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NMSU students have 100 percent passing rate on Praxis exam for third year

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University has proven once again the excellence of their program with a 100 percent passing rate among its students on the Praxis exam for the third year in a row.


The Praxis exams in audiology and speech-language pathology are given by the Education Testing Services to measure beginning practitioners' knowledge and skills in audiology and speech-language pathology. The test is required in order for graduate students to receive licensure and certification in speech-language pathology. Of the 25 students in the program to take the test this year, all passed.

"The test is very difficult to pass which is why we are so proud of our 100 percent passing rate," said director of Communication Disorders Program, Marlene Salas-Provance.

The Praxis exam assesses an individual on what they should know when beginning their practice including understanding of content of speech, language and current practices. The test is crucial for speech-language pathologists and is a requirement to acquire the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders has had impressive statistics in the past three years with not only a 100 percent passing rate on the Praxis but a 100 percent program completion rate. All students who have entered the rigorous graduate program which includes clinical work and course work have successfully completed their degrees at NMSU. Also, all students who have completed the graduate program at NMSU in the past three years have successfully obtained employment in their field of study.

"When students are looking into graduate schools they look for a high quality program with a high passing rate on the Praxis, this makes NMSU a top choice," Salas-Provance said.