Praxis Raw Scores

In this post, we’ll look at Praxis raw scores: what they are, how they’re calculated, and how they’re different from unofficial and official scores.

What is a Praxis raw score, and how is it calculated?

A Praxis raw score is a “question count.” It measures the number of questions that you answered completely and correctly on the exam. Praxis raw scores are calculated only from selected response questions–questions that are multiple choice or numeric entry. Constructed response questions–essay questions and written short answer questions–are not included in your raw score. This is because constructed response questions are not simply correct or incorrect; instead, they’re graded on a rubric. (For more information, see my earlier post on selected response and constructed response questions.)

So if you take a Praxis exam that is 100% selected response, your raw score will give you some idea of how you did on the entire exam. Take the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge exam. All 140 questions on this test are multiple choice or numeric entry. So if you get a raw score of 98, it means you got 98 questions correct—this would be 70% of the total number of questions on the exam.

On the other hand, Praxis exams such as the PLT have both a  selected response section and a constructed response section. So if you take a test like the Praxis PLT for Grades 5-9, your raw score will not be calculated based on your performance on all the questions; it will only be taken from this exam’s 70 multiple choice questions. The four constructed response questions at the end of the exam will not be part of your raw score because those questions are graded based on quality, not based on whether your answer is correct/incorrect. Say you get a raw score of 65 on PLT 5-9. This only means that you successfully answered 93% of the questions in the initial multiple choice section of the exam. The raw score won’t tell you anything about your performance in the second section with the four constructed response questions.

How is your Praxis raw score different from your unofficial and official Praxis scores?

You’ll be shown your Praxis raw score on test day, right after you complete the Praxis exam. Alongside your raw score, you’ll see your unofficial score. And you’ll get your official scores 2 to 4 weeks later, depending on the exam. (See my the Magoosh Praxis Blog post “When Do I Get my Praxis Exam Results?”)

Your Praxis raw score has one unique trait that separates it from both the unofficial and official score. Unlike your other Praxis scores, the raw score measures the number of questions you got right, not the number of correct answers. This is an important distinction because on the Praxis, certain questions have more than one answer. If a Praxis question asks you to select two answers, and you only choose one of the two answers correctly, this would count as one wrong question in your raw score calculation. But your unofficial and official scores are based on the answers you get right. Both unofficial and official scoring would count that question as half-correct, with one right answer and one wrong one.

Your raw score and your unofficial score also both have one important thing in common: both of these scores are derived exclusively from your performance on selected response questions. Only official scores include the rubric-based grades you receive for constructed responses.

The takeaway

You, your school, and your potential employers will all want to know how you did on the Praxis as soon as possible. Your raw scores and your unofficial scores both give you some insight into your Praxis performance right away, before your official scores arrive. Understanding the relationship between your raw, unofficial, and official scores is very important as you consider your Praxis performance and the impact it will have on your teacher training, teacher licensure, and future career. For more in-depth information, check out the following two posts:

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97 Responses to Praxis Raw Scores

  1. Gwen Orel August 9, 2016 at 4:39 PM #

    H there im really puzzled I’ve taken two exams and in both cases my raw score was higher than the number of questions on the exam. There was no unofficial score posted, jsut numbers by section which since I couldn’t go back and look didn’t really mean much to me. I don’t know what to thnk, one was 196 and one was 197. The passing scaled scores for those tests is 167 and 153. Is there any way to figure out if I’ve passed?

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 13, 2016 at 6:28 PM #

      That does sound a little strange. Gwen, which Praxis tests did you take? Was this the Praxis Core, or one of the Praxis II/Subject area tests? Let me know, and I’ll see if I can get to the bottom of this for you.

      • Mark DeBruhl August 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM #

        I have the same question. I took the test on Aug 13, 2016 in The Business Assessment (5101) and it told me I had a raw score of 188, but there were only 120 questions.

        • David Recine
          David Recine August 22, 2016 at 12:39 PM #

          The 188 you saw is likely not your raw score, but rather your unofficial scaled score, which would be given in a range between 100-200. An unofficial scaled score of 188 would indicate that your answered 88% of the questions correctly. If the official score is adjusted at all, it will be adjusted by 1-3 points, probably upward rather than downward. Congratulations!

