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The Praxis I test is used for testing persons entering a college or university to become a teacher. Praxis I (also known as the Pre-Professional Skills Test, PPST) is also required in some states when applying for a teaching certificate or license.
Praxis I is considered a basic skills assessment comparable to the SAT, GRE, or ACT. It is one of the tests administered by the Education Testing Service. It covers reading, writing, and mathematics. (By comparison, the Praxis II assesses many other subject areas, and the Praxis III assesses a new teacher in a classroom setting.)
The test is only offered in English. In some situations, persons who speak English as a second language may be allowed extra time for the examination.
The Praxis I test is offered in both computer-based and paper-based formats. A tutorial is available for persons not familiar with computer-based exams.
Computer-based tests are available year-round and can be taken by appointment. The paper-based version of Praxis I is offered on certain dates during the normal school calendar year. ETS offers the test at Prometric Testing Centers as well as some high schools and universities.
The Praxis I is offered either as three separate tests (covering math, reading, and writing) or as one combined test. Most of the questions are asked in multiple-choice questions. The writing test adds an essay question.
Following is an overview of the Praxis I test components:
Reading Test: Understanding, analyzing, and evaluating written communication.
Mathematics Test: Mathematical abilities normally expected of an educated adult.
Writing Test: Grammar skills, language use, and written communication skills.
There is no penalty for guessing the answer to a question, so test-takers should pace themselves so that they answer every question.
The following items should be brought to the test center: Praxis I admission ticket or voucher, a photo ID or one of the other forms of identification, several No. 2 pencils if taking a paper-based test, an eraser, and a pen using black or blue ink for paper-based tests. A calculator should not be brought unless it is specified for a particular test and meets the requirements for test center use.
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Last Updated: 06/06/2013
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