The Praxis II exam series, also known as the Praxis II subject assessment series, is actually a group of exams created by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to determine if an individual has the knowledge and skills necessary to teach a specific subject or a specific group of subjects in most public school systems. These exams are specifically designed to assess an individual’s basic teaching skills and knowledge of the specific subject matter he or she will be required to teach.
The Praxis II subject assessments cover topics such as agriculture, art, audiology, biology, chemistry, communications, earth and space sciences, economics, English language arts, English as a second language (ESL), family and consumer science, general science, geography, health, marketing, math, music, physical education, social studies, world history, and U.S. history, among others. In addition, some of the Praxis II exams also cover topics related to other school careers such as library media or school guidance and topics related to teaching at the preschool level, kindergarten to the 6th grade level, the 5th to the 9th grade level, or the 7th to 12th grade level.
Each Praxis II test usually consists of approximately 50 to 150 multiple-choice questions, and some tests include constructed response questions, as well. Each individual taking the exam will have a 1-hour, a 2-hour, or a 4-hour period to complete the exam depending on the time limits set for the specific exam. Following exam completion, an individual will receive a score on a scale of 100 – 200, 150 – 190, 420 – 480, or 250 – 990 depending on the specific exam. The exact score required to pass the Praxis II exam varies from state to state, but the individual’s online score report will indicate whether an individual has passed the minimum score necessary to be licensed in the state for which the individual is testing.