Skip to content Skip to Live Chat

WGU TEACHERS COLLEGE

Praxis Exam

Interested in Taking the Praxis Exam?
Get all the steps to prepare for test day.

The Praxis Exam

If you’ve been on the career path to become a teacher, chances are you’ve heard of the Praxis Exams. You may think that the Praxis test is only one exam, but in reality there are multiple test options for potential teachers to take. In addition to earning your teaching degree, taking the Praxis Exam is one of the most important parts of your teaching journey, as this exam determines whether or not you have what it takes to become a teacher. A passing score means you can become licensed to teach in your state.

Praxis Core Tests

Demonstrate your knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics for entry into teacher preparation programs.

Praxis Subject Tests

Apply your subject-specific content knowledge in these tests for licensure and certification.

Praxis CKT Tests

Showcase your understanding of Elementary Education subject matter and how to apply it in the classroom.

Regardless of your field of study as a teacher, from social studies to math, a Praxis Exam will be a part of the certification process that will lead to your teaching license. The Praxis isn't subject specific and needs to be taken whether you're in elementary education or secondary education. However, there are different categories of the Praxis Exam, depending on your area of interest. For example, test takers focusing on reading, writing, and math are expected to take the Core Exam, while test takers focusing on theater, biology, or political science may need to take Praxis Subject Assessments.

There are also Principles of Learning and Teaching Exams that are directed toward the age range of students a teacher will be expected to lead, such as early childhood, junior high, and high school. Additionally, there’s the Content Knowledge for Teaching Exam, which is specific to elementary school teachers. 

Testing requirements can differ by state, so it’s best to check with your licensure board to ensure you’re covering all the bases. In the meantime, you can use this guide to help you prepare for the Praxis Exam.

What is the Praxis Exam?

The Praxis Test, also known as the Praxis Exam, is a key teacher certification step for aspiring teachers to prove their competencies and knowledge in their area of academic focus. The main purpose of the Praxis Exam is to determine if future teachers are prepared to lead a classroom. Depending on the subject matter, teachers may be required to take more than one test to prove their content knowledge and skill set.

Praxis I and Praxis II

Historically, the Praxis I and Praxis II tests were very similar, both including reading, writing, and math sections. Today, the Praxis I test still measures teachers’ aptitude in those categories, but it also covers core academic skills. Praxis II, on the other hand, focuses on subject assessment. The Praxis II covers a wide range of subjects, measuring teaching skills based on those subjects in addition to general knowledge.

Do Substitute Teachers Need to Take the Praxis?

The short answer is, it depends. Some states require substitute teachers to obtain a teaching license while others will find a substitute teaching certification perfectly sufficient. There is a spectrum of requirements, depending on your hours of subbing experience and the school district you work in. Check with your state licensure board for detailed information.

How Do I Register for the Praxis Test?

Once you’ve determined which Praxis Exam you need to take, you must register for the test, which requires paperwork and documentation, such as school transcripts and proof of pre-admission test scores. You’ll also need to pay the test fee. Keep in mind that there are registration periods for your state’s Praxis Exam, especially if you’re taking an exam that’s specific to your subject matter area. Some states hold exams only at certain times throughout the year.

Who Should Take a Praxis Exam?

You should take a Praxis Exam if it is required of professionals in your desired career path. In many states, the Praxis exam is required to obtain teacher licensure. Each state is different, so you’ll need to refer to your state’s board of licensure to know your requirements. If you’re considering entering a Master of Arts in Teaching program, the Praxis Exam can act as a partial admission requirement. The Praxis I isn't subject specific, so the area of education and grade-level you are pursuing is irrelevant to the test itself. There are, however, different subject assessments for the Praxis II, that pertain to academic areas of interest. If your education focus is broad, you’ll take the Core Exam, which covers reading, writing, and math. On the other hand, say you’re passionate about social studies, physics, or theater. In this case, you’ll need to seek a Praxis Subject Assessment.

Who Is Eligible to Take the Praxis?

Technically, any student of education is eligible to take any Praxis Exam. Which Praxis Exams you must take and pass depend on state-level requirements. Some states require a minimum SAT score to qualify, while others don’t even require a degree in teacher education. As mentioned, you should check with your state licensure board to ensure you take the proper steps in becoming a fully qualified teacher.

