Praxis Exam Information
There are two tests required as you progress through your program toward certification, called the Praxis tests. These tests are required by the state, and passing is generally not a problem for prepared music students–as long as you remember to take the test by the time you need it. Attached you will find two flyers with detailed information about these two tests.
We have been told by the College of Education and from experience by students who have taken the tests that you MUST REGISTER EARLY. For example, exam dates in March will fill up and close in January. Results and processing can also take some time. Many of the deadlines for applications requiring these test scores happen very early in each semester. For all these reasons, plan ahead to have your exams done and scored in plenty of time before you need them.
** When should I take the Praxis I writing exam?
You should take the Praxis I generally around the end of your second year if you are on a four-year plan. This would be the same semester you generally take MUS230 Foundations of Music Education. You should receive your scores by the following year. You must have these scores before you apply to the Teacher Education program in the College of Education (your Block I semester), which is your next to last semester before graduation.
Download this PDF file for more information on the Praxis I for music education students
** When should I take the Praxis II subject exam?
You should take the Praxis II Music Content Knowledge exam NO LATER than the end of your third year (on a four-year plan). You must have these scores before you apply to student teach. This application happens early in your Block I semester.
** Where can I get help with the Praxis tests?
– There are official study guides available in Albertsons Library. Click here to view the library item information. There is a study guide specifically for the Praxis I Writing and another study guide specifically for the Praxis II music exams (be sure to study for the Music Content Knowledge test, and not the other different tests in music).
– You can ask a student who has taken the exams about his or her experience.
** When planning for your Praxis tests, imagine this countdown to graduation:
– Last semester: Student teaching. Everything else is done.
– Two semesters from graduation: Block I internship. Apply to student teach, deadline is early in the semester, must have Praxis II scores ready.
– Three semesters from graduation: Take Praxis II. Apply for admission to the Teacher Education program in the College of Education, deadline is early in the semester, must have Praxis I scores ready.
– Four to five semesters from graduation: Take Praxis I – Writing.
If you have any questions about the Praxis Exam, you can also contact your advisor for music education.