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Understanding Your Praxis Raw Score

When you complete a Praxis exam, you’ll immediately receive a raw score for your test—this score is specifically there to help you understand how you just did. So it’s important to understand your raw score—what it looks like, how it’s calculated, and what it measures.

On the score display you see right when you finish a Praxis exam, you will see a field that tells you the total number of questions on the test. On Core Reading (just as one example), the total number of questions will display as 56. You will also see a field that tells you the number of questions you answered correctly. The number of questions you answered correctly is your raw score.

You can calculate the percentage of a raw score as a ratio of correctly answered questions to total number of questions. So if you got—say—42 questions right, your raw score would be 42 and could also be expressed as 75%.

What your raw score does not measure is the true percentage of answers you’ve gotten correct. Some questions have more than one answer, such as this question from pages 46 and 57 of the Praxis Core Reading Study Companion:

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This question has two correct answers (see the Study Companion for an answer key), while most Core Reading multiple choice questions have just one. So a question like this would have a greater percentage weight in calculating your official score, but would not have more raw points than a question with just one answer. In other words, unofficial and official scores are calculated by the percentage of answers you get right; raw scores are calculated ONLY by the number of individual questions that had completely correct answers.

This distinction of how a raw score is calculated is especially important if you are working with a school or academic program that wants to hear about your score as soon as possible, before the official scores are actually issued. If you need to tell an academic adviser or potential employer how you did on a praxis test, do NOT give them your raw score. Give them your unofficial score, which will also be show to you at the end of the testing session. The unofficial score will display alongside your raw score on test day. In most cases, the unofficial score will be exactly the same as your official score, unless the test center itself made a mistake in calculating your points.

The raw score will be different and is a less accurate measure of how you actually performed, in terms of answering everything correctly. Raw scores also expressed on a different scale than the unofficial/official scores. The raw score is calculated on a scale of zero to the total number of questions on the test. Your true praxis score—both in official and unofficial form—are calculated on a scale that starts at 100 and goes to 200. (Read more about Praxis score scaling here.)

Ultimately, your raw score provides a simple, easy-to-understand look at how you’ve done on an exam you just took. When you’re mentally fatigued form answering one question after another, knowing how many of those questions you got completely right allows you to easily get a basic idea of your performance, without any more careful thought. But it’s the unofficial and official scores that really indicate how you did on a percentage basis, and whether you’ve met the requirements of your state or prospective school.

 

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23 Responses to Understanding Your Praxis Raw Score

  1. Steven November 10, 2016 at 11:49 AM #

    Hi,
    I had a raw score of 157 on praxis 5435 (general science: content knowledge). My state (SC) requires an official score of 150. Do you think I passed? Thanks

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 10, 2016 at 11:58 AM #

      Since there are only 135 questions in Praxis 5435 (General Science: Content Knowledge), a 157 would likely be your unofficial score rather than your raw score. This is good, since unofficial and official scores are usually almost exactly the same. If your unofficial score in 157, your raw score will likely be somewhere between 154 and 159. Congratulations, you passed! 🙂

  2. Christian November 16, 2016 at 6:13 PM #

    There were 56 questions on the test, after I test 6 were not counted. Does the raw score change?

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 19, 2016 at 3:09 PM #

      From what you’ve described to me, this would likely change your raw score. But for clarity, which Praxis test are you talking about, specifically?

  3. Denny November 22, 2016 at 9:22 AM #

    Trying to figure out my score on the practice test I did for the Professional School Counselor test. Total of 120 questions and I got 81 correct. Any idea what this would score as?

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 22, 2016 at 8:23 PM #

      Glad to help, Denny!

      The formula for estimating your official score is this: calculate the percentage of questions you got right, and then add 100 to the number of your percentage. 81/120= .675 = 68% = 168 estimated score on your Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) exam.

  4. Stefanie November 28, 2016 at 3:54 PM #

    My Math Core (5732) results are confusing me.
    The passing score is 150. When you get a score report they let you know how many of the 50 questions you got correct. (6 questions are being tested and you don’t get credit for them)
    I have taken the test 3 times and the results are as follows.

    120 points = 20/50 correct
    142 points = 24/50 correct
    144 points = 30/50 correct

    It’s extremely confusing that the 4 extra questions that I got correct translates to 22 extra points in the second test, but the 6 extra questions that I got correct the third time, only translates to 2 extra points. Following the pattern, shouldn’t a score of 30/50 mean that I passed? Should I dispute this? If so how do I do this?

    Thanks!

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 29, 2016 at 7:42 AM #

      First off, I’m sorry to hear you haven’t reached your needed 150 score yet. Still, it’s good to see that your score has increased each time you take the test. It looks like you’re well on your way to 150.

      I agree with you that 30/50 seems to indicate a potentially passing score. However, to my knowledge, Praxis doesn’t have a dispute process for “constructed response” scoring. (Although I with they did– every standardized test should leave room for disputes!)

      Sadly, it’s also sometimes possible to get a 30.50 in Core Math and NOT pass the exam. One issue here is that some problems on the Praxis Core Math test are worth more points than others. It’s not always obvious which questions are more heavily weighted– the Praxis has its own internal standards for deciding whether a question tests multiple concepts for multiple points, or just tests one concept for one point.

      Still, the score irregularities you’re describing are pretty unusual. I think it wouldn’t hurt to contact Praxis customer service and see if they can give you some answers as to why this happened. If you decide to go that route, stop back here and let us know how it went, if you can.

