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North Dakota ESPB Praxis Core Test Score Requirements

Practice Exams for:
Reading
Writing
Mathematics

Advice for first time test takers

Scheduling Your Praxis Core
When do you feel more focused to take a test--before lunch or after lunch? This choice should determine when you should schedule your Praxis Core tests. Testing time options are available in the morning and after lunch. Try match when you feel the strongest with the selection of your testing time.
Preparing for Your Praxis Core
  • 4 weeks prior to your test date, take a practice test for each of the 3 tests. You can access practice tests by clicking Praxis Core and then the subject area: reading, math, or writing. Correct your tests and then determine percentage correct. 
  • If an exam score is below 70%, then you should review that test’s topics covered listed in the official ETS/Praxis Study Companion (topics covered list starts on page 6 of the Study Companion). You should review topics before taking additional practice tests.
  • Your learning or test prep is in the review and understanding of why answers were wrong in your practice exams. This process takes time, almost as long as taking a test, but the question-answer review is where your learning and test prep happens.
  • After your practice test review, take another practice test and repeat the learning/test prep process. Taking a practice test every two days is a good target.

Advice for Retakers of Praxis Core

Before you schedule a retake exam, consider the following when reviewing your test scores:
  • Review the subscores of the test to retake. For example, for the writing test, what were your writing sample scores and what was your writing multiple choice score? Your subscores for each test are on the page that follows your main score page.
  • Compare each subscore to the average range of scores provided to the right of that subscore. This comparison will help you determine the specific content you should review before taking a retake. If your subscore is below the average range, you have identified the content you need to review or practice before you retake the test.

Before you schedule a retake exam, think about the testing process and ask yourself these questions:
  • Did you feel comfortable taking your test the time when you did?
  • Did you take a break between the math and writing tests?
  • Did you run out of time for any of the tests?
  • Were you able to maintain focus for each test?
  • Were you able to get a good night’s sleep the night before your test?

Determining which tests to retake

Determining which tests to retake is a strategic decision because you need to determine what to do based on cost and time. What does this mean?
  • The cost for retaking all 3 tests on one day is lower than the cost of retaking one test at a time. However, if you are anxious about test-taking, sometimes it is best for you to take one test per day.
  • Time drives your review and preparation and retake date. You may be required to have passing scores before end of a semester or before the start of a school term, for example. These time requirements will impact when you need to schedule a retake and how much review and preparation time you have.

Scheduling Your Retake of the Praxis Core

  • When do you feel more focused to take a test--before lunch or after lunch? This choice should determine when you should schedule your retake Praxis Core tests. Testing time options are available in the morning and after lunch. Try match when you feel the strongest with the selection of your testing time.

Preparing for Your Retake of the Praxis Core

  • 4 weeks prior to your test date, take a practice test for each of the tests you will retake. You can access practice tests by clicking Praxis Core and then the subject area: reading, math, or writing. Correct your tests and then determine percentage correct.
  • If an exam percentage is below 70%, then you should review that test’s Topics Covered listed in the official ETS/Praxis Study Companion (Topics Covered list starts on page 6 of the Study Companion). You should review topics before taking additional practice tests.
  • Your learning or test prep is in the review and understanding of why answers were wrong in your practice exams. This process takes time, almost as long as taking a test, but the question-answer review is where your learning and test prep happens.
  • After your practice test review, take another practice test and repeat the learning/test prep process. Taking a practice test every two days is a good target.