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HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Praxis I - Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is Praxis I? Praxis I is a combination of high-school level reading, writing and math skills tests administered by Educational Testing Service in two different formats. a. Computer-based Pre-Professional Skills Tests b. Paper-based Pre-Professional Skills Tests 2. Who should take Praxis I? The MD State Department of Education requires all beginning teachers in all content areas to pass the Praxis I if they have not previously passed a basic skills test*. Also, most 4 year colleges require students to pass Praxis if they have not passed a basic skills test before admission to a Teacher Education Program. All students earning an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree at HCC must pass a basic skills test to receive their degree. Also, career changers who are working on initial certification from MD State Department of Education must have passing scores on a basic skills test. *Basic skills test options and Maryland passing scores are: Praxis I: 177 in Math, 177 in Reading, 173 in Writing or total composite score of 527 -OR- SAT taken after 4/95, Math and Verbal composite score of 1100-OR- SAT taken prior to 4/95, Math and Verbal composite score of 1000 –OR- ACT: composite score of 24 –OR- GRE: taken after Sept 2011, Math and Verbal composite score of 297. GRE: taken before Sept 2011, Math and Verbal composite score of 1000. 3. When can I take Praxis I? Praxis I is given in paper-pencil format several times a year at selected sites. Visit www.ets.org/praxis or see the front of the Praxis Registration Information for the current test dates. Computerized tests are given throughout the year by appointment only. 4. Where can I take Praxis I? The paper-pencil format is given at selected test sites such as Towson University. HCC is not a test site. The computerized tests are given at the Prometric Testing Center in Columbia. Call for an appointment. 1-800-853-6773. 5. How much does it cost to take Praxis I? . The computer-delivered and paper-delivered test fees are 1 test-$85, 2 tests-$125, or a combined test with all 3 tests-$135. You can take them one at a time, or you can take them all together. 6. How soon should I take Praxis I? You should take Praxis I no later than the completion of your 30th credit hour. You are best prepared to take the Reading and Writing tests after you have completed English 121. Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors are best prepared to take the Math test after you have completed Math 127 . Secondary education majors are best prepared to take the Math test after you have completed your first required college level math course. 7. Is the test timed? Yes. On the paper-pencil version: The Reading and Math tests have 40 questions and you are given 60 minutes to complete each test. (no calculator). The Writing test has 38 multiple choice questions and 1 essay question. You are given 30 minutes to complete each section. On the computerized version: The Reading and Math tests have 46 questions and you are given 75 minutes to complete each test. (no calculator). The Writing test has 44 multiple choice questions and 1 essay question. You are given 38 minutes to complete the first section and 30 minutes to complete the essay. 8. What preparation options are available at HCC? HCC offers 2 review classes each semester in Campus Web format. EDUC-101 Praxis Review Course Reading/Writing Tests (1 credit)- 8 weeks EDUC-102 Praxis Review Course Math Test (1 credit) – 8 weeks Praxis I Review books are available for purchase at the HCC bookstore. Review books and Practice tests are also on reserve in the library under the names Kroll/Lyons. 9. How can I prepare if I have difficulty taking tests? One common difficulty is test anxiety. You may be nervous and forget what you have studied. You can go to Counseling and Career Services in RCF 302 or call 443 518-1340. 10. Can I request accommodations if I have a disability, health-related needs, or if English is not my first language? Nonstandard testing accommodations, including extended testing time, can be requested using forms available at the Praxis website. Look for information for Test Takers With Disabilities or Health-Related Needs, Primary Language Not English (PLNE), or Monday Testing as an alternate to Saturday paper/pencil administrations. NOTE: If you are studying on an F-1 Visa, you should contact the International Education office at HCC as you plan for degree completion in this field. 11. What scores do I need to pass Praxis I? Maryland passing scores are currently 177 in Reading, 173 in Writing, and 177 in Math or a composite score of 527 or higher. It is possible to fail one section if you have a high enough score on another section to give you a composite score of 527 or higher. 12. Where should I send my scores? The MD State Dept of Education automatically receives your scores. You must choose HCC as your Attending Institution and type in a code to send your scores to HCC. Reporting these scores to HCC is a graduation requirement if you have not reported passing scores on another required basic skills test (see question 2). You can then choose 3 other colleges where you hope to transfer to send copies of your scores. You can also download your scores for 45 days after the score release date. After 45 days, you must pay $40 to receive a report. 13. Can I retake the tests if I fail? You may retake each test as many times as you need to pass it, up to 6 times a year. This means you must wait 60 days before you retest on the same paper–pencil exam or 30 days to retest on the computer. 14. How can I get more information? You can pick up the Praxis Registration Information at HCC. You can contact your advisor, email email@example.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, you can visit the web site www.ets.org/praxis , the college website at www.howardcc.edu/transfer, or call 443-518-1200.
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