Praxis Middle School: Social Studies (5089) Practice Test

The Praxis Middle School: Social Studies exam is based on the NCSS National Standards for Social Studies Teachers and assesses the knowledge and skills necessary for a beginning, middle school social studies teacher.


Test design

The Social Studies exam is a two-hour computer-based test (CBT) which consists of 90 selected-response questions and three constructed-response questions (short-answer essay) covering six content categories:

  • United States History – 22 questions
  • World History – 18 questions
  • Government/Civics – 17 questions
  • Geography – 17 questions
  • Economics – 16 questions
  • Short Content Essays – 3 questions, making up 25% of the total score
    • Unites States History, related to Government/Civics
    • World History, related to Geography
    • U.S. History, related to Economics or Geography OR World History, related to Economics or Government/Civics

While each section is not independently timed, a good time management rule is to take 60 minutes to complete the selected-response questions and ten minutes per short essay. You will interpret a variety of material such as written passages, maps, charts, graphs, tables, cartoons, diagrams, and photographs.

Registration, cost, dates and delivery method

You will register online for your Praxis examination. The cost is $146.00 and paid via MasterCard, Visa or debit card. The exam is offered year-round during specific testing windows and is a computer-based test (CBT) delivered at a testing facility. There are facilities in 40 states and select locations internationally. When you register, make sure you use the name as shown on your identification.

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Test Day

Print the admission ticket that you’ll receive from Praxis after you register online. The testing facility address and exam time will be on your ticket. On the day of your exam, arrive 30 minutes before your appointment and leave all personal belongings in your vehicle.

At the testing facility, you will present your admission ticket, and a valid form of identification that has your photo, signature, and name. The ID must not be expired and the signature and photo viewable. There may be additional verification steps such as biometric voice, finger/thumb printing, video recording, and signature comparison. If you wear glasses, you may be asked to remove them for visual inspection.

After your ID is verified, the test proctor will take you to your station, and you will have 30 minutes to become familiar with the computer functions. The proctor will provide you with scratch paper and a pencil. You cannot bring in anything to the testing center. If you have any questions or need more scratch paper, raise your hand, and the test proctor will come to you. The proctor cannot answer test-specific questions.

Once you enter the testing center and take your seat, you are not allowed to talk to any other test taker. Failure to follow the test center rules could result in the cancellation of your test and your registration fee forfeited. If you have health-related issues that require snacks, beverages, or equipment, you must make accommodation in advance.

Exam results and scoring

When you register for the exam, you may select four institutions or licensing agencies to receive your results at no cost to you. If you test in one of the 40 states that Praxis has an agreement with, your results are automatically transmitted to the Teacher Credentialing Agency of that state. Your score will be available online 10 to 16 business days after the testing window closes.

Your score will be a result of the number of correct answers you provided and, you are not penalized for incorrect answers. Each state has specific requirements for a passing score.
Some testing centers may be able to show your unofficial score report immediately after you complete the exam. Check with your testing center to see if you will be able to view your results at the testing center.

Praxis is recognized nationwide, and your results can transfer from one state to another. For example, if you take the test in California and a year later you move to Colorado, your score will transfer with you. If your score meets your new state’s requirements, you will not have to retake it.

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