The Principles of Learning and Teaching exam: Grades K-6 is given to new teachers to test their knowledge of the educational practices necessary for a beginning teacher. Teachers take this exam as part of their teaching licensing and certification process. It is a requirement for many states.
How is the exam formatted?
The exam is computer-based and consists of 70 selected-response questions and 4 constructed-response questions.
How much time do I have to complete the exam?
You will have 2 hours to complete the exam.
How do I register for the Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam?
You may register for the exam either online, by phone or by mail.
Where will I be taking the exam?
The exam is given at Prometric testing centers. These testing centers are located within the country and internationally. You can find a location nearest you by going to the official Praxis website.
What will I be tested on?
The exam is broken down into five sections:
- Students as Learners (22.5%): This section tests a candidate’s knowledge of student development and the learning process; students as diverse learners; and student motivation and learning environment.
- Instructional Process (22.5%): This section tests a candidate’s knowledge of planning instruction; instructional strategies; questioning techniques; and communication techniques
- Assessment (15%): The Assessment section of the exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of evaluation strategies; and assessment tools.
- Professional Development, Leadership, and Community (15%): This section tests a candidate’s knowledge of professional development practices; awareness of school support personnel who assist students, families, and teachers; and reflective practice for personal growth.
- Analysis of Instructional Scenarios
Will I be penalized for guessing?
No. There is no penalty for guessing. Your score is based on how many questions you answer correctly.
What will test day be like?
On the day of your exam you will want to arrive at least 30 minutes early. You will need to have a valid photo ID with you. If you do not have a valid ID with you, you may not be permitted inside the testing site. Personal items, including bags, electronics, and study material, are not allowed in the testing room with you. It is recommended that you leave personal items either in your car or at home.
What score do I need to get on the exam to pass?
Each state sets its own passing score. In order to get your states passing score, you may visit the official Praxis website: www.ets.org/praxis/states.
How long does it take to get my exam results?
If your exam contains selective-response questions only, then you will receive your scores immediately after completing the exam. If your exam contains constructed response questions, then you should expect your results in the mail in 2 to 3 weeks.
What if I’m someone with a disability?
If you have a disability, accommodations are available. You will need to submit the appropriate forms at the time of your registration. Be sure to submit these forms as soon as possible because processing can take up to a few weeks.
If I took the exam and failed, can I take it again?
Yes. If you took the exam and failed, you may retake it once every 21 days, not including your initial test date.
What if I need to cancel my exam?
If you need to cancel your exam, you must do it three days before your exam date. If you don’t, your fees will be forfeited. You may cancel either online or by phone.
How Can I Prepare for the Praxis Test?
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!