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Praxis Test Prep: Overview

This guide will help students prepare to take the Praxis II exam.


Praxis Test Preparation

Overview of Alabama Testing Requirements

Alabama's testing program has been adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education. The Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) consists of the following:

  • Praxis Subject Assessments (content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge)
  • Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (pedagogical knowledge)
  • edTPA® Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (pedagogical knowledge)
  • Foundations of Reading (foundational reading assessment)

Individuals seeking certification in Alabama must successfully complete the current requirements of the AECAP, as applicable.

  • Review the Licensure Requirements page to find specific testing requirements information about the different certification approaches.
  • Check out the Alabama State Department of Education's (ALSDE) website for specific information about the Alabama certification approaches.

New Assessments for the 2023-24 Test Year

Types of Assessments

The Praxis® assessments correspond to two key milestones in your development as a teacher: entering a teacher training program and obtaining a license to teach.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests measure academic skills in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. These tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.

The Core Reading test includes sets of questions that require the integration and analysis of multiple documents, as well as some alternate response types (e.g., select-in-passage questions).

The Core Mathematics test includes numericentry and selected-response questions, and offers an on-screen calculator to help ensure that questions are testing mathematical reasoning by reducing the chance that a test taker’s wrong response comes from a simple arithmetic error.

The Core Writing test assesses both argumentative writing and informative/ explanatory writing, and will contain two writing tasks for each writing type. In addition, selected-response questions will be added to address the importance of research strategies and assess strategies for revising and improving text.

Praxis Subject Assessments measure your content knowledge of the subjects you will teach. The Praxis Subject Assessments include:

Subject Assessments. These assessments measure your general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. These tests feature selected-response and constructed response 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 feature selected-response and constructedresponse items.

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT) Assessment. These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, with a focus on specialized content knowledge used in elementary school teaching.

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