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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.

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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. 🙂

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35 Responses to Retaking the Praxis Test

  1. Richard McCarthy July 23, 2016 at 4:53 AM #

    It’s my understanding that a person can retake a test for no additional cost. is that rue?

    • Allison White
      Allison White July 23, 2016 at 6:11 AM #

      Richard,
      Unfortunately, you do still need to pay to retake the Praxis.

  2. Lauren July 29, 2016 at 9:39 AM #

    If I took the Praxis Core, and only failed the math portion, do I have to retake the entire test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 1, 2016 at 5:33 PM #

      No you don’t. 🙂 PRaxis Core Writing, Praxis Core Reading, and Praxis Core Math are treated as separate exams by ETS. That means you can schedule each exam separately. So you’ll only need to retake Core Math, and you can keep the Core Writing and Core Reading scores that you have.

  3. Angela August 7, 2016 at 6:12 PM #

    If I took the computer version of the test but need to retake a portion of the core, can I take the paper version sooner?

    • Allison White
      Allison White August 9, 2016 at 2:27 PM #

      Hi Angela! In most cases, the computer version is readily accessible and will be faster than finding a paper version of the test portion you need to retake. Good luck!

  4. Dana September 6, 2016 at 4:32 PM #

    Hi, I just took the Elementary Ed Social Studies subtest today and unfortunately did not pass ): Although I have to wait 21 days to retake it again, can I still register and pick what day I want to take it today?

    • Allison White
      Allison White September 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM #

      Hi Dana,

      Sorry I’m just seeing this! You should be able to register, but be wary of doing so before your official scores come back. Hope that helps. 🙂 Good luck with the re-take!

  5. Jorge Brito September 22, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    Can you retake the test in less than 21 days?

    • Allison White
      Allison White September 23, 2016 at 10:34 AM #

      Hi Jorge,

      Unfortunately, no. If you try, you may risk having your retest scores cancelled and not reported AND losing your test fee!

      Here is the official re-take policy from ETS:

      “Test Retake Policy
      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.”

      Good luck with the re-take!

  6. Shelia Smith October 25, 2016 at 11:39 AM #

    If I took the Praxis core exam and can longer get my scores from ETS, but I have a copy of my scores, will I have to re-take the parts that I passed?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM #

      You should be able to get score reports from ETS. However, Praxis scores that are more than a year old can’t be viewed online and need to instead be special ordered at $50 per score report. You can find details on that on ETS’s official “getting your scores” web page.

      Unless the state where you’re applying for your license says that your Praxis scores are too old, you should still be able to get your older score reports for a fee as described above, instead of actually retaking the Praxis Core.

  7. G Maine November 10, 2016 at 2:55 PM #

    I’m currently waiting for my official score reports to be available for the Praxis 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (will not be available until ~Nov. 26th based on the testing window I was in and the 10-16 days it takes to get official scores posted). When I took my test, my raw scores came up, but the number from 100-200 did not. I only was able to see how many questions I got right for each subject.

    Initially, didn’t understand the system of computation for scores and was very unsure or how I did based on the amount of guessing I did. Using David’s information (from http://magoosh.com/praxis/2016/unofficial-scores-on-the-praxis-core-what-you-need-to-know/) I was able to calculate my scores and believe I passed each subject, but I’m not sure. I also read that I’m not the only one who experienced not seeing the 100-200 score on my computer (definitely reassuring as my advisor told me I was mistaken and I didn’t look hard enough).

    I need to have passing scores ASAP to my advisor (for a post-baccalaureate program I am completing) and the last day I can send the university scores is about 12/25 so I would need to retake any subjects I failed in early December.

    I want to sign up now so I do not get myself in a pickle if test sessions fill up too close to the date. I also don’t want to wait until Nov. 26th to sign up. If I retake the entire 5001 test, will my new scores for each subject cancel out my old scores? I am just worried that if I passed a subject(s) the first time, I may not pass the second time and I’d be doing myself a huge disservice. Is it if you pass it at all you are all set?

    PLEASE HELP!

    • Allison White
      Allison White November 12, 2016 at 3:44 PM #

      Hi there!

      Ok, let me see if I can help! First, I’d talk to my advisor and see if they have any flexibility with the date (probably not, but it may give you a little wiggle room). If not, given what you’ve said and the time crunch you’re in, I’d recommend that you go ahead and register for a test in early December.

      If your test results come back and you passed, great! You can cancel your test registration if you do so three full days before the test (more info here: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/refund_policies/). The downside is that ETS would only refund 50% of the test fee. That’s obviously not ideal, but it may be worth it for peace of mind.

      If your results come back in late November and you did not pass the first time around, you’re already set to retake the test.

      With that plan, it doesn’t seem like you’d get into a situation where you passed and were also retaking the test.

      I hope that helps! Good luck. 🙂

      • G Maine November 17, 2016 at 8:37 AM #

        Thanks Allison! Definitely helpful 🙂

        One last question.. If I retake the entire 5001 test, will my new scores for each subject cancel out my old scores? I am just worried that if I passed a subject(s) the first time, I may not pass the second time and I’d be doing myself a huge disservice if new scores cancel the old ones?

  8. lan February 3, 2017 at 8:43 PM #

    If I passed the math portion but not the reading/writing in the praxis core test do I have to take them all again? Also If I do would by math score be still passing automatically or does it reset?

