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Retaking the Praxis Test

Retaking the Praxis test is no big deal. It is pretty common and nothing to worry about! You may choose to retake the test if you did not pass the first time taking it, or if you want to improve your score. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to take the Praxis the first time with enough time to spare in case you need to retake the test.

When can I retake the Praxis?

This is the official retake policy from ETS, the organization in charge of the Praxis. They write, “If you feel you did not perform to your potential, you may retake a Praxis test once every 21 days, not including your initial test date. (Note: If you take a combined test, such as the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Test or the PA Grades 4–8 Core Assessment, you cannot retake a subtest until after the 21-day period.)
This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you violate this restriction, the scores from your retest will not be reported and your test fees will not be refunded.”

All that means is that you need to wait 21 days before retaking the test. You also have the option of cancelling the scores from your first test.

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What should I do to make sure I score well?

First of all, you already have one test-taking experience under your belt. That will really help you prepare for a retake! Take some time to reflect: What sections did you find difficult? What was easy? This will help you plan your studying priorities.

Next, take some time to review our blog posts on the topics you found challenging. There are lots of posts on the Praxis Core Reading, Praxis Core Writing, and Praxis Core Math. Look around and read up on your focus areas. ETS also has practice tests and study guides available for each of the Praxis tests.

If you’d like to take your studying to the next level and really make your retake your best effort, check out our Praxis test prep!

You’ll do great! Happy studying. 🙂

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15 Responses to Retaking the Praxis Test

  1. Richard McCarthy July 23, 2016 at 4:53 AM #

    It’s my understanding that a person can retake a test for no additional cost. is that rue?

    • Allison White
      Allison White July 23, 2016 at 6:11 AM #

      Richard,
      Unfortunately, you do still need to pay to retake the Praxis.

  2. Lauren July 29, 2016 at 9:39 AM #

    If I took the Praxis Core, and only failed the math portion, do I have to retake the entire test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 1, 2016 at 5:33 PM #

      No you don’t. 🙂 PRaxis Core Writing, Praxis Core Reading, and Praxis Core Math are treated as separate exams by ETS. That means you can schedule each exam separately. So you’ll only need to retake Core Math, and you can keep the Core Writing and Core Reading scores that you have.

  3. Angela August 7, 2016 at 6:12 PM #

    If I took the computer version of the test but need to retake a portion of the core, can I take the paper version sooner?

    • Allison White
      Allison White August 9, 2016 at 2:27 PM #

      Hi Angela! In most cases, the computer version is readily accessible and will be faster than finding a paper version of the test portion you need to retake. Good luck!

  4. Dana September 6, 2016 at 4:32 PM #

    Hi, I just took the Elementary Ed Social Studies subtest today and unfortunately did not pass ): Although I have to wait 21 days to retake it again, can I still register and pick what day I want to take it today?

    • Allison White
      Allison White September 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM #

      Hi Dana,

      Sorry I’m just seeing this! You should be able to register, but be wary of doing so before your official scores come back. Hope that helps. 🙂 Good luck with the re-take!

  5. Jorge Brito September 22, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    Can you retake the test in less than 21 days?

    • Allison White
      Allison White September 23, 2016 at 10:34 AM #

      Hi Jorge,

      Unfortunately, no. If you try, you may risk having your retest scores cancelled and not reported AND losing your test fee!

      Here is the official re-take policy from ETS:

      “Test Retake Policy
      If you feel you did not perform to your potential, you may retake a Praxis test once every 21 days, not including your initial test date. (Note: If you take a combined test, such as the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Test or the PA Grades 4–8 Core Assessment, you cannot retake a subtest until after the 21-day period.)

      This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you violate this restriction, the scores from your retest will not be reported and your test fees will not be refunded.”

      Good luck with the re-take!

  6. Shelia Smith October 25, 2016 at 11:39 AM #

    If I took the Praxis core exam and can longer get my scores from ETS, but I have a copy of my scores, will I have to re-take the parts that I passed?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM #

      You should be able to get score reports from ETS. However, Praxis scores that are more than a year old can’t be viewed online and need to instead be special ordered at $50 per score report. You can find details on that on ETS’s official “getting your scores” web page.

      Unless the state where you’re applying for your license says that your Praxis scores are too old, you should still be able to get your older score reports for a fee as described above, instead of actually retaking the Praxis Core.

  7. G Maine November 10, 2016 at 2:55 PM #

    I’m currently waiting for my official score reports to be available for the Praxis 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (will not be available until ~Nov. 26th based on the testing window I was in and the 10-16 days it takes to get official scores posted). When I took my test, my raw scores came up, but the number from 100-200 did not. I only was able to see how many questions I got right for each subject.

    Initially, didn’t understand the system of computation for scores and was very unsure or how I did based on the amount of guessing I did. Using David’s information (from http://magoosh.com/praxis/2016/unofficial-scores-on-the-praxis-core-what-you-need-to-know/) I was able to calculate my scores and believe I passed each subject, but I’m not sure. I also read that I’m not the only one who experienced not seeing the 100-200 score on my computer (definitely reassuring as my advisor told me I was mistaken and I didn’t look hard enough).

    I need to have passing scores ASAP to my advisor (for a post-baccalaureate program I am completing) and the last day I can send the university scores is about 12/25 so I would need to retake any subjects I failed in early December.

    I want to sign up now so I do not get myself in a pickle if test sessions fill up too close to the date. I also don’t want to wait until Nov. 26th to sign up. If I retake the entire 5001 test, will my new scores for each subject cancel out my old scores? I am just worried that if I passed a subject(s) the first time, I may not pass the second time and I’d be doing myself a huge disservice. Is it if you pass it at all you are all set?

    PLEASE HELP!

    • Allison White
      Allison White November 12, 2016 at 3:44 PM #

      Hi there!

      Ok, let me see if I can help! First, I’d talk to my advisor and see if they have any flexibility with the date (probably not, but it may give you a little wiggle room). If not, given what you’ve said and the time crunch you’re in, I’d recommend that you go ahead and register for a test in early December.

      If your test results come back and you passed, great! You can cancel your test registration if you do so three full days before the test (more info here: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/refund_policies/). The downside is that ETS would only refund 50% of the test fee. That’s obviously not ideal, but it may be worth it for peace of mind.

      If your results come back in late November and you did not pass the first time around, you’re already set to retake the test.

      With that plan, it doesn’t seem like you’d get into a situation where you passed and were also retaking the test.

      I hope that helps! Good luck. 🙂

      • G Maine November 17, 2016 at 8:37 AM #

        Thanks Allison! Definitely helpful 🙂

        One last question.. If I retake the entire 5001 test, will my new scores for each subject cancel out my old scores? I am just worried that if I passed a subject(s) the first time, I may not pass the second time and I’d be doing myself a huge disservice if new scores cancel the old ones?


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