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An Overview of Praxis Exams

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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.

Praxis II Assessments

There is a multitude of available Praxis II tests that grant certification for teaching specific grade levels and subject areas. The three categories within Praxis II include:

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams, which test pedagogy within early childhood education, kindergarten to sixth grade, fifth to ninth grade, or seventh to 12th grade.
  • Subject Assessment exams test a specific subject and are used to designate highly qualified teachers within a particular course of study.
  • Teaching Foundation exams test pedagogy in the following major subjects: social studies, science, math, language arts, and English.

You should confirm the state certification requirements for the subject and grade you plan to teach. To earn any K-12 teaching certificate in Louisiana, you must pass at least one PLT exam and at least one Subject Assessment test in music, art, or health and physical education.

What’s keeping you from pursuing a teaching opportunity? For an education that fits your schedule by providing both in-person and online options, find out what the Tulane School of Professional Advancement can do for you. With a range of major and minor degree programs, we’ll help you take the next step in your teaching career. Call (504) 865-5555 for more information or start your SoPA online application today.

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