Praxis Business Education: Content Knowledge Exam (5101)

This exam is meant to be taken by those who are planning on
teaching in business education programs. The content specializes in areas that
are related to general business and economic knowledge, as well as the
cognitive skills needed for such knowledge and teaching. Many states and
licensing agencies require one or more Praxis
exams to achieve certification.

Who is Eligible?

Each state or licensing agency is allowed to set their own standards on the requirements to be met prior to taking any Praxis exam and what exams must be taken for your specified teaching area. Please be sure to check with your state and/or agency prior to registering to make sure you are eligible

Most who take this exam have completed at least a bachelor’s degree program in education that includes accredited coursework in business education.

There is a fee of $120 for this exam. Waivers may be available to those meet certain eligibility criteria.

When and Where is it Taken?

This specific Praxis exam is taken several times a year during designated testing windows. A complete list of these will be provided during registration.

All Praxis tests can be taken at numerous locations throughout the world, including Prometric Testing Centers, some colleges and others. During registration, you will be given the opportunity to choose the location that is most convenient for you.

It is recommended that you register as early as possible as seating and space may be limited for some testing sessions. All Praxis exams are administered via a computer. Although, special accommodations are available for those who cannot test under normal conditions.

Should you need to reschedule or cancel your exam for any reason, you may do so anytime before the last three days before your scheduled exam for an additional fee. Changes, including cancellations, made during those last three days will prohibit you from any refunds, meaning you will forfeit any fees you have paid.

What Should I Bring?

It is crucial to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam, as there is a check-in process to be completed before you are allowed to test. Those who arrive late will not be permitted in the testing center and will have to reschedule, as well as forfeit any fees paid.

The check-in process will require that you present a valid and current form of personal identification. This must contain a recent and recognizable photo, your signature, and your full legal name as it appears on your application/registration information. If any information is missing or incorrect, you will be asked to present another form or not be allowed entry.

As this is a computer-administered exam, you will not need any personal items such as:

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Study materials
  • Cell phones
  • Watches
  • Handbags
  • Food and drink

These items are strictly prohibited and not allowed in the testing area.

Calculators are permitted on this exam. However, ones with QWERTY keyboards are prohibited.

Some testing centers may have a designated space or locker where you may store such personal items during your exam. However, not all do. Please plan to bring as few personal items as possible.

What is Covered?

This Praxis test consists of 120 selected-response questions broken into eight major categories. For most questions a single response will be selected; however, some may allow for one or more selections to be made.

You will be given two hours to complete it. You are allowed to skip questions and return to them later without penalty, and there is no penalty for guessing.

Below is a brief outline of the exam and all that it entails, including the number of questions found in each section and the approximate percentage that each section makes up.

Accounting and Finance (18 questions/15% of exam)

Accounting cycle and process, use of financial statements, personal and business finance

Communication and Career Development (18 questions/15%)

Written and oral communications, employment communication, career research, foundations of communication

Economics (12 questions/10%)

Economic systems and indicators, market structures, the role of government, allocation of resources

Entrepreneurship (12 questions/10%)

Forms of ownership, characteristics, business plans

Information Technology (18 questions/15%)

Technology tools, human factors, operations and concepts

Law and International Business (18 questions/15%)

International business environment and foundations, trade relations, U.S. court system, consumer, contract, and computer law

Marketing and Management (12 questions/10%)

Marketing principles and mix, human resources, management functions

Professional Business Education (12 questions/10%)

Pedagogy, work-based learning, school and community relationships, professional business education organizations, career and technical education legislation

How is it Scored?

Your unofficial scores will be made available to you on screen immediately after you have taken the exam at most testing centers. Official score reports are available online about two to three weeks after your testing window has closed and are accessible for up to one year.

Each state, agency, and institution set their own requirements on what is considered a passing score. When you register for a Praxis exam, you will be allowed to identify states/licensing agencies that you would like your scores sent to. Many of these will receive your scores automatically when they are made available online, while others will receive a paper copy.

Your score report will include:

  • Your overall score and whether you passed according to state requirements
  • The range of possible scores
  • Amount of raw points available for each category
  • Any other Praxis highest test scores you have received in the last ten years

 A complete list of passing scores for each state is available online through Praxis.

How Can I Prepare for the Praxis Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) Test?

That’s a great question.  We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Study Guide



Last Updated: July 27, 2021