Depending on the state where you earn your teacher license, passing the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) exam is a crucial step towards achieving your goal. While it is challenging, with the help of Passage PreparationTM study materials, you can pass this test and become a licensed educator!

Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625)

The Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) is a standardized test designed to assess aspiring teachers’ knowledge and skills in pedagogical foundations, instructional processes, assessment, learning environments, and communication. Educational Testing Service (ETS®) has developed and delivers this exam, used by multiple states as part of their teacher licensure process. 

This assessment consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. It covers a variety of topics that are essential for effective teaching and learning, including:

  • Instructional theories and strategies
  • Learning theories and development
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Communication and collaboration with families and other professionals

Where is the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) Required?

Four states require the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) as one component of their teacher licensure process. Aspiring educators working towards their initial teaching certificate must pass the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625), as well as other required content-area assessments for their specific field(s) of teaching in the following states:

Check out your state licensing agency’s website for additional testing requirements. In addition, you can identify courses related to your state’s required assessments at www.passprepproduc.wpenginepowered.com.

How is Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 Used? 

States that require the PLT: PreK-12 generally require additional content assessments. For example, to earn your Secondary English Language Arts teaching license in South Carolina, you are required to take the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: Pre-12 (5625) assessment (unless otherwise specified by your educator preparation program) and the Praxis® English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) or Praxis® English Language Arts: Content Knowledge & Analysis (5039) assessment.

How to Study for Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625)

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Studying for the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) is challenging, but with the right approach, you can pass this assessment. Here are some best practices for studying:

Understand the Assessment Format

Familiarize yourself with the format and structure of the assessment. This process will help you know what to expect and how to approach the questions.

Get Organized

Create a study plan after taking the diagnostic assessment from Passage Preparation and reviewing your score report. 

Study with High-Quality Materials from Passage PreparationTM

Using study materials aligned with the assessment content categories is key to your success, and Passage Preparation is here to support you. As described in detail below, our courses include in-depth content aligned to the test standards, engagement activities, helpful infographics, and diagnostic and practice assessments to help you be successful. 

Take Practice Assessments

Take as many practice assessments as you can. Passage Preparation offers unlimited practice assessment attempts that include new questions throughout. This will help you gauge your readiness and identify areas where you should continue studying.

Take Breaks

Just as you would advise your students prior to taking an important assessment, you should take regular breaks to clear your mind and increase focus throughout your preparation. 

Stay Positive

Believe in yourself and maintain a positive mindset, recalling your preparation and your study through Passage Preparation courses. These are powerful tools that will help you achieve success on the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625)!


Frequently Asked Questions about the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) Certification Test

Is the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) Required in My State?

Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, and South Carolina. currently require the The Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625).

Are There Different Versions of the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625)?

There are five total Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching exams used across fifteen different states. Identify assessments required for your certification area on your state licensing agency’s website. Passage Preparation currently offers a course for the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625). Passage Preparation offers new courses on a regular basis and will announce when additional courses aligned to the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching assessments are ready to help you prepare!

Is the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) Hard to Pass?

Familiarity with the content, standards, and format of any certification exam will help you with preparation.   

Passage Preparation courses include in-depth content related to each standard as well as study tips and tricks to demystify your certification test and help you activate the knowledge you’ve gained through your preparation to be successful on your test. 

With dedication and proper preparation, you can pass the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) on your first attempt. Remember, the test assesses your knowledge of the principles and practices of teaching so you have the opportunity to show your knowledge of how to best support your students’ learning and growth.  

What Score is Required for the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching PreK-12 (5625)?

The minimum passing score for the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 varies depending on the state where you seek certification. Currently (as of April 2023), the passing scores for each state in which the test is required are:

  • Hawaii: 157
  • Indiana: 157
  • Kansas: 157
  • South Carolina: 157

Each state sets its own passing score, so we recommend checking with your specific state education agency to stay updated on your required minimum passing score. This recommendation applies to all of the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching tests.


Prepare for the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK-12 (5625) test with Passage Preparation‘s course today!

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About the Author: Nathan Estel

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Nathan has over 20 years of experience in the educator preparation and certification space. In that time, Nathan has worked in a state education agency, leading the state’s efforts to recruit, prepare, license, and retain professional and support staff and on the national level for large companies providing assessment solutions for the education field.

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