      • Stefanie November 29, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

        Hi David,

        Thanks for getting back to me. The 4 issues that I see with Praxis Core are; the short amount of time they give to answer questions, the way that the questions are asked, the way that they are scored, and the lack of information regarding the weight of each question during the test. So far I have taken 5 math classes and have passed them all with an A grade,despite the fact that I am a non-traditional student returning to school after 20 years! Every college test that I have taken lets you know how many points each question is worth, and does not have an obscure secretive grading system. Also, every other test I have taken in college gives enough time to answer questions and then go back and rethink more difficult questions, that are asked in a straight forward way. I have never seen anything like this my whole life. I sent an email to customer service and will let you know how it goes because their grading system is highly secretive and obscure and each time you take the test it costs $90. Something is wrong.

        Thanks for listening!

      • Stefanie November 29, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

        http://mobile.nytimes.com/2006/03/15/education/15sat.html

        I also found this interesting.

      • Stefanie December 1, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

        So they got back to me at Praxis Customer Service. They basically said the same thing as you. That when the raw score is transferred to your official score, some questions are worth more than others, and therefore it is impossible to calculate your official score by the percentage of correct questions only. Also the scoring scale chart is NOT available. I still don’t understand how 4 raw points can equal 22 more official points,and 6 more raw points can only equal 2 official points.This is disheartening, however I will now say, that I will change the way I take the test next time. It is common to advise students to do all the easy short questions first and then go to the most difficult ones. I am thinking that this may not be the best method. Now that I know that some questions carry more weight than others, it may well be worth taking the time on these difficult questions that I know I can do instead of skipping them, only to find there is no time to complete them later. Any thoughts?

  5. mike cat December 6, 2016 at 7:26 PM #

    Hi..I just took my Physical education content knowledge 5091. My score popped up as 160..then it broke down the parts of the test for my raw score which added up to 86 (out of 120)..My state requires a 155..Im assuming I passed with that 160 as it was all multiple choice questions?. . Thanks for this website..soooo helpful!!!!!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 8, 2016 at 1:29 AM #

      Hi Mike,

      The 160 was an estimated scaled score (which exceeds your necessary 155) and the 86 would likely be the raw score out of 120. I would feel confident that you have passed, but wait for those official results before celebrating. Nice work! 🙂

      • mike cat December 8, 2016 at 2:35 AM #

        thank you 🙂
        I emailed Praxis the same question and here was there response:
        Thanks for your message!

        All computer-delivered, selected-response Praxis tests are scored twice to ensure accuracy. They are scored once at the test center immediately after completion of the test and again at ETS through the Praxis system. The total scaled score a test taker views on the screen at the test center is the unofficial score, and the total scaled score the test taker receives online through their Praxis account after the test has been scored a second time through the Praxis system is the official score.

        In the rare event that discrepancies are found in the initial scoring process, the official score could differ from the unofficial score.

        • mike cat December 8, 2016 at 2:37 AM #

          their 😉

  6. Ana December 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM #

    If the raw score that showed on the computer screen was 166 for the Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is that a passing score? Or not?

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 24, 2016 at 12:42 PM #

      If you saw 166 on your raw score for this particular Praxis II test (test # 5272), then you were shown your scaled score. Your official score will be exactly the same or almost the same. So you will likely have a 166 on your official score report.

      Is that a passing score? That actually depends on your state’s score requirements for that particular Praxis test. If your state requires a 166 or a score lower than 166, then you’ve met your minimum score and will be OK.

  7. Corey December 25, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

    I just took the Praxis 2 Middle School Science. It didn’t give me a score, but it said that I got 71 questions correct out of 125 which = 56% correct. Does this equate to a score of 156? The passing for my state is a 150. Thanks!!

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 26, 2016 at 3:41 PM #

      You calculated correctly– that should equate to a score of 156! Congratulations, it looks like you’ve passed, Corey. 🙂

  8. Tobin January 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM #

    I’m taking a practice test for the Basic Business Praxis Exam and there are 164 questions. My state requires a score of 154 to pass. I am trying to figure out approximately how many questions I need to answer correctly to pass. How do I do this?
    Thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 13, 2017 at 9:39 AM #

      Hi Tobin,

      It is very tricky to make these kinds of estimates, but we can try. If we assume each question you face only needs 1 answer total, then a scaled 154 means you need to get slightly more than half of those correct. Let’s err on the side of caution and say that you need at least a 60%. That means you need to get 99/164 raw score to likely be in the ballpark of the 154 you’re looking for. Keep in mind this is very rough, and it relies on the assumption that all questions have just 1 answer.

  9. Emma January 15, 2017 at 4:27 PM #

    Hi,
    I got a 46/56 on a practice Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732) and wanted to know what that score converts to. I need a 150 to pass in my state.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 16, 2017 at 7:11 AM #

      Hi Emma 🙂

      While the exact score conversions are not disclosed by ETS, you can estimate your scaled score by taking your raw score and adjusting it to the 100-200 point scale. In this case, for example, 46/56 is about 82% on the practice test. This would be equivalent, more or less, to 182/200 on the 100-200 scale. What I’ve done is take the percentage out of 100 (the range 200 – 100) and added that number, 82, to the base score of 100. Based on this calculation, you’re well on your way to passing the Math Praxis! 😀 Keep up the excellent work 🙂 And please let us know if you have any further questions about this!


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