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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.

  • RAW SCORE:
    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.

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  • UNOFFICIAL SCORE:
    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.
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  • OFFICIAL SCORE:
    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:

  • HOW TO CONVERT A PRAXIS II RAW SCORE INTO A PRAXIS II UNOFFICIAL SCORE:
    • 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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14 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.


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