The PRAXIS II Psychology Exam (0390) is taken by candidates interested in teaching secondary level psychology. The exam is comprised of 120 multiple choice: 30 questions cover physiological psychology, perception, sensation, and cognition, 24 questions cover emotion, motivation, and learning, 18 questions cover statistics and research methodology, 24 questions cover abnormal psychology, personality, and social psychology, and 24 questions cover human growth and development. Candidates have two hours to complete the exam.
The Physiological Psychology, Perception, Sensation and Cognition section of the exam covers thought and sensory processes, information processing, perception, physiological behavioral determinants, concept formation, creativity, problem-solving, insight, imager, approaches to measuring memory, selective attention, recognizing pattern, learning transference, short term and long term memory, the nervous and endocrine systems, the brain, perceptual phenomena, the role of expectations, and Gestalt.
The Emotion, Motivation, and Learning section of the exam covers operant and classical conditioning, drug states, sleep, hypnosis, wakefulness, reinforcements, punishment, generalization, discrimination, extinction, acquisition, shaping, behavior modification, spontaneous recovery, social, biological and psychological theories of emotion.
The Statistics and Research Methodology section of the exam covers descriptive statistics, validity, reliability, distribution, correlation, cause and effect, inferential statistics, drawing inferences, independent and dependent variables, theory creation, formulating hypotheses, graphs, figures, charts, case study, observation, and interviewing.
The Abnormal Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology section of the exam covers social determinants of behavior, stress, types and characteristics of mental disorders, defense mechanisms, therapy techniques, major psychological theories , substance abuse, personality disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, affective disorders, and dissociative disorders, denial, displacement, projection, rationalization, cognitive, humanistic, psychoanalytic, behaviorist therapies, normalcy and abnormality, behaviorist, humanistic, cognitive and psychoanalytic theories.
The Human Growth and Development section of the exam covers childbirth process and practices; nutrition; sensory, physical and intellectual development; IQ testing; normal and exceptional intellectual development; play behavior; aging; death and dying; adolescent; children and infant emotional development; Jean Piaget’s child development theory; recent research on development; personality, language and physical development from birth through adulthood.