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Praxis I Test Overview


Praxis tests are standardized tests that many states use in their teacher licensure and certification processes. There are two main types of Praxis tests: Praxis I (sometimes referred to as Praxis 1) and Praxis II.  Praxis I, or Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), is utilized in the admissions process for teacher education programs.  Praxis I measures basic academic skills.  The Praxis II tests cover a wide variety of specific content areas.   The Praxis II tests are often required before student teaching begins.

Praxis I Test Format

The Praxis I test is comprised of three separate tests.  The Praxis I Reading Test assess your reading comprehension and ability to evaluate written passages.  The Praxis I mathematics test measures your knowledge of basic mathematical concepts typical of an educated adult.  The Praxis I writing test measures your written communication skills and use of grammar.

The Praxis I tests are multiple-choice tests with essays for the writing test.  The Praxis I tests may be taken as a computer-based test (CBT) or as a paper-based test (PBT).  With either format, you can choose to take each of the three tests separately (on separate days) or as a combined test.  The tables below show the format of the tests.

Praxis I Test Format (Computer-based)

 

Section
Time Limit
Number of Questions
Summary
Praxis I Reading 75 minutes 46 questions You will be asked to read a variety of long (200 word) and short (100 word) passages.  Answer 2- 7 questions from each passage about main ideas, details, vocabulary etc.  You will also be presented with brief statements that have a single question.
Praxis I Mathematics 75 minutes 46 questions Covers basic mathematical concepts such as problem solving and data sufficiency that are typical for an educated adult.  You will be tested on: number and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement and data analysis and probability.  The problems may require you to integrate several skills.
Praxis I Writing (Multiple Choice) 38 minutes 44 questions

Assesses your grammar and language usage skills.  Evaluates your understanding of usage and sentence corrections.  You will be tested on mechanics, structural and grammatical relationships, and word choice.
You will write a personal essay to support an opinion on a topic.  You will not be required to have any specialized knowledge of the topic.

 Praxis I Writing (Essay) 30 minutes 1 essay You will write a personal essay to support an opinion on a topic.  You will not be required to have any specialized knowledge of the topic.

 

 

Praxis I Test Format (Paper-based)

 

Section
Time Limit
Number of Questions
Summary
Praxis I Reading 60 minutes 40 questions You will be asked to read a variety of long (200 word) and short (100 word) passages.  Answer 2- 7 questions from each passage about main ideas, details, vocabulary etc.  You will also be presented with brief statements that have a single question.
Praxis I Mathematics 60 40 questions Covers basic mathematical concepts such as problem solving and data sufficiency that are typical for an educated adult.  You will be tested on: number and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement and data analysis and probability.  The problems may require you to integrate several skills.
Praxis I Writing (Multiple Choice) 30 minutes 38 questions

Assesses your grammar and language usage skills.  Evaluates your understanding of usage and sentence corrections.  You will be tested on mechanics, structural and grammatical relationships, and word choice.
You will write a personal essay to support an opinion on a topic.  You will not be required to have any specialized knowledge of the topic.

 Praxis I Writing (Essay) 30 minutes 1 essay You will write a personal essay to support an opinion on a topic.  You will not be required to have any specialized knowledge of the topic.



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