How to Do Well on the PRAXIS®
The PRAXIS exam series covers multiple tests that are required for teacher certification. Minimum passing scores vary by state for each test. All future educators must typically pass the PRAXIS Core test along with their subject-specific exam. For this blog, we will focus on the first test, the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills Test for Educators. Let’s review some commonly asked questions and tips for how to do well on the test.
What is the PRAXIS Core Test and Who Takes it?
The PRAXIS Core test measures skills in reading, writing, and math. It is designed to measure these skills in order to provide college programs with a standard for teaching candidates. Most higher education programs require college students to take this test to be accepted into teacher education programs. As such, the test is typically taken early in a student’s college career, freshman or sophomore year. Depending on your state, your score on this test may also be a part of licensure.
How Can I Make Sure to Score Well on the Praxis?
First of all, you need to familiarize yourself with the test and style of questions that will be on it. The PRAXIS Core test will consist of three sections. The reading section will require you analyze multiple documents and answer questions about them. The math portion will consist of multiple-choice and numeric-entry questions. There will be an on-screen calculator available for you to use. Last, the writing section will require you to write two responses—one in argumentative and one in explanatory style. Click here to view the official bulletin about the PRAXIS tests. There you will find the answers to many commonly asked questions about the test.
Should I Guess if I Don’t Know the answer?
Yes. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly, and there is no penalty for wrong answers. It is best to pace yourself and carefully choose an answer for each question, but, if you can narrow the choices down, even just a bit, guessing is not a bad idea.
How Should I Study for the Praxis?
The best way to prepare for any test is practice. Try to expose yourself to as many practice questions as possible before test day. Take at least one practice test and time yourself to simulate the test day. Also, don’t feel pressured into spending more money on study materials. There are plenty of free resources out there that can help you prepare for this test. Union Test Prep is a good place to start for PRAXIS practice tests, flashcards, and study guides.
As always, prepare for the test in advance and dedicate yourself to consistent quality study time. Don’t expect to perform well by cramming the night before. Know the details of your test and testing location, so that there are no surprises on test day. Finally, get a good night’s sleep and eat a quality breakfast the morning of your test; no one likes being distracted by hunger or drowsiness during a big test. Good luck on your first major step to becoming a teacher!
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