Starting September 1, a new elementary education multiple subjects Praxis II Test, designed for those seeking to become teachers, will make its debut.
The Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test will replace the current Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test. The new test will continue to gauge prospective teachers’ proficiency in reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.
One major difference is that the new test will be longer. Instead of the current two-hour test, the new version will be three and a half hours. And the number of questions on the test will increase from 120 to 210.
Currently, teacher candidates are allotted 30 minutes for each section of the test. With the new test, they’ll be given 60 minutes for the reading and language arts section (65 questions) and 50 minutes apiece for math (40 questions), social studies (55 questions) and science (50 questions).
If a teaching candidate achieves passing scores in three of the four sections, he or she will only need to retake the section not successfully passed.
Those who pass the current test prior to September 1 will be grandfathered under the rules of that test. After September 1, the new test’s rules will apply for candidates.