Test Overview for Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test
Most teaching certification programs require that you demonstrate a certain level of academic aptitude in order to be admitted into their credential program. In addition, states that do not require teachers to have a degree in education to be considered for a job do require a passing score on a basic skills test. Of all the states in the country that require standardized testing as a form of measuring basic academic skills, the majority use the Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessments. This lesson will familiarize you with the Praxis I, which is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). This lesson also discusses all of the pertinent information about the Praxis I, including: contact information, the registration process, examination fees, and test format and content. Additionally, you will learn about Praxis I scoring, what the scores are used for, and how they are reported.
All of the exams in the Praxis Series are designed to measure the scholastic capability of teachers at different stages of their careers. The first exam in the Praxis Series, the Praxis I, is taken early in a student's college career in order to enter into a teaching credential program. It is also taken by prospective teachers to be considered for a license in states not requiring education degrees. The Praxis I is comprised of three individual tests called the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPSTs), which are in reading, mathematics, and writing.
The PPSTs are administered in both a paper- and computer-based format. This chapter will discuss both in detail. Although both forms of the test cover the same content, the procedures for registering and taking the tests are very different; therefore, these steps will be discussed separately in this chapter.
The Praxis Series
Praxis I is generally taken to gain entry into a teaching credential program and for state licensing.
Praxis II is taken by would-be teachers who are applying for state licensure as a teacher.*
Praxis III is taken in a classroom setting by beginning teachers.
*For more information on Praxis II, see Appendix A on page 377.
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