PRAXIS II Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge Exam (5571)

This exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions and you will have two and a half hours to complete it. It will assess your competency for a position teaching Earth and Space sciences in a secondary school. The exam can be broken down into the following sections:

Basic Principles and Processes – 15 questions
Tectonics and Internal Earth Processes – 21 questions
Earth Materials and Surface Processes – 29 questions
History of the Earth and its Life-Forms – 17 questions
Earth’s Atmosphere and Hydrosphere – 24 questions
Astronomy – 19 questions

Basic Scientific Principles of Earth and Space Sciences
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of patterns and relationships of matter and energy, biological, chemical and physical processes as applied to Earth and Space science, nuclear reactions and processes, atom structure, compounds, the transfer of heat and thermodynamic laws.

Tectonics and Internal Earth Processes
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of the effect and origin of the earth’s magnetic field, earthquakes, crust formation and, the history of plate tectonics.

Earth Materials and Surface Processes
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of the process of landscape evolution, soil and rock formation and weathering; and the sedimentary and ingenious processes of rock formation. Your knowledge of the impact of civilization on geology will also be evaluated.

History of Earth and its Life Forms
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of paleontology, the origin of life, origin of the earth, stratigraphic correlation, uniformitarianism and how time is measured.

Earths Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of the structure of water, the paths it follows in nature, glaciers, ice ages, chemical and physical properties of oceans, the movement of water above and below the earth’s surface, and the relationship of the atmosphere and hydrosphere with civilization.

Astronomy
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of relationships between various components of the solar system in regard to their motion, size and composition, the consequences and characteristics of the earth’s motion, the characteristics of galaxies, stars; and hypotheses regarding the origin of the development of the universe.

PRAXIS II Earth and Space Sciences Practice Questions