Praxis II Business Education: Practice and Study Guide

This self-paced study guide covers all of the topics found on the Praxis II Business Education exam. Use the video lessons and quizzes to assess your understanding of the concepts and prepare for testing. 

About the Course

The Praxis II subject assessment exams evaluate your knowledge of high school-level topics for state licensure. The computerized version of the Business Education exam is offered during a 2-week window eight months of the year. If you prefer a paper exam, this format is available on four specific dates per year. Both exams consist of 120 multiple-choice questions, and you're given two hours to complete them. This study guide features all the material covered on the Business Education exam, including:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Communication & career development
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information technology
  • Law and international business
  • Marketing and management
  • Professional business education

The questions on the exam focus on areas common to general business and economic understanding, as well as business education and specialization areas. You'll be asked about business ethics and technologies, developing trends, and typical issues in business. Some questions on the exam could be in areas of business that weren't covered in your business degree program. Additionally, there might be questions on the exam that won't count toward your final score.

Preparing & Registering for the Praxis II Business Education Exam

You can use the video lessons in this study guide to help you prepare for the Praxis II Business Education exam. Review the chapters to find lessons that correspond to the exam topics. The videos offer insightful and entertaining information in all of the areas covered by the exam. Each lesson also includes a short quiz so you can gauge your understanding of the material and practice answering questions in a computerized format.

You can register for the Praxis II Business Education exam about a month before the test date either online or by mail. For an extra fee, you can register up to a week before the test date. When you register, you'll be able to specify up to three agencies or organizations where you want to send your score reports, though some states' licensing agencies automatically get a report. On test day, you'll need to bring photo identification and your test ticket. You can use an approved calculator, and you'll need a couple of #2 pencils for the paper-based exam.

Scoring the Praxis II Business Education Exam

Your scores will show up online about 2-3 weeks after you take the test, though you could pay a fee to get them earlier by phone. Each state determines the passing score, and your report will note your score and inform you whether you met the requirement for your state. Your report will also show the possible score range and the number of points available in each category, as well as how the middle 50% of test-takers scored. Only correctly answered questions count toward your score to generate a raw score, which is then translated to the scoring scale and adjusted based on the difficulty of your version of the exam.

Accounting & Finance

There are 18 questions regarding accounting and finance in business, which makes up about 15% of the test. Questions cover financial statements, accounting processes and cycles, financial investing and savings for personal and business accounts, credit risks and management, and financial institutions. Video lessons in the Accounting, Personal Finance, and Business Finance chapters cover all of these topics, discussing income statements, cash flows, internal and external auditing, the accounting equation, and maintaining accounting records.

Communication & Career Development

The 18 questions in this section cover techniques and barriers of business communication, written and oral communication methods, resumes and interview techniques, and career resources and research. The video lessons offered in this study guide's Foundations of Communication, Written & Oral Communication, and Employment Communication & Career Research discuss effective listening, perception, communication channels, and presentations. You'll also review how to write and tailor a resume, format a cover letter, and evaluate career interests.


You'll have 12 economics questions on the exam, which is about ten percent of the total test. Test questions probe resource allocation, factors and costs of production, supply and demand, and types of economic systems. You'll also be asked about business structuring, such as monopolies, competitive practices, and pricing structures, as well as how the government regulates and taxes business, and how economic indicators interpret growth. The Economic Allocation of Resources chapter in this study guide explain market equilibrium and the production possibilities model. You can review information about free markets and mixed economies, fiscal policy, government policies for business, and the Federal Reserve's role in the Economic Systems & Market Structures and Role of the Government in Economics chapters. Economic Indicators of Growth covers the gross domestic product, inflation, and the circular flow of economic activity.


There are 12 questions on the characteristics of entrepreneurship. You'll be asked about the forms of business ownership as well as the components of a business plan. The lessons in the Entrepreneurship chapter explain the purpose and types of entrepreneurs, how small businesses affect the economy and global markets, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, as well as how to compose and provide a rationale in a business plan.

Information Technology

This section consists of 18 questions on the types of technology used in business and the human factors that dictate technology use. Topics include the use of technology in communication, research methods, problem solving, and decision making. The four chapters in this study guide include Information Technology Operations and Concepts, Technology Tools, Computer Applications, and Programming & Design. In these chapters, you'll be able to review system components, including hardware, software, networking, and storage; ergonomics and workflows; Internet functions and concepts; word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications; and programming for internal and Internet systems.

Law & International Business

The 18 questions in this section cover the impact of international business, global trade, cultural and legal components in business, contract law, consumer law, and laws affecting technology in business. This study guide's chapters on Foundations of International Business and International Business Environment explain the importance of the global market, international business strategies, treaties, trade alliances, and trade regulations. You can review the laws affecting international business with the lessons in the Contract Law and Consumer & Computer Law chapters, and understand the levels of the federal court system, the Supreme Court system, and state court structures in the US Court System chapter.

Marketing & Management

There are 12 questions that deal with marketing principles, consumer behavior, management, and human resources. The Marketing and Management chapters in this study guide explain situational analysis in marketing; marketing by demographic, geography and psychological factors; influences on consumer decision-making; and consumer behavior theory. You'll also be able to review management structures, skills and roles in management, functions of management, and employee laws.

Professional Business Education

This section consists of 12 questions on business education. You'll be asked about student business organizations, legislation regarding vocational education, the role of schools in the community, objectives regarding business education, and student learning through work. The study guide's Professional Business Education chapter touches on the importance of teacher advising and involvement within student business organizations, recruitment of students, internships, and cooperative education.

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