Staring at your Praxis results on the exam screen in the test center can be a big relief. But once you’ve completed the Praxis, a new kind of test anxiety can set in: anxiety over receiving your official Praxis scores.
As I’ve mentioned before, you get your raw score and your unofficial score immediately. Those are shown right in the test center. But in order to get licensed or secure a job you will need your official score, and these Praxis results may take a while to receive.
The good news is that Praxis has a well-organized, predictable system for sending Praxis exam results to test-takers and to schools, licensure boards, etc. There are two different timetables for receiving your Praxis results. One for tests that have continuous availability, and one for tests that are available during certain testing windows—specific time periods when an exam is available.
Receiving Praxis scores for tests that are continuously available
Certain tests are administered pretty much every day. The Praxis Core exams have continuous availability, and there are also a small handful of Praxis Subject Assessments that are offered continuously. The Subject Assessments that are available continuously are:
- Educational Leadership (5411)
- Elementary Education Content Knowledge (5014)
- Marketing Education (5561)
- Music Content Knowledge (5114)
For continuously available exams, you will be able to view your official scores electronically 10-11 business days after you take the test, provided all test questions are multiple choice/selected-response. Official scores for tests with constructed response portions (such as essays or lesson plans) are viewable online within 15-16 business days after the test.
Receiving scores for Praxis exams given in testing windows
Most Subject Assessments are administered only during specific windows of time within a year. For instance, for the Special Education Early Childhood assessment in 2016, the next windows of time where that test will be available are September 5th to September 17th, and again from December 5th to December 17th. For exams given in limited testing windows such as this, you’ll be able to view your official scores online after the last day in your testing window.
(The chart above is from the ETS Praxis site where you can use the dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen to look up test windows for other exams.)
The wait time after the end of the testing window is comparable to the wait time after the day of the test for continuously available exams. As a general rule, test-takers get their official results for selected-response tests 10-11 business days after the final day of the testing window. Constructed response results come 15-16 business days after the window’s end. However, there is one small difference with window-based Praxis tests. ETS is very schedule-conscious when it comes to scoring these exams, and actually sets specific target dates for when score results are released. Contact Praxis customer service to get the exact expected date for scores on your Subject Assessment exam.
Receiving exam scores versus sending them
Schools and employers you wish to send your Praxis scores to won’t be able to see your scores at the exact same time you receive them. But they are able to see your official scores very shortly after you do. Specifically, the institutions you send your scores to will be given electronic access to your official exam results the first Monday after your initial receipt date.
Is the score you see after you took the exam pretty much your final score??
It can be, but nothing is official until a few weeks after. I have seen some dramatic changes between the estimated and final score, though often the change is minor. 🙂
For exams that contain only “selected response” questions (this means no essay questions or short answers), yes. Unless you have essays/written responses that need to be graded later, your unofficial score will either be exactly the same as your final official score, or very similar to your final official score.
I just got an email giving me my final scorestage for Praxis core reading (200) and math (170). There’s no result for writing. WI’ll that come laterms or should I follow up with ETS? It has only been a few days since I took the test. However I assumed they would aLloyd be played at the same time. Thanks.
Hi April. Your Praxis Core Writing results will take a little longer. This is because the two essays are scored by human beings. Praxis Core Reading and Math come back much more quickly, of course, because they are 100% machine scored.
How do you see your results after the test? After I finished mine, the screen went to a default page for my testing center. I saw nothing related to my score after I took it. Neither of the administrators mentioned anything about seeing unofficial scores.
Is there any other way to view my unofficial scores? I was violently ill the day I took the Praxis and am very anxious about my performance. It is torture having to wait several more weeks.
If you were not given the option to see your score estimate at the end of the test, you will have to wait until the official score comes out. I hope you’ve recovered from your illness, and hopefully you were able to rally and pass your exam! 🙂
I took a practice test on Praxis 5857, which is the Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge and got 68 correct out of 130 without even studying. Does anyone know if this would be passing if you only have to score a 150, in the state of North Carolina?
Hi Julie 🙂 You can estimate your scaled score by adding 100 to the percentage you got correct. In your case, that gives you an estimated scaled score of 152, which, while passing, is very close to the pass/fail borderline. Hope this helps!
Hi Julie, I believe the passing score for NC for the Praxis 5857 is 160.
I took a Praxis II test for Middle school mathematics(5169)
At the end of the test, I saw my score as 161. Is this my actual score of the test?
