Praxis English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) Practice Test

This is a resource to assist you as you get ready to sit for the Praxis® English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) exam. Read on to learn more about the exam, including how to register, what to expect on test day, the types of knowledge that will be assessed and more.


Exam Purpose and Background

The Praxis English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) exam is designed to measure your readiness and command of information needed to meet the generally agreed-upon standards of a secondary school English Language Arts teacher. The exam is affiliated with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts.

Required Prerequisites

Each individual state or agency determines the prerequisites required to sit for the exam. You can learn more by visiting

Registration Information

You can register online at

Costs/Payment Options

The cost for taking the exam is $120 and is due when you register. You can pay via with a debit card, a credit care, or by using PayPalTM.


Since testing locations and schedules vary by locality and the institutions offering the exam, you’ll be able to learn more about your testing time and location when you complete your online registration.

Test Duration: The English Language Arts: Content Knowledge exam is scheduled for two and a half hours.

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What to Bring:

  • A form of Identification, showing your name, signature and photo (including IDs such as a passport, a driver’s license, state/province ID, national ID or military ID):
  • An approved calculator if one is needed or required for your specific exam. For more direction on calculator use, visit this site:

What Not to Bring:

  • In general, avoid bringing any personal items with you. While some test locations may have a locker to store items while you’re taking the exam, this is not guaranteed.
  • Any type of bag, portfolio, knapsack, etc.
  • Cell phones or any electronic device
  • Pencils or pens
  • Any study materials, notes, scrap paper or books
  • Food or drinks

What to Expect During Your Praxis Exam

Format/Number of Questions: You’ll take the Praxis English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) exam on a computer. The test consists of 130 selected-response questions. In addition, the exam will feature a range of multiple-selection, order and matching questions, audio stimulus items, tables and video-based questions.

Content Categories

There are three primary content categories on the English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) exam. Here’s an overview of those areas, along with the relative weight each category will have as part of the overall exam.

  • Category 1: Reading (About 38%) — Covers literature works and authors, major work contexts, primary literary genres, major literary characteristics, text interpretations, themes, text meanings and elements, figurative language effects, poetic devices, reading strategies, research and instruction and other literary theories. Also includes a review of textual evidence and interpretation, organizational patterns, word choice effects, rhetorical strategies, specific audience strategies, written argument support, and media interpretation.
  • Category 2: Language Use and Vocabulary (About 25%) — Assesses knowledge on standard English grammar, syntax, mechanics and usage, context word meaning, digital and print reference usage, diction and dialect variations by region, vocabulary development and language acquisition.
  • Category 3: Writing, Speaking and Listening (About 37%) — Includes a variety of assessed topics, including characteristics of writing modes, effective writing techniques, attributes of effective writing, research ethics, effective presentation and speech, instruction approaches, teaching approaches, communication method assessment, effective oral communication and interpretation perspectives.

Calculating Your Passing Score: The passing score for the exam varies by association, institution and state. These entities set their own passing score thresholds. To learn more, please visit

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