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Praxis II Scores: What You Need to Know

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Are you having “post-Praxis II anxiety?” Sometimes the worst post-test-jitters come after test day, as you wait for your official Praxis II scores.

Have no fear, gentle readers. I’m here to alleviate a lot of your uncertainty. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Praxis II scores. I think you’ll find that these answers take away a lot of your post-exam uncertainty.

What is the difference between raw Praxis II scores, unofficial Praxis II scores, and official Praxis II scores?

When you take any Praxis exam, you’ll usually receive three different versions of your score: a raw score, an unofficial score, and an official score. Below, I’ll give you a definition of each of the three types of scores, with specific scoring examples from one of the Praxis Subject Assessment tests.

    This is the number of questions you answer correctly. Always think of your raw score as a ratio; it’s the number of questions you got right out of the total number of questions on the test.


    The unofficial score is calculated on the Praxis II’s special scoring scale for a minimum of 100 points and a maximum of 200 points. Both unofficial and official Praxis II scores are scaled in this 100-200 point range.

    • Example:
      If you got a raw score of 92/130 on the Praxis II, 5081 (Social Studies Content Knowledge), your unofficial score would be 170.

    Your official score is the score that truly matters. This is the score that your state’s teacher licensing board will look at. Your official score will be issued anywhere from days to weeks after you take the Praxis II. (For details, see the post “When Do I Get My Praxis Exam Results?“) Very often, official Praxis II scores are exactly the same as unofficial Praxis II scores. However, sometimes official scores can be changed. When this happens, the adjustment seldom exceeds 3 points.

    • Example:
      Continuing with my example from Praxis 5081, an unofficial score of 171 on the Praxis II for Social Studies would likely translate into an official score of 171 as well. If any adjustments are made, however, a 171 unofficial score would likely translate into an official score of between 168 and 174.

Wait, how do you convert a raw Praxis II score into an unofficial score?

If the “magic” of converting a raw score (such as 92/130) into a scaled score (such as 171) seems mysterious to you, you’re not alone. Here at Magoosh Praxis, we get student questions about raw-to-scaled score conversion all the time.

Don’t worry, though–the math for changing a raw score ratio into a 100-200 point unofficial scaled score is surprisingly simple. Ready to have your mind blown? Here’s the two-step process:

    • Step 1: Turn the ratio of your Praxis II raw score into a percentage.
      Example: The Praxis 5081 raw score I described above is 92/130. 92/130 = 0.707, which is like 70.7%. This rounds up to 71%.
    • Step 2: Add 100 to your percentage number to get your scaled unofficial score.
      Example: If you get 71% of your answers correct on the Praxis 5081 (or any Praxis exam), 71+100 = 171 So 171 is your unofficial scaled score.

How are adjustments to official Praxis II scores calculated?

There are two different reasons your official Praxis II score might be adjusted from your unofficial one.

First, a small handful of Praxis II exams have scores that are adjusted for relative difficulty. What does this mean? Well, every test-taker gets a different mix of questions; there are no two identical versions of the same Praxis II exam. You may get a mix of questions that’s harder than average or easier than average. If your questions were unusually hard, you may get a few points added to your score, to compensate for this. And if your questions were unusually easy, your score could be adjusted downward a little bit. (But again, downward adjustments are rare.)

Your official score will also be adjusted if certain questions are worth more than just one point. Usually, Praxis II questions all have the same point value. However, you will occasionally see Praxis II questions that are weighted more heavily.

Sometimes questions are worth extra points because you need to select more than one answer. At other times, questions are given extra value for less obvious reasons. For instance, a multiple choice question may test your knowledge in two or three important principles instead of just one.

Will I always get to see my raw and unofficial Praxis II scores on test day?

Sadly, the answer to this question is “no.” Compared to other ETS exams, the Praxis is maddeningly inconsistent about their unofficial score reports.

The “standard” is that you’ll get to see both your raw and unofficial scores in the test center, right after you take the Praxis II. However, the Praxis doesn’t guarantee you’ll get to see this. If the computers in the exam center are slow or glitchy on the day you take the test, you might only see your raw Praxis II score or only your official Praxis II score. In some cases, you won’t be shown any score at all! (That’s not common, but I have heard of it happening.)

In addition, you’ll see only a partial raw score and no unofficial score if you take a Praxis II exam that includes constructed responses (essays and short written answers). Constructed-response scoring is done by actual human scorers after your test day. For tests with this response type, you won’t see complete score information until you actually get your official score report.


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92 Responses to Praxis II Scores: What You Need to Know

  1. Mack March 11, 2017 at 3:59 PM #

    How many questions do I need to get right to receive the passing score of 157 for the Praxis II exam (5624)?

