Allison White

Can I Take A Praxis Subject Test Before the Praxis Core Test?

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.

Can I take a Praxis Subject test before the Praxis Core test? Magoosh


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.

Looking for more information on when you should take the Praxis? How to study? Start here.

ETS State Requirements
How Many Times Can I Retake the Praxis?
When Should You Take the Praxis?
When Do You Take the Praxis?
Which Praxis Exams Do I Need to Take?
Do I Need to Take the Praxis Core?


  • Allison White

    Allison is an Early Childhood Educator who has been a teacher since 2010. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 with a degree in Psychology, focused in Child Development. She began her teaching career as a 2nd grade teacher in Washington, D.C. After moving to Denver, Colorado she discovered a passion for Early Childhood Special Education. She earned a Master’s in the subject from University of Colorado Denver in 2015. She spent Spring 2016 teaching pre-service early childhood educators at the undergraduate level. Now she and her husband are on a big adventure travelling around the western United States in an RV!

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