Praxis II ® Subject Assessments

Praxis II Requirements as of January 2013

During the 2011-12 legislative session, the Iowa legislature passed a law requiring all teacher candidates to complete an assessment in both pedagogy and content for licensure.  This law applies to both elementary and secondary education majors.  This new law pertains only to licensure and does not affect Praxis I requirements for entrance to BVU's Teacher Education Program.  Praxis I Reading, Writing, and Math tests remain as a requirement for Checkpoint I and entrance to the program.

The Iowa Department of Education decided which Praxis II tests will be administered and set the passing requirement to be above the 25th percentile.  This law goes into effect for all students recommended for licensure on or after January 1, 2013.

It is highly recommended that students complete the Praxis II exams in Pedagogy and Content either the term/semester prior to student teaching or early during their student teaching experience so that they can complete licensure requirements in a timely manner.

Score Requirements

Students will be required to take two tests for licensure, one in pedagogy and one in content.  No candidates are required to take more than two tests.  Content tests will be determined according to your major content are of preparation for licensure.  Those adding endorsements will not be tested on the additional endorsements. 

Direct link to Program Completion Test Scores Effective July 1, 2019

 

Elementary Education K-6

 

  • Pedagogy: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): K-6; Test Code 5622, Minimum Score 160.
  • Content: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge; Test Code 5018, Minimum Score 151.

Secondary Education 7-12 and Post Baccalaureate Certification

  • Pedagogy: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 7-12; Test Code 5624, Minimum Score 157.  OR  Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 5-9; Test Code 5623, Minimum Score 160.
  • Content: The content test associated with the student's content (subject) area. See the following link Direct link to Program Completion Test Scores Effective July 1, 2019.

Special Education Major

  • Special Education Major teacher candidates must choose a track for their initial licensure: BD, LD, or ID.
  • Students seeking a Special Education endorsement along with their major will complete testing requirements for elementary or secondary licensure.
    • #263 K-12 Instructional Strategist II: BD       

      Pedagogy Test: Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavior/Emotional Disorders; Test Code 5372. Minimum score of 154.  

      Content Test: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge; Test Code 5511. Minimum score of 150. 

    • #263 K-12 Instructional Strategist II:LD        

      Pedagogy Test: Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities; Test Code 5383. Minimum score of 151. 

      Content Test: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge; Test Code 5511. Minimum score of 150. 

    • #264 K-12 Instructional Strategist II: ID        

      Pedagogy Test: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications; Test Code 5545.  Minimum score of 158.   

      Content Test: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge; Test Code 5511.  Minimum score of 150. 

Test Registration

Register through the ETS website at  http://www.ets.org/praxis

Plan ahead as Praxis II tests are offered only on selected dates throughout the year.

Be sure to list Buena Vista University as a score recipient.  The school code for BVU is 6047.

Payment of initial registration as well as any retakes is the responsibility of the student.  The tests are administered as computer-based exams.

Fee waivers may be available for students who meet all eligibility criteria.  Waiver requests are available from ETS.  If you qualify for a fee waiver, test fess for up to three Praxis Core tests or one Praxis Subject Assessment may be waived.  You are eligible for a fee waiver only once during a testing year, and there are a limited number of waivers available per test date and institution.  All requests are processed by ETS on a first-come, first served basis.  Waiver closing dates are as follows: late August for testing September-November, November for testing December-February, February for testing March-May, and May for testing June-August.  More details are available at https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/.

Accommodations

Non-standard testing accommodations are provided for students with disabilities who meet ETS requirements. The request form for non-standard testing accommodations as well as other information regarding non-standard testing can be found at  https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/disabilities. All requests for accommodations must be approved in accordance with The Praxis Series Program policies. Because ETS needs to review documentation in order to provide appropriate accommodations, test takers seeking non-standard testing accommodations must register through the Educational Testing Service. Test takers who require only minor modifications to the standard testing environment (e.g. wheel chair access, adjustable table or chair, or special lighting) or who have documented medical needs (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy) that necessitate taking medication or snack breaks will submit a letter of support from a medical doctor or other qualified professional stating the nature of the disability and the minor modifications requested with the test registration form and fee. All other requests for accommodations must be made on the request form for non-standard testing accommodations.

Test Preparation

Buena Vista University provides tutorial support for the Praxis II exam via the BVU Center for Academic Excellence.

Practice tests are available at:

www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials  Provides information regarding test preparation materials, strategies and tips, developing a study plan, and test prep webinars.

http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/ipt/  Provided interactive practice test to prepare for the Praxis II exams in a timed, online environment that simulates the test.  Practice exams may be purchased through the ETS store.

www.testprepreview.com Provides sample tests.

Additional information regarding Praxis II requirements

Information is also available through Iowa Department of Education website.

Questions?

Questions regarding Praxis testing should be addressed as follows:

  • Program Questions: Brittany Garling, Interim Dean-School of Education, email - garling@bvu.edu, phone - 712.749.2161, or the Education Coordinator at the student's specific BVU site.
  • Praxis Registration Information: Leah Schimmer, Student Professional Experiences Coordinator, email- schimmerl@bvu.edu, phone - 712.749.2156 or the Education Coordinator at the student's specific BVU site.

  • Adaptations/Accommodations & Tutorial Support: Donna Musel, Director-Center for Academic Excellence, email - museld@bvu.edu, phone - 712.749.1237.
  • Test Scores/Praxis Database Administration: Leah Schimmer, Student Professional Experiences Coordinator, email - schimmerl@bvu.edu, phone - 712.749.2156.