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Praxis Chemistry Test Difficulty

Instructor: Bill Sands
The Praxis Chemistry is a challenging test that focuses on a diverse array of subject areas. Keep reading for more information on what the test covers and how you can do well on the assessment.

How Hard is the Praxis Chemistry?

The Chemistry exam represents another challenging assessment in the Praxis series. A major reason for the Praxis Chemistry's difficulty stems from the specified content on the test. Candidates taking this test will need detailed knowledge of certain chemical reactions, scientific methods, and the history of chemistry in general.

Whereas some Praxis tests, such as those focusing on English Language Arts and Spanish, only require candidates to have more general knowledge of certain skill areas, the Chemistry test requires candidates to understand exact facts and equations, which can make the exam much more difficult.

By understanding the format and content structure of this exam, you can go in on test day feeling confident and comfortable. With proper preparation, you can make your experience with the Praxis Chemistry easier and smoother.

Praxis Chemistry Content

The Praxis Chemistry consists of 125 selected-response questions. Questions on the Praxis Chemistry assessment fall into one of seven content categories:

  • Scientific Inquiry & Social Perspectives of Science
  • Nomenclature; Chemical Composition; Bonding & Structure
  • Scientific Procedures & Techniques
  • Basic Principles of Matter & Energy; Thermodynamics
  • Solutions & Solubility; Acid-Base Chemistry
  • Atomic & Nuclear Structure
  • Chemical Reactions; Periodicity

Distribution is spaced out fairly evenly among the seven categories on the test. All categories make up between 12 and 15 percent of the test, with the exception of the Chemical Reactions; Periodicity section, which constitutes 20 percent of the exam.

Understanding Test Day

By knowing what to expect on the day of the test, you can reduce stress and focus on studying, which will make your experience seem much easier.

You'll need to bring a valid form of identification and a copy of your admission ticket. You may not bring personal items such as cell phones, bags, or other electronics. Testing centers will provide a secure storage area where you can keep your belongings during the test. Any candidates who fail to follow these rules may have their scores invalidated.

Be sure to confirm that you know exactly where your testing center is and plan on arriving at least 30 minutes early. The last thing you want to do on test day is get lost and panic about missing the exam.

How to Prepare for the Praxis Chemistry

Another certain way to improve your scores and make the test easier is to make sure you're prepared for this exam. Study.com has several resources that you can use to study for the Praxis Chemistry.

First and foremost, you can consult this Praxis Chemistry: Practice & Study Guide course. This self-paced review guide contains more than 150 lessons and includes interactive quizzes and engaging video lessons. These Chemistry Flashcards can also help you concentrate on essential chemistry concepts that will appear on the Praxis Chemistry.

You can also go straight to the source for additional help. Educational Testing Service posts an interactive practice test that you can use to check your readiness and familiarize yourself with the general structure and format of questions on the test. When used in conjunction with the courses on Study.com, these practice tests are a great way to check your progress and make sure that you're ready to take the real test.

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