          • Gina June 8, 2019 at 2:55 PM #

            Hi David I just took the praxis 5857 test when I submitted my score was 178 they were all multiple choice, will that be my score

          • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
            Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 9, 2019 at 7:20 PM #

            Hi Gina!

            Because the Praxis 5857 only has 130 questions on it, it looks like your Unofficial Score was 178. 🙂 Because Unofficial Scores are rarely different from Official Scores, it looks like you got approximately 178 on the exam. Congratulations 😀

  2. Megan Eborn November 10, 2016 at 1:16 PM #

    I took the praxis 5001 the other day and got the following scores:


    I didn’t get an unofficial score because they said the test was a newer test and they didn’t have anything to compare it to. Can I still use your formula to compute an unofficial score? I’m worried about reading and math. Thanks!

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM #

      You should still be able to use my formula to compute the unofficial score, yes. 🙂 Just be sure to check the official Praxis 5001 Study Companion for the total number of questions on the test and each subtest.

      • Cynthia November 27, 2020 at 10:12 AM #

        I had a raw score according to my score sheet of 61 out if 97 on the praxis 5205 which should have been a 163 official score but the scored me at 153. How is this possible?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 17, 2021 at 8:16 AM #

          Hi Cynthia, see more information here: Praxis II Scores. Please note that this method is just an estimate.

  3. tete March 26, 2017 at 4:54 AM #

    only score I seen was 118 is this raw score or scaled state require 150 I believe and there was 56 questions on test for math

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 28, 2017 at 7:07 AM #

      Hi Tete! If your exam had 56 questions, the 118 looks like an estimated scaled score.

      • Lexi August 22, 2018 at 1:36 PM #

        I also took the Math Praxis and it said 118 out of 56 questions. What does this mean as far as passing

  4. Ericka June 16, 2017 at 9:57 AM #

    I just finished taking praxis 5857. My unofficial score was 158 and my raw score is 72. I need a 160 in Louisiana to pass. Any ideals will my score change from the 158 or is that my final score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 17, 2017 at 3:21 AM #

      Hi Ericka,

      It is not uncommon for a one or two point discrepancy, so there is a chance you’ll reach the 160, but I would start making arrangements in case that does not happen, either. It’s a coin toss at this point. Good luck! 🙂

  5. Charmin2u June 19, 2017 at 9:36 AM #

    Hi, I took the Praxis 5435 : my raw score was 129, Did i pass? There were 135 questions

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 21, 2017 at 12:52 PM #

      Hi Charmin,

      It is hard to say if you passed because we do not know what score you needed. Are you sure you got a raw score of 129, or was that your estimated score? If that is a raw score, you very definitely passed! If that is an estimated scaled score, you probably have not met the requirements to pass.

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 24, 2018 at 7:32 AM #

      Assuming your score displayed correctly in the test center, it means that your official score will be at or close to a 118. In terms of passing, a 118 in Praxis is not a passing score by the standards of most US state licensing boards. (You may want to double check your own state’s Praxis standards to be sure, though!)

  6. Katherine August 2, 2017 at 12:10 PM #

    If I received a 90 out of 120 raw score on a practice test, what might that be estimated unofficial score on the technology education praxis (5051)?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 8, 2017 at 1:45 PM #

      Hi Katherine,

      Because the test is comprised of 120 selected-response questions, 90/120 should yield approximately a 175 on the Praxis scale. 🙂

      • salmar August 14, 2017 at 7:54 AM #

        I got a 83/120 on the early childhood praxis (5025) practice test.
        my state passing score is 156. could you please help me interpret my score? is this passing?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 14, 2017 at 10:48 AM #

          Hi Salmar, it looks like you did! That would be approximately a 166 score, so nicely done! 🙂

          • Becky Triplett December 9, 2017 at 9:41 AM #

            So if I took the 5004 Social Studies practice test and scored 34 out of 55, I would have a 161?

          • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
            Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 12, 2017 at 6:15 AM #

            Hi Becky,

            It is not guaranteed, but that is the approximation we would give, yes. 🙂

      • Rebekah November 30, 2017 at 8:27 PM #

        I recently took a practice test for praxis 5354 (special education) I got 88 out of 120 questions right. How close is that to a passing grade of 151 ?
        Also what number of answers correct should I be shooting for?