    • David Recine
      David Recine March 14, 2017 at 2:19 AM #

      Praxis 5624 (Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12) is a tricky case. This is because 5624, like all of the exams in the Praxis PLT series, includes 4 questions that are “constructed response.” These constructed response questions– short essay question in this case– are not immediately graded. And you don’t “get them right” per se. Instead, the questions are scored based on their quality.

      So it’s hard to tell exactly how many multiple choice questions you need to get a 157, given that your score also depends on your short essay ratings.

      That being said, I can tell you how many multiple choice questions you need to get right in order to average a 157 in the multiple choice (AKA selected response) portion of your Praxis PLT 7-12 exam. You’d need to get at least 40 questions right to get the equivalent of 157 on that part of the PLT, since 40/70 = 57%.

  2. Noah June 29, 2017 at 7:58 PM #

    I got 40 out of 60 (66%) questions right on my 5155, but received a 160. The passing score is 164. Did they scale me down 6 points because the test was easy? Seemed like it wasprety hard to me.

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 5, 2017 at 10:54 AM #

      There are a number of reasons the score could have been scaled down on Praxis Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Core Assessment: Mathematics and Science (5155). They definitely could have scaled it down 6 points if the questions you answered correctly were easier on average.

      However, it’s also possible that a number of your correct answers were experimental questions. These questions are newly created by Praxis and are put on the exam as an experiment to see how test takers do, but they don’t actually count toward your score. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if any questions on your exam are experimental, and not every exam will use experimental sections.

      On Praxis exams with math, it’s also common for certain math questions to be worth more points than other math questions. So if you missed a few higher-point-valued math questions, that could also account for the adjustment downward.

  3. Swapna July 5, 2017 at 3:40 PM #

    Could you please shed some light on Praxis 5362. I received a score right after the test. What is it? Are unofficial scores different than official scores?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 6, 2017 at 7:28 AM #

      It’s your lucky day, Swapna. You’re asking about one of the three Praxis II tests I’ve personally taken. 🙂

      For any Praxis II test, including Praxis 5362, there are two kinds of scores you might see immediately at the very end of your test: a raw score or an unofficial score.

      The raw score for 5362 will not be higher than 120 points, because the raw score represents how many individual questions you answered correctly out of 100.

      Your unofficial score will not be less than 100 points, because unofficial scores are calculated on a 100-200 point scale, just like official scores.

      Because 5362 has more than 120 questions, if the score you saw was between 100 and 120 it might have been either a raw or unofficial score. But it was probably a raw score; an unofficial score of 100-120 would mean you only got between 0 and 20% of the answers right, and almost nobody does that poorly. (Especially not people who care enough about their exam to read this blog and ask Magoosh questions. 😉 )

      So this should hopefully allow you to make an educated guess as to what kind of score you saw on test day. (Bear in mind that sometimes you also get to see both your raw score and your unofficial score right after the test.)

      As for the difference between an unofficial score and an official one, sometimes there is no difference. Your official score may be exactly the same as your unofficial one. Or it may be adjusted by a few points, due tot he relative difficulty of certain questions you answered, or other factors.

      • Natalie August 26, 2017 at 9:09 AM #

        Hi! I just got home from taking the 5362 test. On the screen I saw Score: 192* and then a list of the topics with number of questions I answered correctly. I didn’t think to write down the numbers but by reading this, I’ve come to the conclusion that 192 is my unofficial score and I can I unofficially celebrate as my state requires a 149 and it’s unlikely that score will change by such a margin. Am I understanding correctly?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 28, 2017 at 4:15 PM #

          Hi Natalie,

          Celebrate away! Sounds like you did an amazing job on this. 🙂

  4. Eddie July 7, 2017 at 7:19 PM #

    Thank you so much for this article, it is SUPER helpful compared to the actual Praxis website.

    I am still a bit confused, or at least just in disbelief over here, and hopefully you can clear this up for me. So the 5941 (World and US History) is a 120 question test and has a passing score of 157 in Tennessee. Now by using the math you explained above, a 70/120 would equal .58, or 58%, and then adding 100 to that gives me 158, a passing score.

    Am I going crazy over here or is it ACTUALLY possible to pass this test even if I miss 50 (!!!!) questions?

    Thank you!

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2017 at 11:13 AM #

      It actually is possible to pass the test even if you miss 50 questions; the Praxis (and most other standardized tests from ETS) simply aren’t judged on the same scale as regular homework assignments or exams you might have had in school. That being said, there’s always a chance your score could be adjusted by a few points before the official score is issued. So I strongly recommend aiming higher than a 70. You’ll want at least a 75/120, and of course ideally you should aim for the highest score you can get.

