In most states across the United States, you will need to pass the Praxis Spanish: World Language Exam before you can become certified to teach Spanish. This is true even if you are already a credentialed teacher in other subjects (or in the general, core subjects). The test measures all four dimensions of language fluency including listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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Praxis Spanish: World Language Exam Outline
The Praxis Spanish: World Language exam contains 75 selected-response questions and six constructed-response questions, and you will be given approximately three hours to complete the exam.
The exam is split into four sections, and there are two additional unscored practice sections, one of which is optional.
Listening Practice Section (unscored)
This unscored section contains six selected-response questions and is timed at 10 minutes. This 10 minutes does not count toward your time limit for the scored sections of the exam.
For this section, you will be asked to listen to a selection of audio in which one or more people are speaking Spanish. You then have six practice questions to answer related to the audio selection.
Section 1: Listening with Cultural Knowledge (36 questions)
This section is timed at 50 minutes and contains 36 selected-response questions.
You will be asked to listen to multiple audio clips, which will be Spanish recordings of narratives, radio broadcasts, dialogues, and other selections. After an audio clip plays once, you will have one minute to preview the related questions before the audio plays a second time. You will then be given six questions to answer one at a time, and you will have 20 seconds to answer each one.
Section 2: Reading with Cultural Knowledge (39 questions)
This section is timed at 50 minutes and contains 39 selected-response questions.
You will be asked to read various selections of material written in Spanish, including short literary passages, articles, and other selections. Each passage will be followed by six questions.
You will also be shown some visual stimuli, such as a painting or photograph, and asked to answer a cultural knowledge question for each stimulus.
Writing Practice Section (unscored)
This optional section contains one constructed-response exercise and is timed at 5 minutes. This 5 minutes does not count toward your time limit for the scored sections of the exam.
Section 3: Interpersonal and Presentational Writing (3 constructed-response tasks)
This section is timed at 50 minutes and contains three writing tasks. For each task, you must write your response in Spanish using the provided text box.
You will be given an email, memo, or letter and must write an appropriate reply. Your reply must be at least 60 words.
Task 2: Opinion/Position Essay
You will be given a question/prompt and must write a short essay in response. Your essay should be at least 120 words.
Task 3: Integrated Skills
You will be given a passage and must write an appropriate response. Your response must be at least 120 words.
Section 4: Presentational and Interpersonal Speaking (3 constructed-response tasks)
This section is timed at 15 minutes and contains three speaking tasks. For each task, you must record your spoken response in Spanish. For each response, you will hear a tone when it is time to begin speaking, and you will see a clock on your screen that shows how much time is left before the recording ends.
You will be asked to provide a response to a passage you have previously read. You will be given three minutes to read over the passage and prepare your response. Then, you will be given two minutes to record your response.
Task 2: Express an Opinion or Make an Oral Presentation
You will be given a specific topic and asked to provide your opinion or a general oral presentation on that topic. Once you are given the topic, you will have two minutes to prepare your response and two minutes to record your response.
Task 3: Simulated Conversation
You will be given an outline of a conversation, which you will have 30 seconds to read. The outline will be presented in pairs of lines, the first line previewing what you will hear and the second line previewing what you should say in response. When it is your turn to speak in the conversation, you will hear a tone and then have 25 seconds to respond. You will have five conversational responses in total.
The questions are grouped into five content categories:
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Praxis Spanish: World Language Exam Registration
To register for the Praxis Spanish World Language exam, you will need to create an online account with ETS. Through this account, you can submit an application to take the exam.
During registration, you will be asked to select the test-taking format (remote or at a testing center), test location (if you are taking the test at a testing center), and test date. You will also need to pay the $170 exam fee.
You should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes before the scheduled testing appointment to allow enough time for the check-in process. When you arrive, you will be asked to show your admission ticket and two forms of valid identification, one of which must be a valid photo ID.
You will then be asked to leave things like your cell phone, wallet, bags, keys, and food items in a secure locker outside the testing area.
Once the check-in process is complete and you are fully approved for testing, you will be led to the testing station and receive a piece of scratch paper for notes.
To take the exam remotely, you must use a non-touchscreen laptop or desktop computer. Tablets and smartphones are not allowed. You will also need a functioning webcam, speakers, and a microphone.
Before exam day, you will need to download and install the ETS Secure Test Browser on your computer. This is the only browser permitted for taking a Praxis test.
When you check in to take the exam, the remote proctor will ask you to show proof of identification and to move your webcam around the room so that your testing area can be observed.
Once the proctor has approved your testing area, they will walk you through the testing process and begin your exam.
How the Spanish: World Language Exam is Scored
Your Praxis score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly. This is known as your raw score. The raw score is then converted to a scaled score. The scaled score you need to obtain differs slightly depending on which state you take the exam in, ranging anywhere from 142 to 153.
You should receive an official score report about five weeks after testing.
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How many questions are on the Praxis Spanish: World Language exam?
There are 75 selected-response questions and six constructed-response questions on the exam.
How long is the Praxis Spanish: World Language exam?
The time limit for the exam is about 3 hours.
What is the passing score for the Praxis Spanish: World Language exam?
The passing score for this exam depends on the state you take it in.
How much does the Praxis Spanish: World Language exam cost?
The examination fee for this exam is $170.