        • David Recine
          David Recine December 1, 2017 at 11:17 AM #

          TO get your estimated final score, take the percentage of answers you got right, and add 100. 88/120 is 73% correct, which translates roughly into 173. It looks like you passed with flying colors, Rebekah! Nice! 🙂

  7. Gina August 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM #

    I just completed the praxis core math for VA, my Raw score noted on the screen was 138, what does this means~passing or not. I really don’t understand how to break it down

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 14, 2017 at 10:50 AM #

      Hi Gina,

      This sounds like an estimated score, so if a 138 is passing in your state, you’re on track. If you need higher than a 138, you will likely need to prepare for a retake. Good luck!

  8. Zuki August 15, 2017 at 9:20 AM #

    Hey I just got done with the praxis 5622 K-5 PLT but I ran out of time and did not get to respond to 1 of the essay questions. Does this mean I failed?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 16, 2017 at 1:45 PM #

      Hi Zuki,

      I am not sure how they handle this type of situation, but I would expect that you did not pass. :/ Wait for the results to be sure, but definitely start making arrangements to retake. Good luck!

  9. Shemekia August 25, 2017 at 6:45 PM #

    Hey! I just took the praxis today (5354) special education exam.. there was a total of a 120 multiple choice questions. My raw score was 150, but in the state of sc I need a 151 to pass.. do that mean I didn’t meet the requirements?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 28, 2017 at 4:16 PM #

      Hi Shemekia,

      It means you might have just fallen short, but you might also get a 1 point bump when the official report comes out. This will be a waiting game for you, unfortunately. Good luck!

  10. nuella September 12, 2017 at 4:04 PM #

    hey, i took praxis 5421 and my raw score was 148. there were a 120 questions. does it mean i failed?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 14, 2017 at 5:15 PM #

      Hi Nuella,

      I don’t know what a passing score is in your case, but it is likely that a 148 won’t quite make it for you. This is you unofficial score, but it is usually pretty close to the final outcome. :/

  11. Madison September 23, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

    Hi! I just took the Chemistry General Knowledge exam and had an unofficial score of 152. I need a 153 to pass in my state. Is there a chance I could still pass?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 25, 2017 at 3:31 PM #

      Hi Madison,

      Yes, there is totally a chance, but you should also start preparing in case it doesn’t turn out to be a pass. You’re right on the cusp, so fingers crossed! 🙂

    • Anna February 12, 2018 at 1:17 AM #

      What was your raw score?

  12. Nealds October 11, 2017 at 12:04 PM #

    Hi, I just took my Elementary Education: Social Studies Sub-test. The passing score in Idaho is 155, and at the end of the test I saw a 150. I assume that this is the scaled score? Would that mean I have to retake it? A bump of 5 points is too much, right?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 14, 2017 at 11:04 AM #

      Hi Nealds,

      Unfortunately, I do not think you can expect a 5 point increase, so you should start making preparations to retake. But the good news is you are nearly there! 🙂

  13. Becca October 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM #

    I took the Praxis 5421 exam, the computer showed an unofficial score of 152 at the testing center. But I don’t know if I passed in the stated of California.

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 17, 2017 at 11:02 AM #

      Becca, that’s a tricky question, since the only Praxis exam accepted by the state of California is the one for Speech-Language Pathology. If you are transferring your license to California from another state, you will eventually need to take an in-state California exam, most likely the CSET, the CBEST, or both. If you are getting initial licensing in California, you’ll need to take one of their in-state tests before you can begin teaching. See the California Department of Education’s licensing document for details.

  14. Huey Johnson November 8, 2017 at 1:24 PM #

    I took the praxis ii 5354 special education test today and got a raw score of 160. Mississippi requires a 152 scaled score for endorsement. will my raw score be good enough. Can my scaled score be lower than my raw score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

      Hi Huey,

      That’s your unofficial scaled score, and it is very unlikely that it will decrease by 9 points, so I think you can celebrate passing. 🙂

  15. Megan November 30, 2017 at 12:19 PM #

    I took a practice test for 5421 School Counseling praxis and got 60/120 which is only 50%. I need a 156 for my state. I still have a few months to get this score up but could you show me how to calculate what my score would be if I got 60 out of 120 correct on the actual test? I a bit confused on the scoring. Thanks.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 30, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

      Hi Megan,

      Because the 5421 exam is all selected-response your percent accuracy roughly corresponds to the score. So 20% would be 120, 50% would be 150, etc. Therefore, 60/120 should yield you a 150 on the Praxis score, approximately. So you are close, but want to push your score a little higher to be able to get that 156 required.

