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Praxis Exam Preparation 

This page was updated on 8/01/2011.

It is important that you prepare for taking the Praxis exam. Because the Praxis exam is different from university exams, you should be aware of the unique requirements of preparing for the Praxis.

How do I prepare for the exam?

  • Become familiar with the format and content of the exam.
  • Develop a study plan based on the exam content and your knowledge in each topic area.
  • Take advantage of available test preparation materials and practice questions.
  • Most importantly, studying for the exam is essential.  

What preparation materials are available?

ETS provides a variety of resources for exam candidates. Several can be downloaded free from the Praxis Web site:  

  • Test at a Glance (TAAG)
    This free guide includes test-taking strategies and sample questions in each content area with a rationale for the best answers.
    Test at a Glance for Audiology (0340) [PDF]
    Test at a Glance for Speech-Language Pathology (0330) [PDF]
  • General Information and Study Tips [PDF] 
  • Reducing Test Anxiety [PDF]
  • Audiology Study Guide (2nd Edition)
    Speech-Language Pathology Study Guide
    Available for purchase from ETS, these Study Guides include sample tests, test-taking strategies, scoring keys, and explanations of correct answers to each question.
  • Examinee Score Report
    This score report is received by each test-taker and provides information about performance in each of the topic areas included in the Praxis exam. Topic category scores identify strengths and weaknesses and provide guidance for developing a study plan should a candidate need to retake the exam.
  • Praxis e-Books: Digital Study Guides and Practice Tests
    ETS has been converting its printed Study Guides into digital versions known as e-Books, which can be downloaded electronically for a fee versus purchasing the print copy. The SLP study guide will be available in digital form beginning this spring. Audiology will be available at a later date in the future. Visit the ETS Web site for more information.

Other Resources

  • An Advanced Review of Speech-Language Pathology, 2nd Edition, by Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and M.N. Hegde, 2006. Available for purchase from Pro-Ed, Inc
  • How to Prepare for the Praxis Exam in Speech-Language Pathology by Kay T. Payne, 2001. Available for purchase from Thomson Delmar Learning.
  • How to Prepare for the Praxis Examination in Audiology by Kay T. Payne, 2001. Available for purchase from Thomson Delmar Learning.
  • The National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) sponsors an annual review course in preparation for the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in conjunction with its annual convention.  
  • U.S.C. Praxis Prep Workshop for Speech-Language Pathology
    This is a self study activity in DVD format from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the University of South Carolina.

What are the top reasons for low scores and possible remedies?

  • Ineffective Time Management
    Many individuals have not learned how to pace themselves while taking an examination. When they realize they are running out of time, they may panic and skip over some questions without answering them. Only correct answers count toward the score. Therefore, it is better to guess than to leave an answer blank. Enhance your time management through completion of practice tests.
  • Test Anxiety
    Some test-takers become overly anxious, causing them to forget content, guess wildly, or lose concentration. Individuals who have high levels of test anxiety might benefit from taking a test prep course to prepare for the actual testing situation and/or completing timed practice tests.
  • Taking the Praxis Exam Too Early in Graduate School
    Many individuals either misunderstand, or are led to erroneous beliefs about when to take the exam. It is recommended that individuals register and take the Praxis exam no earlier than the completion of their graduate coursework and graduate clinical practicum or during their first year of clinical practice following graduation. This will better ensure that they have the knowledge base to pass the Praxis exam.
  • Unfamiliarity with Test Content
    The Praxis exam is not an IQ test that assesses one's innate intelligence. The exam covers a field of study that, like all complicated subjects, builds from the fundamentals to a greater level of complexity. A student at the end of his or her academic and clinical preparation is better suited than is a new graduate student to take a credentialing exam.
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