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What is the Praxis Series Exam in Speech-Language Pathology?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
The Praxis Speech-Language Pathology exam is one of the tools used to measure individuals' qualifications for speech-language pathology certification or licensure. Learn what's covered on the Speech-Language Pathology test, find out when and where it's offered, and discover other requirements for credentials in this field.

Certification and the Praxis Speech-Language Pathology Test

The Praxis Speech-Language Pathology test was developed specifically for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to measure candidates' competency for certification. The test is scored on a 100-200 point scale, and ASHA has determined the passing score to be 162.

Some states also use this test to award professional licensure or teaching certification in speech-language pathology. Passing scores and eligibility requirements for state credentials vary but are often the same as for ASHA certification.

Test Content

The Praxis Speech-Language Pathology test is a 150-minute exam. It includes 132 multiple-choice questions covering three content domains: Foundations and Professional Practice; Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis; and Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Treatment. Exam topics include fluency, hearing, cognition and communication, social communication, motor speech, and swallowing and feeding.

To review concepts covered on the Speech-Language Pathology test, you can utilize Study.com's online video lessons on such topics as:

Important Information for Test Takers

  • Praxis tests are administered on a computer at official Praxis testing centers, which may be found throughout the United States and in select international locations.
  • The Speech-Language Pathology test is only offered within certain testing windows throughout the year. These windows last for approximately two weeks and are available roughly once a month.
  • One must register for the test on the Praxis website (ets.org/praxis).
  • The fee to take the test, as of 2015, was $120.

Other ASHA Certification Requirements

Individuals applying for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence must hold a graduate degree from an approved institution and have completed practicum and coursework requirements. They must also pass the Praxis Speech-Language Pathology test within two years of their certification application.

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