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How Many Times Can I Retake the Praxis?

Many people need to take the Praxis more than once before they pass. Needing to retake the Praxis can be frustrating, but it isn’t a deal breaker. As long as you have the time (and fees), you most likely can retake the Praxis as many times as you need to pass.

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How Many Times Can I Retake the Praxis?

ETS does not have any limits on how many times you can retake the Praxis. Some states and institutions may have retake limits, though. Check with your school and your state certification agency to see if they have any retake limits.

How Often Can I Retake the Praxis?

You can take the Praxis once every 21 days, not including your initial test date. Even if you canceled your test scores on the first test, you still have to wait the 21 days. You should be able to register for another test while you are waiting, just make sure the next test date isn’t too soon.

Do I Still Need to Pay?

Yep, sorry. You still need to pay the test fee each time you take the Praxis. All the more incentive to study and do well the first time you take the test! 😉 (Some people are eligible for Praxis fee waivers, see if you might qualify.)

Can I Retake the Praxis Subtests?

If you need to retake just one section of the Praxis Core, say just the Math section (for example), you can do that. The registration and retake process is the same, except with one Praxis subtest (and the corresponding fee) instead of the full three-part Praxis Core.

Official Praxis Test Retake Policy

Still have questions? Here is the official test retake policy from ETS. ETS’s retake policy allows you to retake the test every 21 days, excluding the initial test date. If you take a test that includes subtests (such as Elementary Education), you must also wait the 21 days to retake the subtest. The retake policy applies even if you have canceled your previous scores. Violations of this restriction will mean that the scores from your most recent test will not be reported, and you will also not be issued a refund.

While you can retake the Praxis over and over, that can get stressful and expensive fast! Eventually, you’ll also run out of time before you need a passing score in order to teach. The next time you take the Praxis, make sure you are prepared to do your best. Here are a few resources to start:

And, of course, there are tons of resources right here on the Magoosh Praxis blog. You got this! 🙂

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28 Responses to How Many Times Can I Retake the Praxis?

  1. Kristen August 2, 2017 at 6:57 AM #

    Are scores reported every time you take the Praxis, or can you just send your best score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 8, 2017 at 1:41 PM #

      Hi Kristen,

      If you do not cancel your Praxis score in the given window, all of your scores are on the report. ETS also says, “Additional score reports indicate the highest score earned on each test.” This further backs up the claim. I hope that helps! 🙂

    • Kimberly Plemmons March 8, 2019 at 8:21 AM #

      In North Carolina is there a limit to how many times do you have to pass the test? Is there a limit?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 8, 2019 at 9:54 AM #

        I can answer that! State boards of education do not set their own limits on how many times someone can retake the Praxis. The only people who set the rules are the people at ETS. So there’s no limit in NC or in any other state or territory.

  2. James Brinker February 3, 2018 at 5:41 PM #

    How long are the praxis scores valid? If I take the upcoming test and pass it will it be good to use to start teaching three years from now?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2018 at 7:07 PM #

      Hi James,

      The Praxis score is available in your ETS account for 10 years after your test date, but your state may have requirements for how recent your test must be. You can start your search in the state by state database by ETS, but I recommend that you contact your state office in charge of credentialing for the most accurate information 🙂

  3. Lucy July 14, 2018 at 7:02 PM #

    I accidentally canceled my test. Can I get it reinstated?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 17, 2018 at 11:43 AM #

      Hi Lucy,

      I recommend that you contact ETS directly to ask them about their policies. I’ve never come across this situation before, and I don’t want to steer you wrong! Let us know how it goes 🙂

  4. Kenclark July 15, 2018 at 2:39 PM #

    Is the retake policy 21 calendar days or 21 business days

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 17, 2018 at 11:53 AM #

      Hi Ken,

      This should be 21 calendar days 🙂

      • Rachael August 5, 2020 at 8:40 AM #

        The handbook says 35 days? Is it 35 or 21??

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2020 at 8:55 AM #

          Hi Rachael, you should go by the handbook for the test that you are taking, or contact ETS directly for more information.

  5. Marissa July 19, 2018 at 1:56 AM #

    I scheduled to take my retest of the praxis. Does the 21days include weekends or only business days? I took my last test on July 5th and scheduled a retake for August 4th.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 22, 2018 at 1:35 PM #

      The 21 days are just 21 calendar days. So they include weekends and holidays. August 4th will definitely count as more than 21 days after July 5, for Praxis purposes.

  6. Jen August 9, 2018 at 11:59 AM #

    When you take a test over is it the same questions?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 9, 2018 at 5:36 PM #

      Hi Jen,

      No, the test will be different when you retake it 🙂

  7. Tracy December 14, 2018 at 12:27 PM #

    If I took the combined test (reading/math/writing) for the first time on 12/14/18, and need to retake the Math again, when is the soonest I can take it? Is 1/3/19 too soon?
    Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 16, 2018 at 4:18 PM #

      Hi Tracy!

      21 days after December 14th, 2018 is January 4th, 2019. So, I’d recommend scheduling an exam for any time after that. 🙂

      • Danielle September 28, 2019 at 10:27 AM #

        But can it be on the 21st day? Or does it need to be day 22?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 1, 2019 at 1:08 PM #

          Hi Danielle,

          It must be the 22nd day. If you want to be completely sure, please contact ETS directly 🙂

  8. Cinda October 18, 2019 at 2:29 PM #

    I took the praxis 5362 on October 16, I had a raw score of 154 in my state I need a 155, is there a chance they would scale it one point? 🙏🏻
    If I retake the test should I study different material or the same material?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 1, 2019 at 1:21 PM #

      Hi Cinda,

      The official score differs from the unofficial score only in rare cases. Most likely, the official score will remain the same.Unfortunately, you will have to wait for your official results to learn more.

  9. hohoho November 12, 2019 at 3:57 AM #

    I want to take one subject for each. I am planning to take math first and rest of the tests later. However, what if I fail two of the tests, but pass one, does that mean I have to retake all of them again or two failed tests?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 17, 2019 at 8:59 PM #

      Hi there!

      If you pass one section but fail the others, you can just retake the two failed tests. 🙂

      Best of luck!

  10. Lizeth Dorado September 3, 2020 at 6:32 PM #

    Do you have to wait 21 test for any test or for each subject?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2020 at 8:54 AM #

      For each subject. You can take different Praxis tests within the 21 day period.

  11. Hannah November 30, 2020 at 7:38 AM #

    Is this 21 days still accurate? The ETS website and Proctor U sites both say that test takers need wait 35 days in between each exam, not 21 days. I need to have passing scores for grad program by Jan 31st, so I’m trying to figure out if I have time to take the test on December 8th-ish and then wait the 35 or 21 days and retake if necessary. Do you know if they’ve changed their 21-day policy to 35 days? Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 15, 2021 at 10:22 AM #

      Hi Hannah, good catch! It actually looks like they changed this to 28 days, according to the information here. ETS will always have the most updated policies on their website, so that’s the best place to go to confirm information. I’m going to send this to our content team so that they can update this blog post. Thanks for pointing this out!

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