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.
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.