You Can Take Some Praxis Tests at Home

What a year. If you’re a new teacher, experienced teacher, or a teacher leader, you know that we’re in the midst of an unprecedented shift in how schools work. We are thinking of you all and working with many of you to be the teachers and leaders you want to be. Thank you.

Despite the incredible disruptions that the pandemic has caused, many of you still have goals of becoming certified teachers or adding endorsements. One of the requirements for licensure is passing Praxis Exams. With test center closures, many wonder how their goals can still be achieved.

ETS, the company that administers the Praxis Exams, has introduced the Praxis Tests at Home Solution as an alternative to support test takers during test center closures. The Praxis Core (reading, writing, and mathematics) is one of the tests offered remotely, If you are thinking about applying for UVEI’s Teacher Intern Program, make sure you sign up for the correct test! Several Praxis II exams will be offered, but many, unfortunately, are not offered, such as secondary science exams, foreign language, and music. This is not a perfect solution, and although there are some issues I want to bring to your attention, Praxis at Home could be a good solution for many of you to investigate this week.

Starting May 15th, you can register for the Praxis at Home Praxis Core Exam. The remote test uses the same scoring criteria, process, and scale so that scores can be used and accepted by the state in the same way. They’re also offered at the same price and include features like on-screen calculators. Some accommodations will be available, such as extra time. Test sessions will be available seven days a week including holidays. Convenient!

Now for the requirements. Your computer equipment AND test room must meet the requirements for the test. You must use a laptop or desktop computer, no phones or tablets, and your computer must use Windows 10, 8 or 7. If you have a Mac, Boot Camp Assistant, a utility on your Mac, will help with Windows installation. You must use Chrome or Firefox, have an internal or external mic and speaker (no earbuds!), and a camera. Oh, and you must be alone in a room with no one else entering during the test. To all the parents out there staying at home with children, I understand this may be a challenge. There are more details, but those are the biggies.

Many aspiring teachers ask us a lot of questions about the Praxis Core, and we have a helpful blog post which addresses a lot of questions that are still relevant during test center closures. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions and concerns. Our current cohort of teaching interns are getting close to wrapping up what has turned out to be an extraordinary year, and are looking forward to having their own classrooms, whatever those may look like, in the fall. 

Stay well.