The PRAXIS II Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge Exam (0856 and 5856) is taken by candidates interested in teaching health and physical education. The exam contains 120 multiple choice questions: 25 questions cover fitness and exercise science, 23 questions look at movement forms, 22 questions cover fundamental movements, motor Development, and motor Learning, 15 questions cover community health/diseases and disorders, 16 questions cover family living and sex education, and 19 questions cover personal health care. Candidates have two hours to complete the exam.
The Fitness and Exercise Science section of the exam covers biomechanics, human biology, physical conditioning, mass, force, friction, torque, anatomy, physiology, bodily systems, bones and major muscles, flexibility, body composition, muscular endurance, and the cardiopulmonary system.
The Movement Forms section of the exam covers volleyball, track and field, soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, martial arts, equipment and facilities, injury prevention, games, gymnastics, tumbling, aerobic and folk dance.
The Fundamental Movements, Motor Development, and Motor Learning section of the exam covers motor learning, motor performance, growth and motor development, spatial relationships, loco-motor and manipulative motor skills, movement concepts, and neurophysiology.
The Community Health/Diseases and Disorders section of the exam covers teenage depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, suicide prevention and treatment, Down’s syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, Tay-Sachs disease, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological, infectious and sexually-transmitted diseases, and health-care career opportunities.
The Family Living and Sex Education section of the exam covers health maintenance, personal values and decision-making, peer and family relationships, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, family planning, male and female reproductive systems, domestic violence, rape, incest, divorce, teenage pregnancy, child rearing, chronic care facilities, seniors services, death and dying, and grief.
The Personal Health Care section of the exam covers injury prevention; environmental safety; goal setting; first aid and CPR; water safety; fitness assessments; over-the-counter, prescription and illegal drugs; tobacco; alcohol; caffeine; drug abuse treatment; regular checkups; diet and exercise; and nutrition.