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4.2: Professional Examination Report

Professional School Counselor Praxis Test

Most states have licensure guidelines for school counselors that require a minimum passing score on a national standardized exam, the Praxis Professional School Counselor Exam (5421). The Praxis measures school counselor knowledge, skills and abilities deemed necessary for competent professional practice. C-N students are expected to sit for the Praxis Professional School Counselor test during the last semester of their program of study and earn a minimum passing score of 156, which is the required score for Tennessee licensure.

Below is presented an analysis of five years of Praxis test scores obtained CNU Professional School Counseling students.

YEAR # Students


Praxis Score

2018-19 08 182
2017-18 14 172
2016-17 11 171
2015-16  06 177
2014-15  07 174

CONCLUSIONS: 100% of C-N students in school counseling earned a passing score on the Praxis in their first attempt, well above the minimum required score 156. The five-year average score of 179 earned by C-N GSC students in school counseling is well above the national median Praxis.

IMPLICATIONS: GSC School Counseling program prepares school counselors with competencies necessary to practice of school counseling as measured by a national professional examination.

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