Praxis exams are used by about 40 states and by many licensing agencies and institutions as part of their certification process for prospective teachers. This specific test measures the skills and abilities of those candidates seeking credentials in the field of Art in comparison to entry-level professionals.
Who is Eligible?
Each state, institution, and/or licensing agency sets their own standards and eligibility requirements for test takers. You may be required to be part of a certain educational program, have attained a specific degree, or have experience in the field. You may also be asked to take and pass other exams in addition to this one.
Be sure to check with your state/school board or local licensing agency to make sure you are aware of all prerequisites and/or fees that may apply to you.
There is a fee of $120 that must be paid at the time of registration. Registration can be completed online, over the phone (for an additional fee), or by mail.
When and Where Can I Take it?
All Praxis exams are computer-administered by an international network of sites including Prometric Test Centers, some universities, and various other locations worldwide. These can be scheduled during specific testing windows each year. One of these windows typically takes place at least once a month.
Choose a date, time, and location that is most convenient for you. However, it is recommended that you register for your exam as soon as possible to ensure your preferred testing session. Space is limited in most locations and is filled on a first come, first served basis.
If you need to reschedule or cancel your exam appointment, you may do so by contacting Praxis at least three days before your original session. If you wait any longer, your changes will not be made and you will forfeit any fees paid up to that point.
Special accommodations are available to those with disabilities and who may not be able to test under normal conditions. This request must be made during the registration process and will require appropriate supporting documentation.
Once you have registered for your exam, you will be given access to your admission ticket. This will need to be brought with you on test day, so be sure to print this off and keep it safe and handy.
What Should I Bring?
You will need to arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes early on test day. This will give you enough time to get checked in and be ready for the exam to begin. Those who arrive late will not be allowed to enter the testing area and will forfeit any fees paid as a no-show.
To complete the check-in process, you will need to bring at least one valid and current, government-issued photo identification along with your admission ticket. This ID must include your signature, your full name as it appears on your application, and a recent and recognizable photo. If your presented ID contains missing or incorrect information, you will be asked to submit another one or risk not being allowed to test that day.
All other personal items should be left at home or in your vehicle. They are not allowed in the testing area and will be cause for immediate dismissal and voided scores if they are found with you. these include but are not limited to the following:
- Cell phones
- Pencils, paper, and study materials
- Watches, jewelry, and any outerwear
- Bags and/or purses
- Food and drinks
What is Covered?
This Praxis exam is made up of 120 selected-response questions; some will be pretest questions that will not count towards your score. These will be unidentified as such and scattered throughout your exam. You will be given a total of two hours to complete all of them.
Below is a brief description of each main section or domain on the exam, including the number of questions included in each.
Art Making (76 questions/64% of exam)
Media and processes, elements and principle of visual organization, historical and contemporary approaches to creating art, safety and storage of art materials, usage
Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Art (44 questions/36%)
Materials and processes in an Art historical context: purpose and relationship of different materials in art history; the Western tradition in Art history: stylistic traits from different time periods, understanding the purpose and meaning from different time periods; Art beyond the Western tradition: characteristics from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the South Pacific; responding to Art: major theories of art and aesthetics, the relationship between art and critical response
How is it Scored?
Many Praxis exam sites are able to give your results on screen immediately after you complete it. This will include:
- Your score
- The possible range of scores overall and within each category
- Your pass/fail status according to your state, institution, or licensing agency
- Your highest scores for any Praxis test you have taken in the last 10 years
Your official score report will be made available to you online about two to three weeks after your testing window has closed. These will be accessible for up to one year through your Praxis account.
If you have not met the passing requirements of your state or institution or would like to receive a higher score, retakes are available. However, you must wait for a period of 21 days, not including your original test date. There is no limit to the number of times you can take any Praxis exam.
How Can I Prepare for the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!