- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 251
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate:
Certificates show that you have completed the course. They do not provide credit.
Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Little Women: Summary, Characters & Author
This course can be found in: Praxis Test Prep
Thousands of practice questions, 70+ Praxis study guides, and 8,000+ test prep video lessons
Course SummaryThis self-paced study guide can help you prepare for the Praxis Middle School Language Arts credentialing exam. Our videos, quizzes and other study aids offer solid test preparation strategies and help you brush up on the essential reading, writing, speech and instructional strategy topics you could see on the exam.
to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days
25 chapters in Praxis Middle School English Language Arts (5047): Practice & Study Guide
Course Practice TestCheck your knowledge of this course with a 50-question practice test.
- Comprehensive test covering all topics
- Detailed video explanations for wrong answers
Related Praxis Courses
About This Course
If you need to refresh your memory of general science topics in order to get the highest possible score on the Praxis General Science examination, let this course and its many video lessons help you. By covering several subjects and providing you with a variety of handy resources, the course can give you the knowledge and confidence necessary to pursue a teaching certification in general science. As a consequence of reviewing the topics in this Praxis General Science Practice and Study Guide, you could learn more about atomic structure, radioactivity, chemical reactions and more.
If you're looking for something else, be sure to browse through some of our other Praxis pages. We have a comprehensive guide to Praxis Subject Assessments, with information on test dates, locations, passing scores and much more. We've also got Praxis test prep materials to help you practice, Praxis courses to teach you the material, comprehensive Praxis study guides to help you study, Praxis practice tests to test your knowledge, and informational Praxis resources to get you up to speed on testing logistics.
This course was last updated in 2020.
Syllabus & Course Information
In this course, you can review all the information needed for success on the Praxis Middle School English Language Arts exam. Our lessons will help you brush up on your understanding of prominent authors and poets, literary periods and genres, and language and word meaning. After finishing this course, you should be able to:
- Identify skills for reading and interpreting fictional literature, poetry and informational texts
- Outline conventions of standard English grammar and punctuation
- Provide information on writing and speaking skills
- Explain strategies for teaching reading and writing to adolescents
In this course, you'll study 229 lessons and 24 chapters as you prepare for the Praxis Middle School English Language Arts exam. Lessons are accompanied by multiple-choice quizzes and tests for quick self assessment.
Praxis Middle School English Language Arts Exam Information
Many states use this test as one of the requirements for licensing to teach the subject.
- Number of Questions: 112
- Question Type: 110 selected-response and 2 constructed-response questions
- Time Limit: 160 minutes
- Exam Cost: $146
Praxis Middle School English Language Arts Exam Breakdown
|Praxis Middle School English Language Arts Exam Concept||Percent of the Praxis Middle School English Language Arts Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Language Use & Vocabulary||11%||16 questions||27|
|Writing, Speaking & Listening||18%||26 questions||41|
|English Language Arts Instruction||25%||19 questions||50|
Praxis Middle School English Language Arts Preparation & Registration
These short video lessons can help you prepare for the types of questions you'll face on the Praxis Middle School English Language Arts exam. You'll refresh your knowledge of language acquisition and review information on English and American writers and their works. Other lessons look at the fundamentals of grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, and you'll also review strategies for organizing various types of writing. Our instructors have lots to say about techniques for teaching reading and writing to many types of adolescent learners. After every lesson is a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your learning, and there are also chapter exams and a comprehensive end-of-course test.
The Praxis Middle School English Language Arts test is offered at centers throughout the country and internationally during several testing periods, each lasting about two weeks, throughout the year. You can register online, by mail or over the phone. When you register, you'll designate a test site and a date preference and also name any institutions you wish to be notified of your scores. You must pay for the test when you register. When your registration is processed, you'll get an admission ticket that you should print and present at the testing center, along with a government-issued photo ID.
Praxis Middle School English Language Arts Scoring
You score will be posted to your online account 10 to 16 days after the close of the testing window in which you took the test. Institutions that you chose at registration will also receive your scores then. Passing scores vary by state. If you wish to retake the test, you must wait 21 days from your last test date.
The questions on the Praxis Middle School English Language Arts exam are divided by content into four categories. SR questions make up 75% of the total score and include multiple-choice as well as innovative question types, such as order/match, video stimulus and table/grid questions. The other 25% of the test score is accounted for by the two CR questions, which require you to compose an essay on an assigned topic or provide a short answer to a question.
