The Famiy Consumer Science Praxis test is designed for prospective middle and high school family and consumer science teachers. The test is required in some states to be licensed to teach the subject. It should be taken at the culmination of coursework in the field and is usually one of the final steps before a teaching license is granted.
The format of the Family and Consumer Science Praxis is 120 multiple choice questions that consist of both knowledge and teaching methodology. Some questions might be included that do not count toward the student's score. The student can choose when registering whether to take a paper or computer based test. Praxis test takers are given two hours to complete the assessment. The questions often contain the phrase "which of the following," or "not," "least," or "except." Read the questions carefully before choosing the best answer.
The Family and Consumer Science Praxis test covers eight subcategories in the field. There are questions on the family; human development through the lifespan; consumer economics and resource management; nutrition, food science and wellness; textiles and apparel; housing and living environments; family and consumer sciences education; and career, community and family connections. The questions are not distributed equally throughout the categories, however; only 6 percent of the test is focused on textiles and apparel, and 23 percent of the questions are on family and consumer sciences education.
How to Prepare
Educational Testing Service, which publishes the Praxis tests, has numerous test preparation materials and practice tests. Getting to know your strengths and weakness will help you know where to focus your efforts. Study both your weak areas of the content and sections that have the most questions. Review relevant coursework and class notes to refresh your memory as you prepare.
Verify your test location and bring a printed copy of your admission ticket. Bring the required forms of identification to check in. Dress in layers so you are comfortable no matter what the temperature is in the testing room. Cell phones, smartphones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. If you are taking a paper test, bring plenty of No. 2 pencils and erasers; for the computer version, pencils will be provided.
Jennifer Cutler is a licensed educator in Virginia and has experience in both private and public schools. She has a Masters degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with concentrations in early childhood, teaching English as a second language and anthropology.