Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622) Practice Test
The Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 Exam is required in most states as part of the teacher credentialing process. The exam is a measure of your knowledge of core teaching standards, specifically for children at this particular developmental stage.
When and Where Can I Take the Exam?
The test is administered at a variety of testing centers, universities, and other intuitions across the United States and around the world. Availability of appointments may differ depending on the specific location you choose to take your test. However, in general, it is offered on a continuous basis all year round.
What Do I Need for Test Day?
You will need to provide a valid, government issued ID in order to check in. without it, you will not be allowed to take the test. Accepted IDs include:
- State ID
- Driver’s License
- Military ID
- National ID
If you require any special accommodations for physical or mental disabilities, you should make these arrangements when you schedule your appointment. You won’t be able to request them last minute, on the day of the test.
Leave your personal belongings at home or in the car. The only items you can bring into the exam room with you are your ID and an approved calculator. Everything else, including pencils and paper will not be allowed. Scratch paper and writing utensils will be provided to you, but you will have to return it before leaving the testing center.
The test will be administered via computer at the testing center, and you will have a total of two hours to answer 70 multiple choice questions and four written response questions. The sections are not individually timed which means you can spend as much or as little time on each section as you need (within the two-hour time limit). This can work to your advantage if you manage your time correctly.
What Kind of Topics Will Be on the Exam?
The exam will cover five content categories relating to the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective teacher for students within the age range of about 4 to 12 years old. Below is a brief overview of the kind of material you will be tested on:
- Students as Learners – 21 Questions
- Student development and the learning process
- Students as diverse learners
- Student motivation and learning environment
- Instructional Process – 21 Questions
- Planning instructions
- Instructional strategies
- Questioning techniques
- Communication techniques
- Assessment – 14 Questions
- Assessment and evaluation strategies
- Assessment tools
- Professional Development, Leadership, and Community – 14 Questions
- Professional development practices and resources
- Implications of research, views, ideas, and debates about teaching practices
- Reflective practice for professional growth
- Basic strategies for developing collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents, caregivers, administrators, school personnel, and the community to support the educational process
- Analysis of Instructional Scenarios
The last section, analysis of instructional scenarios, is the written response section. You will have at least one written response question on a topic related to students as learners and at least one on a topic related to instructional process. The other two questions could be on topics from any of the four content areas.
What Score Do I Need to Pass the Exam?
Each state that requires this test sets its own minimum standards, so you will need to check with your state’s certification board in order to find out the minimum passing score you will need. If you are not sure which state you will be teaching in yet, you can request to have your scores sent to up to four institutions or licensing agencies for free.
What Should I Study for the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 Exam?
The theory, procedures, and overall understanding you will need to demonstrate on this exam are based on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. So it is worth your time and energy to review these standards carefully.
To support you as you review this material in preparation for the exam, pick up the Mometrix Study Guide and the Mometrix Flashcards. These study tools each provide simple yet thorough explanations of all the concepts you need to know for the exam. They were developed by a team of experts based on these very core teaching standards.
In addition to a comprehensive review of the material, the guide and flashcards also come with practice questions modeled after the questions that are actually going to be on the test. So you’ll not only be able to review the concepts but practice actually applying them in the way that you will need to on test day.
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