The PRAXIS is a long exam that takes a lot of time and energy out of you, so go in prepared! When you’re looking to start your career as an educator, make sure you’re as prepared as you can be by sitting down with Make the Grade. We’ve got you covered when it comes to PRAXIS prep and we can put your mind at ease!
At Home Testing
Knowing what to expect when you take your Praxis test at home will help ensure you’re ready to do your best on test day. Be sure that your computer and testing room meet the following requirements before you register for a Praxis test at home. If they don’t, you won’t be able to test and your test fee won’t be refunded!
Review The Praxis Tests Information Bulletin for more information
- Desktop or laptop computer; you can not use a tablet, Chromebook or mobile device.
- Approved operating system, which must be licensed. Unlicensed or test-mode versions are not permitted.
- PC: Windows operating system, version 10 or higher
- MAC: Mac OS X 10.13 or higher
- Chrome browser.
- Multiple monitors, use of more than one mouse or keyboard and dual screens, are prohibited.
Browser download + equipment check
- Download and install the ETS Secure Test Browser on the computer you’ll use to test. To fully install the browser, run the file after downloading it. Close the browser once you see the following message: “Success! You have installed the ETS secure test browser.”
- Run the Equipment Check from the computer you’ll use to test. We strongly recommend checking your equipment before registering for a test. You will also be required to check your equipment after you register. If you fail the equipment check, you’ll need to fix any issues before test day.
- Computer firewalls and security applications can interfere with the test delivery software. If you experience this issue, you may need to disable or reconfigure your applications prior to the test.
- Use an internal or external speaker to hear the proctor.
- Headsets or earphones are not allowed.
- Use an internal or external microphone that is not part of a headset to talk to the proctor.
- Can be a built-in camera or a separate webcam.
- Camera must be movable to show the proctor a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface, before the test.
- You must be alone in a room with no one else entering during the test.
- You can not take the test in a public space such as a park, internet café or restaurant.
Tabletop & Seating
- Your computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface.
- The tabletop and surrounding area must be clear of all items not approved for use during the test, including cell phones (except when used for check in), cameras, notes and study materials. The furniture and décor in the room do not need to be modified or removed.
- You must sit in a standard chair; you can not sit or lie on a bed, couch or overstuffed chair.
- Food and drink are not allowed during the test.
Clothing & Appearance
- Your ears must remain visible throughout the test, not covered by hair, a hat or other items. Religious headwear is permitted if your ears remain visible during the test.
- Face masks may not be worn during check in or any part of the at home testing session.
- Dress appropriately for your test. You’ll be monitored via camera by the proctor.
- Avoid wearing items such as jewelry, tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories.
- You may not take notes on regular paper, for security purposes.
- You may use one of the following to take notes:
- One small desktop whiteboard with erasable marker
- One sheet of paper inside a transparent sheet protector with an erasable marker
- You’ll be asked to erase all notes in view of the proctor at the end of the test.
Passing scores vary by state or agency; they are not set by ETS. You can find the minimum/passing scores for each Praxis test below.
About the Praxis Core Test
These tests measure academic skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.
Praxis Core tests include objective response questions, including:
- single-selection selected-response questions
- multiple-selection selected-response questions
- numeric-entry questions.
The Praxis Core Writing test also includes two essay sections.
The Praxis Core tests are computer delivered and may be taken either as
- 3 separate tests on separate days or as 1 combined test.
Individual scores are reported for reading, mathematics and writing on both the individual and the combined tests.
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