Praxis Special Education: Mild to Moderate (5543)

This page provides access to all the key info you need as a Praxis Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications test-taker, including 2024 exam dates, testing center locations, fees, registration info and prep resources.

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

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  • Development and Characteristics of Learners; Planning and the Learning Environment; Instruction; Assessment; Foundations and Professional Responsibilities; Integrated Constructed-Response Questions
  • 90 selected-response questions; 3 integrated constructed-response questions
  • 2 hours
  • Varies by state (scaled score)

Praxis Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications Overview

The Praxis Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543) exam is a test required by many states for credential candidates planning to work in special education classrooms. It is a single, computer-delivered test that includes questions from five content categories.

The content categories are Development and Characteristics of Learners, Planning and the Learning Environment, Instruction, Assessment and Foundations and Professional Responsibilities.

The test consists of selected-response and constructed-response questions. Selected-response account for 75 percent of total score and constructed-response account for 25 percent of total score.

Praxis Special Education (5543) Testing Costs

2024 Praxis Special Education Testing Costs*

Below is an overview of the 2024 Praxis Special Education (5543) testing fees for computer-based testing.

Service Fees
Registration $156 test registration fee
Change to test center or date Additional $40 fee
Phone Registration Additional $35 fee
Additional score reports $50 per report


Praxis Special Education (5543) Test Dates

2024 Praxis Special Education Test Dates*

Computer-based testing for the Praxis Special Education (5543) exam is available by appointment. Alternatively, online-proctored testing is offered remotely.

Praxis Special Education (5543) Test Dates Results Release Dates
3/4/24 - 3/30/24 4/19/24
4/1/24 - 4/27/24 5/17/24
5/6/24 - 6/1/24 6/21/24
6/3/24 - 6/29/24 7/19/24
7/1/24 - 7/27/24 8/16/24
8/5/24 - 8/31/24 9/20/24


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

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