Can you take a Praxis subject test before the Praxis Core test? Yes, you can! It might not always be the best idea, though. Read on to see if it might be a good idea for you.
The Praxis Core Test
Basically, the Praxis Core measures broad, high-school-level knowledge in three areas: math, reading, and writing. In theory, you should have learned all this material before. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to study and brush up, and you may find some of the material unfamiliar or difficult. Generally, though, the Praxis core is not a specialized test.
The Praxis Subject Tests
The Praxis Subject tests, on the other hand, test your knowledge of the subject(s) you will teach. When exactly you take the Praxis Subject test depends on your program and state. Most of the time, you take at least part of your teacher education program before taking the Praxis subject test or tests.
So, you can take the Praxis Subject tests before the Praxis Core tests. However, it might not be the best idea to space them out by a very long period of time. That is, if you haven’t progressed in your program enough to do well on the Praxis subject test, taking it right away may not be the best idea. On the other hand, taking all of your tests within a six-month-window near the end of your program shouldn’t be a problem, as long as it is ok with your state and your program.