 questions of varying answer types (See our Mathematics Study Guide for more information about this section.)
Writing: delivered in two sections—40 minutes to complete 40 multiple-choice questions and 60 minutes to write two essays