Praxis Health and Physical Education (5857) Practice Test

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What’s on the Exam?

Questions: 130
Time limit: 2 hours and 10 minutes

First, let’s talk about the questions on the Praxis Health and Physical Education test. There are 130 selected-response questions in total.

Selected-response questions can appear in several different forms:

  • Single-selection multiple-choice
  • Selecting ALL correct answers from a list of choices
  • Selecting the correct answer from a drop-down menu
  • Clicking parts of a graphic such as a map or a chart
  • Dragging and dropping answers into a targeted area on the screen

The time limit for the test is 130 minutes (2 hours and 10 minutes). There aren’t any scheduled breaks, but you’re free to take restroom breaks as needed!

Let’s take a closer look at the different sections of the Health and Physical Education test:

26 questions

  • Major health behavior theories
  • Valid and reliable data sources
  • Tools for conducting an assessment of school health needs
  • Programs for student health needs
  • Educational materials from professional organizations, agencies, and associations
  • The WSCC model
  • Effective communication with school staff, students, parents, and community
  • Modeling responsible decision-making
  • Physical growth and development
  • Continuing education and professional development as a health educator
  • Assessing learning needs
  • Sequential instruction planning
  • Aligning curriculum with national, state, and district standards
  • Reflective teaching process
  • Classroom management strategies

32 questions

  • Health promotion
  • Prevention of injury and disease
  • Healthy relationships
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Community health and advocacy

22 questions

  • Terminology, principles, and concepts of the basic sciences relating to motor skills
  • Biomechanics and kinesiology principlesMovement concepts
  • Exercise physiology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Current trends and developments in physical education
  • Legal considerations regarding equipment use, supervision, and program selection
  • Effects of substance abuse on student behavior, performance, and health
  • Appropriate learning and practice opportunities
  • Perception in motor development
  • Monitoring of individual performance and group performance
  • Development readiness to learn and refine motor skills and movement patterns
  • Appropriate professional support services and resources

29 questions

  • Principles of classroom management practices that create effective learning experiences in physical education settings
  • Psychological and social factors that affect learning
  • Motivation of students to participate in physical activities
  • Management of resources
  • Development and use of effective management behavior plans
  • Effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Specific instructional feedback
  • Communicating in ways that are respectful and show consideration for students and parents
  • Current educational issues that cross subject matter boundaries
  • Promotion of opportunities for physical activity in the school and community
  • Facilitating change in teacher performance and student learning via the reflective cycle
  • Developing and growing as a reflective professional
  • Designing, developing, and implementing student learning activities that integrate information technology
  • Using technology to communicate, instruct, assess, network, present information, and enhance professional development

21 questions

  • Teaching skillful movement, physical activity, and fitness
  • Sequencing of motor skill activities
  • Providing feedback to improve health- and skill-related fitness
  • Current trends, issues, and laws surrounding physical education activities
  • Appropriate program and instructional goals
  • Using teaching resources and curriculum materials to design learning experiences
  • Development of unit and lesson plans based on local, state, and national standards
  • General and specific safety and injury prevention guidelines
  • Cues and prompts to link physical activity concepts to learning experiences

How to Register

To register for the test, you’ll need to create an account on the ETS website. Once your account has been created, you can submit your application to take the test.

When you submit your registration, you will need to pay the $130 testing fee.

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Praxis Scores

The Praxis Health and Physical Education test is scored using a scaled scoring method. Here’s how it works:

For every question you answer correctly, you get one point added to your raw score. At the end of the test, your final raw score will be converted to a scaled score. This scaled score will range somewhere between 100 and 200. The score you need in order to pass varies from state to state, but most states require a minimum score of 160.

The reason your raw score is converted to a scaled score is because everyone that takes the test is given a slightly different set of questions. Since everyone has a different arrangement of questions, and because some questions are harder than others, converting your raw score to a scaled score ensures a more even playing field.

Receiving Your Score

When you receive your skill report, it will tell you how many questions you missed in each section and generally whether you passed or not.

Your scores will become available on your Praxis account on the score reporting date. When you get the score back depends on the testing date.



How many questions are on the Praxis Health and Physical Education exam?


The exam contains 130 questions.


What is the time limit for the Praxis Health and Physical Education exam?


The exam is timed at 2 hours and 10 minutes.


What is the passing score for the Praxis Health and Physical Education exam?


The passing score changes from state to state.


How much does the Praxis Health and Physical Education exam cost?


The exam fee is $130.