  5. Mari August 12, 2017 at 7:18 AM #

    I take Praxis II Early Childhood Education (5025) on Tuesday. I am looking at Maryland’s passing score (156) and wondering if you could let me know the lowest number (I recognize the test must be scored by a professional, some q’s have more than one answer, etc.) I can get to pass? The test has 120 q’s. My friend and I are studying together and have taken several practice tests provided by ETS’ website – I got 90/120, she received an 83/120. These were our lowest scores and we just want to make sure we’re on the right track. THANK YOU!!!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 16, 2017 at 1:49 PM #

      Hi Mari,

      We don’t have exactly a cutoff, but both of your scores would get 160+ by my estimation, so you are both on track to pass with above the 156! 🙂

  6. Justin Garcia September 15, 2017 at 5:55 PM #

    I just took the 5122 test and had a score of 140. Is that the official or raw score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 17, 2017 at 3:25 PM #

      Hi Justin,

      That looks like the unofficial score that will be similar to your official score.

  7. Anon December 30, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    On a praxis 2 subject specialty test, I got a 200 despite getting 9 questions wrong. I got roughly 91% of the questions correct. So it isn’t as simple as taking the percent and adding 100, the test I took is obviously more weighted than that and had at least 10 raw scores that would give you a perfect official scores. Excuse my annoniminity.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 1, 2018 at 4:37 PM #

      Hi Anon,

      First of all, congrats on a perfect score!! You’re right–this method will only give you an estimated scaled score. ETS adjusts the scaled score based on the difficulty of each test in order to standardize scores across tests. You can read more about this process here. ETS does not release information regarding this process and how exactly it works, so there is an element of mystery to the whole scoring process. I’m honestly surprised to hear about such a discrepancy between the raw and scaled score in your case, but I guess that means you had a particularly hard Praxis test! Again, congrats on a perfect score 🙂

  8. Augustadisgusta January 13, 2018 at 8:46 PM #

    I just got back from taking the 5362. I was really shocked to see NS instead of an unofficial score at the conclusion of my all multiple choice test. My raw score was 93/120. Do you think the formula will still be more or less accurate for me – or is something wrong with my test?!

    • David Recine
      David Recine January 15, 2018 at 1:54 PM #

      The exam has 120 questions total, so your raw score should be accurate and convertible. 93/120 is 77.5%, so you can estimate your raw score at between 177 and 178. That’s a really good score by national standards and most state standards. Nice work! (And sadly, the Praxis can be a bit inconsistent about actually displaying the estimated scaled score at the end of the test.)

      • Augustadisgusta February 2, 2018 at 6:39 PM #

        Just got my scores! 193

        Thanks for the reply. I’m so relieved

  9. Jen January 17, 2018 at 6:53 AM #

    Hello! I just took the praxis 5362. At the end of the test it gave me my total points in each category. After calculating I got an 80. If following your steps correctly 80/120= 66%. 66+100= 166. I need a 155 to pass. Is it safe to say I passed?

    • David Recine
      David Recine January 18, 2018 at 12:12 PM #

      You got that formula right, Jen. 🙂 And yes, if your unofficial score is 11 points higher than the minimum, your official score will also be well over that 155 benchmark. Nice work!

      • Jen February 1, 2018 at 7:08 AM #

        Hi, Jen again. I am starting to second guess myself. The scores are released tomorrow or Saturday. On the screen it never told me my total score. It just gave me number after each section/category. I added the points in each section and got the 80. Can I assume that it is 80/120?

  10. Leo January 20, 2018 at 3:18 PM #

    I got 124 points on the screen. I need 130 for SC, in the Physics content. Do I pass?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 21, 2018 at 4:45 PM #

      Hi Leo,

      You seem to have fallen just a little shy of the goal, but there is always a chance. Hold out hope, but also start making preparations to retake. Good luck! 🙂

  11. Elizabeth February 5, 2018 at 11:05 PM #

    I took the praxis 5362. My raw was 75. I need 155.
    Is the scale of error still in my favor?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2018 at 7:18 PM #

      Hi Elizabeth,

      According to the Study Companion, there are 120 questions total on this test. This means that your scaled score is approximately 162 according to our method here. You’ll have to wait for your official score to know for sure, but it looks like you have a good chance of passing 🙂

  12. DB February 6, 2018 at 9:22 AM #

    Hi, I just took the praxis 5402 and at the end a total score of 172 popped up. My raw scores also were shown and all together equal 84. There were 140 questions and I need a 147 to pass. How on earth did they get 172 from that raw score? 84/140 is 60% so my score should be 160, no? I’m super confused…and anxious. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2018 at 7:20 PM #

      Hi DB,

      In either case, you pass–so try not to worry about this too much 😀 As we mention at the bottom of this blog post, this method is only an approximation, and it’s not uncommon for tests to adjust scores. In this case, it appears that your score was adjusted upward, which is great news!

