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Praxis Requirements

Are you wondering what the Praxis tests measure and why are you required to take these tests? The Praxis tests are designed to measure your skills and knowledge. To pass the test, you need to be skilled, be knowledgeable, be prepared and confident, and be registered.

Remember, the Praxis test requirements are different for the following programs:

Be Skilled.

 The Praxis tests are required for anyone who is applying for initial certification in Louisiana. The test consist of two parts:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators -The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators measures academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They are designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.
  • Praxis Subject Assessments -The Praxis Subject Assessments measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need to begin teaching. Therefore, you are required to pass the subject-specific Praxis Content Knowledge (Ex. Elementary Education: Content Knowledge) and the grade-level-appropriate Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) (Ex. Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6) test for your certification area.

Be Knowledgeable.

Be knowledge about the Praxis test name, test number, and qualifying scores needed for your certification area. Visit ETS-Louisiana Test Requirements to learn more about the requirements. 

Be Prepared & Confident.

We are aware that you may be feeling stressed and overwhelmed while trying to prepare for the Praxis tests. We are here to help relieve your stress, so relax. We have several resources available to help you to be prepared and to be confident that you will succeed in meeting the Praxis requirements for the Certification-Only Program and the Undergraduate Program.

Using the free Praxis Study Companion is a smart way to prepare for the test so you can do your best on test day. The Study Companion guide can help keep you on track and make the most efficient use of your study time. The Praxis Study Companion contains practical information and helpful tools, including:

  • An overview of the Praxis tests
  • Specific information on the Praxis test you are taking
  • A template study plan
  • Study topics
  • Practice questions and explanations of correct answers
  • Test-taking tips and strategies
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Links to more detailed information

There are several other ways you can also prepare for the Praxis test which include visitint the Instructional Materials Center in Maxim Doucet Room 101 to check out test preparation books, visiting ETS-Praxis Test Preparation to purchase and download the Praxis eBook created by ETS test-makers for your certification area, or visiting the Learning Express Library to access free practice exams. After you create your free account, search the term "praxis" to access these practice exams.

Be Registered.

Don't forget to register for the Praxis tests. You can select the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as your testing center by visiting ETS-Registration,Test Centers and Dates.

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program

Admission into the Teacher Preparation Program

As an undergraduate student, you are required to pass all of the following Praxis tests prior to admission into the Teacher Preparation Program:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or meet one of the Praxis exclusion eligibility requirements by passing the ACT with a composite score of 22 or higher OR pass the SAT with a score of 1030 or higher.

NOTE: You should register for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators no later than the semester in which reach 45 overall GPA hours.

Registering for Student Teaching

As a teacher candidate, you will not be assigned to a school and/or a cooperating teacher by the Office of Teacher Clinical Experiences for student teaching unless you pass all of the following Praxis tests:

  • the subject-specific Praxis Content Knowledge. *Middle School Education majors must pass Content Knowledge tests in two focus areas.
  • the grade-level-appropriate Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test.

    NOTE: Candidates are encouraged to schedule the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) after the completion of the Classroom Management Course.

Certification-Only Program-Alternative Path to Certification

Admission into the Program

As a candidate in the Certification-Only Program-Alternative Path to Certfication, you are required to pass all of the following Praxis tests prior to being accepted into the program:

  • the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or meet one of the Praxis exclusion eligibility requirements by passing the ACT with a composite score of 22 or higher OR pass the SAT with a score of 1030 or higher
  • the subject-specific Praxis Content Knowledge for your certification area.

Registering for an Academic Internship or Teacher Internship

As a candidate in the Certification-Only Program, you are required to pass all of the following Praxis tests prior to registering for an academic internship or a teacher internship in addition to the Praxis test required for admissions into the program:

  •  the grade-level-appropriate Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test