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What is the Praxis II Exam and why do I have to take it?
The PAXIS II Exam can be thought of an exit exam from an education program. It is a requirement for teacher certification that has come about as a result of the Federal Government's No Child Left Behind Act which requires that all teachers be highly qualified.
Each state is free to set its own level of acceptable performance on each PRAXIS II Exam. The State of Idaho has set the level for a passing score on the Biology Content Exam (#235) at 139.
When should I take the Praxis II Exam?
Ideally the PRAXIS II Exam is taken and passed BEFORE you student teach. It must be passed before you can be certified to teach. You do not want to be worrying about taking this exam while you are out student teaching.
Check the Educational Testing Service Praxis website for information and when and where exams are offered and to register to take the exam.
When you register for the Praxis II test you will need to tell them where to send your scores. You should have them send your scores to yourself and to BYU-Idaho. The University needs a copy of your score so that we can recommend you to the State of Idaho for Teacher Certification.
Which Praxis Exam(s) do I need to take?
For Biology you will take the Biology Content Exam (#235)
How do I sign up to take the Praxis II Exam?
Obtain more information about taking the Praxis Exam and to register for the exam.