      • Khalil February 9, 2019 at 8:26 AM #

        I just took praxis reading test. My dad score is 154 and NJ passing score is 156. This means I failed or I have a chance to pass?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 11, 2019 at 7:27 PM #

          Hi Khalil!

          Do you mean your raw score or your unofficial score? The Praxis Reading test only has 56 questions, so I imagine you’re referring to your unofficial score.

          Typically, there is no difference between your unofficial and official score – so you may want to prepare for a retake. You can read more about that here:

          Unofficial Scores on the Praxis: What you Need to Know

  16. Taylor Cole December 8, 2017 at 8:51 AM #

    I just took retook the Praxis reading test 5002. The first time I took it I received a score at the end of 154 and when the official results came out I received a it stayed the same..the breakdown was 18 right on the first section and 21 right on the second section. So a total of 39 right. I just retook the test and it did not give me a said i got 17 right on the first section and 23 right on the second section for a total of 40 right. I think that one more question right bumped me to a passing score (which is 157) in VA. I tried to use your calculation but it didn’t look right because it said I would have a 150 for this test and a 149 for the last test..but I didn’t I got a 154? So I am confused.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 8, 2017 at 10:39 AM #

      Hi Taylor,

      It isn’t an exact science because there is scaling and adjustment that we do not know about, so all score guidelines are estimates only. Nothing you have said seems out of line with what we might expect, but I cannot really dig under the hood for you to give further information, unfortunately. :/

  17. Sabrina February 10, 2018 at 10:26 AM #

    I just took the ESOL Praxis (5362) and didn’t get an unofficial score, it just said *NS (if I’m remembering correctly) and gave me my raw score for each section which I believed totaled 85 out of 120. Can I figure out my unofficial score from this information?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 11, 2018 at 12:50 PM #

      Hi Sabrina,

      You can estimate your scaled score from this information, but keep in mind that it might not be perfectly accurate! This blog post provides you with our method, and I estimate that your score would be somewhere around a 170 based on your raw score 😀

  18. Amanda February 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM #

    I just took the ESOL 5362 test and just got an NS also. Is it common to get an NS on a complete multiple choice test? I assumed an NS was for the test that included a writing component.

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 15, 2018 at 12:39 PM #

      It’s not “normal” to get an NS for an all-multiple-choice test. But it’s not “uncommon” per se. This seems to happen with a number of prospective teachers on a regular basis. The good news is that it’s not any issue with how you performed on the test– it’s more the test center equivalent of a “404 Not Found” error. Sometimes, in the moment you end your test, the computer just isn’t ready to display anything yet.

  19. Becca February 14, 2018 at 12:31 PM #

    I am taking the core praxis math test soon. I need a 150 on the test to pass. How many questions can I get incorrect and still pass the test?

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 14, 2018 at 2:24 PM #

      Your final scaled score is roughly your percentage of correct answers + 100. So you’ll need to get at least 50% of the 56 questions correct in order to pass. However, your final score can be adjusted by a few points, so I’d aim for more than just 28 questions correct. You’ll be in the safest place if you can get at least 30 questions correct. And the more questions you get right beyond just 30, the better off you are.

  20. Mrs. T February 27, 2018 at 1:58 AM #

    Today I re-took the Praxis Core Math (5732). At the end it gave me a score of 160. My state requires a 150. Is it likely to say that I passed? Also, how does that calculate to approximately how many questions out of 56 I answered correctly? Your help is appreciated!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 10, 2018 at 9:01 AM #

      Hi Mrs. T,

      If it displayed a 160 at the end, I am comfortable saying it sounds like you passed! If I had to estimate, I would say you got about 34 of the questions out of 56 based on the outcome, but this is a rough guess. Congratulations!

  21. Jay April 2, 2018 at 11:50 AM #

    I took the Professional School Counselor Praxis today. I am noticing a difference of what people are seeing at the end of their test may not be the exact score. I was about to register for another test but decided to ask a question beforehand. At the end of the test there was a score of 153, the passing score for my state is 156, should I wait to reschedule to take another test or is this indeed the final score?

