The PRAXIS II Government/Political Science Exam (0930 and 0931) is taken by candidates interested in teaching secondary level government and political science. It is comprised of 120 multiple choice questions: 20 questions cover comparative politics (government, ideologies, and public policy), 23 questions cover U. S. politics, 62 questions cover the U. S. government, and 15 questions cover Constitutional theory and development. Candidates have two hours to complete the exam.
The Comparative Politics: Government; Ideologies; and Public Policy section of the exam covers public policy, nationalism, fascism, Marxism, supranational and national organizations, Communism, Socialism, capitalism, mixed economic systems, presidential systems, parliamentary systems, authoritarian systems, and democratic systems.
The United States Politics: Political Parties, Interest Groups, Campaigns and Elections, Political Participation, Political Socialization, and Public Opinion section of the exam covers public opinion, political socialization, political participation, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political parties, the impact of mass media on the government, assessing public opinion, liberalism, conservatism, American political culture, protests, petitions, grass-roots organizations, financial campaign contributions, running for office, voting, candidate recruitment, types of elections, voting, and state and federal laws concerning elections.
The United States Government: Federal State, and Local Institutions section of the exam covers relationships between federal, state and local branches of government, governmental responsibility for education, health, public safety, interstate relations, legal appeals, provisions and reviews, legal power and limitations, legal reasoning standards, judicial selection, qualifications for judgeship, limitations, powers, roles, qualification and selection of bureaucrats, qualifications for the presidency, and Presidential powers and limitations.
The United States Constitutional Theory and Development: Civil Rights, Landmark Decisions section of the exam covers civil rights, the Constitution, the Constitutional Convention, foundations of Constitutional development, civil liberties, major civil rights court cases, the Bill of Rights, amendments and ratification, separation of power, checks and balances, federalism, 16th-18th century political philosophy, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and Anglo-Saxon tradition and common law.