Praxis Exam Guide


Selecting a Subject Area of Focus and the Corresponding Praxis Exam

To apply to an MƒA Fellowship, applicants must select a subject area of focus and take the corresponding
Praxis Content Knowledge exam.
Teachers may choose any of the listed subject areas of focus for their application, regardless of the science or
mathematics subject they teach. The choice of subject area of focus in an application is significant because it
determines the following:

  • The Praxis Exam you will take
  • The content of your Pedagogy Exercise
  • The content and group you will be assigned in your Finalist Interview

Please take these factors into consideration when selecting a subject area of focus.


Praxis Exam Names and Codes

Below are the subject areas applicants may choose, and the corresponding Praxis Exams accepted for each.

Middle School and High School
Subject Area of Focus Corresponding Praxis Exam(s) and Code
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)
Earth Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571)
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)
Mathematics Math: Content Knowledge (5161) (0061/5061 will also be accepted)
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)
Computer Science* Math: Content Knowledge (5161) or Computer Science (5652) (5651 will also be accepted)

*NOTE: Only High School teachers may apply under the Computer Science Subject Focus and must be scheduled as an assigned computer science teacher (not mathematics) for 60 percent of their teaching schedule.

Elementary School
Subject Area of Focus Corresponding Praxis Exam(s) and Code
Elementary Mathematics Middle School Mathematics (5169)
Elementary Science Middle School Science (5440)


Registering for the Praxis Exams

The Exam

All Praxis exams are computer-based and may be taken either at an ETS test center or as an at-home test. To register, visit www.ets.org/praxis.

If you have already taken the exam, please request an official report to be sent to MƒA using our institutional code (7779) or provide us with the original score report. If you have previously submitted official scores to MƒA, there is no need to re-send your score.

Scheduling your Praxis Exam

In-Person at a Test Center

Each month, there are specified testing windows in which teachers can take their respective exams. The test is not offered every day and some are also not offered every month. We encourage you to find more dates and details for the Praxis Exam online at www.ets.org/praxis.

At Home Test

These tests are available seven days a week. To be able to take a test at home, you must meet the Equipment and Environment Requirements listed here: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/at_home/requirements . Be sure that your computer and testing room at-home meet the ETS requirements before you register for a Praxis® test at home.

Test Blackout Dates

Every year, there are certain dates that the Praxis Exam is not offered. For 2021-2022:

All Science and Computer Science tests are not offered at-home on the following dates: 1/2-1/9, 2/1-2/6, 2/27-3/6.

The following tests are not available In-Person at a Test Center on the following dates: Earth Science, Physics, Computer Science on 1/2-2/6, 2/27-3/6, 3/27-4/3 AND Biology, Chemistry, Middle School Science on 1/2-1/9, 2/1-2/6, 2/27-3/6.