Praxis II Content Knowledge

The Praxis II Content Knowledge test is a test of content knowledge for teachers in Tennessee and other states.  It does not assess understanding of pedagogical practices–it only assesses the content knowledge necessary to be ready to teach a grade level or subject.  While some education programs can be started before passing the Praxis II Content Knowledge test, the Memphis Teacher Residency requires that all residents pass the appropriate test for their content area prior to beginning the residency.

An application to the residency can be submitted without a Praxis score and will be evaluated without penalty. If you have a Praxis score prior to submitting your application, you will be given an opportunity to self-report it on the application. As a passing score does strongly strengthen an application, we ask that you communicate your score to the Pre-Residency department at any time during interview stage(s) if you receive a passing score after your initial application.

MTR residents do not need to take the Core Academic Skills tests, and the PLT Tests (Principles of Learning and Teaching) do not need to be taken until during the residency year.  To begin as a resident, only the content knowledge test for your grade/discipline needs to be passed.


All accepted residents are required to pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam as part of the on-boarding process. Preliminary acknowledgement of passing scores (delivered immediately on computerized exams) should be communicated via email to MTR by the following dates:

  • Fall Applicants: February 14, 2020
  • Spring Applicants: April 30, 2020

Official Praxis II Content Knowledge score reports must be sent to the following two institutions:

  • Union University (code 1826)
  • TN Department of Education (code 8190).

Applicants who have passed the Praxis II test will be required to forward a copy of the official student score report to MTR after receiving an invitation to join the program. Applicants should keep their original official score reports for future reference.

This information is intended to assist you in registration for the Praxis exam, however, it is not a substitute for information published on the ETS website. Applicants should review the most recent current information prior to registering for a test and understand the testing requirements for Tennessee (TN).

To register, go to the ETS Praxis Registration page.

Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam


Elementary Education

Initially you should register for test code 5001 ($170), which includes all four subtests in one sitting. If you need to retake individual subtests that you didn’t initially pass, register just for the subtest codes you need to retake ($60 each).

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects 5001 Each subtest must be individually passed (see below).
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 157
Mathematics Subtest 5003 157
Social Studies Subtest 5004 155
Science Subtest 5005 159

Secondary Education

To Be Certified in             You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Biology 7–12 Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 148
Chemistry 7–12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 152
English 7–12 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge  5038 167
ESL English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 155
History 7–12 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 157
Mathematics 7–12 Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5161 160
Physics 7–12 Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 144

For Praxis II Study Tips, click here.

For Praxis II Content Preparation and Sample Tests, click here.

For Praxis II Test Information and Sample Questions, see here.

Based on your family’s size and income, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. It is up to you to determine if you quality.

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