Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) Practice Test

The Praxis tests are a battery of tests designed to ensure that teachers are qualified to teach in their preferred field. For those wishing to teach Social Studies, you must pass the 130 question Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge test. We at Mometrix have crafted the free Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge practice test to assist you in this endeavor. The Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge practice test will cover the same content as the actual test. Content such as: United States History; World History; Government/Civics/Political Science; Geography; Economics; as well as Behavioral Sciences. When taking the actual test, you will have two hours to complete every question.



Who is required to take the exam?

More than 40 states and several professional licensing organizations require teacher candidates to pass Praxis® tests to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and skills needed to teach in their field of teacher training.  Since state requirements and passing score requirements vary, each teacher candidate needs to confirm which test or tests are required for licensure in their state.  Successful completion of the Praxis® Social Studies:  Content Knowledge (5081) Exam is part of the process in many states to be certified to teach social studies in a secondary school.   

When should the exam be taken?

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

How do I register to take the exam?

The best way to register for the exam is to create a Praxis® account and register online; however, registration is also available by phone for an additional fee of $35.

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What is the cost of the exam?

The registration fee for the Praxis® Social Studies:  Content Knowledge exam is $120.  If a need arises to change the test date or test location, an additional fee of $40 is charged.

When and where do I take the exam?

The Praxis® Social Studies:  Content Knowledge exam is offered continuously throughout the year.  The exam is administered by various testing networks including Prometric® Testing Centers, some universities, and other locations throughout the world.  Registrants can select their testing center and testing date at the time of registration.

What can I bring with me the day of the exam?

A valid form of identification is required to check in to take the exam.  If registration was completed online, an admission ticket can be printed and brought with you.

Am I allowed to bring anything into the test center?

Nothing is allowed in the test center including study materials, notes, snacks, drinks, bookbags, or any electronics.  Scratch paper will be provided that can be used during the exam.

What is the content of the exam?

The 130 questions on the exam evaluate knowledge of 6 content areas.  There are 26 questions in each content area of United States History, World History, and Government/Civics/Political Science.   Geography content includes 19 questions.  Twenty questions fall in the Economics content category.  The Behavioral Sciences content category has 13 questions.

How is the exam scored?

All test questions should be answered since final test scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly with no penalty for incorrect answers.  States and associations determine their own passing scores, so you will need to check the score required for your situation. Each content category makes up the following percentage of the exam score: United States History (20%) World History (20%) Government/Civics/Political Science (20%) Geography (15%) Economics (15%) Behavioral Sciences (10%)

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When will I receive my test results?

Unofficial test scores of the Praxis® Social Studies:  Content Knowledge exam are available immediately upon completion of the exam.  Official test scores are available by logging into your Praxis® account approximately 7 calendar days after the test date.  An email will be sent when test scores have been posted.

What if a passing score is not achieved?

The exam can be retaken after 21 days.

What resources are available to help me best prepare for the exam?

The study materials provided by Mometrix, the world’s #1 test preparation company, are all you need to successfully prepare for the Praxis® Social Studies:  Content Knowledge exam.  The test experts at Mometrix have meticulously researched all the topics and content you need to know to do your best and have compiled this critical information into two valuable resources.  The Praxis® Social Studies:  Content Knowledge (5081) Exam Secrets Study Guide is available in printed book form and as a downloadable ebook.  If you are a visual learner and like to study with flashcards, you can also choose the Praxis® Social Studies:  Content Knowledge (5081) Flashcards.  Practice test questions are included with the study guide and the flashcards along with several other bonus resources.  All Mometrix products come with a 100% money-back guarantee.  Take the next step towards your new career by ordering your study resources from Mometrix today.

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