That was likely your unofficial score that is likely to be close to the real one but might change. I hope your results work out! 🙂
Did you get your results?
Hi! I just took the speech pathology praxis. Is the score that I saw on the screen, my final score? Even though it’s unofficial?
If you just saw one score on the screen, it may be your raw score. Your raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly. If your raw score is what you saw, then your final score will be very different. This is because final scores are scaled. Scaled scores are calculated as follows: 100 is added to the percentage of questions you answered correctly. So if you got 70% of your questions right, your scaled score would be 170.
Now, there’s also a chance you saw your unofficial scaled score onscreen. If this is the case, then your final official score will be very similar, and maybe exactly the same. Both the unofficial scaled score and the official score are calculated with the “percentage right + 100” formula. Sometimes, however, there can be slight adjustments to the score you see on test day. When scores change, they usually change by just a point or two, though.
So how can you know which score you saw? Well, all scaled scores are between 100 and 200 points. So if the score you saw on test day was less than 100, it was definitely a raw score and not an unofficial scaled score.
On the other hand, if the score you was was between 100 and 132, there are two possibilities. Either you saw your raw score, and you got 100 or more of your exam’s 132 questions correct. Or you saw your scaled unofficial score, and you got between 0 and 32% of your questions correct. (Hopefully it’s not that second one!)
If your score was more than 132, then it’s definitely your unofficial scaled score, and you can know that the official score will be similar.
Tricky, I know. 🙂 But I hope this helps!
Arrrrgh!! The score was 156 and it looks like passing is 162. It’s not looking good for me, unless a miracle happens. Now I have to wait 21 days to retake? Yes?
Today is my score reporting date for my Praxis II (5039) exam, but as of 2pm I’ve yet to receive my scores. Will the scores still be published sometime today, or is this a problem and I should contact ETS?
Anxiety is very understandable on score day. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry too much. The scores usually do come out by the end of the day. But if they don’t, scores seldom show up more than a day or two late.
If you’re worried, it certainly can’t hurt to contact ETS. But there’s probably nothing to worry about just yet.
I saw 100 at the endof taking Middle School Praxis II 5169 and besides “algebra” a 3 and besides “Geometry” a 2. What does that mean?
Ouch! a 100 usually means you got a 0 on the Praxis. If you got a 3 in Algebra and a 2 in Geometry, that means you got 3/34 right in the Algebra portion of the exam, and 2/21 right int he geometry portion of the exam. This comes out to less than 10% right, which was apparently rounded down to 0% by the scoring software. 🙁 I apologize for being the bearer of bad news, but you’ll need to retake the Praxis Middle School Math (5169) exam.
Hi! I’ve taken the SS content knowledge test a few times now and can’t seem to get the 155 I need. My last score was 153 and today on the screen it was 154. It probably will stay at 154…right :-(?
Sorry to hear you’ve had this frustrating experience with your Social Studies Content Knowledge Praxis II. 🙁
The (somewhat) good news is that it’s not uncommon for an official score to be a point or two higher than the onscreen score you see in the test center. I’d say you have a 50/50 chance of breaking 155 on your actual score report. Still, I’d prepare for another retake just in case. If you don’t reach 155 this time, keep at it– sounds like you’re almost there!
I took the praxis 5169 (mathematics). At the end of the text 125 showed up on screen with a 10 beside algebra and a 5 beside geometry. Did I pass?
Since there are only 55 questions on the Praxis 5169 exam (Middle School Mathematics), the 125 would be your scaled score rather than your raw score. Whether or not you passed depends on the requirements of the state where you’re getting your teaching license. If you’re not sure what your state’s cutoffs are, you can check the official web page for Praxis state standards.
hypothetically what would happen if I pass two subjects and failed one?
That depends on which exam you’re taking, Alexandra? Are you talking about the Core, Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects, or another exam? And if it’s another exam, which one are you thinking of?
(And hopefully this does turn out to be a hypothetical for you. But it’s always good to ask these kinds of “just in case” questions!)
MAGOOSH…who do I write to when I wish my praxis test to be relooked at that I missed by two points.
Sorry to hear you fell a little short on your Praxis score, Laura. That sounds frustrating! You can request a score review by submitting a score review request form to ETS. Bear in mind, however, that you can only request re-scores on tests that have a “constructed response” portion. Allison gives all the detail in this in her post “Should You Request a Praxis Score Review?“
Hi, just a quick question. If I am taking the praxis 5018 and the minimum score I can have is a 152 how many questions do I have to get correct in each category? Thank you for your help.
