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Preparing for The Praxis
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Any tips that might be helpful to substitute teachers who are preparing to take teacher certification exams? I'm especially interested in receiving tips on how to excel on the math section of the Praxis, because the math section seems to be an issue for many test takers. Where can preservice teachers get the best resources to study for the test? What has helped you to meet your state's Praxis scores?



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I have taken several Praxis Tests
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I passed them all on the first try, and believe me I was nervous about taking them. I would suggest looking at the practice tests online and in addition, go buy a CLEP or GED study guide. These practice books are an excellent prep (I found them much better than the practice tests online) Good luck!!!
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when I was taking my certification courses and it was around the time to take the Praxis, I went to the library and got out an old version of the Praxis exercises....it gave me an idea of what to expect. you'd be surprised as to what kind of material will pop up on the test....

I think I drove my DH nuts with all the books I had to take out
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We're getting some great tips so far. Thanks! I have passed every section of both Praxis I and II, except the Math. I've had tutors. I've attended Math workshops held by my university. I've purchased ETS's online study guides. I've checked out Math textbooks from public libraries. And I've purchased study guides from bookstores. Still, I've yet to pass the test, missing the test by only one point. And this is what I've discovered, because at this juncture, I consider myself to be a professional Praxis test taker: The key is preparation. More specifically, finding the resources that will best prepare test takers for Praxis' math problems, which are like no other.

So far, every resource that I've used, including study guides and outside resources are absolutely no match for the Praxis. What you get in study guides is very BASIC instruction on how to solve a wide range of general math problems using simple and straightforward methods. And this does not prepare test takers for the exam at all, because the Praxis aims to test the test taker's ability to solve interesting math problems in less than a minute using unconventional methods.

Basically, the math problems that you see in study guides are NOT the same math problems that you will see on the Praxis test. Therefore, I'm convinced that until adequate resources are made available to test takers, there is really no way that one can study for this test. When I talk to people who passed Praxis, particuarly the math section, nearly everyone I've spoken to has told me that they needed to repeatedly take the test. Others, just barely pass. What does that tell us?

Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

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all I did...
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was print out the practice tests from the ETS website and just went to take the tests. I passed them all on the first try with no studying. A lot of it was really common sense, especially in the math and geography parts of the test. I suggest bringing a calculator to the test. We were told again and again that you didn't need a calculator for the math section...so I didn't bring one. Yes, you can solve all of the problems without a calculator...BUT it will make the test go by much faster with the calculator. I was so mad!


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Wait. RadSub, are we talking about the same test? First, not at all Praxis exams allow test takers to use calculators. In fact, the ETS website states that unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests.

I think you might be talking about a subject math test that you've taken. Are you a middle-or high school Math teacher? I'm not preparing to teach middle or high school math or business education. My certification will be in Elementary Education. And so, in my state, I'm only required to take Praxis I and II to become certified.

Anyway, the interesting this is, in every state, except two, I've already passed Praxis. In fact, my scores exceed the passing score requirements of most states. I just happen to be living in a state that has one of the highest passing score requirements in the nation. The teaching standards in my state are very high. I think most people would be able to pass both Praxis I and II on the first try, if they were living in states that had realistic score requirements. Most state's Praxis score requirements don't even reach the 520s. My state requires a Praxis score that approaches a 530. At present, my highest Praxis score is close to a 530, but not close enough to pass my state's score requirement.
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When I took the Praxis I just used SAT books to study! Since I'm still pretty young I actually remember studying for the SAT... I just dug up some of my old books and went to work. It worked for me!
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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yes we're talking about the same tests...Praxis I was easy:-) I took the Praxis II for math and science and then for library media specialist K-12.
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I might agree. Praxis I is easy. I just need to get a score that is much higher than most states require.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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I tried really hard to study for the Praxis & once I got the test I was like, "WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?" because it was the most non-sense questions. Something about a lady who wrote a book in the 60's and asked what it was about. Please, tell me why I need to know this to teach elementary!? Anyways, I left feeling like I failed and ended up passing by quite a bit. So, don't stress too much about it!


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