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How to Pass the Praxis Math Core Test

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Are you getting ready to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics section of the Praxis exam? This lesson will help you understand everything you need to know about the test in order to pass it.

Taking the Praxis Math Core Test

If you are trying to get your teaching license, then you understand how important it is to pass your Praxis exams first. Among the many subtests of the Praxis exam is the core test in mathematics.

There is no need to feel intimidated by this test, even if it has been a long time since you have taken a formal math class. If you want to pass, you simply need to know as much as you can about how the test is structured, recall the general test-taking tips and strategies that have helped you in the past, and brush up on some basic mathematical concepts.

Know the Test

The most important key to passing the Praxis Math Core Test is understanding what to expect on test day. After all, knowing what the test will look like and contain will save you valuable time and also help you assuage any anxiety you may have. Here is some important information about the Math Core Test.

  • You will take the test on a computer.
  • You will have 85 minutes to take the test, and it will contain 56 questions. This gives you a little over a minute to answer each of the questions, so plan your time and practicing accordingly.
  • The questions on the test come in three different formats.
    • Some are selected-response questions where you will choose one answer.
    • Some are selected-response questions where you will choose one or more answer.
    • Some are questions where you will enter a numeric answer.
  • You will have access to an on-screen calculator as you take the test.
  • About 30% of the questions on the test are related to number and quantity.
  • About 30% of the questions on the test are related to algebra and functions.
  • About 20% of the questions on the test are related to geometry.
  • About 20% of the questions on the test are related to probability and statistics.

Test-Taking Tips and Strategies

Try to remember that this is not the first test you have ever taken in your life. As such, you already know many good strategies for how to approach a test. Here are some strategies and tips that will be particularly helpful as you prepare for the Math Core Test.

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