    • Allison White
      Allison White February 4, 2017 at 9:29 AM #

      Hi Ian,
      You only need to retake the sections you did not pass. Good luck!
      Allison

  9. Kate Lam April 29, 2017 at 6:16 AM #

    Hi Allison,
    I need to retake the Core Writing Test, but I am a little lost here.
    1. How can I retake this test, do I just register the test like usual?
    2. For the policy of retaking every 21 days, does it mean after 21 days of the first test date that I can choose any date available?
    3. How can I cancel the fail test score? As I do not want any schools of Education Department in different states to know that I failed in the first time. If I retake the test and pass in the second time, will the new score automatically replace the old score and be appeared in the new combined report?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 2, 2017 at 4:45 AM #

      I can get this one, Allison! 🙂

      OK, Kate, to answer your questions:

      1) Yes, you register as you usually would. Retake registry and first time registry are the same in terms of cost and process.

      2) You can retake the test 21 days after your last test date. Once you’re at or beyond that 21 day mark, you cna choose any testing time/date/location you like.

      3) You can only cancel your scores in the test center. Fortunately, each score report is separate, so an older, lower score wont show up on your retake score report. And state licensing boards aren’t concerned with previous low cores. As long as you’re able to submit a passing Praxis score, how you did in previous test sessions doesn’t matter.

  10. Julie April 30, 2017 at 6:17 AM #

    Hello Allison!
    I took and passed the Reading 5203 test last year. This makes me highly qualified in Ohio for the third grade guarantee. My question is, how long is that score good for? Do I have to retake the dumb thing every 2 years? 5 years? And is there a way to count the test towards recertification?
    Julie (and Caitlin…and the rest of us overly tested third grade teachers!)

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 2, 2017 at 4:39 AM #

      Hi Julie (and Caitlin)—

      Thanks for taking such an important question. I have some good news: Praxis scores don’t have any official expiration date. This is to say that ETS doesn’t set any expiration date, and also encourages state licensing boards to treat Praxis scores as “good forever.”

      To my knowledge, there are no states that set expiration dates on submitted Praxis scores. If you’re worried, however, you can check the rules by talking to a professor, academic advisor, or state licensing office. Hope this helps.

  11. Tyler May 6, 2017 at 4:48 PM #

    Hello, I have to retake a praxis test and I have a date available that is exactly 21 days after my initial test. Would the score count or do I need to wait after the 21 day mark?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 8, 2017 at 3:46 AM #

      Hi Tyler,

      It is not possible to tell from your wording for sure, so let me give you an example. If you took the test on April 1 and then scheduled your retake, a test taken on April 21 would not count. I personally like to take the date + 22 days to be sure, meaning I would recommend this person take the test again on April 23. I hope that helps! 🙂

  12. Gabby June 9, 2017 at 9:32 PM #

    Hi,

    If I take the English Language Arts: Content Knowledge on June 30th and I fail it, can I immediately schedule to retake the test on July 22? Do I have to wait for the 21-day period to schedule?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 15, 2017 at 6:17 PM #

      Hi Gabby,

      You should be able to immediately reschedule, as long as the rescheduled test doesn’t fall within the 21 day period. In your case, you should be fine 🙂

  13. Kat June 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM #

    If I took the praxis ppst which was older version of core praxis and I passed the writing. Do I need to retake the writing for the core or does it count since it was just a conversion from ppst to core?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 18, 2017 at 7:54 PM #

      That’s a very good question, and it depends on the people you are submitting your Praxis score to. Some state certification boards and teacher prep programs will accept the PPST. Others will ask for the Core. You’ll need to check to make sure.

  14. Abby W June 17, 2017 at 2:35 PM #

    Does it hurt you if you fail a test? I just haven’t been in school for a while and the core (social studies and science more or less scare me!)I am certified K-6 (do not have my permanent yet, should be able to get that next year) but want to take the middle school (4-8) and be certified in math.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 18, 2017 at 7:53 PM #

      It certainly doesn’t hurt. Schools, state teacher certification boards and teacher preparation programs only care about your highest/passing Praxis scores, and can’t even see a failing Praxis score unless you show it to them. As long as you have enough time to study and successfully retake the exam, you’ll be OK. 🙂

  15. Alessandra santana July 9, 2017 at 7:10 AM #

    Hi I took audiology praxis unfortunately I did not pass when can I retake again?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 10, 2017 at 12:06 PM #

      Hi Alessandra,

      Sorry to hear you didn’t pass Praxis II for audiology on the first try. 🙁 Luckily, you can retake your Praxis soon. ETS allows you to retake your Praxis exam as early as 21 days after your last exam. Of course, you might want to give yourself a little more time, so you can make sure you’re truly prepared to boost your score on the retake.

  16. Maureen July 9, 2017 at 12:59 PM #

    Hi,
    I recently took the 5001 Praxis Exams and failed the Math 5003 and Science 5005. The duration of the math I originally took was 65 minutes and now when I’m looking to retake it, the duration reads 120 minutes. Are there more questions this time around? Just trying to get an idea and see if there’s more time for the same amount of questions. Please advise.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 10, 2017 at 12:01 PM #

      Hi Maureen,

      Interesting! I’m still seeing 65 minutes as the duration of the math portion of Praxis 5001. I’m seeing this on page 5 of the official Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) Study Companion. Can you tell me where you’re seeing 120 minutes? Send me the source, and I’ll happily double check it for you. 🙂

  17. Ashley July 15, 2017 at 6:57 PM #

    Hello, I failed the praxis 5543 but basically bomed the constructive response(writing) can I just take that part again?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 20, 2017 at 11:48 AM #

      Hi Ashley,

      Unfortunately, you have to take the whole test again. But you can knock it out of the park this time! 🙂


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