In order to receive Praxis test accommodations appropriate to your condition, disability or other health-related needs, your request must be approved by ETS Disability Services. You should plan well in advance to ensure that you have enough time to receive a decision and for appropriate accommodations to be made, as it can take up to 6 weeks for requests to be reviewed upon receipt of your documentation. If documentation is considered incomplete and further items are required, it may take an additional 6 weeks from receipt of your new documents for any decision to be made.
To apply for Praxis accommodations for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis Subject Assessments or any other Praxis test, you must complete a Testing Accommodations Request Form and submit it to ETS Disability Services for consideration - online, by email or by mail - before scheduling your test. You cannot apply for accommodations for a test that has already been scheduled.
How Do I Request Praxis Test Accommodations?
In order to request accommodations, you must:
- Determine the type(s) of accommodations you will need
- Complete the accommodations request form
- Gather your disability documentation
- Submit your materials to ETS Disability Services, ensuring you have included all relevant documentation
- If submitting by mail or email, you should also complete the appropriate test registration form in the supplement
- Requests may submitted by mail, email or online
- Once your request is approved, you should then register and submit payment for your chosen test, following the instructions provided with your approval notice
How to Apply for Praxis Exam Accommodations
There are three main ways to apply for accommodations and submit all required documentation. Applicants may opt to:
- Submit a Praxis Accommodation Status/New Request through an online Praxis account
- Email a completed Testing Accommodation Request Form
- Send a printed copy of the Testing Accommodation Request Form via mail or courier
Copies of the Testing Accommodation Request Form are available in The Praxis Information Bulletin, which is accessible online through the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org). More information about applying for accommodations, including email and mailing addresses, is also available through the testing agency.
What is a Certification of Eligibility for Praxis Accommodations?
The Certification of Eligibility: Accommodations History (COE) form provides a shortcut to expedite the approval process for test-takers with particular disabilities. The COE verifies that you have used accommodations in the workplace or post-secondary education within the past three years. Submitting a completed, signed COE means that you do not need to provide documentation to verify your condition or disability, and you can expect to receive a decision on Praxis exam accommodations in 2-3 weeks rather than the usual 4-6 weeks. If you do use a COE, do not send documentation because this will delay the process.
Qualifying for Praxis Test Accommodations
Examples of conditions that qualify an individual for accommodations include:
|Hearing Impairment||Intellectual Disability|
|Traumatic Brain Injury||Learning Disability|
Examinees who qualify for Praxis accommodations may be required to produce documentation before any changes to testing can be approved. Applicants might need to provide a letter printed on letterhead from a professional who is qualified to diagnose their condition. For example, an individual with diabetes would need a letter from a medical doctor that includes reference to his or her medical license.
Letters are required for:
- Developmental delays
- Psychiatric conditions
- Traumatic brain injuries and many other medical diagnoses.
Applicants will also need to present documentation about what type of testing was done to verify their diagnosis, as well as relevant medical and educational records.
You should ensure that your documentation is up to date, as accommodations you may need now for tests may be different to those which you have been provided with previously (e.g. when you were at school).
You should also provide your most recent history of accommodation use, information surrounding the ways in which your condition affects your performance of academic tasks and what accommodations you require for your planned test with ETS (you can find more guidance on this in the 2019-20 ETS Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-Related Needs).
It is recommended that you consult with your Disability Service Provider for assistance in putting a request together, and include a personal statement in your documentation. ETS provides a document called Guidance on How to Write a Personal Statement for advice and support on how to write this effectively.
Praxis Test Disability Accommodations
Praxis exam accommodations are offered to individuals who qualify and include adjustments to the testing process as well as changes in how the test is presented. Some individuals, for example, qualify for adjustments in the time allowed for a testing session or additional breaks. Some individuals may have personal items which are already pre-approved, and do not require test-takers to go through the application process. It is important to determine which bracket you fall into, whether you are eligible for accommodations and to apply for those accommodations before taking your test.
Which Personal Items are Pre-Approved for Praxis Tests?
The following items are pre-approved and do not require further accommodations:
- Earplugs (foam, no strings)
- Glucose Monitor
- Hearing aid/cochlear implant
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Service animals
Please note that this list is non-exhaustive, please click on this link for the full list of permissible items.
What Praxis Test Accommodations Can I Apply For?
The following lists show accommodations that may be requested, or are commonly approved. Note that the following are not exhaustive lists - you can still file a request with the ETS Disability Services if you require accommodation(s) not listed below.
Minor Accommodations for Praxis Tests
- Special lighting
- Adjustable table/chair
- Extra breaks, e.g. for medication, snacks
- Separate room for necessary food, beverage or glucose testing materials
Commonly Requested/Approved Accommodations for Praxis Tests
- Extended testing time
- Extra breaks (clock stops for duration of break; acceptable for medication, snacks, trips to restroom etc.)
- Accommodations for computer delivered tests:
- Screen magnification
- Selectable background and foreground colors
- JAWS screen reader for those who are blind or have low vision
- Ergonomic keyboard
- Human reader
- Oral or sign language interpreter for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
- Note-taking for those who are blind or have low vision - braille slate and stylus, Perkins brailler®
- Alternate test formats:
- Large-print test book
- Large-print answer sheet
- Audio recording
Contacting ETS Disability Services
You should direct questions related to accommodations to ETS Disability Services.
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm U.S. Eastern Time (New York)
1-866-387-8602 (toll-free in the U.S., U.S. Territories* and Canada*Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
1-609-771-7780 (all other locations)
Email - email@example.com
Mail - ETS Disability Services, PO Box 6054, Princeton, NJ 08541-6054 U.S.A.
Courier Service - ETS Disability Services, 225 Phillips Boulevard, Ewing, NJ 08628-1426 U.S.A.
Praxis Test Study Materials
All prospective teachers need to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of their subject area or the ability to instruct students of specific age groups in order to pass their Praxis tests. Use the resources found in these Praxis Study Guides to access practice test materials and get ready to pass your Praxis exams. Study.com materials are suitable for a range of learning styles and needs, with many lessons being presented as short, animated videos that include closed captions and matching transcripts. Courses also include practice tests that identify areas of strength and weakness and suggest lessons for further study.
You may also find the following page helpful, with information on Praxis Test Dates for 2019-2020. Listed below are just a handful of available study resources:
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Reading: Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Writing: Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Mathematics: Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Mathematics - Content Knowledge: Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Social Studies - Content Knowledge: Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Art - Content Knowledge: Study Guide & Practice