What are the Praxis Subject Tests?

Instructor: Leonie Dennis
Find out who the Praxis Subject Tests are for and why candidates take these tests. Learn about how the tests are structured and delivered, when you can take a test, and how to prepare.

Purpose of the Praxis Subject Tests

The Praxis Subject Assessments tests, formerly known as the Praxis II Tests, are exams taken by kindergarten through 12th grade teachers to assess proficiency in a particular subject. Aspiring teachers can take tests in more than 90 subjects to meet state educator licensing and certification requirements.

Components and Structure

The Subject Tests cover two areas: Subject Assessments and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Tests. Each test type measures a different aspect of K-12 education and varies in length. The following chart provides more detail on what's covered:

Subject Assessments PLT Tests
Content Measured Knowledge about and ability to teach a specific subject; general teaching abilities Teaching skills for early childhood, K to 6, 5 to 9 or 7 to 12 grade levels
Types of Questions Essay and selected-response Constructed- and selected-response

Test Delivery Method

You'll be expected to take these tests on a computer, unless you plan to take the American Sign Language (ASL) or Braille Proficiency tests. To complete the ASL test, you will be required to partake in a videotaped, one-on-one interview session. For the Braille test, you'll be tested on your ability to read and create Braille text.

Testing Availability and Registration Deadlines

The computer-based subject tests can be taken at multiple times throughout the year. Some subjects, such as Elementary Education: Content Knowledge are offered continuously. Due to the frequency of these tests, there is no registration deadline.

The Braille test is offered in the states where testing is required (Mississippi, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Virginia for Braille. For the ASL test, there is usually a 3- to 4-month window from the registration open to close date. The Braille exam is the only subject test that has multiple registration deadlines, which are regular, extended, emergency, and outside U.S testing deadlines.

Preparing for a Subject Test

Study companions, free test preparation videos and interactive practice tests are available for most tests on the Praxis website.

If you prefer to utilize online courses featuring brief lessons and quizzes to get ready for your Praxis Subject Test, you can find a variety of resources at Study.com. Here are just a few of the courses designed specifically for the Praxis Subject Tests you can use to help you prepare:

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