The PRAXIS II Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge Exam (0571 and 5571) is taken by candidates interested in teaching secondary level Earth and Space sciences. The exam is composed of 100 multiple choice questions covering environmental sciences, astronomy, meteorology, earth’s atmosphere, geology, tectonics, internal and surface earth processes, oceanography, and hydrosphere. Candidates have two hours to complete the exam.
The Basic Scientific Principles of Earth and Space Sciences section of the exam covers relationships and patterns of energy and matter; biological, chemical and physical processes in Earth and Space science; nuclear processes and reactions; atom structure; compounds; heat transfer; and the laws of thermodynamic.
The Tectonics and Internal Earth Processes section of the exam covers the earth’s magnetic field, earthquakes, crust formation, plate tectonics.
The Earth Materials and Surface Processes section of the exam covers landscape evolution, soil and rock formation, weathering, sedimentary and igneous rock formation, and geological alterations caused by civilization.
The History of Earth and its Life Forms section of the exam covers paleontology, origins of earth and of life, stratigraphic correlation, uniformitarianism, and the measurement of time.
The Earth’s Atmosphere and Hydrosphere section of the exam covers water structure, patterns in water flow, glaciers, ice ages, chemical and physical characteristics of oceans, water movement above and below earth’s surface, and the interrelatedness of atmosphere, hydrosphere and civilization.
The Astronomy section of the exam covers motion, size and composition relationships among solar system bodies; affects and features of earth’s rotation; characteristics of galaxies and stars; and theories on the origin of the universe.
The History and Nature of Science section of the exam covers the scientific method, how Earth and Space sciences apply to daily life, the history of science, measurement systems, data gathering, assessment and interpretation, laboratory and field methods, equipment and computer technology in Earth and Space sciences.