Why is the Missouri Content Exam Important?

The Subject Assessments are designed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) to assess your knowledge of the subject area you plan to teach. They are a part of the licensing procedure in Missouri. The subject tests assess your knowledge of the actual content you hope to be licensed to teach. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Missouri has adopted The Praxis Series tests because it wants to be certain that you have achieved a specific level of mastery of your subject area before it grants you a license to teach in a classroom. The tests do not measure your actual teaching ability. They measure your knowledge of your subject and how to teach it.

When Do I Take the Exam?

You should take the exam during your last Block prior to student teaching. The test is given 2-3 times a semester and during the summer. If you need to re-take this exam, you will still have a chance to do that during your student teaching semester. You will have the best chance at passing the test if you have completed the course work you are being tested on - this is after all Blocks, but before Student Teaching.

When Are the Test Dates and Registration Deadlines?

Effective the summer of 2007, there is no longer walk-in registration for the Missouri Content Exam. You must register by the deadline listed on the ETS web site. Click here for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) schedule of exams.

What Test Do I Take?

It depends on your Degree (not your concentration).

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code
Elementary Education
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (Computer)
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (Paper)

Early Childhood Education (Birth-3) Education of Young Children (Computer)
Education of YoungChildren (Paper)

Special Education does the Elementary test listed above AND:
Special Education: Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities (K-12) Special Education: Content Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (Computer)
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (PDF)


How Do I Register for the Test?

ETS Registration can be completed through this link.

What is the Cost of the Test(s)?

ETS Fees

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

The website for the Praxis test at ETS.


Test At A Glance (TAAG)

This is a free study guide that can be downloaded and includes a sample test. Make sure that you get the specific TAAG for your test. Click here for the TAAG.

Study Guides

Study guides are also available for a 2 week checkout period at the Office of Certification in Scully. There are multiple copies of the study guides in Kent Library for each test. Following are the titles with their call numbers:

  • General information and study tips (all majors)
    378.1662 G2865, 2 copies
  • Special education: Core knowledge study guide practice and review
    371.9 Sp314, 2 copies
  • Elementary education: Curriculum, instruction, and assessment study guide
    371.26 EL263, 2 copies
  • Education of young children, early childhood education, and pre-kindergarten education study guide
    372.21076 Ed835, 2 copies

You can also purchase these yourself from the ETS website.They are approximately $25. Click hereto purchase books from ETS.

  • Study Groups: Organize a study session with fellow students to gain multiple perspectives on the test's challenges.
  • Faculty Tutor: Talk with an instructor about their experience with the test and ask them to share their own insight.
  1. Get the Test at a Glance (TAAG) for your test:
  2. Go through the TAAG, noting:
    • Test topics
    • Percentage of questions on each topic
    • Sample questions
  3. Organize a study group with classmates.
  4. Use the TAAG test topic to organize your notes to study.One suggestion is to create a chart of topics and classes that covered the topics. Get out your old notes and review them. Remember that your test will also cover information from courses outside the College of Education, as well as education courses.The elementary test will cover subject areas, in addition to education courses.
  5. Take a sample test and get prepared for the types of questions that will be asked:multiple choice and constructed response.
  6. Avoid "cramming" right before the test. Develop a plan of study for the different topics.
  7. Be prepared physiologically the day of the test:
    • Get regular exercise the weeks before the test.
    • Get a good night's sleep - 8 hours, and get up at least 2 hours before the test.
    • Do not eat a heavy meal or drink alcohol the night before or that morning.
  8. During the test:
    • Do not hunch over while taking the test, sit up straight and breathe deeply.
    • Use time management strategies - pace yourself, noting the time periodically.
    • Use test-taking strategies when choosing answers you're unsure.


Scully 313
Dept. of Elem., Early & Special Edu.
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701