Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education (5531) Practice Test

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The Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education exam is designed to measure the knowledge and skills that are essential for professional pre-kindergarten teachers.

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Exam Outline

The Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education exam contains 100 selected-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of 2 hours.

The exam is split into five content categories, which are designed to cover the various competencies and points of knowledge that a teacher should possess.

I. Early Childhood Development (17 questions)

The questions in this category assess your knowledge and abilities in the following areas:

  • Typical progression in each developmental domain of children ages 2 to 5
  • External factors that influence physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development
  • Theories of family and community and their impact on child development
  • The connection between major theories of learning to early childhood practice
  • The influence of individual characteristics of a child on all domains of development
  • Factors that influence language and literacy development
  • The influence of brain development on the holistic development of a child
  • The warning signs of common medical conditions and basic first aid procedures

II. Teaching and Supporting Diverse Children (14 questions)

The questions in this category assess your knowledge and abilities in the following areas:

  • Areas of exceptionality and its potential impact on a child’s learning
  • Implications of current federal legislation relating to children with exceptionalities
  • A variety of approaches for accommodating children with diverse learning needs
  • Integrating a multicultural and antibias curriculum into the early childhood environment

III. Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environment (20 questions)

The questions in this category assess your knowledge and abilities in the following areas:

  • The need for displaying critical health and safety information and procedures
  • Creating a literacy-rich environment
  • The importance of health and safety when working with young children
  • The impact of multisensory indoor an outdoor spatial environments on children’s development and learning
  • Arranging the environment to provide purposeful opportunities for children to discover and play
  • Effective management of an early learning environment
  • Effectively using verbal and nonverbal communication to enrich the learning environment
  • Promoting positive behaviors in children
  • The importance of creating a sense of community

IV. Teaching and Learning (25 questions)

The questions in this category assess your knowledge and abilities in the following areas:

  • The role of standards and frameworks in instructional planning
  • The effect of scope and sequence on instructional planning
  • Creating observable and measurable goals that are developmentally appropriate
  • The role of resources and materials for planning and differentiated instruction
  • Instructional methods that encourage higher-level thinking
  • A variety of techniques to support children’s learning
  • Basic methods for promoting the development of children’s self-regulatory skills
  • Adjusting instruction in response to the needs and interest of children
  • The use and implications of different grouping techniques and strategies
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating lessons
  • Selecting and using resources and materials to support development across the curriculum
  • Integrating the arts throughout the curriculum
  • Integrating physical health and wellness into the curriculum
  • The necessary safety procedures and precautions to take when working with young children
  • Integrating technological resources and materials in the instructional process as developmentally appropriate
  • Integrating multicultural and antibias resources in content instruction
  • Integrating play in content instruction across the curriculum
  • The role of formal and informal assessment to inform the instructional process
  • The distinctions among and purposes of different assessment types
  • Creating, selecting, and using a variety of assessments
  • Interpreting assessment results and conveying the meaning of those results
  • Using assessment results to influence planning

V. Professionalism, Family, and Community (24%)

The questions in this category assess your knowledge and abilities in the following areas:

  • Respectful and effective communication skills
  • Guidelines for the ethical, safe, and appropriate use of technology
  • Major policies related to the rights and responsibilities of teachers and children
  • Ethical responsibilities in a professional context
  • The role of professional development resources
  • The role of reflective practice for professional growth
  • Research and current issues that impact early childhood education and development
  • The role of support personnel
  • Implications of major court decisions, laws, and legislation related to teachers, children, and families
  • Protecting teachers’ rights
  • Collaborating with colleagues
  • Partnering with families in the educational process
  • Partnering with the community in the educational process
  • Advocating for children

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To register for the Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education 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

You should arrive at the testing center about 30 minutes before the scheduled testing appointment on test day. This will allow you enough time to complete the check-in process. During the check-in process, you will be asked to provide a printed copy of your admission ticket and two forms of valid identification as soon as you arrive.

You will also be asked to store all personal items (cell phone, wallet, keys, bags, etc.) in a secure locker before entering the testing area.

Once the check-in process is complete and you are fully approved for testing, you will be led to the testing station and given a brief tutorial on the testing system.

Remote Testing

To take the exam remotely, you must use a laptop or desktop computer that has the ETS Secure Test Browser downloaded and installed on it. This is the browser you must use to take the exam. You will also need a functioning webcam, speakers, and a microphone.

When you check in to take the exam, the remote proctor will ask you to show proof of identification and to move your webcam around the room so that your testing area can be observed. Once the proctor has approved your testing area, they will walk you through the testing process and begin your exam.

How the Exam is Scored

Your Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education exam score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly (your raw score). Your raw score is converted to a scaled score. The minimum scaled score you need to obtain to pass the exam is 155.

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

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How many questions are on the Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education exam?


There are 100 selected-response questions on the exam.


How long is the Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education exam?


The time limit for the exam is 2 hours.


What is the passing score for the Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education exam?


To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 155.


How much does the Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education 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 30, 2024