Hello Alex. The Praxis 5018 has 140 questions on it, so to achieve a 152 you need to get approximately 73 questions (53% of the possible questions) though I would recommend shooting for higher than this. There is always a range of a few points that the score might appear to “shift” before the official one comes out.
I took the plt praxis on July 16. I thought the results would be posted on August 4th, but I haven’t received my score yet. I’m anxious to get my results. Is this normal?
Happy to help! According to ETS, “Official score reports are available approximately 10–16 days from the last date of the testing window or on the test date if the test is offered continuously.” So it could be that this is a testing window situation at your center instead of a continuously offered test. I would not be worried yet, but if you have nothing by the end of the week, you could feel comfortable sending questions to ETS and the test center.
So I took Social Studies Elementary Praxis 5004 today (8/21), the passing score in New Jersey is 155, and I got a score of 162 and the break down of each section were:
U.S. History, Government, Citizenship – 17
Geography, Anthropology, Sociology – 9
World History, Economics – 10
From pass experience, when I took the test previously (3 times), the scores that were displayed on the screen, were usually what I received on my official scores from ETS, so I’m thinking I did pass, due to the fact that I exceeded the passing score of 155.
Please let me know your thoughts, did I pass or not?
I would agree that things look good! Your estimated score is far higher than the passing requirement, so I think you did it! 🙂
I recently took my Praxis II 5440 it was 125 questions. Once done I saw a 109 on the screen and some sub categories. Is this my raw score or scaled score?
The sub categories has numbers too.
On Praxis 5440, it’s possible to get a 109 as a raw score OR a scaled unofficial score. If you got a 109 as a raw score, it means you got 109 right out of 125 or 87%, which would be an approximate scaled score of 187. If you got 109 as a scaled score, it would mean you got 9% of the questions right. Hopefully it’s not that second one!
The subcategory numbers would be the number of questions you got right within each subcategory on Praxis 5440: Middle School Science. for details on the subcategories, see page 5 of the official Praxis study companion PDF for 5440.
I just took my Praxis 2 Theatre 5641 exam yesterday. There was a very physically large number (182 to be exact) that came up after I hit submit. My anxiety got the best of me and I didn’t read anything carefully and barely looked at my breakdown below the large 182 in the center of the screen. I am praying that 182 was my score and not some other obscure number. Please help!
It sounds like 182 would be your scaled score. Your final official score will be the same as that, or perhaps a few points lower or higher. That means you got 82% right, nicely high by Praxis II standards. 🙂
I did the same thing yesterday! I was freaking out and only scores at the top of every page that were in a larger font. I saw smaller numbers underneath the large number, but didn’t quite understand what anything was. I think I was a little frazzled by the end of my Praxis 5001. I’m really hoping that those scores are my scaled scores because they seemed pretty decent!
Reading and LA: 187
Those are definitely scaled scores, Hollie. And you’re right– those do look good by the standards of most states. (Your own state requirements may vary of course. 🙂 )
What if I want to take a test before the test window opens. Next test window is not open till February 2018 and score wont be out till March. I need the test score for my license in order to teach in the spring. What do I do in this case?
This depends on your state requirements–some states might let you get an emergency teaching license for the year pending Praxis results. You can read about some of your options here. I recommend that you look up requirements in your area and contact the teacher licensure offices for more information 🙂 Good luck!
I am trying to pass the Middle School Science. I took it 3xs and I have no clue as to how many points I need to pass and get to the 150 passing mark. Is there a number of questions. This is so confusing.
I think this blog post might help you: Praxis II scores.. According to the Middle School Science study companion released by ETS, there are 125 questions on this exam, which means that you need to get approximately 63 questions (50%) correct in order to pass with a 150. I recommend that you check out the ETS Page for this test for more resources and information!
Hi, I took the 5421 professional school counselor and revived an official score of 155 after the test. My school requires passing status to be at 146, this is my scaled score correct? Also, I saw you posted earlier that official score will be posted online after the last day of my testing window? I really hope that’s true because I would be able to apply for my credential and apply for graduation with those official scores online!
