Hah. I all but flunked the Praxis I writing. I got a combined score of 6 on the essay. WTH are they looking for? How the heck do they grade this stuff? I know I am a good, competent writer. Every professor I have ever had has commented on my writing ability, even on exams. I know I don't make lots of spelling or grammatical errors, even writing quickly and under pressure (no, please don't hunt through my posts to prove me wrong!). I've had papers published. I still got a 179, so I passed, but only barely, and that only because I got almost all of the multiple choice right. Virginia has high cut-off scores--you need a 176 for teacher prep program admission. VA doesn't use Praxis for anything else. I passed, so I am finding it sort of funny. Clearly these tests go wrong somewhere, sometime because I know I write well above a basic high school level of adequate! But I am starting to feel sorry for people who don't pass the writing--it must happen often enough to highly literate, intelligent people. Anyone else confuzzled over Praxis I essay scores?