|As a faculty member, how can I help prepare candidates
for the Praxis exam?
Your students look to you for
academic and professional guidance. You can help your students
prepare for the Praxis exam, an important career step for any
beginning practitioner. Here are some ways that you can help:
- Familiarize yourself with the test format and content.
- Consider ways to incorporate case study multiple-choice
questions into course activities and multiple-choice questions
with varying degrees of complexity.
- Give students opportunities to practice clinical
problem-solving exam questions in academic classes.
- Provide sample exam questions for each class and discuss the
answers during class.
- Request that the school's bookstore and library stock Praxis
- Discuss the Praxis exams throughout the academic program as
a certification and licensure requirement.
- Schedule department comprehensive examinations at a time
that does not conflict or compete with the Praxis examinations.
- Help students organize study groups/review sessions.
- Encourage students to prepare for the examination.
- Advise students on the most appropriate time to take the
- Review the Examinee Score Report with recent test-takers.
- Review the Professor's Guide to the PRAXIS II
Tests (available for purchase from ETS)
- Consider sponsoring an ETS
workshop [PDF] at your academic program.
ASHA National Exam Performance Survey
In 2000, ASHA surveyed students, recent graduates, and program
directors. Approximately 4000 students and recent graduates
participated along with 250 academic program directors.
- Less than half of students/recent grads were satisfied with
the level of assistance received from their instructors about
the Praxis exam.
- Less than a quarter of academic programs reported making
special efforts to assist exam candidates who may be at risk for
- Most of the information received about the Praxis exam came
from other exam candidates.
- Individual study was the most widely used preparation
strategy, followed by use of the ETS study guides.
- The most frequently noted comment dealt with timing
issues. Respondents indicated a need for test-takers to learn to
pace themselves during the exam.