Your scaled score, as seen in the test center, is actually your unofficial score. But your official scaled score will likely be the same, or very close. Adjustments to official scores are almost never more than 3 points. So your official score should be above the 146 benchmark as well. 🙂
Your scores will indeed be available online at the end of the Praxis 5421 testing window. Some schools will make job offers based on a downloaded, printed-out official score file. Other schools will want to wait until a sealed, official score report is mailed to them– this can take an extra week or two. Check with schools you apply to and see what they’ll accept. And congratulations on passing! 🙂
I received my Praxis scores via the ETS website, however it didn’t include the writing section. Is this normal? I figured they would send the full test results instead of partial sections (i.e., one and two combined).
It’s normal to get your results for the Core Math and Core Reading tests earlier than the Core Writing test, because the writing test includes constructed response questions that must be graded! You should receive your final scores shortly 🙂
Hi, I just took my Praxis 2 middle school math exam. It said “your score” is a 166. Does that mean I passed? I didn’t see where it said unofficial or raw scores.
Yes, this is your unofficial score. If a 166 is passing in your state, then I think you can safely celebrate! Keep in mind that the official score can change a bit, but it’s usually minimal and often increases instead of decreasing.
I just took PLT K-6 and I didn’t see any scores in the end. Is it normal or I could miss it 🙁
I don’t think you missed anything! The PLT K-6 test has a few constructed response questions, so you have to wait for these to be graded before receiving a score. There would not have been any scores at the end of the test 🙂
Do you know if the practice tests from the ets website for praxis 5857 are comparable in difficulty to the actual test? I have done very well on the two practice tests but am worried that the questions on the actual praxis will be much more difficult. I don’t want to overthink it but definitely want to be prepared.
In theory, the official practice exams and the real ones will be at the same level of difficulty. And most students have told me that theory works out in real life. But there are certainly some students who would say otherwise. There’s absolutely a chance that what you see on test day will feel harder than practice. To make sure you’re getting the broadest possible sample of official practice questions, I recommend that you also check out the official Praxis 5857 study companion, if you haven’t already.
I took the Praxis 5039 test, which had 2 constructed response questions. I feel I did pretty well on the selected response, but ran out of time on one of the constructed response questions. There were 130 multiple choice questions. Is there anyway of knowing how many of those I would need to get correct to receive at least a 169?
Thanks for reaching out to Magoosh! This depends on the relative weight of the constructed response and selected response sections. My colleague David recently answered a comment on a different post that helps to clarify the scoring process for tests with constructed response. You can use this along with the Study Companion for the Praxis 5039 test to try to get a sense of your score 🙂 This is what he wrote:
There is a way to predict exam scores when constructed response is involved! It’s basically a matter of finding and crunching the numbers. The exact math of score prediction varies from test to test, since constructed responses are weighted and scored differently on different Praxis exams. I can walk you through the math for 5135. (And others, take notice. The prediction system I’m about to show Sarah works for any exam.)
STEP 1: Figure out what % of the score the selected response questions are, and what % of the score the constructed response questions are. Sarah, you’ve already done this. We have 75% and 25% for selected and constructed response respectively. If you hadn’t already done that, though, you could find those numbers in the official study companion PDF for your test.
STEP 2: Figure out what your percentage score is in selected response.
STEP 3: Figure out what your percentage score is in constructed response. TO do this, you need to look both at the points you got, and how many points you could have earned. You can get a total of 3 points on each constructed response question, so you can multiply the number of constructed response questions by the 3 to get the total number of points possible.
STEP 4: Multiply the percentage correct for each question type by the percentage of the test that each question type takes up. So for selected response, you want to calculate 63.5% OF 75%. That’s 0.635*0.75. This comes out to 47.5%– You earned a 47.5% on the test with your selected response questions alone. Now we do the same math for the constructed response questions: multiply 22% by 25%, or 0.22*0.25. This is 5.5%. In addition to the 47.5% out of 100% that you earned with your performance on selected response, you can add 5.5%. This brings me to the next step.
STEP 5: Add together the two percentages of 100% of your whole-test score that you earned for selected response and constructed response. 47.5% (your selected response) plus 5.5% (your constructed response) equals 53%. This is your whole-test percentage score for Praxis 5135.
STEP 6: Now that you have your whole-test percentage score, add 100 to it. That’s your scaled score, the approximate official score you’d get for that level of performance.
I took the Middle School Mathematics Praxis test 5169 today. At the end, it specifically called me score a “raw” score of 147. It did not give me a breakdown of the number of questions correct. It did not breakdown the number of algebra vs. geometry questions. I need a passing score of 148. Is the 147 truly a “raw score” or has it already been scaled?
