What is Praxis?

The Praxis Series™ tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include the components listed below.

Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)

These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. See Praxis Core information.

Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®)

The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) is part of the PRAXIS Series known as PRAXIS I. By its name, we know that it is designed to be taken early on within an education major's program, possibly upon entrance or within the first two years. In addition to licensure, these tests are often used to qualify candidates for entry into a teacher education program. The PPST tests an individual in three basic skill areas: reading, writing, and mathematics. For this reason, you will also see the test referred to as Academic Skills Assessments. See Praxis I information.

Praxis II® Subject Assessments

These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need for beginning teaching. See Praxis II information.

What is a Simulated PPST?

PLATO Learning has made available to students the opportunity to practice and prepare for the official PPST through a replicated assessment and skill-building curriculum. This product was developed in partnership with ETS Technologies in an effort to promote greater confidence and success on the official PPST. The simulated PPST exam mirrors the actual test in terms of content, time, and number of questions. An additional feature of the simulated PPST is its courseware alignment with PLATO curriculums in math, reading and writing, allowing students to engage in critical skill building.

What are the benefits of taking the Simulated PPST?

  • Students may build confidence and skills for the actual exam.
  • Students have access to learning paths that are generated by the results of the simulated assessment, allowing for skill development in trouble spots.
  • Students may reassess on the simulated model after their curriculum work is complete to determine skill improvement and readiness for the actual exam.
  • Students may develop valuable test taking skills through this replicated model of the actual computerized PRAXIS I assessment.

Where can I take the Simulated PPST?

The Simulated PPST is now being offered in CAPS, and you may schedule an appointment to take the assessment by contacting the

Will it cost me anything to take this assessment or work on the curriculum?

If you are a student at Great Bay, the simulated assessment and corresponding curriculum are FREE. If you are a community member or a student from another institution, the fee for this service is $100 for four months. The fee includes a retake upon completion of one or more remediation modules.

If I need more information, whom should I contact?

There are 3 resources that we can recommend to get more information:

  1. Patt Corbett, Department Chair for the Teacher Prep Program
  2. Sharon Cronin, Director of CAPS
  3. The PRAXIS web site