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Praxis® Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT) Tests

To be successful, you need the full range of content knowledge used in teaching. This includes both a solid understanding of the subject itself and the specialized content knowledge only used in teaching. The Praxis® Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT) tests were developed to measure both types of knowledge. CKT assessment tasks focus on how well you can apply your content knowledge to recognize, understand and respond to the content problems you will encounter in your day-to-day teaching practice.

Who Takes the Tests and Why?

The CKT tests are designed for teacher candidates seeking a generalist elementary school license. The purpose is to assess whether you have the full range of content knowledge needed at the time of entry to the profession in the areas of reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

What Content Do the Tests Cover?

There are four CKT tests: Reading and Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The tests assess:

  • content knowledge you will learn during your elementary education studies that you need to do the work of the student curriculum
  • specialized content knowledge that you apply to specific tasks, so you can teach the student curriculum

Reading and Language Arts—CKT

This test focuses on the essential content knowledge needed for teaching elementary reading and language arts. The test contains 63 selected-response questions.

  • Approximately 20% of the questions measure content knowledge needed to do the work of the student curriculum, such as identifying the details in a passage that support the main idea.
  • Approximately 80% of the questions measure specialized content knowledge needed to teach the student curriculum, such as the knowledge you would use when choosing the most appropriate graphic organizer to help students identify the supporting details for a main idea

Mathematics—CKT

This test focuses on the essential content knowledge needed for teaching elementary mathematics. The test contains 52 selected-response and numeric-entry questions.

  • Approximately 20% of the questions measure content knowledge needed to do the work of the student curriculum, such as solving a math problem similar to one students would solve.
  • Approximately 80% of the questions measure specialized content knowledge needed to teach the student curriculum, such as the knowledge you would use when choosing an example to demonstrate a mathematical concept or interpreting a student’s mathematical misunderstanding based on a pattern of errors.

Science—CKT

This test focuses on the essential content knowledge needed for teaching elementary science. It contains 47 selected-response questions. The content aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Approximately 20% of the questions measure content knowledge needed to do the work of the student curriculum, such as interpreting graphs similar to those presented to students during a class activity.
  • Approximately 80% of the questions measure specialized content knowledge needed to teach the student curriculum, such as the knowledge you would use to help students successfully complete inquiry activities

Social Studies—CKT

This test is designed to assess whether you have the broad knowledge and competencies necessary to be licensed as a beginning teacher at the elementary school level. The 60 selected-response questions are based on the material typically covered in a bachelor’s degree program in elementary education.

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