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The Praxis: What You Need to Know!

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Have you heard of the Praxis exam? You've probably heard about this test and wondered what it's all about. No worries--we all had the same questions when we were just starting our path to become teachers. The Praxis is a mandatory exam that provides a pathway to teacher licensure, measure a teacher’s development, and proves a candidate’s readiness to be in the classroom. While this may seem like an overwhelming task, we are here to help break it down for you! All of this information is drawn from the Education Advising Center here at the McKay School, so if you have any more questions about the Praxis, contact them by clicking here.

Who needs to take Praxis Tests?

To be eligible for graduation and licensure, all students are required to pass the Praxis test designed for their teaching major and teaching minor(s). If you did not complete the writing section of the ACT/SAT, you will need to take the Praxis test that corresponds with that requirement as well.

Which test(s) do I need to take?

To find out what tests you need to take, visit Utah Test Requirements and click on your planned teaching major. Once you click on your major, there will be a list of all the Praxis Subject Assessments that are required for your licensure.

How much does it cost?

The test is made up of four separate sections, with each section costing $90 or $150 for the combined test. If you fail any of the sections, you will be able to retake the single section rather than redoing the whole test.

You may be eligible to waive the fees of the Praxis! Only a few waivers are awarded per test, so it is on a first come first serve basis. To see the requirements for receiving a waiver, click here. If you have any further questions about the Praxis' costs or waivers, contact the advisement center.

When do I need to take my Praxis Test(s)?

As a BYU student, you are required to take it prior to your capstone experience, which is either the Internship or Student Teaching. We would recommend taking it the summer prior to your capstone, which will give you time to redo any sections if needed and apply for graduation. Taking it in the summer will also give you the opportunity to focus on studying without taking away from your semester classes (especially if you are in practicum).

How do I prepare for the Praxis Test(s)?

Preparation for the Praxis Test is similar to the prep that you would do for the ACT or SAT. Some of our biggest tips would be to start studying early, create study groups with your cohort, and attend the study nights put on by professors in the McKay School. The Praxis resource website is also a great place to find study guides and tips + tricks!

Future teachers, you got this!! For further questions about the Praxis, contact the advisement center and check out the Praxis website.

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