This sounds like your unofficial scaled score to me. The Praxis 5169 has 55 questions, so your raw score would be less than 55. Our expertise here is in the Praxis Core tests, however, so I’m just going off of the information in the Study Companion.
I got a 158 on the Math 5061 as my unofficial score (34 out of 60, but they will not count 10 questions). What is the likelihood I will get a 160?
Hi J B,
Unfortunately, we just don’t have the data to be able to tell you this likelihood with any confidence. We do sometimes see 2-point score increases, but I can’t say with any certainty how likely it is that your score will change. Sorry about that! We wish you the best of luck!
Hi, thank you for answering our questions and reduce the anxiety. I just took the Middle School Math test (5169) and got a 157, but it said it required further examination. 18 Math and 8 in Geometry.
What does this mean?
A notice that your test needs further examination likely means that you are taking a test where adjustments to the official score are common. Many Praxis exams are like this. Ultimately, no matter which Praxis test you take, you’ll need to wait until the official score report to know for sure what your score was.
With that said, I don’t often hear about people getting a “further examination” notice. I recommend contacting Praxis customer service to ask them more abut the notice, in case it means something important and specific.
I am taking the Praxis core math on saturday. Will I be shown an unofficial score report at the end of the test? Im on a time crunch and I need to know if I passed or need to reschedule
Yes, you should see the unofficial scores immediately after completing the test. Good luck!
Hi! I just finished taking the praxis test for physics this afternoon. While reviewing my answers which most of them were the marked ones, the time was up and I wasn’t able to click anything on the computer screen to go further. I did not even see my raw or unofficial score. I am worried that my answers were not submitted or confirmed although all questions were answered. I wasn’t see any notification on the screen to confirm my completion. I even did not notify the staff about it because i thought I was already done until such time my co examinee mentioned about the raw and unofficial score. Were the result of my test still recorded?
I recommend that you reach out to the testing center directly in order to answer this question. They are in the best position to give you information about what happened. Good luck!
I just took my Praxis Core Math! My testing center allowed me to see a score for what I got (I think). How do you know? When I finished and brought me to a page that said “Mathematics 160.” Is that the representation of my score?
Based on what you’re describing, that does sound like an unofficial scaled Praxis score. 🙂
I took the Praxis Physics 5265 yesterday and the screen showed a 185*. The test had 125 questions and when I added up all of the questions correct per category it summed up to 89. Using what I’ve read on this forum an 89 out of 125 would translate to a raw score of 171, since 89/125 is 71%. So I’m a bit puzzled as to what the 185* stands for. Any idea?
It sounds like the 185 is your unofficial score, which is an excellent score for you! Our method here is just an estimation, and unfortunately it doesn’t work for all Praxis II tests (there are many of them out there). Congrats on the excellent score!
I took the School Leader Licensure (6011) on March 9. According to ETS website, I should have received my scores April 5. I have yet to get these scores. Should I be concerned? Is it normal for the scores to be late?
As of today, the scores are just two business days late. That’s frustrating to be sure, but I wouldn’t worry just yet. However, if you get to the point where your scores are a week late, there may be some sort of mistake or delay on ETS’s part. In that case, I’d recommend contacting Praxis customer service.
I recently took the new praxis core combined on 11/26/19. I was able to view my scores for math(150) and reading (170). I have not received my scores yet and I notice that on the ETS website that there will be a delay in score reporting. I am really nervous about the writing portion. How much longer will it take to get my results?
I’m sorry to hear this! I recommend contact ETS directly to ask them about the delay. I hope you’ve received your scores by now!
Are there any possible ways to get a Praxis score posted sooner in an emergency type situation?
Hi Jordan, I’m not aware of any cases in which the scores were posted early, but I recommend reaching out to ETS directly to discuss your options.
I received a score for my PRAXIS 7813 immediately after I finished, is this my official score? I needed a 150 to pass and I received a 155.
155 is most likely your unofficial score, so congratulations! The unofficial score is unlikely to change from the official score, so it looks like you passed.
i was trying to figure out the math you have here and couldn’t. I received a Raw Score of 149 on my Praxis Exam; the passing score is 149. There are 120 questions. How would I calculate that>
If your test only had 120 total questions, your raw score should be equal to or less than that, since it is equivalent to the number of total questions you answered correctly. So, if your score was higher than that, then perhaps what you saw was the unofficial scaled score itself. Check out this blog article for more information on this topic! I hope this helps a bit! 🙂