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Music: Content Knowledge

Music: Content Knowledge (5113)

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  • Get a 90% or higher score in 3 practice exams within 2 weeks of the official test date.
  • Complete all the assigned quizzes recommended by the Study Plan Tracker.
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Music: Content Knowledge (5113)

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The Music: Content Knowledge test is designed to assess a beginning music teacher’s knowledge and understanding of music and music education. Examinees taking this test will typically have completed, or will have nearly completed, an undergraduate music education program. The test content assesses key indicators of the beginning educator’s musical knowledge and professional readiness for K–12 music instruction required for individuals teaching courses to students in instrumental, vocal, or general music settings, or who will teach courses drawn from any combination of these three areas. Such knowledge is acquired through completion of an undergraduate music education degree program. The material in the test, therefore, is not appropriate for those hired in an adjunct capacity to teach a single element of the curriculum (e.g., those hired to teach only individual lessons or classes on a single instrument). The content covered by this exam is organized into areas called Content Categories. This exam has 4 categories. Here’s the list of these categories:

  1. Music History and Literature
  2. Theory and Composition
  3. Performance
  4. Pedagogy, Professional Issues, and Technology

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I. Music History and Literature

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Types of test questions on this exam

    • Selecting one choice from a list of choices.
    • Selecting more than one choice from a list of choices.
    • Typing in a numeric-entry box. When the answer is a number, you may be asked to enter a numerical answer. Some questions may have more than one entry box to enter a response. Numeric-entry questions typically appear on mathematics-related tests.
    • Selecting parts of a graphic. In some questions, you will select your answers by selecting a location (or locations) on a graphic such as a map or chart, as opposed to choosing your answer from a list.
    • Selecting sentences. In questions with reading passages, you may be asked to choose your answers by selecting a sentence (or sentences) within the reading passage.
    • Dragging and dropping answer choices into targets on the screen. You may be asked to select answers from a list of choices and to drag your answers to the appropriate location in a table, paragraph of text or graphic.
    • Selecting answer choices from a drop-down menu. You may be asked to choose answers by selecting choices from a drop-down menu (e.g., to complete a sentence).
Source: PRAXIS Study Companion, p14

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You should not attempt the PRAXIS test until you're scoring 90% or higher in at least 3 Certify Teacher practice exams within 2 weeks of the official test date. Turn the Study Plan Tracker feature in your Certify Teacher test prep on and follow the recommendations of this Study Plan to complete assignments that target content you were found deficient so you can master them.

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Where Do I Take the PRAXIS?

The Praxis Core Tests and the Praxis Subject tests have deadlines throughout the year, while other Praxis exams are scheduled through more limiting windows.

You should search for testing centers for your desired exam, test date, and cost on the Praxis testing service website, which includes online or "home testing" options.

In order to qualify for the home test option, you must live in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and meet specific requirements regarding equipment and environment.

How is the PRAXIS Scored?

Scoring Praxis exams involve scoring both selected-response and constructed-response questions, each with its own scoring scale. Selected-response questions are scored by computer on a scale from 100 to 200. Each selected-response question answered correctly is worth one raw point.

Constructed-response questions are scored by education professionals in the appropriate content area on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being the highest score and 1 being the lowest.

After taking the exam, your score reports are available in your ETS account approximately 21 days after the exam date.

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Is the PRAXIS test hard?

Educational background, familiarity with the material, test- taking skills, and overall preparation are some of the many factors to consider in predicting how hard a given Praxis test is for any specific person. Add to that the fact that there are over 90 different Praxis tests.

In addition, read the explanatory commentaries Although some test-takers may breeze through one or more of these exams, many will find at least some of them challenging. The most recent data available for the Praxis Elementary Education test, a content knowledge exam required in 18 states, indicates that only 46% of test takers will pass all four subjects the first time they take the exam.

What if I don't pass my PRAXIS test?

As far as ETS is concerned, if you are unable to pass a Praxis test on your first attempt, you may retake the exam after 21 days (ETS has no limit on how many times the Praxis can be taken). However, before applying for a retake be sure you are in compliance with the rules and regulations of your education agency.

Before retaking a Praxis exam, identify what went wrong in the original exam. Did you run out of time to revise? Did stress get the best of you in the exam room? Examine your score report and identify the content categories you scored low.

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