Approximate number of questions: 50 SR and one CR
Approximate percentage of the examination: 46%
Exam topics covered: Important authors and works of U.S., British and world literature suitable for middle schoolers, literary genres and subgenres, methods of interpreting literary texts, themes in literature, literary elements such as plot development and characterization, how language and word choice influence tone and meaning, literacy skills that support active reading, ways to interpret informational texts, methods of organizing informational texts to develop a central idea and ways in which authors convey purpose in informational texts
What you'll study: Our comprehensive study guide analyzes important English-language authors and their works. It looks at English and U.S. poets and suggests ways of interpreting their poems. You'll re-discover the characteristics of various literary periods, the definition and examples of literary genres, literary subgenres, themes and inference in literature. Other topics include elements of literature, including points of view, setting and plot, the impact of word choice on meaning, poetic devices and the Harlem Renaissance. Make sure to go over metaphysical poetry and active reading as well as ways in which to make predictions in reading and use information in technical and functional texts.
Language Use and Vocabulary
Approximate number of questions: 16 SR
Approximate percentage of the examination: 11%
Exam topics covered: Parts of speech, how to find errors in standard English grammar and usage, sentence types, how affixes, context and syntax determine word meaning, ways to use print and digital reference materials to promote correct language usage and familiarity with dialect and diction in various regions and cultural groups
What you'll study: These lessons include discussions of rhetoric, differentiating between fact, persuasion and opinion, parts of speech, identifying and correcting errors in language, punctuation, types of sentences, methods of using context to determine word meaning, ways to use reference materials to develop vocabulary, information diction and variations in language in different cultures
Writing, Speaking and Listening
Approximate number of questions: 26 SR
Approximate percentage of the examination: 18%
Exam topics covered: Types of writing, how to identify the purpose and intended audience of a piece of writing, how to develop the main idea, methods of organizing a written text, effective research skills, how to cite sources, techniques for delivering an effective speech, multimedia presentations, how authors appeal to a specific audience, how to evaluate the claims in a persuasive text and ways to determine if the evidence is factual and sufficient
What you'll study: Four major types of writing, writing for an audience, how to create tone, ways to organize an essay, how to write transitions, how to support your writing with evidence and examples, ways to assess reasoning in an essay, how to set a rubric for grading literary essays, choosing research materials, how to cite sources, plagiarism, how to create a works-cited page, four types of speeches, how to convey meaning non-verbally, PowerPoint presentations, how to organize a persuasive speech, and the importance of ethos, pathos and logos in public speaking are among the subjects reviewed in our study guide.
English Language Arts Instruction
Approximate number of questions: 18 SR and 1 CR
Approximate percentage of the examination: 25%
Exam topics covered: How to support vocabulary development and language acquisition, techniques for helping students participate constructively in group discussions, ways to aid students in communicating with technological tools, research-based approaches to grouping and differentiated instruction, how to choose texts for students based on interests and abilities, strategies for teaching reading and writing to adolescents, understanding the purpose of assessments and how to incorporate student input and help students monitor their own work
What you'll study: Lessons on how children acquire language, bilingual education, how to teach vocabulary, types of learning disabilities, class and group discussions, how to use wait time in the classroom, technology in the classroom, how to teach digital literacy, social media for instruction, strategies for differentiated instruction, how to determine a student's reading level, ways to recognize biases in written works, how to teach visual literacy, strategies to help students develop good reading habits, ways to teach writing, the uses and misuses of assessments in education, how to understand standardized test scores, tips for parent-teacher conferences, how to create a safe learning environment in the classroom, student journals and self-monitoring in psychology are part of this study guide.
Praxis is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS), which is not affiliated with Study.com.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Research Schools, Degrees & Careers
Get the unbiased info you need to find the right school.
Browse Articles By Category
Browse an area of study or degree level.
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Communications and Journalism
- Computer Sciences
- Culinary Arts and Personal Services
- Liberal Arts and Humanities
- Mechanic and Repair Technologies
- Medical and Health Professions
- Physical Sciences
- Transportation and Distribution
- Visual and Performing Arts
- G.E.D. Test Preparation Video: Tips for Preparing for the GED Exam
- Strategies & Tips to Help You Pass Your Praxis Test
- Top Strategies for Studying for Final Exams: Straight From Students
- Top AP Exam Study Guides and Resources
- What to Do When Your Study Group Isn't Helping You Succeed on Exams
- Strategies to Help Your ADHD Child Succeed at School
- How Can Parents Help Their Students Prepare for a College Readiness or AP Exam?
- Study Shows Acting Can Help with Reading Comprehension
- How Video Games Help Children with ADHD Study & Have Fun
- Can Short Video Lessons Help Your ADHD Child Study Better?
- Answers and detailed explanations to each question
- Video lessons to explain complicated concepts
Explore our library of over 79,000 lessons
- College Courses
- High School Courses
- Other Courses