Praxis Music: Content Knowledge (5113) Practice Test

The Praxis Music: Content Knowledge exam is geared to undergrad students in a music education program and assesses the knowledge and understanding of music and music education of the beginning teacher.


Test Design

The Music exam is a two-hour computer-based test (CBT) which consists of 120 listening and non-listening multiple choice questions. The exam consists of two sections:

  • Section I (35 minutes): 30 questions based on recorded musical excerpts
  • Section II (85 minutes): 90 multiple choice questions

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 will automatically be transmitted to the Teacher Credentialing Agency of that state. Your score will be available online 10 to 16 business days after you take the test.

Your score will be a result of the number of correct answers you provided. As you are not penalized for wrong answers, it is recommended that you ensure you have enough time to answer all questions. Each state has its own requirements for a passing score.

Some testing centers have the ability 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 be transferred from one state to another. For example, if you take the test in California and a year later move to Colorado, your score will transfer with you. If your score meets your new state’s requirements, you will not have to take it again.

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Registration, Cost, Dates and Delivery Method

You will register online for your Praxis examination. The cost is $120.00, and payment can be made via MasterCard, Visa or debit card (with the MasterCard or Visa logo). The Praxis Music: Content Knowledge exam is offered year-round 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. Should the names not match, you could be denied entry into the exam, and you will forfeit your registration fee.

Test Day

You will want to print your admission ticket that you’ll receive from Praxis after you register online. The testing facility, address, and exam time will be on your ticket. When you arrive at the testing facility, 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 clearly 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 identification has been verified, you’ll be assigned to your station, and you’ll be provided with scratch paper and pencil by the test proctor. You cannot bring in anything to the testing space – all tools required will be provided to you. If you run out of scratch paper, raise your hand, and the proctor will bring you a new sheet.

At the conclusion of the exam, you will return all materials provided. 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.

Preparing for the Praxis Music: Content Knowledge Examination

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