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Praxis Elementary Education For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Praxis Elementary Education For Dummies with Online Practice

By Carla C. Kirkland, Chan Cleveland

The Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment exam (5017) covers a broad span of what you need to know regarding elementary education. If you are taking the Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge exam (5018), be aware that it restricts its coverage to the content of the main four subject areas that an elementary teacher should have mastered: reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.

An Overview of the Praxis Elementary Education 5017 Exam

The Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment exam (5017) uses 120 questions to evaluate your curriculum development, instructional, and assessment abilities in five subject-area groups:

  • Reading and language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Art, music, and physical education

The 120 questions of the exam are divided among five subject-area groups according to these proportions:

Test Subject Approximate Number of Questions Approximate Percentage of the Exam
Reading and language arts 37 31%
Mathematics 31 26%
Science 20 16%
Social studies 17 14%
Art, music, and physical education 15 13%

In each of the five subject areas, questions are related to relevant national standards and test your knowledge of how to help students develop an understanding of particular areas of knowledge or how to help them acquire and use key skills.

The questions about each subject are focused on curriculum, instruction, or assessment.

  • Curriculum: Curriculum questions require you to show that you understand developmentally appropriate curriculum planning. Specifically, you need to be ready to demonstrate that you can sequence lessons; plan strategies to enhance students’ understanding and, inevitably, correct their misunderstandings; and make connections to and from one subject and other subject areas, such as connecting reading and math concepts, or social studies and science.
  • Instruction: Instruction questions require you to show that you understand how to design instruction to meet the culturally and academically diverse needs of your students. They also test your ability to select and use developmentally appropriate instructional methods, strategies, and resources that support learning in the major focus areas of each subject.
  • Assessment: The assessment questions for every subject area require you to show that you know how to evaluate the effectiveness of your instruction and your students’ progress in each subject area. To answer these questions correctly, you need to be ready to show that you can design, use, and interpret a variety of formative and summative assessments. You must be able to recognize the misconceptions students may develop and devise ways to reteach in order to correct those misconceptions.

An Overview of the Praxis Elementary Education 5018 Exam

The Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge exam (5018) uses 140 questions to evaluate your understanding, application, analysis, and evaluation in four subject-area groups:

  • Reading and language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies

The 140 questions of the exam are divided among four subject-area groups according to these proportions:

Test Subject Approximate Number of Questions Approximate Percentage of the Exam
Reading and language arts 49 35%
Mathematics 41 29%
Science 25 18%
Social studies 25 18%

The questions are in sync with state and national standards for English language arts and mathematics, as well as with the content standards for science and social studies.

Students have 150 minutes to complete 140 questions.