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Praxis Core 2nd Edition - Digital Study Guides and Practice Tests

Praxis Core 2nd Edition - Digital Study Guides and Practice Tests

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What does the Praxis Core study guide consist of?

The Praxis Core study guide is fully aligned with the skills and categories assessed on the Praxis Core exam. The study guide is over 400 pages with more than 500 sample practice test questions that cover everything on the test. The Praxis Core test prep study guide includes:

  • Praxis Core Reading 5713 - Overview of the skills needed to pass the reading test and two full-length practice tests.
  • Praxis Core Writing 5723 - Overview of the skills needed to pass the writing test, two full-length multiple choice practice tests, and writing prompts.
  • Praxis Core Math 5733 - Overview of the skills needed to pass the math test and three full-length practice tests with over 200 practice test questions similar to what you'll see on test day.
  • Detailed sections for all of the content in all three subtests, so you understand everything covered on the exam.
  • Ten argumentative and three source-based writing prompts with sample essays, so you can practice your writing skills.
  • Detailed answer explanations for every test question in the study guide, so you know exactly why you answered correctly or incorrectly.
  • Test tips and strategies specific to the Praxis Core, so you can think like a test maker and pass the first time.
  • Study plans for each part of the exam, so you can prepare effectively.

You can purchase the full study guide or individual subtests.  


    Is the Praxis Core hard to pass?

    While the Praxis Core is referred to as a “basic skills exam,” it’s actually quite difficult. The skills needed to pass this exam are comparable to the skills required of tenth-grade students in the areas of reading, writing, and math. The test is similar to the ACT and SAT.


    You might be thinking: I graduated high school--certainly have the skills of a tenth grader. Please don’t underestimate this exam. You’re going to have to dust off some skills you haven’t used since middle or high school.


    First-time pass rates for many Praxis exams are less than 50%.


    There are three sections to the Praxis Core:

    1. Reading 5713 - You’ll have 85 minutes to complete 56 selected-response questions.
    2. Writing 5723 - You’ll have 100 minutes total for this subtest–40 minutes to complete the selected-response and two, 30-minute sessions to complete the constructed-response (two essays at 30 min each).
    3. Math 5733 - You’ll have 90 minutes to complete 80 selected-response questions.

    You can pass all or some sections of the exam. For example, you might pass the reading and writing, but not the math. If this occurs, you will only have to take the math portion of the exam again. That’s why we offer the option to purchase our Praxis Core program by individual subtests.


    How many questions do I need to get right to pass the Praxis Core?

    It is difficult to predict exactly how many questions you must get correct to pass the Praxis Core because a scale score is used rather than a raw score. This means that your raw score–the number of questions you get correct–is put into a formula to calculate a scale score.


    To keep things simple, we recommend scoring at least a 75% on the practice tests before you go in to take the exam. Getting 75% of the questions correct when you practice indicates you are ready to take the actual test.


    Remember, each section of the exam is scored separately.


    For the essay portion of the exam, scoring gets more complicated. Your essays are rated on a scale of 0 to 6, and the scores are combined to produce the overall score for the essay. The argumentative essay and the source-based essay are each scored separately, and the scores for the two essays are then combined to produce the overall score for the Praxis Core Writing test.


    We also recommend examining the ETS study companion for this exam. There you will find the test specifications and blueprint for the exam and specific questions. We provide this information in our study guide as well.


    If you would like to learn more about how Praxis exams are scored, check out this blog.


    Does the study guide have the same questions as the real exam?

    While our study guide is aligned with the test, it is against testing policy to share items on the actual exam. State tests are secure, standardized, and heavily regulated.


    There are hundreds of test questions in the item banks for each exam. When you take the exam, your version of the test will be different from other versions and will have questions randomly pulled from the item banks. This ensures test security, validity, and reliability. Trying to memorize what you think will be on your test is an exercise in futility. Instead, you should study the skills and content outlined in the specifications and blueprint of the exam.


    Everything in our study guide is aligned with the test specifications and blueprint for the exam. That way, you can review how the test is designed and what skills are assessed. The questions in our study guide are structured similarly to what you will encounter on test day, but they are not the same exact questions on the real exam.


    Is this the best study guide for the Praxis Core?

    Obviously, we believe our study guide is the very best resource you can purchase to prepare for the Praxis Core. Our Praxis Core test prep is 100% aligned with the exam. The book is sectioned out by subtest, and within those subtests we’ve aligned all of the information with the test specifications and blueprint. This ensures you are studying what you will see on test day–nothing more, nothing less.


    In each section, there are practice items that align with the skills in that section, so you can practice specific questions for each skill. In addition, we have detailed answer explanations for every question in our study guide. This ensures you understand why you got something correct or incorrect. Finally, our study guide contains 2-3, full-length practice tests with answer explanations at the end of each subtest. Therefore, you have hundreds of practice questions to work with.


    The study guide is an amazing resource to help you pass the Praxis Core. However, you might need more support in one or more areas. In that case, we have online courses packed full of video tutorials and extra practice. Our Praxis Core online course also includes the digital study guide. If you need more support, you can check out our Praxis Core online course . Like the study guide, you can purchase the whole course or individual subtests.


    Does the study guide have practice tests?

    Yes. Along with practice test questions throughout the study guide, there are two full-length practice tests for reading 5713, two full-length practice tests for writing 5723 (including several writing prompts), and three full-length practice tests for math 5733. All practice test questions are categorized by skill and contain detailed answer explanations.


    How long should I study for the Praxis Core?

    People have a range of skill levels in reading, writing, and math, so it is difficult for us to give you a specific number of days or hours you should spend on your studies. However, this is a very large exam that covers expansive content for each subtest. To be successful on test day, you will need to dedicate an extended period of time to your studies. We recommend short, incremental practice rather than cramming all of your studying into one or two weekends.


    We believe 20-30-minute study sessions over a 1-2 week period for each subtest is ideal. That means it will take you anywhere from 4-6 weeks in total to study for this exam.


    At the beginning of each subtest in the study guide, we provide you with a study plan to help you manage your time.


    What can I teach by passing the Praxis Core?

    If your state uses the Praxis Core for teacher certification, a passing score on this test is required of all teachers, regardless of the content area and grade level for which you are seeking certification. This is just one test you’ll need to pass to become a teacher. Every state is different regarding teacher certification, so be sure you check with your specific state’s Department of Education.


    What other study guides should I combine this with?

    Most states that use Praxis exams also require prospective teachers to pass at least three tests–the Praxis Core, a subject-area exam, and a professional education exam. The Praxis Core is a basic skills test. Subject-area exams are aligned to specific grade levels and content areas. For example, if you are seeking certification in elementary education, you’ll take an elementary subject-area exam. If you’re seeking certification in high school English, you’ll take a secondary English exam. The professional education exam tests content related to teaching and learning practices, classroom management, and school law. The Praxis version of this is called the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).


    Finally, if you are seeking certification in special education or reading, you’ll be required to take additional exams for those areas.


    Depending on the state in which you are seeking certification, this will vary. That’s why it is extremely important to check with your state’s Department of Education before you purchase test prep materials to determine exactly what tests are required.


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    I’m still in the process of studying ,so far information is very helpful. Thank you so much
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    Ileana
    Too long

    For someone that is not good at math, this study guide was really long and hard to understand. I just took the math Praxis for the second time and I felt no more confident than before the book. Not for me!