How Much Does the Praxis Cost?

The cost of taking the Praxis Exam ranges from $90 to $210. Pricing for the exam depends on which test you take and if you’re testing a specific subject matter area. For instance, Praxis Core Exams typically cost $90 per test and $150 for a combined test. Both the Praxis Special Education: Mild to Moderate test costs and the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) for grades K–6 cost $146.

You’ll also encounter additional fees, such as $35 to register for the test by phone, or $40 to make changes to your registration.

Where Do I Take the Praxis?

The Praxis I/Praxis Core Exams have deadlines throughout the year, while other Praxis exams are scheduled through more limiting windows.

You should search for testing centers for your desired exam and test date on the Praxis testing service website, which includes online or “home testing” options.

In order to qualify for the home test option, you must live in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and meet specific requirements regarding equipment and environment.

How Do I Prepare to Take the Praxis?

The cost of taking the Praxis Exam ranges from $90 to $210. Pricing for the exam depends on which test you take and if you’re testing a specific subject matter area. For instance, Praxis Core Exams typically cost $90 per test and $150 for a combined test. Both the Praxis Special Education: Mild to Moderate test costs and the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) for grades K–6 cost $146.

You’ll also encounter additional fees, such as $35 to register for the test by phone, or $40 to make changes to your registration.

Use a study guide from the ETS Praxis website to familiarize yourself with the types of questions you can expect. This resource not only provides study guides for the core exams and general knowledge questions, it also has guides for the specific subject matter tests. You should also explore Magoosh, which is a software that offers customizable practice sessions and videos. Another good resource is books that you can get at your local library, such as the Praxis Official Guide or Praxis Core for Dummies.

You should not attempt the Praxis test until you have at least a couple of practice tests under your belt. Teachers Test Prep has free sample Praxis tests for each category, so you can practice taking your specific exam and see how you measure up. Test Preview and Magoosh are two more sources of Praxis Core sample exams at your disposal.

The Praxis Exam will work for future teachers of all different abilities. If you have a disability, medical requirements, restricted mobility, a need for frequent breaks, or another condition that would interfere with your ability to take the test, you have the option to apply for Testing Accommodations through Educational Testing Service (ETS). Simply visit ETS.org to access the Testing Accommodations Request form and ensure that nothing gets in the way of earning a passing score on your Praxis exam. Depending on the details of your application, the ETS may ask for documentation related to your claim.

Many accommodations can be made for those in need, including sign language interpreters, tests in braille or larger print, adjustable chairs, and beyond. Don’t wait too long to submit your Testing Accommodations Request form because it can take up to six weeks to process.

How is the Praxis Scored?

On most Praxis tests, each correct answer is worth one raw point and your total raw score is the sum of all correctly answered questions. In order to pass the Praxis Exam, you need to score between 100 and 200 points. Passing standards are different depending on the specific exam, the state you live in, and can change year-to-year.

Is the Praxis Test Hard?

No, the Praxis test is not hard. In theory, the teacher education you received prior to the test should render you perfectly capable of passing your Praxis exam. As long as you can prove that you are ready to lead a classroom and that you confidently know what you need to teach your students, the exam should be very manageable.

Next Steps: Enroll in a Teaching Program at WGU

You may already be enrolled in one of our teaching programs and well on your way to preparing for the Praxis Exam. If not, and you feel that helping students get the most out of their education is your calling, then you should get the most out of yours by enrolling in one of WGU’s nationally recognized online teaching degree programs. Not only is this a surefire way to be 100% prepared for the Praxis Exam, it’s also an incredibly affordable, flexible, student-centric way to earn your degree. Check out WGU’s online teaching degree programs and take the first step toward your future career today.

Online Degree Options for Aspiring Teachers

Elementary Education – B.A.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary teachers....

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree within 30 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary school teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This elementary education degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online teaching degree program helps you to be eligible for teaching certification in any of the 50 states.

Special Ed and Elementary Ed (Dual Licensure) – B.A.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teachers. Leads to dual licensure—elementary education teaching license and special education teaching license.

  • Time: 61% of grads earned this degree within 27 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 46 total courses in this program.

(Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.) If your state offers a single K–12 special education teaching license and you are interested in focusing on teaching students with mild to moderate exceptionalities, consider the B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate) online teaching degree. 

