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Studying Tips For The SLP Praxis Exam

by Carly Marut, MS, CF-SLP

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The time has finally come! The notorious words SLP praxis have now been added to your everyday graduate student vocabulary. As you prepare for the SLP Praxis Exam, we're here to supply you with the best tips to make your experience as seamless and smooth as possible. 

Quick SLP Praxis Exam Info:

  • Held at an official testing center
  • Online format
  • No math or calculators
  • 132 multiple-choice questions
  • Qualifying score needed: 162
  • Purchase of testing ticket gets you, four FREE score recipients. Choose wisely!

My four recommendations for score recipients:

  1. Graduate university
  2. Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee
  3. Department of Education
  4. ASHA

1. Schedule the SLP Praxis near your graduate comprehensive exam

This is where the phrase "killing two birds with one stone" comes in. Often, you are taking courses, attending externships, and writing your thesis all at once. While you're improving yourself every day, your knowledge is also at its peak! While it required some serious time management and studying on your behalf, scheduling your tests within the same timeframe is a great way to get all of your bases covered at once. 

2. Take a practice test

When buying your testing ticket on the ETS website, we recommend purchasing their Interactive Practice Test. Be mindful, this is a limited 90-day subscription! This authentic, full-length practice test simulates a real testing experience. It is computer-delivered and timed, so make sure you set aside uninterrupted time as you work through it. Just like the Praxis, you will be able to “mark” questions and come back to them. In-depth explanations are also provided with every question, which is super helpful! 

3. Use a review book

Like many other successful Praxis survivors, we recommend An Advanced Review of Speech-Language Pathology: Preparation for the Praxis SLP and Comprehensive Examination. Highlight, mark it up, and study!

4. Create your studying timeline

While studying times may vary, we personally recommend allowing yourself at least 6 months to study to ensure you are confident and comfortable with all of the material presented. This also gives you some leverage to plan out your study sessions without feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

5. Create your studying plan

Similar to your studying timeline, creating your studying plan should be personalized to what works best for you. Make sure to read your review book multiple times, but study the material differently each round. As an example to start, run over concepts to become familiar with them. In the second round, begin taking notes and highlighting important pieces to memorize.

Once you're comfortable, utilize the ETS testing website for test prep tutorials as well as the Study Companion.

SLP Praxis Day

  • Arrive with your printed ticket and photo ID
  • Use the bathroom before you enter

SLP Praxis Tips

  • Go to sleep early so you can be on your A-game
  • Before arriving, hydrate and eat a well-balanced meal
  • Don't psych yourself out. There are no "trick questions", everything is designed to be straightforward. 
  • Any answer is better than no answer. Even if you're stumped, don't leave the question blank.

No matter how you choose to prepare, remember that you know what works best. As long as you give it your all and are confident with the material, you've got this! We wish you the best of luck!

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