Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics, while the Praxis II focuses on subject knowledge.
These tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.
Some myths and facts about the Praxis Series provided by our friends at ETS:
Myth: There is one test, called Praxis, which is used for all teacher licensure.
Reality: The Praxis Series comprises more than 140 different tests in more than 70 different subject areas.
Myth: The content in The Praxis Series tests does not reflect the subject area knowledge that is needed for effective teaching.
Reality: More than 90 percent of the tests in The Praxis Series measure subject area knowledge.
Myth: Passing scores for the Praxis tests, set by ETS, are not high enough.
Reality: ETS does not set the passing scores for any of the Praxis tests. Each state sets its own scores.
ETS creates assessments based on rigorous research. They develop, administer and score the GRE® General and Subject Tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments. This website has been updated to reflect the changing nature of the test, but they do not offer much in the way of free study materials.