1. Sign up early and make a study plan
When signing up for the test, there will be different options of testing centers, times, and dates. Signing up early ensures that you don’t have added stress by taking the test later or earlier than anticipated. I recommend taking the Praxis around the same time as your university’s comprehensive or end of year exams to maximize on all the studying you’ll be doing. Once you’ve signed up, make a realistic schedule or timeline for studying. This will help keep you on track and make sure you’ve reviewed all subject areas before the test!
2. Go back to the basics
Remember those classes you took in undergrad? Well, the praxis exam is a combination of all subject areas related to our field, so you’ll see them again! I recommend getting a review book so you don’t have to dig up all those notes from your undergraduate classes and can get a brief review of all subject areas. Your professors didn’t write the Praxis exam, so it’s good to have explanations of material written by someone else, too! This book is helpful because it includes practice tests and there are many different editions for varying price ranges.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Ask your professors, fellow students, and prior graduates for any help you may need! Ask your professors if they would be willing to hold review sessions or offer study sessions where they are available to answer questions. Work with your classmates and create google documents for subject areas to more easily share notes and ask questions. Ask prior graduates from your program what subject areas they felt prepared for and which areas they wish they had reviewed more.
4. Take a practice test
There are three areas of the SLP Praxis exam:
- Foundations and Professional Practice
- Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
- Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Treatment
Most practice tests will breakdown your scores in each of these three areas which gives you a good idea of which areas you are prepared for and which areas you may want to review more heavily. This will also prepare you for the different types of questions and how the responses are formatted.
5. Don’t stress!
All your classes, clinic rotations, and study sessions have prepared you for the test! Be confident in your knowledge and you’ll do great!