    Thanks in advance

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 6, 2018 at 11:42 AM #

      That’s a great question Jay, and I think the answer can benefit many test tatkers in your situation. So thanks for asking. 🙂 It’s not uncommon for an official Praxis score to be adjusted upwards at least a little after the initial unoffical score that you see in the test center. But it’s also not that uncommon for the official score to stay the same or go slightly down. Since there’s a distinct chance you’ll need a retake, my advice would be to start studying for a retake right away, but to hold off on actually scheduling your retake exam until after you see your official score report. (And if you do hit that 156, you can stop studying for the retake, of course.)

  22. Deanna April 12, 2018 at 6:12 PM #

    Hi! I took the world history/ U.S. History praxis today and got a raw score of 160. My state requires 157 yo pass. Is there a good chance of my score dropping bellow that? Or will it likely stay the same?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 15, 2018 at 2:50 PM #

      Hi Deanna,

      While there is always a slim chance that your official score will drop, it is very rare. In most cases, your score stays the same or increases by a point or two. I very much doubt that your score would drop by 3 points! Congrats on taking the test!

  23. Jalin April 30, 2018 at 5:36 PM #

    I just took a practice Praxis Core Mathematics test. There are 56 questions and I got 37 right. Would that be passing on the actual test?

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 1, 2018 at 9:28 AM #

      Your Praxis score will be (approximately) the percentage of questions you got right, plus 100. 37/56 is about 66%, so your estimated score is 166. Whether or not that’s passing depends on the Praxis requirements of the state where you’re getting your teaching license. If you’re not sure about your state’s requirements, you can look them up on the official Praxis state requirements page.

  24. Nicole June 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM #

    I took the Math Praxis Content test 6151 and received a raw score of 155 and the passing is 160. Do you think that it is possible for me to get a 160 after the test is completely scored?

    • David Recine
      David Recine June 26, 2018 at 12:49 PM #

      Nicole, I believe you mean Praxis Math Content 5161. 😉

      It is definitely possible that your score would be adjusted to 160 on the official score report. However, you certainly shouldn’t count on it. Score adjustments of more than 3 points are not very common. I recommend that you start to study for a retake while you wait for the official score report. If you get lucky and get that 160 or higher, you can stop studying, of course! 😀

  25. Josh July 5, 2018 at 4:14 PM #

    I just took the 5235 Biology Content Knowledge and received an unofficial score of 179. But I added up my raw score numbers and I had 93. The test was out of 150, so following the suggested math 93/150=62%. If I added 100 to that score it would be a 162. Can you explain the discrepancies in my calculated score and the unofficial score given at the testing center? Did I look at the wrong score on the computer? The 179 was at the top center of the screen when I finished the test, was I looking at the right score?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2018 at 5:27 PM #

      179 would definitely be the scaled score and not the raw score, since the raw score can’t exceed the actual number of questions on the test (150 in this case). As for the discrepancy, that is a big gap, isn’t it? There’s a chance that the 179 is a mistake. But on these longer tests, there are often a number of questions that test multiple concepts or are otherwise formatted in a way that causes them to be worth 2 or more “answers” in the computer’s raw-to-scaled-score conversions. It seems likely that you performed well on those harder more complicated questions, well enough to boost your expected score considerably. If that’s ultimately the case, nice work! 🙂

  26. Crystal Long August 10, 2018 at 12:12 PM #

    Hi, just took the Praxis 5354 and apparently there’s a NS on this test. My raw score was 76/120. What are my odds of passing!?

    Crystal Long

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 11, 2018 at 12:27 PM #

      First, sorry to hear about your NS. It’s frustrating, but the score display screens in Praxis test centers are notoriously inconsistent. Sometimes you’ll be shown a raw score and a scaled score at the end of the test session, sometimes you’ll just see the raw score, and sometimes you won’t see anything. And someone else who takes the same test at the same time in the same test center may get a completely different score display than you do!

      Fortunately, you did at least get a raw score. And because of that, you can estimate your final scaled score. Your final scaled score should be approximately the percentage of questions you got right, plus 100. So 76/120 = 63%. And 63+100 = 163.