    • Dani June 10, 2018 at 11:47 AM #

      thanks for putting what your score was on here!

      I’ve been stressing about getting only 95 on my first try using the prep-exam and thought I was going to get a fail on the 5402. So hopefully, this means I wont fail or bomb it on Wednesday!

  13. Lori McNeill February 7, 2018 at 7:41 AM #

    I got 95 out of 120 on the esol practice test. I was just wondering if that would be a passing score for Maryland (155). It is my understanding that my unofficial score would be a 179. Is this correct?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2018 at 7:21 PM #

      Hi Lori,

      Yes, this is a good estimate of your score according to this method! In any case, your percent correct is well above 55%, so I think you are set 😀

  14. Charmaigne Lloyd February 10, 2018 at 12:45 PM #

    I do not understand how my raw score was higher than the number of questions on my Praxis 2 5005 Science test. If there are only 50 questions how can my raw score be in the 100’s. What does this mean? Please help.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 11, 2018 at 12:54 PM #

      Hi Charmaigne,

      This is because there is a difference between your raw score and your scaled score. You can read about raw scores here. . Basically, a raw score is your percent correct–it’s the same score you are probably familiar with from every test you’ve ever taken in school. The Praxis (and most standardized tests) don’t report your raw score. Instead, they convert it into a scaled score. This process allows them to take different tests into account and make sure that their tests are standardized and valid. For the Praxis, the scaled score is always between 100 and 200. So, the Praxis takes your percent correct (# of correct questions/50, in your case) and converts it into a score between 100 and 200. This blog post provides some more explanation that might be helpful for you 🙂

  15. M.J. February 10, 2018 at 3:32 PM #


    Today I took the Professional School Counseling Praxis II..

    Required score is 156. My unofficial was 153. I didnt look at any other scores because I was so disappointed and everything just went blank.. Im literally sick to the stomach.

    Is it possible my official score could change?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 11, 2018 at 12:57 PM #

      Hi M.J.,

      I’m so sorry to hear about this–I know it’s stressful and disheartening to see an unofficial score that is so close to the passing score! I can’t say for certain that your score will change, but it is possible for scores to change a few points between the unofficial and official score. Sometimes, the Praxis makes some adjustments for the official score. When they do change, they almost always increase. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the release of the official scores to know for sure…I wish you the best of luck!

  16. M.C. March 3, 2018 at 10:29 AM #

    I am freaking out over my scores, just like everyone else.

    I just took the English 5038, which has 130 questions, separated into three categories. At the end of the test it gave me a score of 189, and then scores per category, 37, 27, and 30 respectively.

    And no matter how I add and divide this, I can not get the two to match.

    My added scores per category would be 94/130. Which would be an unofficial score of 172 if I do the formula the way explained above, although there were several questions which required two or three answers rather than one.

    But 172 is not even close to 189. Feeling very confused. Is it possible my unofficial score would actually be 189?

    Thanks for all the responses, this site has been VERY helpful!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 11, 2018 at 1:05 PM #

      Hi M.C.,

      If your unofficial score said 189, then that is the best estimate for your official score! Our method here is good for a general score range, but it looks like it didn’t work very well in this case 😀 What this really comes down to, however, is the passing score for your state–both 172 and 189 are likely passing scores in most states, so you shouldn’t worry too much about it 😀

  17. D.D March 10, 2018 at 2:46 PM #

    I just took the technology education test 5051 for Maryland.
    At the end of the test it said my raw score was 150. I immediately felt a knot in the bottom of my stomach. There was only 120 questions on the test. Please help me to understand what I saw today.

    • David Recine
      David Recine March 11, 2018 at 5:04 PM #

      It looks like what you actually saw was an unofficial scaled score. Your unofficial scaled score is the percentage of correct answers you gave, plus 100. So a 150 indicates 60/120 correct answers. Your official scaled score will be the same or very similar. Sometimes official scaled scores are adjusted by a few points, compared to the unofficial scaled score. According to the Praxis website’s page for Maryland’s requirements, it looks like you need a 59%/159 for state licensure. So you’ll probably need to retake the test. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Although it is good you’ve already gotten into the 150s– you just need to get higher in that range the next time!

  18. Caroline March 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM #

    I scored a 160 on the praxis 5018 today. I need a 163 to pass it. Is there any chance that my unofficial score may be three points higher? I’ve already signed up to retake but I’m still holding a tiny bit of hope.

    • David Recine
      David Recine March 22, 2018 at 11:23 AM #

      When Praxis scores are adjusted for the official score report, they’re usually adjusted by one to three points, up or down. So it’s absolutely possible that your score could be a 163 in the official test. But it is far from guaranteed. So you’re doing the right thing– holding some hope, while also preparing for the retake you may need. 🙂

  19. Jennifer Floyd April 22, 2018 at 1:49 PM #

    What is the percentage I need correct to pass the PRAXIS II English for Speakers of Other Languages? (5362) On the practice one I got from the ETS website, I got 77/120 or 66%. If I follow your directions, I got 164. I need only 149 to pass. Am I correct in thinking I passed? I will take this May 5th so I’m hoping yes.

