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- Available Lessons: 125
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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The Praxis Sociology (5952) exam is required for prospective high school sociology teachers seeking certification in this area. About 30 states include Praxis exams in their teacher licensure requirements. This comprehensive study guide is designed to address the social and cultural theories, research methods and perspectives you can expect to be tested on when taking this exam. Lessons are presented in short, engaging video format and are accessible 24/7 from any device. Use self-assessment tools like lesson quizzes, chapter exams and a final exam to determine whether you're ready to take this particular certification test.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Human development theories, social interaction, social behaviors and gender roles are among the significant topics you will study when you use this extensive study guide to prepare for the Praxis Sociology exam. Once you complete your review of this course, you should be able to:
- Define sociology
- Identify and discuss the theories of prominent sociology theorists
- Describe sociological research methods
- Explain elements of culture and socialization
- Name types of social groups
- Discuss cultural diversity
- Understand aspects of race and ethnicity in society
- Detail the social implications of aging
- Discuss social institutions, i.e. religion, health care and family
- Provide details about political and economic systems
This course contains 13 individual chapters broken down into 112 video and text lessons. It's easy to study at any time, from any device, and to track your progress using your Dashboard.
Praxis Sociology Exam Information
The Praxis Sociology exam is used to measure the content knowledge of high school social studies teachers.
- Number of Questions: 120 questions
- Question Type: Selected-response
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Exam Cost: $120
Praxis Sociology Exam Breakdown
|Praxis Sociology Exam Concept||Percent of the Praxis Sociology Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Sociological Perspectives and Methods of Inquiry||20%||24 questions||28|
|Culture, Socialization, and Social Organization||25%||30 questions||20|
|Social Stratification||15%||18 questions||17|
|Deviance and Conformity||15%||18 questions||9|
|Social Institutions||15%||18 questions||25|
|Demography and Social Change||10%||12 questions||13|
Preparing and Registering for the Praxis Sociology Exam
Use this comprehensive study guide to refresh your knowledge of all the concepts on which you'll be tested. When studying for the exam, you can go through the entire course in order or jump around to review specific topics. You'll see videos of key sociology theorists and get details on experimental design, design methodology and societal foundations. These lessons will help you understand diversity in society and review the various social institutions of religion and family. In addition to watching each lesson, test yourself with the lesson quizzes to make sure you understood and retained the information.
Registration for the Praxis sociology test is available online. The regular deadline for each test date is generally about a month before the test. Extended and emergency deadlines are also available, but you will be charged a fee for those deadlines. During registration, you'll be asked to choose your test date and the center where you wish to take the test. You can also select the schools that need to receive your test scores during registration. At this time, you should also print your admission ticket. Bring this ticket to your test center on test day.
Scoring the Praxis Sociology Exam
You can access your test scores online about a month after you take the test. Your score report will also be sent to your selected schools at this point. The score report tells you if you passed or not and gives you a range of possible scores. You'll also see your raw scores. If you answer a question correctly, that counts as one raw point. This score is converted into a scaled score to account for the variations in the different editions of the test. No set passing score is given for this test; the minimum passing score is determined by individual states.
Sociological Perspective and Methods of Inquiry
Questions focused on this area of the test account for 20% of the entire test. You'll answer about 24 questions on the history and definition of sociology and various research methods. You'll need to be familiar with theoretical orientations and major theorists associated with this field. Prepare for questions on structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism and conflict theory. You may be asked to describe different careers in this field and you'll need to know about survey, experiment, case study and observation as research methods. Your knowledge of the scientific method and research ethics are also tested here.
Socialization, Social Interaction and Social Disintegration
Roughly a quarter of the test, or about 30 questions, focuses on the concepts in this area. Be prepared to define these three concepts and explain the development of self and how social class, ethnicity and gender impacts socialization. You could be asked about the three types of socialization and about major theories of socialization and interaction. This section will test your knowledge of different forms of interaction, such as conflict and cooperation, and will ask you to discuss social problems, social control, deviant behavior and social movements.
This section is concerned with concepts like nonmaterial culture, countercultures, diversity and cultural universals. You could be asked about values and norms or about various subcultures. Be prepared to define and discuss ethnocentrism and cultural changes and make comparisons that cross different cultures. Just 18 questions are asked on topics in this section, which makes up 15% of the test.
Social Structure, Urbanization, Industrialization and Demography
To succeed in this section, you'll need to be able to define society, social structure and the concepts of urbanization and demography. You could be asked about different social institutions and groups. Examples include primary and secondary groups and political and educational institutions. Prepare to compare and contrast rural and urban lifestyles and analyze occupational trends and environments. Concepts like globalization, structural changes and social change are also tested in this section, which represents 25% of the test.
In addition to being able to define this term, you'll need to be familiar with the relationship between social class and wealth, education and occupation. Issues in determining social class by income and lifestyle could also be covered. You'll look at social inequality as it relates to gender and race and discuss how prejudice and discrimination relate to this concept. You'll be tested on your knowledge of functional and conflict theories and your ability to analyze different forms of social mobility. About 15% of the test focuses on social stratification.
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