  27. jyoti September 6, 2018 at 1:21 PM #

    i just took praxis 5004 in nj and got 155 as unofficial score .this means pass or fail

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 6, 2018 at 8:20 PM #

      According to ETS’s official page for New Jersey Praxis requirements, the minimum score for Praxis 5004 (Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects; Social Studies subtest) is 155. So you’re right on the cutoff, in terms of unofficial score. Unofficial scores can sometimes be adjusted in the official score report. When adjustments happen, the score usually moves by just a few points. So your score might stay the same or be a little more than 155; in that case you’ve passed. But there’s also a chance your final score will drop a little below 155. So I’d say hope for the best, but be prepared to retake the test, just in case.

  28. audrey ricardo October 1, 2018 at 8:38 AM #

    Hi! I took the 5511 Fundamental Knowledge praxis today and got a score of 148. My state requires 150 yo pass. Is there any chance of my score change? Or will it likely stay the same and I felt?

  29. Melinda October 6, 2018 at 8:55 PM #

    I took a practice test of the praxis 5354 I scored 100/120 for the raw score. What would the unofficial score be on the actual test? I need at least a 153. Thanks!!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 13, 2018 at 9:22 AM #

      Hi Melinda,

      It sounds like you are going to get significantly over that 153 threshold! Wait for the final results to come out, but some early celebration might be in order. 🙂

  30. Marcus Picot November 11, 2018 at 8:39 PM #

    Hello I took the Praxis II 5857 and i got a raw score of 145.. can somebody help me out please

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 14, 2018 at 7:21 PM #

      Hi Marcus!

      The raw score is the total number of questions you answer correctly on the exam. It looks like the Praxis II 5857 only has 130 questions, so it’s not possible to get a raw score of 145.

      Are you referring to your unofficial or official scaled score? 🙂

  31. Joseph Weil November 19, 2018 at 6:34 PM #

    Hi there,
    I just finished taking the 5001 multiple subject Praxis exam. At the end of the test I was so fatigued I could barely decipher the scores page, also because I was the final exam for the night and the proctor seemed hurried. I read for Reading and LA a score of 172, Math 179, Social Studies 173, and Science 148. For New Jersey, respective passing scores are 157, 157, 155, and 159. I am confused by the difference in scoring and conversions. Are the scores I even managed to quickly memorize my raw scores? Under each area I saw separate scores (like Comprehension under Reading was a smaller score). Any help would be appreciated! I am just exhausted and confused!
    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 25, 2018 at 7:12 PM #

      Hi Joseph,

      I completely understand–it’s difficult to take in and remember anything after such a long test! It sounds like those are all your unofficial scores, which means that you likely passed all of the tests expect for Science. The scaled score for Praxis tests will always be between 100-200, and for selected-response questions (e.g. multiple choice questions), you will see generally see your unofficial score immediately after taking the test. The smaller scores probably reflected the different areas of the test, and you’ll see that information more in detail in your official score report. For now, unfortunately, you’ll just have to wait for the final score report to see all of the details! Good luck 🙂

  32. James December 13, 2018 at 5:25 PM #

    I took my praxis core test today. I had about a day to prepare, since I scheduled it at the end of my semester. Obviously, I didn’t get a writing score; it showed me a number for reading and math. For reading, it said 200. For math, it said 190. I find it hard to believe that those are my unofficial scores. Math has always been my least favorite subject. I’m a few years outside of a math class, so I needed to refresh on everything (which I did at the last second). I didn’t even look into the reading portion of the exam prior to taking the test. Is it possible these numbers are referencing something other than an unofficial score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 16, 2018 at 4:11 PM #

      Hi James!

      A raw score for the Praxis Core is the number of correct questions you got correct. For example, if you take the Praxis Core English exam and get 50 out of the 56 questions right, your raw score would be 50.

      On the other hand, unofficial scores for the Praxis Core exam have a range of 100 – 200. 🙂 Because you saw a 190 and 200, it sounds like you saw your unofficial scores.

      Often times there is no difference between the official and unofficial scores, so congratulations on your score! 😀

      For more information about this, check out this blog post here:

      Praxis Scores for Praxis Core: What You Need to Know

  33. Susie March 24, 2019 at 8:32 AM #

    The Praxis 5412 has 120 questions, but 20 of them are pretest questions.
    According to the technical report, you are only scored on 100 questions. Are the pretest questions included in the raw score total? The day of the test, the score was shown as NS and I am trying to decipher if my raw score of 78 is passing.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 27, 2019 at 7:48 PM #

      Hi Susie!

