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What are Praxis exams?

The Praxis Series™ tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.

The Praxis Series™ tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include:

Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) 

Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) 

These tests measure basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. In addition to licensure, these tests are often used to qualify candidates for entry into a teacher education program.

Praxis II® Subject Assessments

These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need for beginning teaching. 

For more see the Praxis website: 

How do I know which Praxis exam to take?

The Praxis website provides detailed information on state requirements. See:  Please also consult advisors in the Education department at your home school.  UC students should reference their Teacher Education Handbook or speak directly with Dr. Raymond Singleton, Chair of the Department of Education, with any questions pertaining to specific exams and deadlines.

When can I take a Praxis exam?

Praxis exams are given year round by appointment.  For a full list of dates see the Praxis website: 

How do I register for a Praxis exam?

You must register for the Praxis exam on the Praxis website. University of Charleston (Charleston location) will be a location option. 

How much does a Praxis exam cost?

Praxis exams range from $70 to $150 depending on the exact test you are taking. For a  full listing of prices please see the Praxis website: 

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.