Staring at your Praxis results on the exam screen in the test center can be a big relief. But once you’ve completed the Praxis, a new kind of test anxiety can set in: anxiety over receiving your official Praxis scores.
As I’ve mentioned before, you get your raw score and your unofficial score immediately. Those are shown right in the test center. But in order to get licensed or secure a job you will need your official score, and these Praxis results may take a while to receive.
The good news is that Praxis has a well-organized, predictable system for sending Praxis exam results to test-takers and to schools, licensure boards, etc. There are two different timetables for receiving your Praxis results. One for tests that have continuous availability, and one for tests that are available during certain testing windows—specific time periods when an exam is available.
Receiving Praxis scores for tests that are continuously available
Certain tests are administered pretty much every day. The Praxis Core exams have continuous availability, and there are also a small handful of Praxis Subject Assessments that are offered continuously. The Subject Assessments that are available continuously are:
- Educational Leadership (5411)
- Elementary Education Content Knowledge (5014)
- Marketing Education (5561)
- Music Content Knowledge (5114)
For continuously available exams, you will be able to view your official scores electronically 10-11 business days after you take the test, provided all test questions are multiple choice/selected-response. Official scores for tests with constructed response portions (such as essays or lesson plans) are viewable online within 15-16 business days after the test.
Receiving scores for Praxis exams given in testing windows
Most Subject Assessments are administered only during specific windows of time within a year. For instance, for the Special Education Early Childhood assessment in 2016, the next windows of time where that test will be available are September 5th to September 17th, and again from December 5th to December 17th. For exams given in limited testing windows such as this, you’ll be able to view your official scores online after the last day in your testing window.
(The chart above is from the ETS Praxis site where you can use the dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen to look up test windows for other exams.)
The wait time after the end of the testing window is comparable to the wait time after the day of the test for continuously available exams. As a general rule, test-takers get their official results for selected-response tests 10-11 business days after the final day of the testing window. Constructed response results come 15-16 business days after the window’s end. However, there is one small difference with window-based Praxis tests. ETS is very schedule-conscious when it comes to scoring these exams, and actually sets specific target dates for when score results are released. Contact Praxis customer service to get the exact expected date for scores on your Subject Assessment exam.
Receiving exam scores versus sending them
Schools and employers you wish to send your Praxis scores to won’t be able to see your scores at the exact same time you receive them. But they are able to see your official scores very shortly after you do. Specifically, the institutions you send your scores to will be given electronic access to your official exam results the first Monday after your initial receipt date.
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Common Mistakes on an Essay
Teacher certification tests such as the GACE Program Admission, FTCE General Knowledge, Praxis Core, PLACE Basic Skills, MTTC Basic Skills, AEPA Basic Skills, ICTS Basic Skills and MTTC Basic Skills have essay questions.
Common Mistakes on an Essay – Example 1
Whetherthe topic is love or action, reality television shows damage society. Viewers witness the personal struggles of strangers and they experience an outpouring of emotions in the name of entertainment. This can be dangerous on many levels. Viewers become numb to real emotions and values. Run the risk of not interpreting a dangerous situation correctly.1 The reality show participant is also at risk because they are completely exposed.2 The damage to both viewers and participants leads to the destruction of our healthy societal values.
Romance reality shows are dangerous to the participants and contribute to the emotional problems witnessed in society today as we set up a system built on equality and respect, shows like “The Bachelor” tear it down.3 In front of millions of viewers every week, young women compete for a man.Twenty-five women claim to be in love with a man they just met. The man is reduced to an object they compete for. There are tears, fights, and manipulation aimed at winning the prize.4 Imagine a young woman’s reality when she returns home and faces the scrutiny of viewers who watched her unravel on television every Monday night. These women objectify themselves and have learned5 that relationships are a combination of hysteria and competition. This does not give hope to a society based on family values and equality.
6 While incorporating the same manipulations and breakdown of relationships offered on “The Bachelor”, shows like “Survivor” add another level of danger. Not only are they building a society based on lying to each other, they are competing in physical challenges that become dangerous. In the name of entertainment, these challenges become increasingly physical and are usually held in a hostile environment. The viewer’s ability to determine the safety of an activity is messed up.7 In order to entertain and preserve their pride, participants continue in competitions regardless of the danger level. For example,8 participants on “Survivor” have sustained serious injuries in the form of heart attack and burns. Societal rules are based on the safety of its citizens, not on hurting yourself for entertainment.
Reality shows of all kinds are dangerous to participants. They damage society.9
1. Correct sentence fragments. Who/what runs the risk? Add a subject or combine sentences. Try: “Viewers become numb to real emotions and run the risk of not interpreting a dangerous situation correctly.”
2. Correct redundant phrases. Try: “The reality show participant is also at risk because they are exposed.”
3. Correct run-on sentences. Decide which thoughts should be separated.
Try:“Romance reality shows are dangerous to participants and contribute to the emotional problems of society today. As we support a system built on equality and respect, shows like “The Bachelor” tear it down.”
4. Vary sentence structure and length.
Try:“Twenty-five women claim to be in love with a man who is reduced to being the object of competition. There are tears, fights, and manipulation aimed at winning the prize.”
5. Use active voice.
Try: These women objectify themselves and learned that relationships are a combination of hysteria and competition.
6. Use transitions to tie paragraphs together.
Try:Start the paragraph with, “Action oriented reality shows are equally as dangerous to the participants.”
7. Avoid casual language/slang.
Try: “The viewer’s ability to determine the safety of an activity is compromised.”
8. Don’t address the essay. Avoid phrases like “for example” and “in conclusion”.
Try: “Participants on “Survivor” have sustained serious injuries in the form of heart attack and burns.
9. Leave yourself time to write a strong conclusion!
Designate 3-5 minutes for writing your conclusion.
Written by: Brian, Complete Test Preparation Inc.
Modified: October 2nd, 2017
Published: May 13th, 2014