How Many Times Can You Take the Praxis?


So, you’re in a bit of a pickle. You’ve taken the Praxis test and despite putting in a lot of hours studying and preparing in the hopes of adding on to your teaching license, you found your results to be… less than expected.

Or, maybe you’re a forward-thinking person. The Praxis is, after all, a huge commitment and you want to prepare if things were to go south.

Regardless of your motivation, you want to know one thing:

How Many Times Can You Take the Praxis?

First, let’s start off with some good news. There is no limit to how many times you can take the Praxis. ETS, the organization in charge of the test, does not have a cap for anyone who takes their standardized tests.

However, there is a catch.

According to the official Praxis testing policy, you can retake a Praxis test once every 21 days (not including the initial test date). While this may seem a bit stressful, especially if you’re facing licensing issues, you can approach the 21-day window with a positive attitude. You could say, “Wow, they’re giving me nearly a month to study again. That’s great!”

It’s important to note that you don’t receive your scores until after a week for selected response (multiple choice) tests or fifteen days for constructed response (essay) tests.

You may want to consider carefully if you want to spend money on retaking the test without having seen your scores. Having worked with teachers who were at first doubtful then later surprised by their scores, I recommend waiting at least two testing periods.

No matter what situation brought you here, you can relax knowing you’re not barred from retaking the Praxis. Take it as many times as you want… just clear your schedule for three weeks to study.

Check out my article, How to Study for the Praxis for more resources.