The test most candidates have questions about is the subject area assessment. We’ll guide you from registration through test preparation and score reporting. Read on!
Know When & How to Register
Check with your EPP to find out when you need to have taken and passed the subject area assessment and to verify which tests you’ll take. If you’re taking the Praxis II, head over to the ETS Praxis registration page. There, you will:
- Click Register Online Now.
- Select Create an Account.
- Enter your personal information.
- After you’ve created an account, select Register for a Praxis Test.
- You’ll fill out a bit more demographic data.
- To find the test you need, choose “Connecticut” as the certifying state and “CT Bureau of Education Studies & Certification” as the agency requiring the test.
- Check the box next to the test(s) you need to take, then you’ll be able to choose your testing location, date and time. You’ll choose the date and time separately for each test you’ve selected (most candidates only need to take one test).
- Choose where you want your score reports sent. If you know your program’s code, you can use that, or you can look up the program by state.
- After verifying the information you entered, it’s time to pay for your exam. The cost averages $120 per test.
If you need to register for the ACTFL test for world languages, you can do that on the Language Testing International website. If you need to take the Pearson Foundations of Reading test, you can register here.
Prepare for the Subject Area Assessments
There are some universal things you can do to prepare for your tests. There are also more specific study guides available for the Praxis, ACTFL, Foundations of Reading and other tests. We cover them both below.
Remember: You’re taking these tests for a reason. You want to become a teacher in a specific subject, and this is your chance to prove you can handle it. Take the time necessary to truly understand the information. You’ll thank yourself for it (and your students will thank you, too).
We recommend a two-pronged approach to structuring your study time:
- Create a work-back schedule. Start by writing down the day of the tests. Then, outline the steps you need to accomplish before that end date:
- Research test prep resources. Check out the next section for our recommendations.
- Study your subject matter area. This is where the bulk of your time will be spent. Don't rush it.
- Take practice exams. Take practice exams. Even when you know the information, you'll need to get used to the test-maker's phrasing and test organization.
- Make smart choices right before the test. These are the obvious ones: Get plenty of sleep the night before, eat a decent breakfast the day of, bring a water bottle and show up early. Hanging outside the testing center 20 extra minutes is better than causing your brain undue stress minutes before having to think critically.
Test Prep Resources
There are a number of test prep options available from the test-makers directly, and some third-party services have come up with options, too. These resources offer a variety of prep strategies, from study guides and practice tests to one-on-one coaching.