Praxis® Core Reading Practice Test

What is the Praxis Core Reading Test?

Praxis tests are used by over 40 states as a key component of the teacher licensing and certification process. Most states require teachers to have taken and passed at least one Praxis test. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading Test assesses a prospective teacher's academic skills and knowledge in reading. The Praxis Core Reading Test is one of three Praxis Core Exams; these also include the Praxis Core Writing Test and Praxis Core Mathematics Test. Each of these exams can be taken concurrently with a time limit of four and a half hours or separately; the time for each test varies.

The content is in accordance with the Common Core State Standards for Reading and is designed to examine the test-taker's ability to understand, analyze and evaluate a variety of texts that may be based on reading areas or real-life situations. The Praxis Core Reading Test is often used by colleges and universities to evaluate applicants for teacher preparation programs.

Practice tests give you a better idea of the topics you have mastered and those you should keep studying.

What's on the Praxis Reading Test?

Test-takers wondering how many questions are on the Praxis Core Reading need to know that they are given 85 minutes to answer 56 selected-response questions. The Praxis Core Reading Test assesses an individual's understanding of the following content areas:

  • Key Ideas and Details. This category of the Praxis Reading Test is made of approximately 17-22 questions and is around 35% of the exam.
  • Craft, Structure, and Language Skills. This category consists of around 14-19 questions and about 30% of the exam.
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas. The final category is made up of approximately 17-22 questions and makes up the final 35% of the exam.

Below, we'll cover each of these content areas in detail.

Key Ideas & Details

In the Key Ideas and Details category of the Praxis Reading Test, you will be tested on your ability to recognize the ideas present in a reading selection. This includes being able to identify the main idea, supporting ideas, and the primary purpose of the text provided. In addition, you should be able to make inferences that can be drawn based on what is stated in the reading selection. Some strategies that help you prepare for this section include learning how to recognize the main idea, the supporting ideas of the main idea, and words that indicate inference as well as the connection between inference and the main idea.

Craft, Structure & Language Skills

In the Craft, Structure & Language Skills area of the Praxis Reading Test, you will be required to identify elements such as the author's attitude and tone and the organization and structure of a reading selection. This involves identifying transition words, cause/effect, compare/contrast, and the role of these ideas in an author's argument. Some strategies for this content category include learning how attitude and tone questions are asked and learning about the writing techniques authors use.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

For the Integration of Knowledge and Ideas section of the Praxis Reading Test, you will be evaluating arguments, analyzing and comparing texts. This includes the relationship between ideas in a reading selection, applying ideas to other situations, and agreements and disagreements between two texts. This portion of the exam also tests your knowledge of diverse media and formats. Some strategies for this category include exploring the connection and characteristics shared between two texts and how the ideas in a text can be applied to a different situation.

Registering for the Praxis Core Reading Test

You can register for Praxis exam, by mail, or by phone. The Praxis registration fee for the reading test is $90. There may be additional surcharges depending on the method you use or if you need to change your test date. When selecting a test date for your Praxis exam, you consider how much time you need to practice for the exam. You should allow sufficient time to review practice test resources to ensure you are ready for the official exam.

How Will the Praxis Exam Be Administered?

When preparing to take the Praxis exam, you should consider what method you would like to use. The Praxis exam can be taken online on a computer and monitored by a human proctor. This allows you to take your exam safely in the privacy of your home. Alternatively, you can choose to take your exam at a Praxis testing center in your area. For this option, you need to ensure that you bring the required items such as admission ticket, photo ID and calculator if applicable and any other materials you are instructed to bring. You should know what you are expected to do on your test day whether at home or at a testing center.

Testing Accommodations

For test-takers who have disabilities or health-related needs, testing accommodations can be made. These Praxis test accommodations include extended testing times, separate rooms, Braille tests, sign-language or oral interpreters. You have to apply for these accommodations and will be contacted when you have been approved. Then you can schedule and register to take Praxis test.

Praxis Core Reading Practice Test and Preparation

When preparing for the reading component of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam, the Praxis Reading Practice Test is a useful resource. Taking practice tests gives you an idea of what is being tested on the exam and helps you identify where you need improvement. The practice test provides a detailed explanation for each answer so you know which questions you answered correctly and incorrectly and, most importantly, why.

By taking a Praxis Reading Practice Test, you'll have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. This can help you pinpoint areas that you need to spend more time on and review additional practice resources. There are many free and affordable practice resources available. This includes prep materials like study tips, a video library, and information on how to develop a study plan.

