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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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38 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!

  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!

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