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 23, 2018 at 9:28 AM #

      You’d actually probably get between a 163 and 169 with a 166, with 166 or higher being the most likely score. 😉 So a 66%, if you can do the same on test day, is a likely pass. I would still recommend shooting for just a little bit higher, though– even a 67%, a single 1% boost, would noticeably increase your already-good chances of passing.

  20. Jason May 8, 2018 at 9:16 AM #

    I have my test in 3 days, I took a practice test over a week ago and taking another tomorrow. I scored a 70% on the earth science test, VA says I need a 156 to pass, would I have passed?

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 8, 2018 at 1:31 PM #

      Since your scaled score is (approximately) your percentage correct plus 100, you have roughly a 170 on your Praxis Earth and Space Science test. So congratulations– it really does look like you passed! 🙂

  21. Mallory V Jenkins May 8, 2018 at 6:25 PM #

    Thanks for the explanation!! You’ve helped put my mind be at ease. I took the Praxis 5440 today and wrote down a 169 unofficial score but afterwards I was second guessing that score and thinking what if it was only a 109 that I just misread in the stressful moment of finishing. However, after I added up my raw points (10+11+14+19+14+10=78/125) and then adding that 62% to the 100 makes my 169 unofficial score accurate! And I only needed a 150 for SD so I am good to go. Thanks again for the blog!

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM #

      Thanks for sharing that awesome story. And yeah, that 62% means you could have gotten your score adjusted to 169 for various reasons, or you could have misremembered and actually saw a 162 rather than a 169. But you’ve easily passed either way! 🙂

  22. Marie May 12, 2018 at 5:44 PM #

    I took the Earth Science Praxis in April, the score was cancelled. I was so upset because I thought I might have passed. I requested an appeal but they ignored me. I have bee studying hard using the flash cards. So in May I took the same Earth Science Praxis, but it was so difficult, the concepts were much harder with lots math formulas. I received a score of 153, I need a score of 156. I am having the worst luck. I am hoping that I pass even though I probly have to retake the exam.

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 14, 2018 at 7:05 AM #

      Score cancellation by ETS is uncommon, but very frustrating when it happens. I’m sorry you had this experience! 🙁 You’re right to have hope that you’ll pass on the next try though, though. 153 isn’t that far off from 156. With continued flashcard practice, and perhaps some additional practice with the official study companion or the official mock test, it sounds like you have a very good chance at success in the near future. 🙂

  23. Lauren S. May 24, 2018 at 12:25 PM #

    I just took the English Content Knowledge (5038) which is out of 130. At the end of the test, it told me that I got a 175 but then it also gave me a breakdown of the three content categories and I received a 31, 20, 31 in them. Adding those up, I got 82/130 correct. The scores are very different so which one is my unofficial score??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 25, 2018 at 11:34 AM #

      Hi Lauren,

      I would trust the unofficial score that is displayed at the testing center. While it’s possible that your official score will change/increase, that is the best unofficial score right now!

  24. Deanna May 31, 2018 at 9:56 AM #

    I got 85/120 right on the ETS practice 5362 that I purchased. If I’m understanding correctly, since 85/120=.70, or 70%, I add 100 to that for a score of 170. Does that sound right? I took it without listening to the listening sections because I was in a meeting, so hopefully I can improve on that section, at least. I take the test on June 12th. Thanks. I need a 149.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2018 at 12:36 PM #

      Hi Deanna,

      Yes, you’ve done the math right! Keep in mind that this is an estimate, but it looks like you are already well above the passing score for your state. Seems like you are in good shape 🙂 Good luck on your upcoming exam!

  25. Sean May 31, 2018 at 12:30 PM #

    I just took the Praxis 5081 and it showed a score of 160 at the end of the test. If I’m not mistaken, I only needed 157 to pass in PA. Am I to assume that I’m safe?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2018 at 12:39 PM #

      Hi Sean,

      I think that you can be pretty confident about your score, but unfortunately you’ll have to wait for your final results to know for sure! WHile the unofficial scores are usually the same or a bit lower than the official scores, there is a (very, very) slight possibility that your score goes down.

  26. Jackie June 11, 2018 at 8:21 AM #

    Just took Social Studies content 0581. Two things showed up… 173 and then a breakdown of my raw score. Added all the raw score numbers together to get 79. There are 130 questions and I need a 158 to pass. Any ideas? Was that 173 my unofficial score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 13, 2018 at 11:33 AM #

      Hi Jackie,

      It sounds like 173 was your unofficial score 🙂 Keep in mind that our method provides you with a score estimate, so it won’t be 100% accurate all of the time! It sounds like no matter what happens with your official score, you are well above the passing score 🙂 Congrats!

