Praxis Physical Education: Content and Design Exam

As you prepare to sit for the Praxis® Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) exam, we’ve assembled some helpful information for you, including details on test registration, exam fees and payment options, items to bring with you on the day of your exam, plus the types of questions you can expect to be part of the test.

What is the Praxis (5095) Exam?

The Praxis® Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) exam looks at your knowledge, education and readiness to teach physical education to K-12 students.

How do I register for the Praxis?

Online registration is available at

How much does the Praxis cost?

The cost is $146, using a U.S. bank check, money order, PayPalTM, eCheck, VISA®, Discover®, JCB®, American Express® or MasterCard®.

When and where do I take the Praxis?

You’ll learn more about available testing locations and times when you register.

How long is the Praxis?

The testing period is two hours.

What Should I Bring to the Praxis?

A government ID showing your photo, signature and name. Examples include a driver’s license, a passport, a state/province ID, national ID or military ID). NOTE: Your name on your registration materials must be an exact match with your name on your ID.

What Not to Bring?

  • Any electronic devices, including cell phones and calculators
  • Bags, purses, and personal items
  • Pencils or pens
  • Notes, paper or books
  • Food/drink unless specifically required and approved in advance

What Should I Expect During Your Praxis (5095) Exam?

Format/Number of Questions:

This test consists of 90 selected-response questions and two constructed-response items.

Content Categories

The exam has five content categories. Here’s a closer look at each, along with the number of questions and the percentage each segment represents as part of the overall test.

Category 1: Content Knowledge and Student Growth and Development (23% with About 27 Questions):

This section covers basic science in connection with motor skills and physical movement, biomechanics and kinesiology, movement concepts, exercise physiology, physiology and anatomy, historical and present-day issues, trends and enhancements in education, game rules, legal considerations and the impact that drugs.

This section also looks at individual and group performance monitoring, motor skill learning and honing, motor development, considerations in cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and professional support and resources available.

Category 2: Management, Motivation and Communication (19% with About 23 Questions):

This portion reviews motivation and management concepts, including classroom management steps, psychological and social impacts on group and individual learning, resource allocation to boost learning, ideal social behaviors and personal practices and behavior management.

In addition, this section looks at verbal and non-verbal communication, instructional feedback, verbal and nonverbal communications to enhance interest in physical activity and communicating in positive ways.

Category 3: Planning, Instruction and Student Assessment (19% with About 23 Questions):

This area covers instruction planning, including pedagogy, psychology, sociology, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, motor learning, motor development and exercise physiology. It also looks at using movement concepts, positive feedback, trends, laws and issues, instructional objectives and goals, lesson plan development, appropriate educational concepts, resources, and general and individual injury prevention and safety.

In addition, this section looks at student skill assessment, gathering data, fitness assessment interpretation, feedback creation, student self-assessment, considerations for disabilities and referral procedures.

Category 4: Collaboration, Reflection and Technology (14% with About 17 Questions):

This section reviews collaboration concepts, including approaches across traditional subjects, using positive bonds to support learning and growth and opportunities for activity.

This section also reviews the reflective cycle to impact teacher performance and student learning, plus professional growth opportunities. Technology aspects are also covered, including information shaping instructional design, and activity administration.

Category 5: Instructional Design (25% with About 2 Questions):

In this section, you’ll be asked to answer two constructed-response questions. In one, you’ll be asked to develop a fitness instruction response involving curriculum design, developmentally appropriate activities to boost fitness, as well as drawing on different types of fitness and modifying activities as needed.

The other constructed-response question will be around skill instruction. You’ll be asked to describe skill sequencing and developmentally appropriate strategies to boost skills.

Calculating Your Passing Score: The score required to pass varies from area to area. You can learn more at

How Can I Prepare for the Praxis Physical Education: Content and Design 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


Praxis (5095) Practice Test


Last Updated: July 28, 2021