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About the Praxis® Tests

The Praxis® tests measure test takers' knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include:

How Praxis Core Results Are Used

Praxis Core results are used for program admission purpose and, in most states, Praxis Core results are a component of the teacher licensure process. With the recent recognition of Praxis Core as a measure of academic proficiency by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), group average performance results will be admissible for program accreditation purposes.

Why Students Take the Praxis Core Tests

Here are just some reasons why the Praxis Core tests are preferable for students:

  • Unlike college admissions tests taken during junior or senior years in high school, Praxis Core measures students’ current reading, writing and mathematics skills as they enter an educator’s preparation program. For some students, Praxis Core provides a second chance to demonstrate reading, writing and mathematics skills after two years of college.
  • Praxis Core was developed in conjunction with teacher educators to focus on the academic skills most relevant to the profession.
  • Praxis Core results help students affirm their readiness for higher level education preparation coursework.

State Test Requirements

Each state and licensing organization determines its own certification and Praxis passing score requirements. For more information about certification requirements, visit the state requirements section or select a state from the left menu.

Supporting Your Test Takers

ETS is committed to helping your test takers do their best on the Praxis tests. We offer a variety of free and affordably priced test preparation materials, prepaid vouchers if you wish to pay fees on behalf of your test takers and more. Learn more about how ETS supports teacher candidates.

Supporting Your Institutions of Higher Education

The Praxis tests are used by many states to measure test takers' knowledge and skills as part of the teacher licensure and certification process. ETS offers a variety of test preparation resources for test takers and faculty. For more information, visit the Praxis tests for Institutions.

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