      The pretest questions don’t count toward the raw score you see in the test center, so your raw score should line up closely with your official score in most cases. 🙂 Both the raw and official take the pretest questions out of the equation. You can estimate your score using the method explained in this blog post.

  34. Dena A Thomas April 26, 2019 at 7:46 AM #

    I am studying and practicing for a Praxis exam and bought the practice tests.I am scoring between a 170-165. I need a 144 on the exam. How different could the exam be from the actual test? Is it likely to have that much a difference in question difficulty is the exam from the practice tests?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2019 at 7:25 PM #

      Hi Dena!

      The official practice exams from ETS are certainly the same difficulty level as actual real exams, since all the official practice questions come from previously administered real tests.

      Unfortunately, one individual test can simply have a different difficulty level than another. I’ve heard from many students who took the one or two official practice tests available on the ETS website, only to find that the third ETS test that they took on test day felt more difficult than the first two. But there is, sadly, no guarantee that your practice difficulty will line up perfectly with your real Praxis exam experience.

      The good news is that usually your ETS practice tests will be very similar to what you experience on test day.

      All that said, if you’re scoring between a 165-170, it looks like you’re in good shape to pass the exam. 😀 Congratulations!

  35. dedra pontoo June 6, 2019 at 6:02 PM #

    I just took the praxis 5051 technology education test and the score at the top was a 160. I believe I must make a 159 to pass in Maryland. Do you think I passed? The last time I took the tesst it showed 150 and I failed. This time it’s giving me a score of 160.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 9, 2019 at 7:24 PM #

      Hi Dedra!

      Most of the time, the unofficial scores are the same as the official scores. 🙂 If the official score is adjusted at all, it will be adjusted by 1-3 points, probably upward rather than downward. It sounds like you’ve passed, but you’ll need to wait for the official scores to know for sure. With that said, congratulations!

  36. RogueHistorian September 12, 2019 at 6:24 AM #

    I just took the praxis Social Studies 5086 and at the end of the test I didn’t see any score. Why might that be?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 1, 2019 at 1:24 PM #

      Hi there,

      That’s probably because the Praxis 5086 includes constructed-response questions (e.g. not multiple choice). You don’t see an unofficial score for tests with constructed response because a grader needs to read it!

  37. Chas October 13, 2019 at 9:46 AM #

    I just took the Praxis 5331 (Speech Language Pathology). The scores that I saw were a 180 and then 3 separate scores that added up to 82, (I forget the exact numbers but something like 30, 29, 23). What can I assume from these numbers?
    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 1, 2019 at 12:57 PM #

      Hi Chas,

      It’s hard to say without seeing the report, and since our expertise is in the Praxis Core exam and not the SLP one, but those may have been the raw scores for individual sections of the exam.

  38. Natalie November 11, 2019 at 1:41 PM #

    I just got done with taking the Early Childhood Education Praxis 5025. My state passing score is 156. I got a 129 after completing the exam which would be considered the unofficial score. I don’t know where I stand. Please Help!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM #

      Hi Natalie,

      There are only 120 questions on the Praxis 5025, so the 129 is your unofficial score. Unofficial scores are rarely different from the Official Scores, so I would recommend to prepare for a retake. Best of luck!

  39. LeeAnn December 9, 2020 at 11:21 AM #

    I took the Praxis test to teach students with visual impairments this morning. My raw score was a 157. There were 120 questions.

    A passing score is 161. Do you think I passed?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 15, 2021 at 10:08 AM #

      Hi LeeAnn, the 157 sounds like your scaled score. The raw score would be less than 120. Unfortunately, it sounds like you may need to retake the exam, but you’ll have to wait for the official score to be sure. Good luck!

  40. Jeanna June 14, 2021 at 9:44 AM #

    I am very scared. I toll the Math 5169 (Middle School). My raw score was 161 and I need a 165 to pass in my state. Is there any way that I passed????

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 17, 2021 at 7:24 PM #

      Hi Jeanna,

      Raw scores are rarely different from your official scores, so I’d recommend preparing for a retake. I’m sorry about that! With that said, you are very close to your goal, so I think you’ll be able to get there without too much trouble 🙂

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