The Praxis II Subject Assessment Examination in Audiology was developed by ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) and is administered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The exam measures knowledge important for beginning, independent audiology practitioners in all primary employment settings. A passing score on this national examination is required for clinical certification by ASHA (CCCs) and to obtain state licensure/credentials in many states. Students should refer to the ASHA website for complete information about the Audiology Praxis Exam requirements.
Effective September 1, 2012, changes were made to the Praxis Exam by the CFCC. The CFCC defines the standards for clinical certification in our field and revised the Praxis exam to align with the 2012 Standards for Certification in Audiology.
Students should be aware that each state determines its passing score for professional licensure and teacher credentialing. Most states (like Washington) adopt the same passing score as required for ASHA certification, but in some states the Praxis examination score for licensure or teacher credentialing may be higher or lower than the ASHA passing score.
The exam content is comprehensive and test-takers are asked to demonstrate understanding in specific subject areas, as well as synthesize information from many sources. Application of knowledge is tested in the context of clinical case studies, research results, and assessment results.
The exam lasts 2 hours, with 120 questions administered in a multiple-choice format covering the following major content areas:
I. Foundations 10% of exam
II. Prevention and Identification 10% of exam
III. Assessment 40% of exam
IV. Intervention 30% of exam
V. Professional Issues 10% of exam
A passing score is 170 or higher, on a 100-200 scale. Please note:
- The test is only available in a computer-based exam format. The paper-based exam option has been eliminated as of September 2014.
- The test code for the Praxis II Subject Examination in Audiology is 5342
When to Take The Exam
ASHA recommends students take the national Praxis exam during the final year of the graduate program, once the majority of foundational didactic and clinical coursework requirements have been met. Students should keep in mind that the timing of the exam must occur in advance of applying for any state licensure or credentialing for employment (or externships). We have a 94.5% passing rate for the Praxis exam over the last 4 years as summarized on our Student Outcomes Data webpage.
All audiology students taking the exam will receive 4 free scores reports. Students must inform ETS where they’d like their score reports delivered in advance and have up until the day of the exam to make changes to their institution recipient list. Please note that audiology students must use the special Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Institution Recipient Code List when indicating score recipients. Please do not use the general “Attending Institution/Recipient Codes” list on the Praxis website.
At a minimum, students are required to report their scores to these two entities:
- University of Washington Department of Speech of Hearing Sciences / CodeRA0324
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) / Code R5031
Students will also receive an electronic copy of their score report (at no charge) from ETS approximately 2-3 weeks after their test date. Access to the electronic report will be for one year and students are encouraged to print a hard copy for their records.
If a student’s score report is lost or a student needs to send additional score reports after the initial test date, ETS will charge $40 per report. ETS has an “Additional Score Report Request” form that must be completed and submitted with the fee. Please save yourself time and money and make a hard copy of your report!
Please note that neither credentialing agency in Washington state is eligible to receive official Praxis exam score reports directly from ETS. This means that students are responsible for sending hard copies of any required Praxis score reports to the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) and/or the WA State Department of Health (DOH), when applying for ESA certificates or licensure respectively.
Other Important Materials & Links
Students are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with key information found on the Praxis Series section of the ETS website:
- The Praxis Series Information Bulletin 2014-2015
- Praxis II Audiology Exam Study Companion (free online)
- Audiology Study Guide eBook (purchase online)
- Praxis Series General Information & Study Tips
- Praxis FAQs
- Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Score Recipient Code List
- ETS Computer-Delivered Testing Demonstration
- ETS Testing Centers in Washington