Praxis Music: Content and Instruction (5114) Practice Test

Many states require teacher candidates to pass Praxis tests to ensure that they have the academic skills and specific subject content knowledge needed to teach in their field of teacher training.  Some professional licensing organizations also require Praxis examination.  Each teacher candidate needs to confirm which test or tests are required for licensure in their state.  Successful completion of the Praxis Music:  Content and Instruction (5114) Exam is part of the process in many states to be certified to teach general, instrumental, and vocal music education to K-12 students.


Who is eligible to take the exam?

This exam is typically taken by those who have completed or will soon be completing an undergraduate music education program and desire to begin their teaching career.

How do I register to take the exam?

The simplest and fastest way to register for the exam is to create a Praxis account and register online.  Registration is also available by mail and by phone for an additional charge.

What is the cost of the exam?

The test fee for the Praxis Music:  Content and Instruction Exam is $146.

When and where do I take the exam?

The teacher candidate can choose a testing location that is most convenient for them.  The international testing network includes Prometric Testing Centers, some universities, and various other locations throughout the United States and the world.

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What can I bring with me the day of the exam?  Am I allowed to bring any reference materials or a calculator to use on the exam?

A valid form of identification is required at check-in for the exam.  You are not allowed to bring any study materials, calculators, or personal items into the testing area.  Blank paper will be provided for any notes you may need to take during the test.

What is the format of the exam? 

The computer-based Praxis Music:  Content and Instruction (5114) Exam is divided into 2 sections, a listening section (Section 1) and a non-listening section (Section 2).  In the listening section, questions will be answered based on recorded musical excerpts that are played for each question or group of questions.  The test questions include 84 selected-response questions and 3 constructed-response questions.

How much time will I have to complete the exam?

The total test time to complete both sections is 2 hours.  Candidates have 25 minutes to complete Section 1 and 95 minutes to complete Section 2.  When the 25 minutes for Section 1 has expired, the exam will automatically advance to Section 2 and you will no longer be able to access questions from Section 1.

What is the content of the exam?

The exam contains 4 content categories.  The first content category, Music History and Theory, has 32 questions.  The Performance content category has 24 questions.  The Instruction, Professional Issues, and Technology content category includes 28 questions.  The 3 construction response questions are found in the fourth content category of Instructional Activities.

How is the exam scored? 

States and associations set their own passing scores, so you will need to check the score requirements for your specific state.  If you are not sure of the correct answer for a question, you should guess as there is no penalty for wrong answers.  The approximate percentage of the exam score for each content category is as follows: Music History and Theory 29% Performance 21% Instruction, Professional Issues, and Technology 25% Instructional Activities 25%

When will I receive my test results?

Since this exam includes constructed response questions, scores are not available immediately upon completion of the exam.  Official score reports are available online by logging into your Praxis account approximately 2-3 weeks after the test date.  The score report includes the required passing score for the state or states you listed as recipients of your score at the time of registration.

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What if I want to retake the exam?

If you feel you did not do your best on the exam, you may retake it after 21 days.

How can I best prepare for the exam?

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