What Praxis Test Do I Take for Elementary Education?


Praxis Test Requirements for Elementary Education

Elementary teachers work with students in grades 1 through 6 and typically teach several subjects throughout the school day. Praxis tests are required for elementary teacher certification in many states, and even some territories. The specific Praxis testing requirements vary from state to state, so this article looks at the Praxis tests commonly used and notes examples of some of the states that require the Praxis tests discussed.

Each state has different testing requirements for teachers. Some states, such as Alaska, offer students several options for satisfying their content knowledge testing requirements. It is important to check your state's certification test requirements to confirm which tests you are required to take.

Praxis Core Academic Skills Tests

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are designed for those seeking to enter the teaching profession, and they are a requirement in many states before embarking on a course of teacher training. They are used to assess basic skills (reading, writing and mathematics), and are often required in addition to other Praxis tests.

States Requiring the Praxis Core

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • Maine
  • Connecticut
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • The District of Colombia

Commonly Required Content and Pedagogy Tests for Praxis Elementary

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Praxis

Several states require elementary school teachers to take the Praxis 2 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Praxis to qualify for their teacher certification. The four subtests that are part of this Praxis are designed to ensure certified teachers have sufficient knowledge in the 4 main subject areas they will teach. Applicants are assessed in mathematics, science, social studies and reading and language arts over the course of a 4+ hour testing session that includes over 200 questions.

Combined Test Subtests Included Length of Test
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Praxis  Reading and Language Arts (5002), Mathematics (5003), Social Studies (5004) and Science (5005) 4+ hours, 200+ questions 

States requiring Elementary Education: multiple subjects Praxis

  • Arkansas
  • Maine
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • West Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • The District of Colombia

In the state of Alaska, this is one of three test options aspiring elementary teachers can use to fulfill its certification requirements.

Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

The Praxis II Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test lasts 150 minutes and covers social studies, science, mathematics and reading and language arts. There are 140 questions on the test presented in selected-response and numeric-entry format. Like the Multiple Subjects test, this exam is designed to ensure that applicants have the applicable content knowledge and skills needed to teach elementary students in each of the core subject areas.

States that use the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test include Colorado and Wisconsin. It is also one of the test options that applicants in Alaska can choose from to satisfy its testing requirements.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) K-6

The PLT is a 2-hour test that focuses on evaluating an applicant's ability to teach students. Most of the questions are selected-response, although there are also constructed-response questions. Applicants will demonstrate that they understand the learning styles and different factors that can impact a student's ability to learn effectively. They will also need to demonstrate that they understand the relationship between human development and the learning process.

States Requiring the PLT

  • Maine
  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • West Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Maryland
  • The District of Colombia

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Praxis

States that require this test include Nebraska and Tennessee. In Alaska, aspiring elementary teachers have three test options to choose from to satisfy the content and pedagogy testing requirements. This is another one of those test options.

The Praxis 2 Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment test measures an applicant's content knowledge in core subject areas, including mathematics, reading and language arts, science and social studies. This test also assesses an applicant's ability to teach. Applicants are also required to demonstrate that they know how to create a curriculum plan and evaluate student work.

Praxis Elementary Education Test Dates

The Praxis Elementary Education tests are offered continuously throughout the year:

Tests 2019 - 2020 Testing Windows Score Report Release Dates
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Combined Test (5001) Continuous 7 calendar days after the day of the test
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Reading & Language Arts (5002) Continuous 7 calendar days after the day of the test
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Mathematics Subtest (5003) Continuous 7 calendar days after the day of the test
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Social Studies Subtest (5004) Continuous 7 calendar days after the day of the test
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Science Subtest (5005) Continuous 7 calendar days after the day of the test

Praxis Principles of Learning: Grade K-6 (5622) Test Dates

This Praxis PLT K-6 Exam is a pre-requisite to elementary teaching in many states, and has a series of testing windows throughout the year:

2019 Testing Windows  2020 Testing Windows 
7/29/2019-8/10/2019  1/6/2020-1/18/2020 
9/2/2019-9/14/2019  2/3/2020-2/15/2020 
9/30/2019-10/12/2019  3/2/2020-3/14/2020 
11/4/2019-11/16/2019  6/1/2020-6/13/2020 
12/2/2019-12/14/2019  7/6/2020-7/18/2020 

Other Praxis Tests Required for Elementary Education

In some cases, states require teacher certification applicants to take additional Praxis exams that are not as commonly used as the tests already discussed. Other states require different Praxis tests altogether. This list includes examples of additional or alternate tests required by some states.

Elementary Education Praxis Requirement State
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education Tennessee
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT) Delaware
PPAT Assessment South Carolina, Delaware
Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications Maryland

Preparing for the Praxis

In order to prepare fully for your test, you can access these Praxis study guides for elementary education. Filled with short video lessons, quizzes and practice tests, they're sure to help you feel more confident on test day!

Praxis Practice Tests

Check your understanding and get ready for that all-important test with our wide range of Praxis Elementary practice tests:

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