Praxis® Test Cost Overview

Praxis Core Eligibility

The Praxis exam is a series of exams that includes the Praxis Core tests, Praxis Subjects tests, and Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT) tests; various states use these to help prepare and test the knowledge of future teachers. The Praxis Core exam is specifically designed to test students' knowledge of writing, mathematics, and reading for entry into teacher preparation programs. Students who are required to take the Praxis Core for their state will need to register for the exam online, through the mail, or via phone. Students wondering 'how much does it cost to take the Praxis?' will need to explore the Praxis cost for the different exams depending on each Praxis state requirements. Below, we will explore some of these costs in greater detail.

How Much Is the Praxis Core Exam?

While the Praxis test cost is different for each exam, students wondering 'how much is the Praxis Core exam?' can explore the different fees below. These fees vary by the format of the exam, such as if students want to take each core exam individually or combine them in one sitting. Students are typically required to pay the necessary fee when they register for Praxis exam. Acceptable forms of payment include credit or debit card, money order, bank check, eCheck, or PayPal. There is also a Praxis test fee waiver option for the Praxis core exam that we will explore here.

Praxis Core Individual Test Cost

The Praxis Core consists of 3 subtests that cover topics in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who choose to take these exams individually must pay a fee of $90 per exam. Students will also register individually for each exam and take them at a time and location that is convenient for them.

Praxis Core Collective Test Cost

Students save quite a bit of money if they choose to take the Praxis Core Combined Test. This combined test includes all three subtests in writing, reading, and mathematics in one sitting. Students only pay $150 for this combined exam, instead of $270 total for taking the Praxis Core subtests individually.

Praxis Subject Test Cost

The Praxis 2 cost or cost for the Praxis Subject Assessment vary more than the Praxis Core exams. These exams may range between $50 and $209, depending on the exam. Below, we break down some of the test fees, as well as additional fees that students may encounter when taking the Praxis.

Praxis Subject Test Fees

Although the cost varies by exam, there are some general patterns in the cost of the Praxis Subject tests. For example, many world language exams cost $170 and many Principles of Learning and Teaching or the PLT Praxis test cost $156. The table below lists the various Praxis Subject tests and their assigned fees. Below are the fees for all the Praxis exams.

Exam Code Exam Title Exam Fee*
5162 Algebra I $130
5701 Agriculture $130
5135 Art: Content and Analysis $156
5134 Art: Content Knowledge $130
5342 Audiology $146
5343 Audiology $146
5235 Biology: Content Knowledge $130
0633 Braille Proficiency $156
5101 Business Education $130
5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge $130
5665 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language $170
5087 Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge $130
5753 Communication and Literacy $110
5714 Communication and Literacy: Reading $90
5724 Communication and Literacy: Writing $90
5652 Computer Science $130
5026 Early Childhood Assessment $180
5027 Early Childhood: Reading and Language Arts & Social Studies $100
5028 Early Childhood: Mathematics and Science $100
5025 Early Childhood Education $130
5571 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge $130
5911 Economics $130
5024 Education of Young Children $156
5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (ELAS) $130
5006 Elementary Education Assessment $209
5007 Elementary Education Assessment: Reading and Language Arts & Social Studies $115
5008 Elementary Education Assessment: Mathematics and Science $115
5018 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge $130
7811 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching $209
7812 Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts-CKT $78
7813 Elementary Education: Mathematics-CKT $78
7814 Elementary Education: Science-CKT $64
7815 Elementary Education: Social Studies-CKT $64
5017 Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment $130
5039 English Language Arts: Content and Analysis $156
5038 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge $130
5362 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) $130
5122 Family and Consumer Sciences $130
5174 French: World Language $170
5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge $130
5435 General Science: Content Knowledge $130
5921 Geography $130
5163 Geometry $130
5183 German: World Language $170
5358 Gifted Education $130
5931 Government/Political Science $130
5857 Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge $130
5551 Health Education $130
5023 Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education $130
5661 Japanese: World Language $170
5224 Journalism $130
5601 Latin $130
5311 Library Media Specialist $130
5561 Marketing Education $130
5165 Mathematics $130
5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge $130
5146 Middle School: Content Knowledge $130
5047 Middle School English Language Arts $156
5164 Middle School Mathematics $130
5169 Middle School Mathematics $130
5440 Middle School Science $130
5442 Middle School Science $130
5089 Middle School Social Studies $156
5114 Music: Content and Instruction $156
5113 Music: Content Knowledge $130
5115 Music: Instrumental and General Knowledge $130
5116 Music: Vocal and General Knowledge $130
5152 PA Grades 4-8 Core Assessment $140
5153 PA Grades 4-8 Core Assessment: Pedagogy $50
5154 PA Grades 4-8 Core Assessment: English Language Arts and Social Studies $50
5155 PA Grades 4-8 Core Assessment: Mathematics and Science. $50
5156 PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts $75
5157 PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies $75
5158 PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics $75
5159 PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Science $75
5095 Physical Education: Content and Design $156
5091 Physical Education: Content Knowledge $130
5485 Physical Science $130
5265 Physics: Content Knowledge $130
5531 Pre-Kindergarten Education $130
5621 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood $156
5622 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 $156
5623 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9 $156
5625 Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 $156
5624 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 $156
5421 Professional School Counselor $130
5391 Psychology $130
5306 Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education $130
5304 Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Reading Specialist $130
5301 Reading Specialist $156
5302 Reading Specialist $156
5402 School Psychologist $130
5086 Social Studies: Content and Interpretation $156
5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge $130
5952 Sociology $130
5195 Spanish: World Language $170
5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications $130
5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications $156
5545 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications $156
5272 Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students $130
5691 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood $130
5881 Special Education: Teaching Speech to Students with Language Impairments $130
5383 Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities $130
5322 Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities $130
5282 Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments $130
5221 Speech Communication: Content Knowledge $130
5331 Speech-Language Pathology $146
5204 Teaching Reading $156
5203 Teaching Reading: Elementary Education $156
5205 Teaching Reading: Elementary $156
5206 Teaching Reading: K-12 $156
5372 Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances $130
5051 Technology Education $130
5641 Theatre $130
5941 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge $130
5841 World Languages Pedagogy $156

