Background

The Praxis II Subject Assessment Examination in Speech-Language Pathology is administered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and measures knowledge important for beginning, independent speech-language pathology practitioners in all primary employment settings. A passing score on this national examination is required for clinical certification by ASHA (CCCs) and to obtain licensure/credentials in most states.

Effective September 1, 2014, changes were made to the Praxis Exam by ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC). The CFCC defines the standards for clinical certification in our field and revised the Praxis exam to align with the new 2014 Standards for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology

Exam Description

The exam lasts 150 minutes, with approximately 132 questions administered in a multiple-choice format covering the following major content areas (each representing 1/3 of the exam):

I. Foundations and Professional Practice 
II. Screening, Assessment, Evaluation & Diagnosis 
III. Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Treatment

The questions test knowledge and its application across the “big nine” areas of practice:

  1. speech sound production
  2. fluency
  3. voice, resonance, and motor speech
  4. receptive and expressive language
  5. social aspects of communication, including pragmatics
  6. cognitive aspects of communication
  7. augmentative and alternative communication
  8. hearing
  9. feeding and swallowing

A passing score is 162 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.
  • The test code for the Praxis II Subject Examination in Speech-Language Pathology is 5331

When to Take The Exam

ASHA recommends students take the national Praxis exam at the end of their graduate program, once the majority of foundational didactic and clinical coursework requirements have been met. It’s ideal to take the exam after completion of the full-time internship, but the timing of the exam must also occur in advance of applying for temporary licensure/credentialing for Clinical Fellowship (CF) employment. As a result, most students take the exam in early summer to ensure eligibility for CF employment upon graduation, which means some students with summer internships take the exam while their internship is in progress. We have a 100% passing rate for the Praxis exam over the last 4 years as summarized on our Student Outcomes Data webpage.

Reporting Scores

All speech-language pathology master’s 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 speech-language pathology students must use the special Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Institution Recipient Code Listwhen 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 Speech-Language Pathology Exam Study Companion
• Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Score Recipient Code List
• ETS Testing Centers in Washington
• Praxis FAQs
• ETS Computer-Delivered Testing Demonstration