I’d heard about the Praxis II exam before, but I wasn’t sure about the details until I researched it recently. It’s an important exam for all future teachers to know about and to plan ahead for. The Praxis II is an exam that tests the content knowledge of teachers to make sure they are qualified to teach, in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. There are actually many Praxis exams, and the one(s) you take depend(s) on your teaching major or minor. BYU has posted a list of what test(s) you need to take for each major and minor.
You should take the Praxis II exam the semester before you student teach so that BYU can receive your results before you graduate. You cannot graduate as a teacher unless you have passed the Praxis II exam. You need to register for the test and pay a fee (which ranges from $50 to $150 depending on the test). Some tests have the option of choosing a computer- or paper-delivered version.
There are many ways you can prepare for the Praxis II exam. You can review notes from content-based classes that you have taken. Studying in groups is always valuable, and the official website has important information, sample questions, and study guides you can buy. Remember that the tests are comprehensive so you will have to synthesize information you have learned in many different classes.
“Praxis” means “translating an idea into action” (definitions.net). While the tests might be hard, I think they are a good way to assess if we are prepared to teach. Then we will be prepared to put all the ideas we have learned into action.
If you are interested in further information, you can visit BYU’s Praxis Information page, the official Praxis website, or meet with a counselor.