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Praxis® Tests At Home: Everything You Need to Know

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Praxis® recently announced a new way for teacher candidates to take their certification exams through the Praxis® Tests At Home Solution. In this article, we’ll outline everything you need to know about taking your exam at home – including how to register, what the online tests cost, which exams are available and any related testing requirements.

At-Home Test Overview

Beginning May 15, 2020, candidates registering for a select number of Praxis® tests can choose to take the exam at a qualified testing center or at home. Praxis® released a list of the 30 most popular exams that qualify for the Tests At Home option, with another 16 exams to be added on June 1.

At-home test dates are available as early as May 18, and none of the current test structure, format, scoring, pricing or test features (such as skipping questions or changing a selected answer) will change. ETS intends for this remote testing option to minimize disruptions in the certification process and help teacher candidates prepare to be in the classrooms this fall.

The Praxis® Tests At Home is a great solution for anyone serious about getting certified to teach, but it is definitely not an “easy out” option. Praxis® has outlined a long list of requirements for all participants and the home test attempts are monitored through video by AI and trained proctors from ProctorU.

At-Home Test Registration

The initial test registration process is the same for both at-home and testing center exams. You’ll need to have (or set up) a Praxis® user account and can then log into the system and register online for the exam you need. However, if you choose to test at home, you will also need to schedule a test date and time with ProctorU.

ProctorU, a separate organization with more than 10 years of experience monitoring online tests using trained proctors and artificial intelligence, will send an email registration link you can use to set up an account and schedule your exam after you register with ETS. At-home test sessions can be scheduled seven days a week, including holidays, from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you need to reschedule an at-home test, you can do that through your ProctorU account. To cancel an exam or switch from the test center to the at-home option, you have to contact ETS by phone. Tests can be canceled for a full refund up to three days prior to the test date.

Before you register, you will need to make sure you can meet the equipment and environmental requirements outlined by ETS. These include compatibility guidelines for your device, a private and empty test space, no food or drink and no lying down/reclining while taking the exam. Only a desktop or laptop computer is allowed and you cannot use a tablet or phone to take the test.

Available At-Home Exams and the Testing Process

Praxis® has provided a list of the 30 most-commonly taken exams that will be available as at-home tests on May 18 with another 16 tests added on June 1. At this time there is no plan for all Praxis® exams to be offered remotely, but ETS has communicated the test-at-home solution will remain available at least until all U.S. test centers return to full testing capacity.

At the start of your exam, your identity will be verified by the proctor and checked throughout the test. You will also be monitored by video through your computer camera or separate webcam and will have to show the testing room before the exam begins.

During the test, you will not be allowed to have your ears covered or visually obstructed. You also won’t be allowed to use scratch paper but can use a dry erase board or a plastic-covered paper that can be erased in front of the proctor before your test ends. If the proctor detects any cheating or attempt to cheat, your test attempt can be canceled

Comparing the At-Home and Testing Center Exams

The cost for the at-home exams and those administered at the testing center remain the same – which is anywhere from $60-$200 depending on the test. Some of the standard test center rules apply to the at-home test option too; things like wearing appropriate clothes and not wearing watches, jewelry, etc.

But testing centers have also added additional rules to ensure the check-in and test-taking process is safe for everyone. These include arriving at least one hour before the scheduled test, wearing a self-provided mask while checking in and taking the test, practicing social distancing while at the site and staff cleaning surfaces regularly with disinfectant spray.

If you have been recently exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or have been sick in the past two weeks, you are strongly encouraged to reschedule your exam. You can do so without incurring any related rescheduling fees, according to the ETS website.

Scores for both the at-home and test center options are released on the same schedule. May exam testees will receive scores between June 12 or 19, and June exam testees will get their scores back on July 14 or 21.

Whether you choose to try out testing at home or stick to the test center for your exam, there is a lot of information to consider. But now you should know the differences and have the facts you need to make the best choice for you. You can spend less time worrying about exam logistics and more time studying and preparing to pass your test and enjoy your future career in teaching.

Additional Resources:

Test Center Regulations: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/Praxis®/the-americas/

Praxis® Registration Page: https://www.ets.org/Praxis®/register/

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