Does the thought of taking the Praxis have you shaking in your boots? Continue reading below for some strategies and tips that can ease your worries and help you pass the Praxis.
Power of the Praxis
As an aspiring teacher, you likely know by now that the Praxis exams can be a crucial part of your future teaching career. For this very reason, you want to make sure you're ready to rock and roll when test time comes. In this post, we highlight some strategies and tips that can help you prepare for and pass your Praxis with flying colors.
Pointers for Passing the Praxis
#1: Focus and Prioritize Your Studying
If you're planning to enroll in a college teacher preparation program, you'll need to study for the Praxis Core, which evaluates your overall skills in reading, writing and mathematics (3 separate tests). On the other hand, if you're ready to get licensed and certified to teach, you'll study for the Praxis Subject Assessments or Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments, which focus on more specific subject knowledge (i.e., the subjects you plan on teaching).
Either way, when it comes time to study, you should make it a point to focus and prioritize your efforts. If you're stronger in certain areas, you probably don't need to devote as much time to studying them (this doesn't mean leave them out completely!). If you're weaker in other areas, however, you'll likely want to spend more time going over them and honing your skills. By focusing and prioritizing your studying rather than brushing on every topic equally and without structure, you'll be better prepared when it comes time to take your Praxis test(s). Also, if your schedule allows, you may want to consider studying for and taking each required Praxis separately to keep your knowledge focused and fresh in your brain.
#2: Make Use of Test Prep Resources
There are several different resources that can help you prepare for test day, so why not utilize them?! Teachers Test Prep offers a variety of content-focused study materials, such as free study guides and practice exams. This site also offers paid tutoring and prep programs. Another helpful resource is Study.com's vast library of online courses geared specifically towards Praxis prep. These courses use engaging and informative video lessons that help you relate to subject material and prepare for the Praxis at your own pace.
#3: Familiarize Yourself with the Test
Before you take your Praxis, it's a good idea to get a feel for the structure of the test you'll be taking, including layout, timing and scoring. The ETS (Educational Testing Service) website offers detailed information on the number of questions, type of questions and time allowed for Praxis Core, Praxis Subject Assessments and Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments.
Once you know how much time you'll have to complete your test, you may want to apply those same time constraints when taking practice exams - this will help you better manage your time on test day. You may also want to familiarize yourself with how Praxis tests are scored before taking your test so you know what to expect not only while testing, but also when you receive your score report.
#4: Be Well Prepared for Test Day
You've heard it before in other areas of life, but being properly prepared is essential to your success on the Praxis. Here are some tips that will help you when test day comes:
- Get plenty of rest the night before. Taking an important test on a sleep-deprived brain is a recipe for disaster!
- Eat something prior to the test. You don't want your growling stomach to interrupt you - or others!
- Arrive to the testing center early so you're not rushing around trying to figure out where to go.
- Make sure to read through each question and all answer choices carefully. You never know when one word might make all the difference.
- If you're stumped on a question, skip it and go back to it if time permits.
- Do your best to relax. Being stressed out is only going to make the test harder and more nerve wracking. If you need to, you can always retake your Praxis - once every 3 weeks according to the registration page of the ETS site.
While all of these strategies and tips can help you pass your Praxis, the only one who knows if you're fully prepared is you. Be sure to always allow yourself sufficient time to study and please don't cram!
Also, when it comes to the Praxis tests, teacher prep program and licensing/certification requirements can vary drastically. Before you begin studying, be sure to check with your school or state so you're perfectly clear on requirements.
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