Praxis Core Test
Are you thinking of pursuing a career as a teacher? If so, then there’s a good chance you’ll be required to take one or more of the Praxis Core tests. Colleges and universities that educate future schoolteachers use these tests to measure a person’s aptitude for earning a degree in the field. Many states also require prospective teachers to take the exams as part of the licensing process.
There is no longer a paper testing option; all exams are now taken on a computer. The reading test has 56 selected response questions with an 85 minute time limit. The math test has the same time limit and the same number of questions, but not all of the questions are selected response; some of them are numeric entry questions. (A calculator will be available on the monitor for those who need it.) The writing exam has 40 selected response questions, with a time limit of 40 minutes. It also requires the test taker to write two separate essays, with 30 minutes allotted to each one. A person may register for all three tests, or any two, or just one. However, in order to qualify for discounted test fees, those who want to take more than one exam will need to take them all on the same day.
Each college, university, or state agency will set their own standards as to what an acceptable score for applicants is. You’ll receive your score a few weeks after taking the Praxis Core. It’s easy to underestimate the Praxis Core test, but don’t make that mistake. Make sure you’re prepared for it the first time you take it, and you won’t have to worry about being denied a teaching certificate because of a low score, or having to put your career off to retake the test.
Praxis Test Resources
Praxis Writing Practice
Praxis Reading Practice
Praxis Math Practice
Praxis Core Skill Building Exercises