The PRAXIS II Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge Exam is taken by candidates interested in teaching secondary level citizenship education. The exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions:
27 questions covering United States History
27 questions covering World History
27 questions covering Government/Civics/Political Science
19-20 questions covering Geography
19-20 questions covering Economics
Candidates have two hours to complete the exam.
The United States History category of questioning includes geography and the history of the U.S. beginning with the history of Native Americans, and covering each major war, the building of the nation, important eras, and new advancements.
The World History questions cover history starting with early societies (circa 3000 B.C.E.); the rise of civilizations and empires through 500 C.E.; the migrations of societies and civilizations; the beginning of international relationships; political and industrial revolutions; and values, rivalry, and growth during the 1900’s. This area will also include the current status of global relationships.
The category of Government/Civics/Political Science will test the examinees knowledge of subject matter relating to types of governments and their election processes, and understanding of political parties, ideas, and theories. This area will additionally focus on the politics and government of the United States, and on global relations, organizations, and legal aspects of international affairs.
The questions pertaining to Geography will cover a variety of topics, one being the creation and use of maps from the vantage of space, map characteristics and types, and the concepts of longitude and latitude. Another topic will involve locations, from cities to large regions, their economic patterns, and the characteristics of the regions. The area of geography also includes the physical features of the Earth, such as plate tectonics, erosion, and weather. Populations and human factors such as language and politics, environmental matters, and the utilization of Geography will also be questioned on the exam.
The Economics category covers the subtopics of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Under microeconomics, knowledge will tested in areas such as economic systems, supply and demand, scarcity, productions, markets, and income distribution. Macroeconomics encompasses the areas such as economic performance, employment and unemployment, banking, and investment.