What is Praxis II: The Praxis II test is a standardized test offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and designed to evaluate a student's knowledge in his/her content area.
When should I take Praxis II:
Students are required to have a passing score on the Praxis II approximately 9 months prior to student teaching. Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, and Secondary/K-12 majors should plan to take this test at least three semesters prior to student teaching. Communicative Disorders majors should plan to take this test during their graduate program. ETS makes scores available on their website one month after the test is given. Students have one year to download their scores from the ETS website. The SOE recommends printing multiple, colored copies of the score report for future use. Some students need to retake the Praxis II, so the SOE recommends planning ahead to take this test as advised.
How do I take Praxis II: The Praxis II is offered limited times a year. Registration is available online at the ETS website (www.ets.org/praxis). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on seat availability at the test sites. Registration deadlines for the paper-based tests are at least one month prior to the test date. Not every test has a computer version. Please check the SOE Undergraduate Handbook for computer-based test availability. Score reports are typically available within 2 weeks for students taking the computer version.
The School of Education recommends that students take time to prepare for this exam. The following resources are available to assist you in your preparation.
Praxis II Study Guides
- Study guides designed by ETS have been purchased for each of the subject areas and are available at the Reserve Desk of the University Library. Study Guides can be checked out for a 3-day period.
Praxis II Flashcards: The School of Education Advising, Recruitment & Retention Office has sets of flashcards that cover the content of the Praxis II for majors/minors in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education. Flashcards can be checked out for one week at a time (Monday afternoon through the following Monday morning). Please call our office, 715-346-2040, to reserve flashcards.
Plato Learning Online Modules - Cost $20. The School of Education offers online Praxis II support for the following teaching majors/minors: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Special Education and Secondary English, Math, Science, and Social Science. To register for UWSP's Plato Learning, bring the $20 fee to the SOE Advising, Recruitment & Retention Office, 469 CPS. Students will gain access and directions via email to Plato Learning within 3 business days of registering.
SOE Group Study Sessions & Plato Learning Online Modules - Cost $30. The School of Education offers an organized, 4 hour, group study session (typically in September/October and February) for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education majors/minors. At the study session, students answer sample test questions and discuss, as a group, the information being covered. Students who are interested in attending a Group Study Session are encouraged to attend the session one-year prior to taking the actual test, typically this means spring of your sophomore year.
To register for the Group Study Session bring the $30 fee to the SOE Advising, Recruitment & Retention Office, CPS 469.
Upcoming Praxis II Group Study Sessions:
Workshop: Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 4-8:15 p.m.
Registration deadline: Friday, October 18 by 4:15 p.m.
You are welcome to bring something to eat and/or drink. There will be a short break. All students should bring a calculator, paper and pencil.
The Spring workshop will be scheduled later this fall.