Praxis PLT 5625 K-12 Exam Overview

What is the Praxis PLT 5625?

The Praxis PLT 5625 is one of several exams prospective teachers are required to pass to become professionally certified.

The purpose of the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching 5625 is to assess a prospective teacher's understanding of educational practices and theories, professional issues, and related topics that are necessary for beginning professional practice.

The Praxis PLT 5625 is a K-12 exam. That means you will encounter test questions ranging from elementary to high school scenarios.

States that use the Praxis PLT 5625 - Grades PreK-12:

  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota

It is important you check your state’s specific requirements by accessing your state Department of Education’s website. You can also check HERE.

What does the Praxis PLT 5625 consist of?

The Praxis PLT 5625 K-12 exam consists of approximately 100 selected-response questions. There is no constructed-response (essay) task for this exam.

The test has a range of questions on education theory, best practices in classroom management, content-area reading instruction, differentiation for struggling students, professional development, assessment, and major laws in education.

In addition, the PLT 5625 questions focus on teaching scenarios in the following four categories:

  1. Students as Learners
  2. Instructional Process
  3. Assessment
  4. Professional Development, Leadership, and Community

What is the passing score for the Praxis PLT 5625?

Currently, the passing score for all states that use the Praxis PLT 5625 is 157. This is a scale score, which means your raw score (how many you got correct out of 100 questions) is converted into a scale score using a statistical formula.

How is the Praxis PLT 5625 different from the PLT 5621, 5622, 5623, and 5624?

The most significant difference between the Praxis PLT 5725 and all the other PLT exams is that the PLT 5625 does not have a constructed-response section. The exam is all selected-response.

The PLT 5625 contains the same four content categories as the other PLT exams:

  1. Students as Learners
  2. Instructional Process
  3. Assessment
  4. Professional Development, Leadership, and Community

How many questions are on the Praxis PLT 5625?

The Praxis PLT 5625 has approximately 100 questions. They are broken up by content category.

  1. Students as Learners - approximately 31 questions
  2. Instructional Process- approximately 30 questions
  3. Assessment- approximately 20 questions
  4. Professional Development, Leadership, and Community - approximately 19 questions

Here is an example of a type of question you will see on the Praxis PLT 5625. This is taken from the ETS Study Companion for this exam.

To determine how well the students in an eighth-grade class are reading as compared to other students in the nation, a teacher should examine the results of which of the following kinds of tests?

  1. A criterion-referenced reading test
  2. A norm-referenced reading test
  3. An aptitude test
  4. An informal reading inventory

Correct answer B

Explanation: For this question, you need to understand the different types of assessments educators use and the purpose of each assessment.

A norm-referenced assessment compares an individual's performance to that of a larger group of individuals who have previously taken the same assessment.

The primary purpose of norm-referenced assessments is to determine how an individual's performance ranks relative to the performance of others in the norm group, which is what this question outlines.

A criterion assessment is used to measure outcomes against a set of standards. An aptitude test measures a person's natural or inherent ability to perform specific tasks or acquire certain skills.

Finally, an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) is an assessment tool educators use to gauge students' reading abilities and identify their strengths and weaknesses in reading.

Why did my test have more questions than it was supposed to?

Please understand that you may have several additional questions on your test. ETS, the company that makes the exam, will often field test new items on the exams. You will never know which test items count toward your score and which items are being field tested. You can learn more about this HERE.

Field testing items is common practice in the testing industry. Therefore, if you see a couple more questions on your exam, don’t panic. Just answer all the questions on your test.

What are the best ways to pass the Praxis PLT?

Everyone is different in terms of how they want to prepare for the exam. People have different strengths and weaknesses, and it’s essential you choose the right program for you. The following are a few resources you can consider when preparing for this test.

The ETS Study Companion

The first and most important thing you can do to pass your Praxis PLT exam is to review the test structure and content of the text by examining the test specifications in the Praxis PLT Study Companion. This document is developed by ETS and shows you everything you are responsible for on the exam. It even has practice test questions similar to what you will see on test day.

Praxis PLT 5625 Study Companion

Study Guides

Beyond that, most people prefer to use a study guide with practice tests to prepare for the exam. Our Praxis PLT study guides align with the test specifications and blueprint outlined in the ETS Study Companion. They also have hundreds of practice test questions for each subtest and content category, so you are fully prepared for the exam.

Online Courses

For those who need additional support, online courses that come with tutorial videos and practice are helpful. We have comprehensive, self-paced online courses with hours of videos that will help you pass this test.

Free resources for the Praxis PLT

There are many free resources you can use to pass the exam. Our YouTube channel has tons of videos for this exam and its individual subtests. You might also want to check out our free Praxis PLT webinar. It comes with a free study guide, test strategy tips, and more. Just fill out this form and you will gain access to all of that.

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