How to Calculate Scores on a Practice Praxis Test

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The Praxis Test serves as an indicator of an individual's teaching aptitude.
The Praxis Test serves as an indicator of an individual's teaching aptitude. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

The Praxis Test is a series of multiple choice exams developed to measure an individual's aptitude toward a career in education. Specifically, the Praxis I test measures reading, writing and math abilities, while the Praxis II tests are subject-oriented and evaluate an individual's ability to teach a particular subject. Practice exams, which are made readily available by Praxis, offer test takers an opportunity to simulate the testing experience, score tests and review incorrect answers as study material.

Complete all three sections of the Praxis practice test. You will only be able to definitively score your reading and mathematics scores, as the multiple choice answer format for those sections will result in a quantitative raw score. You should still complete the written essay for practice, but no score will be awarded unless you choose to have someone evaluate your essay using the Praxis writing scale.

Score your reading and mathematics sections using the answer key provided with the practice test. Answers are multiple choice, meaning that each question is either correct or incorrect. There is no partial credit awarded. Each correct answer is awarded one point, while each incorrect answer is awarded zero points.

Tally the total number of points for each section. These section totals are known as your raw scores. Using the raw score, you can determine your Praxis score by using the raw score conversion table provided with your test. Conversion tables help equate test scores of varying difficulties. For example, a raw score of 30 on an extremely difficult test might equate to a higher Praxis score than a raw score of 33 on an extremely easy test.

Compare your practice test score with national averages for that same test. A stronger indicator than the score itself is how your performance ranks to others that have taken the test. If you score well below the national average in a particular subject, you know that additional studying is needed in that area before taking the exam. Conversely, a high score in a certain area means that you can probably afford to spend time studying other subjects, since you already have a firm grasp on that aspect of the test.

Review your score report, but avoid letting yourself get too high or too low about your performance. Instead, use the answer and explanation keys to review all questions on the test. Do not focus only on those you answered incorrectly. Many times, correct answers turn out to be lucky guesses, which may lead to incorrect guesses in the future, if you do not review all of your practice test answers.

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