PRAXIS II Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge Exam (5857)

This exam is designed for potential instructors of health and physical education. You will be given two hours and ten minutes to complete this 130 question multiple-choice exam. There are five categories on the exam:

Health Education as a Discipline/Health Instruction – 26 Questions
Health Education Content – 32 Questions
Content Knowledge and Student Growth and Development – 22 Questions
Management, Motivation, and Communication/Collaboration, Reflection, and Technology – 29 Questions
Planning, Instruction, and Student Assessment – 21 Questions

Health Education as a Discipline/Health Instruction
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge on various topics including: Major health behavior theories (e.g., stages of change, behavioral change theory, transtheoretical model, and health belief model), concepts of character education, physical growth and development, and assessing learning needs for individuals and diverse groups.

Health Education Content
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge on health promotion and the prevention of injury and disease, healthy relationships, mental and
emotional health, and community health and advocacy.

Content Knowledge and Student Growth and Development
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of the terminology, principles, concepts, and applications of the basic sciences as related to motor skills and movement activities (e.g., anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, motor development, and motor learning). This section also covers liability and legal considerations pertaining to the use of equipment, class organization, supervision, and program selection among other things.

Management, Motivation, and Communication/Collaboration, Reflection, and Technology
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of topics such as the motivation of students to participate in physical activities both in school and outside of school, effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of physical activity settings, and the integration of knowledge and skills from multiple subject areas in physical education.

Planning, Instruction, and Student Assessment
This section of the test will cover various topics concerning personal health care. The safety and injury prevention section of the test will cover safety considerations for movement activities and, fitness related safety issues such as environmental conditions, realistic goal setting, dealing with accidents and illnesses, first aid and CPR, water safety certification, proper technique for warm-up and cool down activities, personal safety and safety risks, fitness assessments such as Fitnessgram, the President’s Challenge, and Physical Best. The drug usage and abuse section of the test will cover over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, the use and abuse of various drugs, the physical and psychological effects of drug abuse, treatment and recovery from drug abuse, and alternative coping skills. The consumer health section of the exam will cover health myths, individual responsibility for personal health, and importance of regular checkups, advertising, and quackery within the medical system. The nutrition section of the test will cover the relationship between diet and exercise, fad diets, caloric intake, metabolism, nutrition, the food pyramid, and dietary goals. The mental and emotional health section of the test will cover defense mechanisms, personality development, self-concept and self esteem.

PRAXIS II Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge Practice Questions