If you plan to become a teacher, passing the Praxis exams is likely on your list of career goals. These tests are required by the state to teach in a public school system. Depending on where you live and work, as well as the subjects and grade levels you will teach, you may need to take Praxis I, II, and/or III. As you prepare for licensing exams, review this comprehensive Praxis guide.
Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I)
Praxis I measures core academic skills for teachers, including basic reading, writing, and math proficiency. This basic knowledge test is sometimes required to enter a bachelor's degree program in teaching. Whether or not you need to pass Praxis I for certification varies by state. In Louisiana, you must earn scores of at least 150 in math, 156 in reading, and 162 in writing to receive your state teaching certificate. These numeric scores represent only the number of questions answered correctly; candidates aren’t penalized for incorrect answers.
You can take Praxis I on a printed test or a computer. The written test is administered via three one-hour sessions; you have the option to take them on the same day or schedule them separately. With the computer test, you can choose between a single 4.5-hour session or two two-hour sessions. The individual subject sections consist of multiple-choice questions, and the writing section includes an essay.