These Praxis tests are for individuals seeking a generalist elementary school license. They evaluate a candidate’s content knowledge for reading and language arts, math, science and social studies.
Additionally, CKT tests assess how a candidate can apply content knowledge to identify and effectively respond to content problems that crop up in day-to-day teaching.
Outside of these three categories, there are still more options for Praxis tests. School administrators and support staff have their own set of exams, as do teacher aides, and school-employed speech language pathologists, audiologists, psychologists, guidance counselors and librarians. There is, in other words, a Praxis test for everyone!
To determine which Praxis test is right for you, visit the ETS website, scroll down to the “State Testing Requirements” section, then select from the drop-down menu the state where you plan to teach.
Some states, like Colorado, require Praxis Subject Tests but not Praxis Core tests. Other states (such as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky) offer their own state-specific exams. And still other states accept some comparable Praxis exams but have other main exams. Arizona, for example, requires NES/AEPA, not Praxis tests. So, do some state-specific research on which requirements pertain to your plans.