Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that can directly apply to works of art. Some look at the lines and shadows and see the beauty right away while others are confused by the imagery. In school, art educators unravel the meaning of art to students by examining historical periods, art creation and more. Many states require these educators pass the Praxis II Art: Content Knowledge (5134) Exam and show they possess the needed knowledge to teach art. You’ll need help preparing for the exam, and this guide helps in two ways. First, we’ll walk you through important items you’ll need to know about the test. Then we’ll tell you about a pair of amazing study materials that can help you prepare for this difficult exam.
How many questions are on the test?
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There are 120 questions on the Praxis II Art: Content Knowledge (5134) Exam — 76 questions in Art Making and another 44 questions in Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Art.
What is the exam’s passing score?
States or institutions that require the exam set the passing score. Please check with your local licensing agency.
How much time will candidates have to finish the exam?
The test time is 2 hours to complete this computer-assisted test.
How much is the test fee?
Candidates pay a $120 exam fee.
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What’s on the Praxis II Art: Content Knowledge (5134) Exam?
The exam has two main content areas.
- Art Making has two subsections — General, and Media and Processes. Candidates can expect questions on art safety, environmental, and storage issues, including the ability to understand the effects of dangerous materials; historical and contemporary art methods, including identifying and defining both, and historical methods and contemporary approaches to creating art; artists’ materials and tools and various safety procedures and precautions; problem solving; MSDS sheets knowledge; printmaking materials, including materials characteristics and differences; digital photography, including basic camera knowledge and editing and imaging software; sculptural materials and processes, including sculptural processes description and fiber process description; presenting artwork for display, including mounting and matting methods, three-dimensional work display and the best ways to use exhibition spaces.
- Theoretical Foundations of Art has five subsections:
- Materials and Processes in an Art
- Historical Context
- The Western Tradition in Art History
- Art Beyond the Western Tradition
- Responding to Art
This test section will cover several areas, including understanding various techniques like painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture in a historical context; time periods including Prehistory, Egypt and the Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece and Rome and the ability to recognize stylistic traits and architecture; art categorization and architecture by style and/or period; major artistic and technological innovations; art and architecture, and its general visual characteristics, from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the South Pacific region; art theory and aesthetic; art and critical response, and the relationship between the two; and viewpoint of examining art, including visual or written analysis and lenses; and the impact of personal experiences on art interpretation.
Where can I take the exam?
A private company delivers the test at centers throughout the United States. Since there are hundreds of test centers, one should be convenient to your location.
When will I receive my test results?
Some results are available immediately while others take 10 to 16 days after the exam’s completion or after the testing window closes. It all depends on the test you take.
What identification will I need to show on test day?
You’ll need to show a piece of government-issued identification, like a driver’s license, and your test admission ticket.
How early should I arrive at the test center to take the Praxis II Art: Content Knowledge (5134) Exam??
It’s best to arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam. Late arrivals may not be able to take the test.
Can I bring personal items into the test room?
Candidates are not allowed to bring personal items of any kind into the testing room. That include mobile phones, certain clothing items and the like.
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 10, 2019