Jamie Goodwin

What to Study for the English Praxis Exam

girl prepares for the English Praxis exam
Decide what to study for the English Praxis exam and make your own study plan. Eric Bailey.

The English Praxis exam consists of 130 questions that need to be answered within a 150-minute period of time. The test covers 3 sections:

  1. Reading
  2. Language use and vocabulary
  3. Writing, speaking, and listening.

To prepare for the exam, there are certain things that you need to study in these sections. Breaking down the information covered in each section can help you determine what you should study to prepare for the English Praxis exam.


The reading section includes approximately 49 questions. It asks you to identify major works and authors and discuss the historical and cultural context of the literature. You should also know how to pick out textual evidence to support an interpretation of the text. Some of the other things that you should know include:

  • Genre types
  • Themes
  • Story elements
  • Poetic devices and structures
  • Rhetorical devices, such as word choice and figurative language
  • Reading strategies
  • Research-based strategies

Language Use and Vocabulary

Language Use and Vocabulary has approximately 33 questions. In this section, you’ll be asked to identify problems with grammar, usage, syntax, and mechanics. You may also need to fill in the blank with the correct usage of a particular grammar principle. Be prepared to identify parts of speech, parts of a sentence, and sentence structures, too.

Writing, Speaking, and Listening

The final section has about the same amount of questions as the reading section. It covers a wide range of topics, including

  • Characteristics of the modes of writing (argumentative, informative, narration, etc.)
  • How task, purpose, and audience influence a story
  • Writing with details, organization, etc.
  • Oral communication
  • Identifying purpose for writing
  • Evaluating credibility of resources
  • Speech and presentation delivery
  • Effective use of digital media for students
  • Assessing writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills
  • How to incorporate students’ backgrounds into effective teaching

The questions in this category consist of the typical multiple-choice questions, as well as, various innovative testing options using audio, video, and other testing strategies.

It’s a lot of information to cover in order to guarantee that you’re prepared for any questions that may come your way. You can simplify things by reviewing this list and thinking about the things that you feel confident in for the exam. Then, determine which areas you’re going to need to study more. Use this information to create a study schedule and give yourself plenty of time to review all of the information to effectively prepare for the English Praxis exam.


  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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