Praxis exams are taken by prospective teachers who are seeking certification. Many states and licensing agencies require this exam and/or others to receive your teaching credentials and/or to complete an accredited teaching degree/program. This specific exam is meant for those candidates seeking to teach the subject of English Language Arts to Middle School age children and will test your skills, knowledge, and abilities in comparison to professional standards.
Who is Eligible?
Each state and/or licensing agency is allowed to set their own standards and requirements for certification in teaching. Some may require that you have a certain type of degree or have a specific amount of experience in that field. They may also have other exams you will need to take and pass.
Therefore, it is very important that you check with your state board or local licensing agency to make sure you know exactly what these prerequisites are.
There is a $146 fee for this specific Praxis exam.
You will need to create a Praxis account and register for the exam. This can be done online, by mail, or by phone. Payment is due at the time of registration.
Where and When is it Taken?
The Praxis is offered and administrated by an international network of testing centers including some universities, Prometric Testing Centers, and other various locations worldwide. This is a computer-administered exam only.
You can schedule your exam during one of the several testing windows available. Be sure to check the Praxis testing schedule to be sure of these dates. Choose the date, time, and place that is the most convenient for you.
It is recommended that you schedule your Praxis exam as early as possible to get your preferred location and time. Space may be limited in some locations and filled on a first come, first served basis.
If you should need to reschedule or cancel your exam for any reason, you may do so no later than the last 3 days before your original appointment. Changes cannot be made after that date. You will be counted as a no-show and, as such, will forfeit all fees paid.
Special accommodations are available for those who have disabilities or who may not be able to test under normal conditions. Please make early during your application process and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to ensure speedy approval.
Once you have completed the registration process and scheduled your exam, you will be given access to your admission ticket. You will need to bring this with you on the day of the exam so be sure to print this off and keep it.
What Should I Bring?
It is essential that you arrive at least 30 minutes early for your exam appointment. this will allow you to have enough time to complete the required check-in process. Those who are late will not be allowed to test that day and will have to reschedule forfeiting all fees paid.
The above-mentioned check-in process will ask that you present your admission ticket and at least one current and valid government-issued photo ID. This ID must include your signature, your full name as it appears on your application, and a recent and recognizable photo. If your ID contains missing or incorrect information, you will be asked to present another ID that does contain this information, or you will not be allowed in the facility.
All other personal items should be left at home or in your vehicle and are strictly prohibited in the testing area. This includes but is not limited to:
- Pencils and other writing materials
- Cell phones
- Bags or purses
- Watches, jewelry, and all outerwear
- Food and drinks
If you are found with these items on your person during the exam, you will be immediately dismissed and your scored voided. Pencils, erasers, and scratch paper will be provided for you at the testing center.
What is Covered?
This exam consists of 110 selected-response (SR) questions and two constructed-response (CR) items.
Below is a brief description of each main section including the number of questions and how much weight it is given.
Reading (50 SR and 1 CR items/46%)
Literature, informational texts and rhetoric, general knowledge
Language Use and Vocabulary (16 SR/11%)
Standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary
Writing, Speaking, and Listening (26 SR/18%)
Types of writing, resources, and speech methods
English Language Arts Instruction (18 SR and 1 CR/25%)
Techniques for effective instruction of students, using technology, teaching components, assessment methods
You will be given two hours and 40 minutes to complete the entire exam.
How is it Scored?
Most testing centers will provide you with your unofficial score report at the end of your exam. Your official exam scores will be available online through your Praxis account about 10-16 days after your testing window has closed. This official report will also be sent to any institutions or licensing agencies that were indicated on your registration.
Your score report will include your overall score, pass/fail status, and the range of possible scores overall and in each category. It will also show the highest scores for any other praxis test you have taken in the last 10 years. Your overall score will represent your raw score or the number of correctly answered questions.
Each state and/or licensing agency sets their own standards on what a passing Praxis score is. This information is available through your Praxis account, as well as your state or licensing agency.
You may retake any Praxis exam after a 21-day waiting period by re-registering and submitting a new payment.
How Can I Prepare for the Praxis Middle School: English Language Arts 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!