Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Math Department

PRAXIS Subject Assessment – Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) Information

To earn your Secondary Education/Mathematics certification (Endorsement Code #029) in Connecticut, you will need to earn at least a 160 on the PRAXIS Subject Assessment Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) exam.  There may be restrictions imposed on the number of attempts you are allowed.  Therefore,you will need to carefully prepare for this exam prior to taking it.  Here are some things to consider before you register for the exam.

CT Test Requirements

Test Centers

Test Dates (pdf)

When should I take the exam?  

Since the PRAXIS Subject Assessment covers Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics and Discrete Math, ideally you will take the the exam after completing MAT 141, MAT 182, MAT 222, MAT 242, and MAT 272.  You should start preparing while enrolled in some of these courses.

You are required to pass the PRAXIS Subject Assessment before entering your professional semester.

How do I start preparing?  

Begin by reading the ETS Preparation Materials, including their Study Guide Companion. After working through the small set of sample problems, you should have an idea about which topics you will need to work on.  If so, seek resources such as Kahn Academy and notes from relevant courses to improve your knowledge in these areas.  You also can reach out to math department members and the Math Clinic for help with specific topics.

How do I practice…for free?