Praxis Art: Content Knowledge (5134) Practice Test

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The Praxis Art: Content Knowledge (5134) exam is a test used to evaluate the knowledge and skills of prospective entry-level art teachers.

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Praxis Art: Content Knowledge Exam Outline

The Praxis Art: Content Knowledge exam contains 120 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 2 hours. There are several different forms of selected-response questions, any combination of which may appear on the exam:

  • Single-selection multiple-choice
  • Selecting ALL correct answers from a list of choices
  • Selecting the correct answer from a drop-down menu
  • Clicking parts of a graphic such as a map or a chart
  • Dragging and dropping answers into a targeted area on the screen

The exam is split into two main content categories.

I. Art Making (76 questions)

The questions in this category are split further into two areas:

1. General (15 questions)
  • The elements of art
  • The principles of visual organization
  • Creating art using historical and contemporary methods
2. Media and Processes (61 questions)
  • Safety, environmental, and storage uses of art
  • Various drawing, printmaking, and painting materials and processes
  • Digital photography and image processes
  • Videography, filmmaking, and installation processes and tools
  • Sculptural materials and processes
  • Various fiber art materials and processes
  • Effectively presenting artwork for display purposes

II. Historical and Theoretical Foundation of Art (44 questions)

The questions in this category are split further into four areas:

1. Materials and Processes in an Art Historical Context (6-7 questions)
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Fiber arts
  • Photography
  • Crafts
2. The Western Tradition in Art History (17-18 questions)
  • Stylistic traits, content, context, and purpose of art and architecture from various places and time periods:
    • Prehistory
    • Ancient Near East
    • Ancient Greece and Rome
    • Early Christian period
    • Byzantine
    • Medieval
    • The Renaissance
    • Baroque
    • 18th-19th centuries in Europe and North America
    • Contemporary
3. Art Beyond the Western Tradition (9 questions)
  • Content, context, purposes, and general visual characteristics of art and architecture from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the South Pacific
4. Responding to Art (11 questions)
  • Major art and aesthetics theories
  • The relationship between art and critical response

exam outline for the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge (5134) exam, which contains 120 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 2 hours

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Praxis Art: Content Knowledge Exam Registration

To register for the exam, you will need to create an online account with ETS. Through this account, you can submit an application to take the exam.

During registration, you will be asked to select the test-taking format (remote or at a testing center), test location (if you are taking the test at a testing center), and test date. You will also need to pay the $130 exam fee.

Test Day

In-person Testing

On the day of your exam, you should arrive at the testing facility 15-30 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment to allow time for the check-in process. After you arrive, you will be asked to show your admission ticket and two forms of valid identification, one of which must be a photo ID.

Personal items will not be allowed into the testing center, so it is best to leave things like bags, notebooks, and food items at home or in your car.

After the check-in process is complete, you will be led to the testing station and receive a piece of scratch paper for notes.

Remote Testing

To take the exam remotely, you must use a laptop or desktop computer (touchscreens and tablets are not allowed). Your computer will need a speaker, microphone, and camera (internal or external).

Before exam day, you will need to download and install the ETS Secure Test Browser on your computer.

Your testing area must be clear of all personal items, and you will not be allowed to wear headphones. You must also ensure that no people will enter the room during your exam. The proctor will ask you to move the camera around so that your testing area can be observed. At the end of your exam, the proctor will watch as you erase any notes you made.

Once the proctor has approved your testing area, they will walk you through the testing process and begin your exam.

How the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge Exam is Scored

Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly (your raw score), which is then converted to a scaled score. The scaled score you need to obtain differs slightly depending on which state you take the exam in, but the passing score is generally 155.

You should receive an official score report about 5 weeks after testing.

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How many questions are on the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge exam?


There are 120 selected-response questions on the exam.


How long is the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge exam?


The time limit for the exam is 2 hours.


What is the passing score for the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge exam?


The passing score for this exam is different depending on where you take it.


How much does the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge exam cost?


The examination fee is $130.

By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: May 28, 2024