The Praxis exam Professional School Counselor is a requirement of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for anyone graduating from a Wisconsin School Counseling Program. The Praxis exam (Professional School Counselor-Test Code 0421 or 5421) must be successfully completed before UWRF can endorse you for licensure (no matter what state you are planning to apply to for a license). You may take a paper and pencil version (test code 0421), or, starting in February 2013, you may take a computerized version (test code 5421).
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE EXAM? We recommend you wait to take the exam until you have completed all of the core courses AND have some practicum experience. The exam includes sections that are based on the academic learning AND practical counseling skills that are definitely enhanced in your practicum experience. While exam dates are available seven times per year, and you may schedule your exam on any of these dates, the goal of the program is to assist you in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to take the exam at the appropriate time in your program AND PASS IT (the qualifying score is 156). Taking the Praxis is NOT a requirement for graduation.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE? Check out the ETS website for information. See: http://www.ets.org. Get a practice exam and use it. Do not be surprised…be prepared. The exam is a national exam administered at sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
NOTE: this exam does NOT take the place of the comprehensive exam.