  27. Jenn June 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM #


    I’ve just taken the elementary multiple subject test, and right afterward was shown the following scores:
    Reading: 198
    Math: 199
    Social Studies: 200
    Science: 194

    I didn’t feel nearly as confident as my scores would suggest – is it possible there have been some mistakes in the grading? Are these unofficial scores that are likely to be lowered?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 13, 2018 at 11:34 AM #

      Hi Jenn,

      Congratulations on awesome scores! It sounds like you were underestimating your skills and capabilities 🙂 While it’s possible that these scores will go down, it isn’t likely to lower by more than a few points. I’d say you can stop worrying and start celebrating (and relaxing)!

  28. Daryllyn June 11, 2018 at 12:08 PM #

    I tool Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) last saturday and got a raw score of 122. There were 125 questions. Did I pass or did I not pass? I am starting to freak out!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 13, 2018 at 11:39 AM #

      Hi Daryllyn,

      I understand that it’s nerve-wracking to wait for the official scores, but try not to freak out until you get the final scores (and then hopefully your freak-out will be positive!) If 122 is indeed your raw score, then you can expect a score of around 197, which should be a passing score in any state! It’s also possible that 122 is your unofficial score (sometimes students get confused with the score results after the test), in which case you would need to look up your state’s passing score in order to determine if you passed or not. In any case, good luck and try to shake off those nerves!

  29. A.J.Z. June 11, 2018 at 4:18 PM #


    My raw score was 40/60 on the 5161 praxis exam in Pennsylvania (27 for Numbers and Operations, 13 for Geometry and Probability). My unofficial score popped up on the screen after I was done and it said “166*”. If “160” is the passing score in Pennsylvania, do you think my chances are good that I passed and am in the clear?

    I’m just curious as to what others think. It seemed like a really difficult test.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 13, 2018 at 11:40 AM #

      Hi there,

      I would say that your chances are good, with the caveat that nothing is certain until the official scores are released! If the official score changes at all, it usually only change by a point or two. I’d say that you are pretty safe with a score of 166 🙂

  30. amy w June 15, 2018 at 1:26 PM #

    Has anyone ever had the unofficial score increase by 1pt. I would love a response from someone that has personally seen this happen. I need 1pt to pass and I am not very hopeful, however based on these calculations my official score should be 161.6666 based on me getting 74 correct answers out of 120. which is .6166666% and add 100 should be 161.66666 which should be 162, but my unofficial score on the computer showed 160 🙁

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 20, 2018 at 9:40 AM #

      I know it’s nerve-wracking to wait for the final results! I hope someone here can share their experience with you. Good luck!

  31. Candy June 16, 2018 at 7:32 PM #

    I took my Praxis Elementary Content Knowledge (5001), Is it likely that my scores will decrease when my official scores are released? The reason I ask is on the Social Studies portion I needed a score of 155 to pass and my unofficial score was 155. I am so nervous that my score will drop! I also scored 1 point below what I needed on the reading section, my unofficial score was 156 and I needed a score of 157 to pass. The other 2 sections, Math and Science, I scored very high scores, so I am not concerned on either of those sections. I know that if I have to retake the 2 sections, I can do much better because I took this exam with not being able to study at all due to a family emergency. I would love to not have to retake as many as possible.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 20, 2018 at 9:49 AM #

      Hi Candy,

      In our experience, it’s not likely that your score will increase. However, it is possible. In most cases, the unofficial score stays the same. In some instances, it changes by a point or so, and it usually increases if it changes at all). Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say what will happen in your case, and all that you can do is wait for the official scores. Good luck, and I’ll have my fingers crossed for you 🙂

    • Tiffany June 25, 2018 at 2:56 PM #

      Email me ttiffany544 at gmail dot com and I can give you the exact study guide. I made a 157 using it and that was 6 points shy of my states score.

      • David Recine
        David Recine June 26, 2018 at 12:40 PM #

        As my grandma likes to say, “thanks for being shareful,” Tiffany! I edited your email to spell out “at” and “dot,” to minimize spamming, before enthusiastically approving your comment!

  32. Amy Jane July 4, 2018 at 10:22 AM #

    Hi, so I’m trying to understand my score right now.

    I took the World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge (5941). There are total of 120 questions and I need a 157 to pass and get a TN licensure.

    Here’s the score breakdown (raw points earned) of the test I took recently:
    1. World History to 1450 C.E. 12 out of 28
    2. World History: 1450 CE to the present: 13 out of 27
    3. United States History to 1877: 15 out of 29
    4. United States History: 1877 to the present: 15 out of 28
    5. Historical thinking skills: 14 out of 28.
    So that’s 69 out of 140 raw points.
    I ended up getting a 133.

