Preparing to Pass the Praxis Core Writing Exam
The Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing exam is one of three tests that make up the Praxis Core. The objective of this test is to ensure teacher certification applicants have a suitable level of knowledge of the writing process and are capable of writing both persuasive and informative material.
You can prepare to pass this Praxis test by familiarizing yourself with the general content of the test, completing practice questions, ensuring you pursue any testing accommodations your may be eligible for and implementing a study plan.
Step 1: Establish What the Test Covers
There are two components to this step.
A. Review the General Test Content
Sixty percent of this Praxis test is used to determine if you can write an effective argument, create a strong informational document and effectively edit written material. The other 40% of the test focuses on your ability to follow English grammar and usage rules and conduct effective research. The test is made up of selected response and essay questions. You'll have a total of 100 minutes to take the test.
B. Review Sample Test Questions
This Praxis test is typically computer-based, so it is helpful to familiarize yourself with computer-based tests prior to scheduling your Praxis exam. The Praxis Study Companion for this test provides examples and explanations of the question formats that are used on the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing test. Reviewing examples of selected-response questions can help you identify answer phrasing that may be designed to trick you.
When planning to take this Praxis test it is also helpful to review information about constructed-response questions and learn how to ensure you have effectively presented your essay so that you can earn the most points possible. The scoring rubric emphasizes staying on topic, providing detailed information that answers the question and addressing all parts of the question in your response.
Step 2: Create and Follow a Study Plan
Once you are familiar with the type of material that the test covers, you are ready to set up a study plan. Things that should be considered when developing a study plan include:
- The types of materials needed to effectively study for this test
- How much study time is needed
You should ensure that you have enough time to sufficiently prepare for this test. Schedule time each day to answer relevant sample questions. You might also consider finding a study partner or group to practice Praxis test questions with.
Step 3: Use Practice Questions and Study Guides
Using the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Writing: Study Guide & Practice materials can help ensure that you have covered the right subject areas to pass this Praxis test.
Practice questions are also available in the the Praxis Study Companion. The sample questions include answers that received different scores so you can identify the type and level of information you should include in your answers in order to succeed when answering essay prompts.
Step 4: Review Accommodations to Determine Eligibility
Applicants may qualify for test adjustments if they have a disability or special academic needs. For example, if English isn't your primary language, you may qualify to have extra time to complete this Praxis.
Applicants with recognized disabilities may also qualify for additional time to complete the test. Some test accommodations are specific to an applicant's needs, such as qualifying to use large print materials. Applicants may also be eligible for extra breaks, test readers, answer recorders or other accommodations.
Check the testing accommodations for your disability or health issue and apply for accommodations to facilitate your success on the Praxis test if you qualify.
Whether you're looking for resources to help you tackle the remaining Praxis Core exams or the subject test for your teaching area, study materials complete with self-checking quizzes can be accessed through this collection of Praxis Study Guides.