The Praxis II test is required in nearly every state. Potential teachers have to pass it (as well as the Praxis I exam) in order to be certified to teach in the state where they plan to work. While there is no single “passing” score because each state sets its own standards, it goes without saying that making a good score is necessary to obtain certification. The Praxis II is a test of two things: a teacher’s knowledge of pedagogical skills and knowledge of the specific subject that he or she will be teaching. There are nearly 130 different versions of the Praxis II test, covering everything from biology to theater arts.
The Praxis II is not easy to pass, as far too many frustrated teaching applicants can tell you. States are constantly raising their standards for teacher certification, and the company that develops the Praxis exams never rests when it comes to making revisions and adjustments in order to keep the test challenging. Because failure on the test has such a devastating effect on a person’s career plans, doing everything possible to be ready for the test is a task that no aspiring teacher can take lightly.
One of the best ways to prepare for the test is by using Praxis II practice questions. While these questions are not going to be exact duplicates of the ones a person will see on the actual exam, they can certainly make a big difference in one’s Praxis score. Practice questions can give aspiring teachers a taste of what to expect on the exam so that they have a good idea of what they are up against before walking into the testing center. In addition, practice questions can help the test taker discover weak areas they need to focus on if they hope to make a high score. Everyone planning to take the Praxis II test should use practice questions to help him or her prepare.