    What I don’t understand is, the raw score points available passes 120 (the number of questions), and even if I take out the historical thinking skills score (28) since historical thinking skills questions are in the 4 categories, it’s still not 120.

    Can you please explain this to me. I’m so confused. I don’t know how many questions I actually need to get right to pass this test…

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 5, 2018 at 10:02 AM #

      Hi Amy,

      The test has 120 questions, but that does not mean 120 points. Some of the questions are worth more than one point. So your score in points was the 69 our of 140 you referenced, which would be not high enough to cross your 157 score requirement, unfortunately.

      Out of 140 points, you need to get over 85 points to have a good shot at passing. That would correspond to approximately 68-70 questions out of 120 to be safe. I hope that helps!

  33. Sharon July 5, 2018 at 1:47 PM #

    I just took the Praxis World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge (5941). I need a 156 to pass in Utah and after the test it showed a 155. I am sick!!! I got 83 raw points, which when divided by 120 would be 69, so according to the above calculations that would be 169. I like that score a lot better. Can it be that off? How does 83/120 come to be 155? I just need one more point! How rare is it that the unofficial score changes?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2018 at 5:36 PM #

      Sorry to hear you had this experience in the test center, Sharon! It certainly sounds disappointing and frustrating. But there still may be hope. Here are a few things to consider:

      1) It’s rare but not unheard of for the test center to give you an erroneous number for your score on test day. In that case, your final official score report could look different.

      2) It is quite common for the official scaled score to be adjusted slightly (1-3 points, usually) from the unofficial scaled score you saw on test day. When this happens, the adjustments bring your score up more often than down. Based on what I’ve heard from past students, if 155 was your actual scaled score on test day, there’s a slightly more than 50% chance you will get a 156 or higher.

      3) On these longer tests, there are a wider variety of question types. This usually means there are some questions that are more “weighted” than others in score calculations. If a question has multiple correct answers or tests a few differnet inportant concepts at the same time, it can have a larger impact on your score. This is the most likely explanation for why you got a 155 instead of a 169. (But again, computer error is a possibility, albeit a less likely one.)

      4) In short, there’s a chance you passed, but there’s also a distinct chance you won’t make the 156 cut off. This brings me to a final piece of somewhat good news. You’re close enough to the cutoff that if you fall below it, you have a very good chance of getting much more comfortably above a 156 with additional study and a retake.

      So take heart! You’ve either passed or have a passing score in your near future. I hope these thoughts are helpful. 🙂

  34. Amanda July 6, 2018 at 11:08 AM #

    Hi-I just took the Praxis 5857 health and physical education content knowledge…130 multiple choice questions. At the end, the computer showed a “total score” of 178. From what I have been reading, this is not a raw score, correct? How different will by official score be from 178?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2018 at 5:04 PM #

      You’re right– 178 would be the scaled score, not the raw score. Your final official scaled score will either be 178, or something very close to it. Scaled scores are seldom adjusted by more than a few points.

  35. Ashley July 6, 2018 at 6:56 PM #


    I took the Professional School Counselor praxis exam today. at the end of my exam it showed me a score of 175 and the. underneath there was a chart that broke down how many questions i got right in each section, is the score of 175 i saw my actual score? I know it may stay the same or change a little when the official scores are reported but for North Carolina I need a 156. did the 175 score i saw mean i passed?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2018 at 12:50 PM #

      Hi Ashley,

      Since there are only 120 questions on the Praxis for Professional School Counselor, 175 would definitely be your scaled score and not your raw score. Your final official scaled score will be the same as 175 or very close to it. So congratulations! You passed quite impressively. 🙂

  36. morgan July 10, 2018 at 10:09 AM #

    Hello! I take the Praxis II Math content (5161) test tomorrow and in South Dakota I need a 160 to pass. It is out of 60 questions could you help me, make sure I got this right.. If i need a 160 I have to get a 60% on the test? so about 36/60 questions correct? is that right or am i doing the math wrong?
    Thank you in advance!

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2018 at 11:34 AM #

      Hi Morgan,

      You do have the math right! 🙂 One word of caution, though: because the final official scaled score can be adjusted by a few points, it’s better to overshoot beyond the 36/60 minimum. Getting at least 38 questions correct would be ideal.

  37. Amanda July 10, 2018 at 11:53 AM #

    I took the praxis 5857-health and physical education content knowledge. At the end of the test, I expected to see how many I got correct out of 130 multiple choice questions, but instead the screen said: total score 178. Does this mean that will be my final score?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2018 at 12:47 PM #

      Hi Amanda. A 178 scaled score means you answered 78$ of the questions correctly. Congratulations– that’s an impressive score by Praxis standards. Your final official score will be 178, or something very close to it. (Official scores are sometimes adjusted by a few points.)

