Praxis II Social Sciences Content Knowledge Exam Prep

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Practice Quiz presents 80 free review questions and explanations for the PRAXIS II: Social Studies Content Knowledge exam given by the Educational Testing Service

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PRAXIS II Social Studies (5081) Practice Question - Updated Late 2021

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The PRAXIS II Social Studies (5081) exam is administered by the Educational Testing Service on various dates during the year to prospective high school teachers who wish to prove their knowledge of the basic principles of Social Studies, including U.S. history, geography, and political science. Passing scores are set by the individual states, and applicants may take the exam depending on the dates given by their closest testing center. This exam is taken in paper or computerized form. Applicants may retake the paper form as many times as they choose, while they must wait 30 days to retake the computerized test.

Test-takers have 2 hours to complete 130 multiple-choice questions. Applicants must rely on their education in the realm of Social Studies to answer questions that include:

  • World History
  • Geography
  • Behavioral Sciences

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There are 130 questions on the Praxis Social Sciences exam across the following six categories: United States History (26 questions, 20%), World History (26 questions, 20%), Government, Civics, Political Science (26 questions, 20%), Geography (19 questions, 15%), Economics (20 questions, 15%), and Behavioral Sciences (13 questions, 10%).

The Praxis Social Sciences exam is 2 hours and 20 minutes long.

A passing score for the Praxis Social Sciences exam is between 148 and 162 depending on the state.

A passing grade on the Praxis Social Sciences exam is intended for individuals who intend to teach social studies in a secondary school setting.

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