offers hundreds of practice questions and video explanations. Go there now.
Sign up or log in to Magoosh Praxis Prep.

Does the PPST still exist?

If you’ve been on the path to becoming a teacher for over a year, you’ve likely seen the acronym PPST. The Praxis I PPST, or Pre-Professional Skills Test, was the previous version of what we now know as the Praxis I Core, the exam that teachers need to pass in order to teach in the US public school system in most states.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the PPST.
 

Can I still take the Praxis I PPST?

Nope, the PPST has been completely replaced by the Praxis Core. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) retired the PPST on Sept 1, 2014. The computer-based Praxis Core test launched in late 2013, and as of 2015 is the primary test required by most US states for a teaching credential.
 

What if I need to retake one or more of the PPST tests after August 31, 2014?

If you passed one but not all of the PPST sections, you can take the Core test in the subject needed – Reading, Writing, or Math.
 

Are the Praxis PPST and the Praxis Core the same exam?

The PPST and Core are similar, but there are a few key differences between the two tests.
 
What’s the same:

Subject matter
Both the PPST and the Praxis Core cover Math, Reading, and Writing.
 
What’s different:

Paper or computer-based
The PPST was offered both on paper and on computer. The Praxis Core is only offered as a computer-based test.
 
Length of the exam and number of questions
The Praxis Core is a longer exam, netting out at a total of 270 mins for 152 multiple-choice questions and 2 essays. The PPST clocked in at 218 mins for 127 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay for the computer-based version. The paper-based version consisted of fewer questions within a shorter length of time.
 
Topics tested within each subtest
Some students find the Praxis Core to be more challenging. The Math section of the Praxis Core tests knowledge of systems of linear equations, Reading now includes assessments of multiple passages, and Writing calls for a greater level of analysis and reasoning.
 
Two Essays Instead of One
Aspiring teachers who enjoy writing may find the Praxis Core to their advantage. While the PPST required one essay, the Praxis Core now requires two: one argumentative essay that calls for you to take a side on an issue and provide supporting examples for your case; and one informative / explanatory essay in which you are asked to summarize information from a passage or multiple passages, citing quotations to bolster your analysis
 
For much more about the Praxis Writing Section, see our blog post outlining what to expect.
 
Calculator Usage in the Math Section
You weren’t allowed to use a calculator for the PPST, but you can for the Praxis Core.

 
 

By the way, sign up for our 1 Week Free Trial to try out Magoosh Praxis Prep!

One Response to Does the PPST still exist?

  1. Connie Cooper May 22, 2017 at 7:40 AM #

    Thanks for posting this information. I was hoping that my PPST scores could have been converted into CORE scores especially since the CORE scores are slightly lower. It would have been interesting to see what that would look like in terms of weather I would have needed to retest or not.


Magoosh blog comment policy: To create the best experience for our readers, we will only approve comments that are relevant to the article, general enough to be helpful to other students, concise, and well-written! 😄 Due to the high volume of comments across all of our blogs, we cannot promise that all comments will receive responses from our instructors.

We highly encourage students to help each other out and respond to other students' comments if you can!

If you are a Premium Magoosh student and would like more personalized service from our instructors, you can use the Help tab on the Magoosh dashboard. Thanks!

Leave a Reply