The Praxis Spanish: World Language Exam is designed to evaluate individuals who want to teach Spanish to students in grades K-12.
This computer-based exam is approximately 3 hours long and consists of 75 selected-response questions and 6 constructed-response questions. There may also be some questions that do not count toward your score.
Special testing accommodations are available for individuals with conditions under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before scheduling your exam, you must make this request in writing and wait for approval.
Some of the accommodations that can be made include extended testing time, extended breaks, screen magnification, reader, scribe, Perkins Brailler, braille slate and stylus, and pillow/cushion.
What scored categories and skills are covered on the exam?
- Interpretive Listening, including embedded linguistic content – 30 selected-responses
- Interpretive Reading, including embedded linguistic content – 30 selected-responses
- Cultural Knowledge – 15 selected-responses
- Interpersonal and Presentational Writing – 3 written responses
- Presentational and Interpersonal – 3 spoken responses
For Interpretive Listening, including embedded linguistic content, Interpretive Reading, including embedded linguistic content, Interpersonal and Presentational Writing, and Presentational and Interpersonal, the skills that will be assessed include exhibiting language proficiency in Spanish at the advanced low level, as per ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, comprehending the linguistic features of Spanish, and making comparisons between Spanish and English.
For Cultural Knowledge, the skill that will be assessed is exhibiting cultural understanding. This includes the connections between the perspectives of Spanish culture and its practices and products.
What is the most convenient way to register for the exam?
Registering online, using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal. After registering, an admission ticket will appear on the screen. Make sure you print it, as you will need to take it with you on testing day.
Additionally, you are allowed to pay via money orders, eChecks (US bank), and bank check (US bank).
If you are unable or unwilling to register online, you have the options of doing so through mail or over the phone. Keep in mind that if you choose the phone option of registering, you will additionally be charged a $35 fee.
What is the cost of the exam?
The cost of the Praxis Spanish: World Language Exam is $160.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes early. This will give you time to park, check-in, and get settled before testing begins.
Bring a valid photo ID. This form of identification must not be a copy, temporary, or expired. In addition to including your photo, it must have your name and signature.
This exam does not require nor are you allowed to bring a calculator. Examples of other items that are prohibited include a cell phone, other electronic devices, purse, briefcase, bookbag, study materials, and food/drink.
Can I take a break during the exam?
There is no break built-in to this exam, so if you must take one, you may do so, but the testing time clock will not be stopped. This means there will be less time for actual test-taking.
What happens after I take the exam?
Unlike some other Praxis exams, you will not receive an unofficial test report before leaving the test center. This is because your written response questions take longer to be scored. You will receive online access to your official score report approximately 2-3 weeks after your testing window closes.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
The great news about this exam is that if you do not pass, you are allowed to take it once every 21 days until you do so.
How Can I Prepare for the Praxis Spanish: World Language Exam?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by
- tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see
- links to both!