Praxis Social Studies

This page provides access to all the key info you need as a Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) test-taker, including 2023 exam dates, testing center locations, fees, registration info, and prep resources.

You can also view our free Praxis Social Studies Study Guides for a concise, bullet-pointed listing of exactly which topics appear on your exam. Then take our free Praxis Social Studies Practice Tests to see your current likelihood of passing and a breakdown of your individual strengths and weaknesses.

When you’re ready to sign up for the exam, please visit the official Praxis testing service website at www.ets.org/praxis.

  • US History, World History, Government/Civics/Political Science, Geography, Economics, Behavioral Sciences
  • 130 selected-response questions
  • 2 hours
  • Varies by state (scaled score)

Praxis Social Studies Overview

The Praxis Social Studies Content Knowledge (5081) exam is a test required by many states for credential candidates planning to teach at social studies at a secondary school level. It is a single, computer-delivered test that includes questions from six content domains.

The content categories are US History, World History, Government/Civics/Political Science, Geography, Economics, and Behavioral Sciences.

The test consists of selected-response questions only and consist of no more than 60 percent knowledge, recall and recognition questions, and no less than 40 percent higher-order thinking questions.

Praxis Social Studies (5081) Testing Costs

2023 Praxis Social Studies Testing Costs*

Below is an overview of the 2023 Praxis Social Studies (5081) testing fees for computer-based testing.

Service Fees
Registration $120 test registration fee
Change to test center or date Additional $40 fee
Phone Registration Additional $35 fee
Additional score reports $50 per report

 

Praxis Social Studies (5081) Test Dates

2023 Praxis Social Studies Test Dates*

Computer-based testing for the Praxis Social Studies (5081) exam is available by appointment. Alternatively, online-proctored testing is offered remotely.

Praxis Social Studies (5081) Test Dates Results Release Dates
1/25/23 - 1/28/23 2/3/23
1/29/23 - 1/31/23 2/7/23
2/1/23 - 2/4/23 2/10/23
2/5/23 - 2/7/23 2/14/23
2/8/23 - 2/11/23 2/17/23
2/12/23 - 2/14/23 2/21/23
2/15/23 - 2/18/23 2/24/23
2/19/23 - 2/21/23 2/28/23
2/22/23 - 2/25/23 3/3/23
2/26/23 - 2/28/23 3/7/23
3/1/23 - 3/4/23 3/10/23
3/5/23 - 3/7/23 3/14/23
3/8/23 - 3/11/23 3/17/23
3/12/23 - 3/14/23 3/21/23
3/15/23 - 3/18/23 3/24/23
3/19/23 - 3/21/23 3/28/23
3/22/23 - 3/25/23 3/31/23
3/26/23 - 3/28/23 4/4/23
3/29/23 - 4/1/23 4/7/23
4/2/23 - 4/4/23 4/11/23
4/5/23 - 4/8/23 4/14/23
4/9/23 - 4/11/23 4/18/23
4/12/23 - 4/15/23 4/21/23
4/16/23 - 4/18/23 4/25/23
4/19/23 - 4/22/23 4/28/23
4/23/23 - 4/25/23 5/2/23
4/26/23 - 4/29/23 5/5/23
4/30/23 - 5/2/23 5/9/23
5/3/23 - 5/6/23 5/12/23
5/7/23 - 5/9/23 5/16/23
5/10/23 - 5/13/23 5/19/23
5/14/23 - 5/16/23 5/23/23
5/17/23 - 5/20/23 5/26/23
5/21/23 - 5/23/23 5/30/23
5/24/23 - 5/27/23 6/2/23
5/28/23 - 5/30/23 6/6/23
5/21/23 - 6/3/23 6/9/23
6/4/23 - 6/6/23 6/13/23
6/7/23 - 6/10/23 6/16/23
6/11/23 - 6/13/23 6/20/23
6/14/23 - 6/17/23 6/23/23
6/18/23 - 6/20/23 6/27/23
6/21/23 - 6/24/23 6/30/23
6/25/23 - 6/27/23 7/4/23
6/28/23 - 7/1/23 7/7/23
7/2/23 - 7/4/23 7/11/23
7/5/23 - 7/8/23 7/14/23
7/9/23 - 7/11/23 7/18/23
7/12/23 - 7/15/23 7/21/23
7/16/23 - 7/18/23 7/25/23
7/19/23 - 7/22/23 7/28/23
7/23/23 - 7/25/23 8/1/23
7/26/23 - 7/29/23 8/4/23
7/30/23 - 8/1/23 8/8/23
8/2/23 - 8/5/23 8/11/23
8/6/23 - 8/8/23 8/15/23
8/9/23 - 8/12/23 8/18/23
8/13/23 - 8/15/23 8/22/23
8/16/23 - 8/19/23 8/25/23
8/20/23 - 8/22/23 8/29/23
8/23/23 - 8/26/23 9/1/23
8/27/23 - 8/29/23 9/5/23
8/30/23 - 8/31/23 9/8/23

 

*This information is subject to change. All test-takers should visit the official Praxis website at https://www.ets.org/praxis to confirm fees, registration, and testing requirements before enrolling.

Not sure how you’ll perform on the exam? Start by viewing our free Praxis Social Studies Study Guide to get a concise overview of exactly what subject matter will appear on your exam, then take our free, full-length Praxis Social Studies Practice Test with diagnostics to see your overall likelihood of passing and identify any areas in which you may need to improve.

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