Praxis 5713 Study Guide

There are also study guides available for the Praxis 5713 exam.

Praxis Core Reading study guides usually include:

  • Content categories and types of questions on the exam
  • Praxis test sample questions and answers to sample questions
  • Test-taking tips and strategies
  • FAQs that answer common questions regarding the exam
  • Testing accommodations
  • How to prepare for your test day
  • Information on how to understand your Praxis scores

Scores for the Praxis Core Reading Test

When taking the Praxis exam, it is important to understand the Praxis test score requirements. While the exact score you need varies state by state, the way scores are determined stays the same. Praxis exams use raw points to calculate your official score. This may come from the number of selected-response questions you get correct or a combination of the scores you received answering different types of exam questions such as selected-response and constructed-response questions. The total raw score is then converted to a scaled score which may be adjusted based on the difficulty of the exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I pass the Praxis Reading test?

    To pass the Praxis Reading test, practice resources can help you prepare for the exam. This includes study guides, sample questions, full-length practice exams, and interactive practice tests. You should also review the topics being tested, types of questions, and develop a plan for how you will practice for your Praxis exam.

  • What is on the Praxis Reading test?

    The Praxis Reading exam tests your skills and knowledge of reading. The exam consists of three content categories that test your understanding of Key Ideas and Details, Craft, Structure, and Language Skills, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.

  • How many questions are on the Praxis Core Reading?

    The Praxis Core Reading Test consists of 56 selected-response questions. The 56 questions will test your knowledge of the three content categories on the exam.


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    High school students should not be forced to go to college after they graduate. While having a college degree can help a student get a better job, not all students are academically inclined or want to go into a career that requires a degree. College students who do not need or desire higher education waste the money their parents pay for their education. Technical schools are more affordable options for students who wish to enter a career in a specific profession like plumbing, programming, or cooking. High schools should host guest speakers from technical schools to ensure students know about alternatives to colleges and universities.

  1. What assumption is the author of this passage making?
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    There is a spider crawling along the matted floor of the room where I sit (not the one which has been so well allegorised in the admirable Lines to a Spider, but another of the same edifying breed); he runs with heedless, hurried haste, he hobbles awkwardly towards me, he stops - he sees the giant shadow before him, and, at a loss whether to retreat or proceed, meditates his huge foe - but as I do not start up and seize upon the straggling caitiff, as he would upon a hapless fly within his toils, he takes heart, and ventures on with mingled cunning, impudence and fear. As he passes me, I lift up the matting to assist his escape, am glad to get rid of the unwelcome intruder, and shudder at the recollection after he is gone. A child, a woman, a clown, or a moralist a century ago, would have crushed the little reptile to death-my philosophy has got beyond that - I bear the creature no ill-will, but still I hate the very sight of it. The spirit of malevolence survives the practical exertion of it. We learn to curb our will and keep our overt actions within the bounds of humanity, long before we can subdue our sentiments and imaginations to the same mild tone. We give up the external demonstration, the brute violence, but cannot part with the essence or principle of hostility. We do not tread upon the poor little animal in question (that seems barbarous and pitiful!) but we regard it with a sort of mystic horror and superstitious loathing. It will ask another hundred years of fine writing and hard thinking to cure us of the prejudice and make us feel towards this ill-omened tribe with something of "the milk of human kindness," instead of their own shyness and venom.

  3. Which of the following best describes the "gist" of this passage?

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  4. Why does the author open the passage by detailing their interaction with a spider at length?

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    The Episcopal denomination in the United States has many similarities to both Catholic and Protestant Christianity. There is a reason for this: the Episcopal denomination is the Americanized version of the Church of England. The Church of England had its most prominent moment with Henry VIII's attempt to annul his marriage. The Catholic Church would not permit divorce, so Henry VIII separated the Church of England from the Catholic Church and rejected papal authority to secure his annulment.

