Praxis Test


The Praxis tests are comprehensive assessments developed for individuals who are pursuing a career in education. Administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Praxis tests evaluate candidates’ knowledge in various academic subjects. Many state licensing agencies, as well as colleges and universities, require the ETS Praxis tests.


Praxis Exam Administration

The Praxis exam was created and is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and meets the standards put forth by the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR), and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


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There are three types of Praxis tests: Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core), Praxis Subject Assessments, and Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments (CKT). Below you will find information about the two main Praxis tests, Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessments.


Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)

The Praxis Core is a computer-based exam that measures student’s knowledge in mathematics, reading, and writing. This comprehensive assessment is designed for individuals who are seeking admission into teacher preparation programs. Many universities and colleges require the Praxis Core as a prerequisite. The Praxis Core assessment includes the following separate tests:


  • Mathematics Test: The Praxis Core Mathematics test assesses students’ ability to use mathematical reasoning to solve problems. The Mathematics test consists of 56 questions, which are multiple-choice and numeric entry questions. Test takers are provided with an on-screen calculator. Students have 85 minutes (1 hour and 25 minutes) to complete this exam.

  • Reading Test: The Praxis Core Reading test evaluates students’ ability to identify key concepts and details, integrate ideas, and develop well-structured documents. The Praxis Core Reading exam has 56 questions and includes select-in passage questions. Students have 85 minutes (1 hour and 25 minutes) to complete this test.

  • Writing Test: The Praxis Core Writing test assesses students’ ability to evaluate and develop informative and argumentative writing documents. The Praxis Core Writing exam also includes multiple-choice questions related to revising sentences, phrases, and paragraphs. This exam is divided into two sections: the essay section, which is 60 minutes and the multiple-choice section, which is 40 minutes.

Praxis Subject Assessments

The Praxis Subject Assessments are designed specifically for individuals who are pursuing their state license to become a teacher. Different states have different requirements, including coursework and degrees. The Praxis Subject Assessments cover specific subjects related to K-12th- grade education, with over 90 different tests, ranging from foreign languages to physical education. Each test falls under one of the following categories:


  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT). These tests are specific to a grade level (Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, and 7-12). PLT tests consist of short constructed-response and selected-response questions.

  • Subject Assessments. These exams test students’ knowledge of a general or specific subject, like Algebra or Economics.

The Praxis Subject Assessments include an essay, constructed-response, and selected-response questions. Tests are 1,2,2.5,3.5, or 4 hours long, depending on the test. Many state licensing agencies require different Praxis Tests, depending on the disciple an individual is pursuing. The state licensing agency determines the passing scores for certification.


Praxis FAQS


Which Praxis test should I take?

Your state licensing agency or teacher preparation program will determine which Praxis test is best suited for you, along with the required score. The Praxis Core test, sometimes referred to as CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators), is available for students seeking admission into a teacher preparation program at a college or university. The Praxis Subject Assessments are available for individuals who are pursuing their state licensure.


Where can I find information on test dates, test centers, and deadlines?

You can pick your test date and location, as well as learn more about deadlines on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.


How do I register for a Praxis test?

You can register online for a Praxis test on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.


Is there a registration fee for the Praxis test?

Typically, there is no registration fee for the Praxis Test. Some states may have specific fees, like an over the phone registration fee. The ETS website has a list of test fees for each state.


How do I add a Praxis test to my registration, change my test location, or change my test date?

You can make adjustments to your registration, test location, and test date on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.


Where can I find sample Praxis test questions?

Mometrix offers a free Praxis practice test.


Where can I find information and materials to help me prepare for the Praxis test?

Mometrix Test Preparation offers everything you need to prepare for the Praxis test. Mometrix offers a free Praxis practice test, which will help you become familiar with the Praxis test structure. The Mometrix Praxis Study Guide is an easy-to-use guide, which covers the important concepts of the exam, as well as secret test-taking strategies that will help you select answers more quickly and effectively. For individuals who love to study on the go, the Mometrix Praxis Flashcards provide all the concepts you need to know on portable cards.


When will I receive my test scores and where can I find help understanding my scores?

There is a downloadable score guide and a Praxis score report schedule on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.


Can I use a calculator on the Praxis tests?

The Praxis tests are computer-based exams, and there will be an on-screen calculator if permitted.


What do I need to bring on test day?

On test day, bring an unexpired ID with your name, signature, and photograph. You may not bring electronics, handbags, backpacks, or study material.


What is a passing score for the Praxis tests?

If you are seeking admission into a teacher preparation program, the university or college determines the score requirements. If you are pursuing your state license, your state’s licensing agency determines the score requirements.


Praxis Test Overviews


5018 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

The Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test is designed for individuals preparing to teach elementary education. Developed by education experts and a national advisory committee, the Elementary Education exam covers science, social studies, mathematics, and reading and language arts. Candidates will have 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to complete the exam. There will be an on-screen scientific calculator.


Below you will find some of the core concepts found on this exam.