      • Amanda July 10, 2018 at 2:48 PM #

        Thank you so much! I believe my state requires a 160 to pass.

  38. Melody August 1, 2018 at 2:32 PM #

    Hey! I just took a special education praxis 5354 and got 70 of a possible 120 questions correct. By my calculations from reading the above comments I will have a score of 158 which is more than the 151 needed to pass. I didn’t receive an actual scaled score. It popped up NS on the screen which has me somewhat concerned but it did show the 70 correct answers. Do you think I passed or will it be cutting it close?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 9, 2018 at 4:05 PM #

      Hi Melody,

      According to this estimation method, you can expect a score somewhere around 158. As you have also likely read in these comments, this estimation is not perfect, and there is the possibility that your score will be adjusted downwards. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do is wait for the official score report! Good luck, and our fingers are crossed for you 🙂

  39. Greg Martinez August 3, 2018 at 9:02 AM #


    I just took the Special Education Core Knowledge and Applications Praxis test 5354.
    My raw scores were , 14,19,14,19,20 so an 86 . There are 120 questions on the test. What do you think my unofficial score is because it didn’t show me!

    Thank you for this!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 9, 2018 at 3:32 PM #

      Hi Greg,

      According to the method we outlined here, this would be around a 172. Keep in mind that this is only an estimate, but you can expect your score to be someone in that ballpark 🙂

  40. Dominique Jordan August 6, 2018 at 9:33 AM #

    Can you help me understand why there might be a very large difference between a raw score and an unofficial score? On the Praxis II Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018) I have a 30 point difference between the calculation you explained for raw score [ (# of correct answers/total # of questions) + 100 ] and the unofficial score shown to me on the screen. Thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 9, 2018 at 3:55 PM #

      Hi Dominique,

      That is quite a large difference, and I’m sorry that our estimation didn’t work in this case. ETS is not very forthcoming with information about how they score specific Praxis tests, and unfortunately there are some reasons why this estimation method would not work in particular cases.

      For example, they may have scaled down if your test happened to have easier questions on average. These sorts of adjustments are meant to ensure that there is standardization across different versions of the test.

      It’s also possible that some of your correct answers were experimental questions. These questions are newly created by Praxis and are put on the exam as an experiment to see how test takers do, but they don’t actually count toward your score. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if any questions on your exam are experimental, and not every exam will use experimental sections.

      On Praxis exams with math, it’s also common for certain math questions to be worth more points than other math questions. So if you missed a few higher-point-valued math questions, that could also account for the adjustment downward.

      30 points is an extreme downward adjustments (generally we see adjustments on the scale of 4-6 points), so a few of these different reasons must have conspired together. I’m sorry that this estimation didn’t work for your case!

  41. Ivory August 10, 2018 at 7:35 AM #

    I just finished the Middle School Science exam and my raw score displayed was 123. Was this informing me that I got 123 questions correct out of 125? Or did I fail badly? The TN state requirement official score is 150.

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 11, 2018 at 12:54 PM #

      Oh, that’s a tough one! It’s rare that a Praxis exam has significantly more than 100 questions. But for longer exams like Praxis Middle School Science (5440), it’s hard to tell if the score you see in the test center at the end of the test is the raw score or the scaled score. It seems possible that you got a 123 scaled score, answering only 23% of the questions correctly. But it also seems like you may have gotten 123 out of 125, which would be a 98%, or a 198. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help, but it sounds like you’ll need to wait until you get your official score before you can know what happened for sure.

  42. Michelle Vail August 14, 2018 at 9:53 AM #


    I just took the Praxis II (5411) exam yesterday and the last screen displayed a score of 166 with a listing of topics and numbers beside them below the score. I am assuming from what I am reading that my unofficial score is a 166. I did not pay attention to the topics/numbers at the bottom of the screen. I found the test to be excruciating and nothing like what I had been studying. I had multiple study guides and used the interactive practice test, but this test very difficult. If my score is, in fact, a 166 then I believe I passed for NC, so why am I feeling like there is something wrong?
    Why do we have to wait to see the scores online? Will it really take 10 business days?

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 16, 2018 at 11:34 AM #

      Hi Michelle,

      First off, sorry to hear that you had such a stressful testing experience. Sometimes, what you see on test day really doesn’t seem to line up with the practice materials. The good news is that if you saw a 166, that is your scaled score, and your final official score should be fairly close to the scaled one. If any adjustments are made int he final report, your score should still change by less than 10 points. Given that North Carolina’s requirement for Praxis 5411 (Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision) is 145, it looks like you really did pass. Congratulations. 🙂

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