The Praxis II Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (5157) exam is a requirement to enter the profession as an entry-level middle school teacher of social studies. Prospective educators taking this assessment will be asked to respond to 90 selected-response questions in a computer delivered format within a one hour and 30-minute time frame. The questions will reflect concepts deemed as necessary knowledge, skills and abilities within five different Content Categories:
- United States History
- World History
- Government/Political Science
These categories will test your knowledge of concepts including, but not limited to:
- Basic North American geography, peoples and cultures prior to European colonization
- How and why European colonies in North America were founded and developed
- The formation, organization and contributions of early civilizations in Africa, Europe and Asia
- The formation, organization and interactions of the classical civilizations of Greece, Rome, Persia, India and China
- The United States government and politics
- Political Theory: major political concepts, major political theorists and political orientations
As you prepare to take the exam, test yourself with the Mometrix Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (5157) practice test. As you go through the practice test, you will be asked to answer Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (5157) practice questions that have been constructed to reflect the above mentioned concepts that you may encounter on test day.
While registering for the assessment, you will be asked to select a testing location convenient for you from a list of approved testing locations. On testing day, you will be given the opportunity to learn how the computer interface works before beginning your examination. The interface allows you to skip questions and return to them at a later time throughout the duration of the exam so you can use your time efficiently to answer as many questions as possible. It is advisable to leave no questions unanswered, however, as you will not be penalized for any incorrect responses and your final score is determined solely on the number of correct answers.
Each state establishes their own requirements for passing scores. In order to receive your scores, you will need to identify which states you would like as recipients. Then, you will receive passing score information for that state and your official score report approximately two weeks following your assessment.