  • Literature and Informational Text
  • Data, Statistics, and Probability
  • Geography, Anthropology, and Sociology
  • Government, Citizenship, and Democracy
  • Earth and Space Science

5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

The Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test assesses whether a candidate has the foundational knowledge to teach English, social studies, science, and mathematics at an elementary level. Each section (social studies, science, English, mathematics) is considered a subtest that is timed separately. Candidates will have 4 hours and 25 minutes to complete the Elementary Education exam. Below you will find the number of questions and time limit for each subtest.


  • Reading and Language Arts: 90 minutes (1 hour and 30 minutes) and 80 questions
  • Mathematics: 65 minutes and 50 questions
  • Social Studies: 50 minutes and 55 questions
  • Science: 50 minutes and 50 questions

Below you will find some of the fundamental concepts found in this exam.


  • Writing
  • Numbers and Operations
  • World History and Economics
  • Physical Science

Students are able to use an on-screen scientific calculator.


5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge

The Mathematics: Content Knowledge exam evaluates candidates’ ability to use mathematical concepts to identify patterns, justify statements, and solve equations. This assessment is suited for individuals pursuing a career as a math teacher in secondary school.


The Mathematics: Content Knowledge exam consists of 60 questions. Some of the question types include numeric entry and drag-and-drop. Students will have 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to complete 60 questions. Below you the categories found on this exam.


  • Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, and Calculus.
  • Geometry, Probability and Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics.

Students will be able to use an on-screen graphing calculator.


5169 Middle School: Mathematics

The Middle School: Mathematics exam is suited for candidates pursuing a career as a middle school math teacher. This exam requires students to identify patterns, solve equations, and justify statements using mathematical reasoning. The Middle School: Mathematics test is divided into two sections, Arithmetic and Algebra and Geometry and Data. Students will have 2 hours to complete this exam.


Below you find some of the major concepts found on this exam.


  • Real Number System
  • Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Shape Properties
  • Domain and Range

There will be an on-screen graphing calculator provided.


5435 General Science: Content Knowledge

The General Science: Content Knowledge exam is suited for individuals pursuing a career as a science teacher in secondary school. Candidates are required to use scientific concepts and procedures to answer questions. The exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes 135 selected-response questions. The test is divided into the following categories:


  • Scientific Methodology, Techniques, and History
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Science, Technology, and Society

5411 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

The Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision test is designed to determine whether an entry-level education leader has the necessary skills and knowledge for professional practice. This assessment is 2 hours, with 110 selected-response questions. The content categories include:


  • Vision and Goals
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Managing Organizational Systems and Safety
  • Collaborating with Key Stakeholders
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • The Education System

5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge

The Social Studies: Content Knowledge exam assesses if candidates have the foundational knowledge to become competent social studies teachers in secondary school. The exam requires students to use social studies concepts and methodologies in fields such as world history, politics, and behavioral science. The Social Studies: Content Knowledge test is 2 hours, with 130 selected-response questions. The exam includes:


  • United States History
  • World History
  • Government/Civics/Political Science
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Behavioral Science

5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

The Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications test is designed to evaluate candidates who are pursuing a career in special education (preschool to grade 12). This exam requires students to use knowledge and critical thinking for realistic situations. The Special Education test is 2 hours, with 120 selected-response questions. The test is divided into the following categories.


  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Planning and the Learning Environment
  • Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Foundations and Professional Responsibilities

5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Application

This Special Education assessment evaluates the knowledge and skills of candidates who intend on teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities at any grade level from preschool to grade 12. The exam is 2 hours, with 90 selected-response questions and 3 integrated constructed-response questions. The exam covers the following categories.


  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Planning and the Learning Environment
  • Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Foundations and Professional Responsibilities

5622 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grade K-6

The Principles of Learning and Teaching exam evaluates a new teacher’s foundational knowledge and practices. This assessment is 2 hours and consists of 70 selected-response questions and 4 constructed-response questions. The content categories include:


  • Students as Learners
  • Instructional Process
  • Assessment
  • Professional Development, Leadership, and Community
  • Analysis of Instructional Scenarios

5732 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics

The Core Academic Skills of Educators: Mathematics test measures candidates’ skills and foundational knowledge in mathematics. The assessment is 85 minutes (1 hour and 25 minutes), with 56 questions (selected-response and numeric entry). The content categories include:


  • Number and Quantity
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

Students can use the on-screen calculator to complete the test.


5712 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading

The Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading exam evaluates the reading skills necessary for a career in education. Students will be required to analyze and identify a variety of texts. The exam is 85 minutes, with 56 selected-response questions. The test is divided into the following categories:


  • Key Ideas and Details
  • Craft, Structure, and Language Skills
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

5722 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing

The Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing test evaluates the writing skills necessary to prepare for a career in education. The exam is divided into a 40-minute selected-response section and two 30-minute essay sections. There are 40 selected-response questions and 2 essay questions. The content categories include:


  • Text Types, Purposes, and Production
  • Language and Research Skills for Writing

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Last updated: 10/17/2018

 

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