General Praxis Information

Who creates Praxis tests?
The tests are developed by educators for educators. Advisory committees of distinguished teachers, teacher educators, key administrators and professional organizations help determine test content and review, revise and approve all questions and exercises. The Praxis Series is grounded in current research, including a complete job analysis of the most important tasks and skills required of beginning teachers and extensive surveys to confirm test validity.

How do I know which tests to take?
Visit Louisiana Praxis Test Requirements.

How do I register for a test?
View Registration Instructions for Praxis I or Praxis II.

What if I miss the registration deadlines?
If you miss both the regular and late registration deadlines, you can attempt to test as a standby. Standbys are accepted at test centers based on the availability of staff, space and test materials. Although we will try to accommodate you, there is no guarantee that you will be admitted as a standby. If you are planning to test as a standby, have a check or money order for $60 ready, plus the test and registration fees. You will also need a completed registration form.

Is the computer-based Academic Skills Assessment (CBT) just a computerized version of the paper-based PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Tests)?
Both the PPST and the CBT consist of three tests: Reading, Mathematics and Writing. Both formats cover similiar basic skills, but the tests are not the same. The CBT is a computer-adaptive test in which the computer customizes your test by selecting questions for you based on your answers to previous questions. For more information, see Praxis I Overview.

If I do not know the answer to some particular questions, should I leave them blank?
No, you should not leave any question blank. You are not penalized for choosing an incorrect response, so it is better to make an educated guess than not to answer a question at all. If you do not know the answer to a question, narrow down the responses and pick one response that seems most likely to be correct. That will improve your chances of doing well on the test.

Do I have to score well or just pass the tests in order to teach?
In order to meet the testing requirements for a particular certification area, you are required to pass the test(s) in that area. Once you have passed a test, you are not required to take that test again. If two tests are required for your field, you must pass both. However, if you pass one test and not the other, you are only required to retake the test that you did not pass. Only passing scores will be reported to the Teacher Certification unit.

Can I still teach if I do not pass the test?
Typically no. For answers to specific questions about certification requirements, go to the Louisiana State Department of Education Web site or contact Dr. Mary Helen McCoy, assistant director of the Division of Teacher Standards, Assessment and Certification, Louisiana Department of Education, P.O. Box 94064, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064, phone: 225.342.3490, fax: 225.342.3499.

How do I know if I passed the test?
Students will receive passing score information on their score report for those score recipients they listed on their registration form. If you test in a state with automatic score reporting, you will receive passing score information for that state. A list of states and their passing scores will be included with your score report. You can locate the same information under Louisiana Praxis Test Requirements.

Who gets a copy of my score report?
Scores are sent to you and to the institutions or agencies that you have designated on the registration form as score recipients. In Louisiana, scores are automatically reported to the State Department of Education.

What if I need to send my scores to additional institutions after I register?
Complete the Additional Score Report Request form. You can also order them online or call the toll-free number 1.800.772.9476 (credit card required). You will be charged $30 per score report request.

What if I am absent from the test?
For a fee of $35, you can request a transfer of your registration to a future test date.

Do I receive a refund if I cancel my registration?
If you cancel by the late registration deadline, you can receive a refund of your test fees but not the registration fee or any service fee.

What if I need to make changes to the information on my record?
To make changes to your record before a test, complete the correction form attached to your admission ticket and either send it to ETS before the test date or turn it in on the test date. After the test, you can request a file correction by following the directions in The Praxis Series Registration Bulletin.