Praxis Additional Fees

There are some states that have additional fees associated with the Praxis exams, including Nevada and Virginia. For example, the Nevada Praxis requirements charge an additional $5 fee at their testing centers. Virginia has its own reading exams, the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education and Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Reading Specialist exams; each of these costs $130.

Praxis Test Fee Waiver

There is a Praxis waiver available for college students who meet all of the requirements. Students can only qualify for the waiver once each testing year and the waiver covers three Praxis Core tests or one Praxis Subject test. Students can qualify for a fee waiver if they meet the following criteria:

  • Receiving financial aid
  • Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program and can provide an Enrollment Verification Certificate
  • Provide current AFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less
  • Required to take Praxis by authorized score recipient

Applying for a Praxis Fee Waiver

In order to get a Praxis test fee waiver, students must apply. Waivers are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and there are a limited number of waivers available on each Praxis testing dates and per institution. In order to apply, students must:

  • Fill out and scan the Praxis Waiver Form
  • Scan Enrollment Verification Certificate
  • Scan current FAFSA SAR
  • Attach documents to an email
  • Send email to or print and mail forms to the ETS

Praxis Parapro Test Cost

The Praxis Parapro tests were designed to test aspiring and practicing paraprofessionals in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing to satisfy requirements from No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and now the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These exams vary in price by the format of the exam, as listed below:

  • Test center appointments: $55
  • At-home appointments: $91 with a $45.50 rescheduling fee if applicable
  • $50 fee for each additional score report requested.

Praxis Special Service Cost

There are a few special service costs associated with the Praxis that some students may be required to pay. For instance, requesting additional score reports costs students an extra $50 per report. Students who choose to register via phone will also need to pay an additional $35 on top of their exam fee. Finally, students who need to change their Praxis test locations or test date for whatever reason will be charged $40.

Praxis Score Review Fees

Upon receiving their Praxis scores, some students may decide they want to request a score review to make sure everything checks out. This score review comes at an additional cost that could vary based on the test format. Selected-response (SR) and constructed-response (CR) questions both currently (as of 2021) have a score review fee of $65.

Expert Contributor

Mary Bechtel

Mary Bechtel, M.A. is a middle school math teacher with over 5 years of teaching experience. She has 2 publications on middle school math teaching strategies and has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences. She passed the PAPA, VCLA, and Praxis exams as part of her teacher preparation. Mary graduated with an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from Grand Canyon University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Lebanon Valley College.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much do Praxis tests cost?

    The cost of the Praxis varies by exam. Students typically pay anywhere between $50 and around $200 to take a Praxis test.

  • How can I take the Praxis test for free?

    Some students who meet eligibility requirements may qualify for a fee waiver. Students who meet the requirements, including receiving financial aid, must apply for the waiver.

  • Is the Praxis free?

    No, the Praxis is not free. Each specific exam has its own fee associated it and there are some additional fees that students may be charged, depending on their personal situation. For example, registering for the exam via phone comes with an additional cost.

  • Can I take the Praxis without a degree?

    Yes, the Praxis Core is for students who are entering a teaching program and may not have earned their teaching degree yet.

  • How do I get a fee waiver for the Praxis?

    Students must apply for a fee waiver via mail or email and include several different documents, including an Enrollment Verification Certificate, FAFSA SAR report, and the fee waiver application form.

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