Whether you are applying for your externship or have already accepted a position, it’s time to start the new year off right by preparing to take the Praxis® test. What is one of the requirements to become a licensed audiologist in most states? You need to pass the Praxis®! The Praxis® is the audiology licensure exam proctored through the Educational Testing Service (ETS®). The most recent version of the exam launched this past fall, so now there are two versions available: Praxis® Audiology I (5342) and Praxis® Audiology II (5343). Although it is recommended that you complete the latest version, check with your state’s licensing agency to determine which exam you need to satisfy licensure requirements. The formatting for both exams is the same and consists of five different content categories: foundations of audiology, prevention and screening, assessment, intervention, professional and ethical responsibilities. Here are some steps you can take to prepare yourself to take the Praxis® exam.
Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with the Exam
- Review the five content areas.
- What are your areas of strength?
- Identify your areas of improvement to focus your studies.
- Check out these study tips from ETS® on how to be a better test-taker.
Step 2: Dedicate Time in Your Schedule to Study
- Develop a study group with your cohort.
- Set a goal for when to take the exam to keep you motivated.
- Organize your schedule and set time aside to study.
- Remember, studying for the Praxis® will also benefit you in preparing for externship interviews!
Step 3: Put Your Knowledge to the Test
- Utilize practice questions through ETS®: Praxis® I & Praxis® II.
- If interested, an interactive practice test is also available for purchase through ETS.
Step 4: Getting Ready for Test Day
- Set aside your registration and ID the night before the test.
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
- Put yourself in the right mindset.
- Be confident, you’ve got this!
Stay tuned for more tips in this externship blog series about things you can do during quarantine to get ready for your externship year!
Sarah Pupa is a fourth-year AuD student at the University of Pittsburgh who is completing her externship at Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat of Atlanta (PENTA). She is currently serving as the head of the externship blog post series on the SAA Education Committee and as the liaison to the Academy’s Research Initiatives Council. Her clinical and research interests include working with children with complicated illnesses and special needs, interdisciplinary care, and increasing the accessibility and visibility of audiology services.
Brandon Roppel is a second-year AuD student at Northwestern University. He currently serves on the SAA Education Committee. Additionally, he serves as the Student Representative for the Educational Audiology Association. His current clinical interests include aural re/habilitation, cochlear implants, and educational audiology.
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