Allison White

Retaking the Praxis Test

Retaking the Praxis test is no big deal. It is pretty common and nothing to worry about! You may choose to retake the test if you did not pass the first time taking it, or if you want to improve your score. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to take the Praxis the first time with enough time to spare in case you need to retake the test.

When can I retake the Praxis?

This is the official retake policy from ETS, the organization in charge of the Praxis. They write, “If you feel you did not perform to your potential, you may retake a Praxis test once every 21 days, not including your initial test date. (Note: If you take a combined test, such as the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Test or the PA Grades 4–8 Core Assessment, you cannot retake a subtest until after the 21-day period.)
This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you violate this restriction, the scores from your retest will not be reported and your test fees will not be refunded.”

All that means is that you need to wait 21 days before retaking the test. You also have the option of cancelling the scores from your first test.

Retake the Praxis Test-magooshPhoto by Juhan Sonin

What should I do to make sure I score well?

First of all, you already have one test-taking experience under your belt. That will really help you prepare for a retake! Take some time to reflect: What sections did you find difficult? What was easy? This will help you plan your studying priorities.

Next, take some time to review our blog posts on the topics you found challenging. There are lots of posts on the Praxis Core Reading, Praxis Core Writing, and Praxis Core Math. Look around and read up on your focus areas. ETS also has practice tests and study guides available for each of the Praxis tests.

If you’d like to take your studying to the next level and really make your retake your best effort, check out our Praxis test prep!

You’ll do great! Happy studying. 🙂


  • 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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