The Praxis Series™ assessments provide educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process. The Praxis I® tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II® tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.
Colleges and universities use Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) to evaluate individuals for entry into teacher education programs. The assessments are generally taken early in your college career.
Praxis I: PPST® is designed to measure basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. The reading, writing, and mathematics assessments are available in two formats: paper-based or computer-based.
Required Praxis I Scores (South Carolina)
The Benedict College Office of Teacher Education uses PLATO Learning to prepare teacher education majors for the Praxis I exams. PLATO is a simulation of the Praxis I exams and assists students in identifying areas of improvement for success.
For a complete Praxis I overview (preparation materials, registration, fees, etc.), visit the Educational Testing Services website by clicking here.
PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K-12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. There are Subject Assessments, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Tests and Teaching Foundations Tests. All Praxis II exams are paper-based.
PRAXIS II Assessments include:
Subject Assessments. These assessments measure general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. They include both multiple-choice and constructed-response test items.
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Tests. These assessments measure your general pedagogical knowledge at four grade levels: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9 and 7-12. These tests use a case study approach and feature constructed-response and multiple-choice items.
Teaching Foundations Tests. These assessments measure pedagogy in five areas: multi-subject (elementary), English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. These tests feature constructed-response and multiple-choice items.
For a complete list of the required Praxis II exams and scores click here.
PRAXIS II tests are one, two or four hours in length. You may take any combination of tests that fits the schedule shown in The Praxis Series 2007-2008 Information Bulletin (pdf).
For a complete Praxis II overview (preparation materials, registration, fees, etc.), visit the Educational Testing Services website by clicking here.