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring special ed teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This special education teaching online degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. 

Teaching, Elementary Education – M.A.

An online master's of arts in education degree and teacher certification...

An online master's of arts in education degree and teacher certification program for aspiring elementary school teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to a teaching license. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 83% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,590 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 26 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this master's of arts in education degree program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online teacher's degree requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers. Leads to teaching license in states that have a middle-grades math teaching license.

Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching licensure in your state.

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this degree within 29 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this science teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high math teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This science teaching degree program includes requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This science teaching degree prepares you to be eligible for a teaching license in any of the 50 states.

Special Education (Mild to Moderate) – B.A.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teacher. Leads to your teaching license in states that offer a single teaching license in K–12 special education.

  • Time: 62% of grads finish similar online teaching degree programs within 29 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

 If your state requires—or if you're interested in—dual licensure in both elementary education and K–12 special education, consider the B.A. Special Education (K–12) program.

Candidates for this special education degree program often include:

  • Aspiring special ed teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This online degree program includes a preclinical experience with face-to-face observation hours and a Demonstration Teaching component hosted by an experienced teacher and directed by a clinical supervisor.

Teaching, Mathematics Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school or high school math teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on the teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 71% of graduates finish this high school math teaching degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,590 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 23 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this high school math education program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school math teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online teaching degree in secondary math education requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This program differs from the M.A. Teaching, Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) program in that it includes courses in upper levels of calculus, including advanced calculus and mathematical modeling. Graduates from this secondary math degree program will be eligible for a teaching license in any of the 50 states.

Science Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school science teachers. Leads to teaching license in all states that have a middle-grades general science teaching license.

Specific grade levels you are qualified to teach will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 61% of grads earned this science teaching degree within 31 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online science teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or middle school science teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This science teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Mathematics Education (Secondary) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers and high school math teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree within 27 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 44 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this math teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school math teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online math teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online math teaching degree program helps students become eligible for math teaching certification.

Teaching, Science Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online master's teaching degree and teacher certification program for...

An online master's teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school science teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish this secondary science teaching degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,590 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 20 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this high school teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school science teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. You'll be prepared to teach in middle school or high school settings, based on teaching certification in your state.

Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in...

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching math to middle school students. Available in states that offer a middle-grades math teaching endorsement.

  • Time: 86% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,665 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 14 total courses in this program.

This program is designed for current teachers who are looking to add middle grade math to their license.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • College algebra
  • Finite mathematics
  • Trigonometry and pre-calculus
  • Mathematics learning and teaching
  • College geometry
  • Probability and statistics 
  • Calculus 
  • Algebra for secondary mathematics teaching

Focus your teaching passion on instilling in junior high students a love of math with this education master's degree.

Science Education (Secondary Chemistry) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school chemistry teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 66% of grads earned this online chemistry degree within 32 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online chemistry degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school chemistry teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for chemistry
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This chemistry teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. Earn a chemistry degree online and be eligible for a teaching certification.

Teaching, English Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school English teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 88% of graduates finish this online English degree program within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,590 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 19 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this high school English teaching program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school English teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for English
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online English degree prepares students for teaching certification in any of the 50 states.

Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school earth science teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching license options in your state.

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this middle school teaching and high school teaching degree within 29 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this science teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school geoscience teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for earth science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This geosciences teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This high school teaching degree program prepares you for teaching licensure in any of the 50 states.

Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school biology teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this online biology degree within 31 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school biology teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for biology
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This biology teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Science Education (Secondary Physics) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school physics teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching license options in your state.

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this online physics degree within 38 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school physics teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for physics
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This physics teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. Graduates of this online teaching degree program will be eligible for teaching certification.

Teaching, Special Education (K–12) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current or aspiring teachers looking to...

An online master's degree for current or aspiring teachers looking to further their careers with a focus on K–12 special education.

  • Time: 73% of grads finish similar programs in 21 months.
  • Tuition: $3,590 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 26 total courses in this program.

This program is ideal for students who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field and are looking to earn their initial teaching license.

Graduates of this program are prepared to teach in a variety of schools including: 

  • Inclusionary K–12 classrooms
  • Middle/junior high schools
  • High schools
  • Private and charter schools

Find a rewarding career teaching students with diverse challenges and special learning abilities with this teaching master's degree.