  6. This passage can be best defined as which of the following types of essays?
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    It sounds paradoxical, but is not so in a bad sense, to say, that in every literature of large compass some authors will be found to rest much of the interest which surrounds them on their essential non-popularity. They are good for the very reason that they are not in conformity to the current taste. They interest because to the world they are not interesting. They attract by means of their repulsion. Not as though it could separately furnish a reason for loving a book, that the majority of men had found it repulsive. Prima facie, it must suggest some presumption against a book, that it has failed to gain public attention. To have roused hostility indeed, to have kindled a feud against its own principles or its temper, may happen to be a good sign. That argues power. Hatred may be promising. The deepest revolutions of mind sometimes begin in hatred. But simply to have left a reader unimpressed, is in itself a neutral result, from which the inference is doubtful. Yet even that, even simple failure to impress, may happen at times to be a result from positive powers in a writer, from special originalities, such as rarely reflect themselves in the mirror of the ordinary understanding.

  8. What is the overall gist of this passage?

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  9. Based on the author's opinion on poorly received literature, what do you think the author might think about literature that is well received?

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  10. Which conclusion about Netflix viewership can be determined from this chart of shows and their viewership numbers for a week?
    Which conclusion about Netflix viewership can be determined from this chart of shows and their viewership numbers for a week?
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    I wish to make this Essay a sort of study of the meaning of several words, which have at different times a good deal puzzled me. Among these are the words, wicked, false, and true, as applied to feeling; and lastly, depth and shallowness. It may amuse the reader to see the way in which I work out some of my conclusions underground, before throwing them up on the surface.

    A great but useless thinker once asked me, if I had ever known a child of a naturally wicked disposition? And I answered, "Yes, that there was one in the house with me that cried from morning to night, for spite." I was laughed at for this answer, but still I do not repent it. It appeared to me that this child took a delight in tormenting itself and others; that the love of tyrannising over others and subjecting them to its caprices was a full compensation for the beating it received, that the screams it uttered soothed its peevish, turbulent spirit, and that it had a positive pleasure in pain from the sense of power accompanying it. His principiis nascuntur tyranni, his carnifex animus. I was supposed to magnify and over-rate the symptoms of the disease, and to make a childish humour into a bugbear; but, indeed, I have no other idea of what is commonly understood by wickedness than that perversion of the will or love of mischief for its own sake, which constantly displays itself (though in trifles and on a ludicrously small scale) in early childhood.

  12. The author is hoping that the reader has what type of experience in order to relate to the subject matter?

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  13. What is the underlying literary motif present in this passage?

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  14. Stephanie is writing an essay. She finds some very helpful research, and she uses several paraphrased sections from her research in her essay. She doesn't cite her sources in the text of her essay or put her sources on separate page of her essay. By using someone else's words, thoughts, or work as her own, and without giving the proper credit to the original author, Stephanie is guilty of

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    Fashion is an odd jumble of contradictions, of sympathies and antipathies. It exists only by its being participated among a certain number of persons, and its essence is destroyed by being communicated to a greater number. It is a continual struggle between 'the great vulgar and the small' to get the start of or keep up with each other in the race of appearances, by an adoption on the part of the one of such external and fantastic symbols as strike the attention and excite the envy or admiration of the beholder, and which are no sooner made known and exposed to public view for this purpose, than they are successfully copied by the multitude, the slavish herd of imitators who do not wish to be behind-hand with their betters in outward show and pretensions, and which then sink, without any farther notice, into disrepute and contempt. Thus fashion lives only in a perpetual round of giddy innovation and restless vanity. To be old-fashioned is the greatest crime a coat or a hat can be guilty of. To look like nobody else is a sufficiently mortifying reflection; to be in danger of being mistaken for one of the rabble is worse. Fashion constantly begins and ends in the two things it abhors most, singularity and vulgarity. It is the perpetual setting up and disowning a certain standard of taste, elegance, and refinement, which has no other foundation or authority than that it is the prevailing distinction of the moment, which was yesterday ridiculous from its being new, and to-morrow will be odious from its being common. It is one of the most slight and insignificant of all things.

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  17. Which of the following is the best summarization of the passage?

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  18. Which of the following statements is true of paraphrasing?

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  19. Sky Decker's book about Shakespeare's plays leaves a lot to be desired as she merely throws facts on the page.

    In this sentence, the phrase ''throws facts on the page'' probably means that:

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  20. The following passage is from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

    As soon as I was old enough to eat grass my mother used to go out to work in the daytime, and come back in the evening. There were six young colts in the meadow besides me; they were older than I was; some were nearly as large as grown-up horses. I used to run with them, and had great fun; we used to gallop all together round and round the field as hard as we could go. Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.

    After reading the passage aloud, which of the following questions could a teacher ask to help beginning readers draw conclusions?