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It is important that you prepare for taking the Praxis
exam. Because the Praxis exam is different from university
exams, you should be aware of the unique requirements of
preparing for the Praxis.
How do I prepare for the
- Become familiar with the format and content of the exam.
- Develop a study plan based on the exam content and your
knowledge in each topic area.
- Take advantage of available test preparation materials
and practice questions.
- Most importantly, studying for the exam is
What preparation materials are available?
ETS provides a variety of resources for exam
candidates. Several can be downloaded free from the Praxis
- Test at a Glance (TAAG)
This free guide includes test-taking strategies and sample
questions in each content area with a rationale for the best
Test at a Glance for Audiology (0340) [PDF]
Test at a Glance for Speech-Language Pathology (0330) [PDF]
General Information and Study Tips [PDF]
Reducing Test Anxiety [PDF]
Audiology Study Guide (2nd Edition)
Speech-Language Pathology Study Guide
Available for purchase from ETS, these Study Guides
include sample tests, test-taking strategies, scoring keys,
and explanations of correct answers to each question.
- Examinee Score Report
This score report is received by each test-taker and
provides information about performance in each of the topic
areas included in the Praxis exam. Topic category scores
identify strengths and weaknesses and provide guidance for
developing a study plan should a candidate need to retake
- Praxis e-Books: Digital Study Guides and
ETS has been converting its printed Study Guides
into digital versions known as e-Books, which can be
downloaded electronically for a fee versus purchasing the
print copy. The SLP study guide will be available in digital
form beginning this spring. Audiology will be available at a
later date in the future. Visit the ETS
Web site for more information.
- An Advanced Review of Speech-Language
2nd Edition, by Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and M.N. Hegde,
2006. Available for purchase from Pro-Ed,
- How to Prepare for the Praxis Exam in
Speech-Language Pathology by Kay T. Payne, 2001.
Available for purchase from Thomson
- How to Prepare for the Praxis Examination in
Audiology by Kay T. Payne, 2001. Available for
purchase from Thomson
- The National Black Association for Speech-Language and
Hearing (NBASLH) sponsors an annual
review course in preparation for the Praxis Examination
in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in conjunction
with its annual convention.
U.S.C. Praxis Prep Workshop for Speech-Language
This is a self study activity in DVD format from the
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the
University of South Carolina.
What are the top reasons for low scores and possible
- Ineffective Time Management
Many individuals have not learned how to pace themselves
while taking an examination. When they realize they are
running out of time, they may panic and skip over some
questions without answering them. Only correct
answers count toward the score. Therefore, it is better to
guess than to leave an answer blank. Enhance your
time management through completion of practice tests.
- Test Anxiety
Some test-takers become overly anxious, causing them to
forget content, guess wildly, or lose
concentration. Individuals who have high levels of test
anxiety might benefit from taking a test prep course to
prepare for the actual testing situation and/or completing
timed practice tests.
- Taking the Praxis Exam Too Early
in Graduate School
Many individuals either misunderstand, or are led to
erroneous beliefs about when to take the exam. It is
recommended that individuals register and take the Praxis
exam no earlier than the completion of
their graduate coursework and graduate clinical practicum or
during their first year of clinical practice following
graduation. This will better ensure that they have the
knowledge base to pass the Praxis exam.
- Unfamiliarity with Test Content
The Praxis exam is not an IQ test that assesses one's innate
intelligence. The exam covers a field of study that, like
all complicated subjects, builds from the fundamentals to a
greater level of complexity. A student at the end of his or
her academic and clinical preparation is better suited than
is a new graduate student to take a credentialing exam.