The Praxis Core Reading 5713 Exam

What is the Praxis Core Reading 5713?

The Praxis Core Reading, officially known as the Praxis I, is a subtest of the Praxis Core exam. Many individuals preparing to become certified as elementary and secondary educators take this exam. For this subtest of the Praxis Core, test takers are required to read passages and answer comprehension questions.

The Praxis Core Reading 5713 exam is a standardized assessment used to evaluate prospective teachers' reading and comprehension skills. Administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), this test is often a requirement for individuals seeking admission into teacher preparation programs in many institutions across the United States.

It's designed to ensure teacher candidates possess the foundational reading skills necessary to teach and perform professional classroom responsibilities effectively.

The Praxis Core Reading exam covers a range of content areas, including key ideas and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas, providing institutions with a benchmark to gauge the readiness of their aspiring educators.

What does the Praxis Core Reading 5713 consist of?

This exam is similar to the ACT or SAT reading comprehension exams. There are no teaching scenarios like you will see on a subject-area exam. Instead, you are just required to read passages and answer comprehension questions.

Varying in difficulty, the reading material on the test is drawn from various subject areas and real-life situations that educated adults are likely to encounter. Each passage is followed by questions based on its content and related to reading skills. All questions can be answered using information contained within the passage; no question requires outside knowledge of the content.

The assessment is not aligned to a particular grade or course but to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

The Praxis Core Reading is divided into the following three categories:

  1. Key Ideas and Details 
  2. Craft, Structure, and Language Skills 
  3. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Within these three main content categories are several other key components:

Main Idea and Primary Purpose

Identify accurate summaries or paraphrases of a reading selection's main idea or primary purpose.

Supporting ideas

Identify accurate summaries or paraphrases of the supporting ideas and specific details in a reading selection.


Identify inferences and implications that can reasonably be drawn from the directly stated content of a reading selection.

Attitude and tone

Identify accurate descriptions of the author’s tone or attitude toward material discussed in a reading selection.

Organization and structure

Identify key transition words and phrases in a reading selection and how they are used.

  1. Identify accurate descriptions of how a reading selection is organized regarding cause/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution, etc. 
  2. Identify an idea, reference, or piece of information's role in an author’s discussion or argument.
  3. Meanings of words Identify the meanings of words as they are used in the context of a reading selection.
  4. Fact or opinion Determine whether the information presented in a reading selection is presented as fact or opinion.

Diverse media and formats

Identify accurate interpretations of texts that include visual representations. 

Evaluation of arguments

  1. Identify the relationships among ideas presented in a reading selection. 

  2. Determine whether evidence strengthens, weakens, or is relevant to the arguments in a reading selection.

  3. Determine the assumptions on which an argument or conclusion is based.

  4. Draw conclusions from the material presented in a reading selection. 

Analysis and comparison of texts

  1. Recognize ideas or situations similar to what has been presented in a reading selection.
  2. Apply ideas presented in a reading selection to other situations.
  3. Recognize points of agreement and disagreement between two texts.

What is the passing score for the Praxis Core Reading?

Most states require at least a 156 to pass this subtest. However, Nevada and Kentucky require a 150.

How many questions are on the Praxis Core Reading? 

There are 56 selected-response questions on the exam. You will have 85 minutes to complete this subtest of the Praxis Core.

  • Key Ideas and Details 17-22 questions
  • Craft, Structure, and Language Skills   14-19 questions
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas   17-22 questions

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 is the best way to pass the Praxis Praxis Core Reading exam?

Everyone is different in how they want to prepare for the exam. People have different strengths and weaknesses, and you must 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 Reading test is to examine the test structure and content of the exam by reviewing the test specifications in the Praxis Core Reading 5713 Study Companion.

ETS, the company that makes the exam, develops this document 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.

Study Guides

Beyond that, most people prefer to use a study guide with practice tests to prepare for the exam.


Our Praxis Core Reading study guide fully aligns with the test specifications and blueprint outlined in the ETS Study Companion. It also has hundreds of practice test questions for each content category, so you are fully prepared for the exam.

Online Courses

Online courses with tutorial videos and practice are helpful for those needing additional support.

We have a comprehensive, self-paced online course with hours of videos that will help you pass the Praxis Core Reading test. If you need to pass more than one subtest, we recommend purchasing the complete Praxis Core Online Course.

How many questions do I need to get right to pass?

It is difficult to predict exactly how many questions you must get correct to pass the Praxis Core Reading because a scale score is used rather than a raw score. This means that your raw score—the number of questions you get correct—is put into a formula to calculate a scale score.

To keep things simple, we recommend scoring at least a 75% on the practice tests before you go in to take the exam. Getting 75% of the questions correct when practicing indicates you are ready to take the test.

Free resources for the Praxis Core Reading Exam

There are many free resources you can use to pass the exam. Our Praxis Core Reading Playlist on our YouTube Channel is packed full of videos to help you with all the foundational skills tested on the exam.

You might also want to check out our free Praxis Core webinar, which includes prep for the reading subtest.

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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