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Praxis 5038 English Language Arts Content Knowledge - Digital Study Guide

Praxis 5038 English Language Arts Content Knowledge - Digital Study Guide

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What does the Praxis 5038 study guide consist of?

The Praxis 5038 English Language Arts Content Knowledge study guide is fully aligned with the skills and content categories assessed on the exam. The study guide has over 200 practice test questions with detailed answer explanations that cover everything tested on the Praxis 5038 exam. The study guide includes:

  • Detailed information for all three content categories, so you understand everything covered on the exam.
  • A full-length practice test with answer explanations. 
  • Ten practice test questions after each content category, so you can practice the specific skills for each type of test question you’ll see on the test.
  • Detailed answer explanations for every test question in the study guide, so you know exactly why you answered correctly or incorrectly.
  • Multiple scenarios and explanations similar to the ones you will see on the exam, so you are prepared for complex questions on test day.
  • Test tips and strategies specific to the Praxis 5038, so you can think like a test maker and pass the first time.
  • A Good Words List to help you identify correct answer choices and eliminate bad answer choices quickly, so you can be strategic and successful on test day.
  • A literary canon reference guide, so you know what works you will encounter on the exam.

The three content categories covered in this study guide are:

  • Reading
  • Language Use and Vocabulary
  • Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Is the Praxis 5038 hard to pass?

The Praxis 5038 exam is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English and language arts and requires you to have a comprehensive understanding of best practices used in a high school language arts classroom.

The exam covers a vast amount of specific content regarding the literary canon and seminal authors who have contributed to literature. The test also covers grammar and mechanics for writing. Many of the questions are scenario-based, meaning you will have to identify best practices to use given various language arts classroom situations in grades 7-12.

Unfortunately, the first-time pass rates for most Praxis exams are less than 50%, so it is important that you do not underestimate this test.

You will have three hours total to complete the exam. The test is timed separately for the selected-response and constructed-response sections–you will have 150 minutes to complete the selected-response section and 30 minutes to complete the constructed-response section.

There are 130 selected-response questions and two constructed-response questions. The three content categories covered on the exam are:

  1. Reading - 49 questions
  2. Language Use and Vocabulary - 33 questions
  3. Writing, Speaking, and Listening - 48 questions

While there are only three content categories on this exam, you will need a depth and breadth of knowledge and skills covered in these three sections.

But fear not! Our study guide covers it all.

How many questions do I have to get right to pass the Praxis 5038?

It is difficult to predict exactly how many questions you must get correct to pass the Praxis 5038 because a scale score is used rather than a raw score. This means that your raw score–how many you got 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.

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 will not be the same exact questions found on the real exam.

Is this the best study guide for the Praxis 5038?

Obviously, we believe our study guide is the very best resource you can purchase to prepare for the Praxis 5038. Each content category has its own section in the guide. Within those categories, we’ve aligned all of the information to 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 specifically with each category. In addition, we have detailed answer explanations for every question in our study guide. This ensures you know why you got something correct or incorrect.

We also provide a literary canon reference guide, so you know what works you will encounter on the exam.

Does the Praxis 5038 study guide contain practice tests?

Yes. There is a full-length practice test at the end of the study guide, and there are practice test questions after each content category. You have approximately 200 practice test questions to work with when you use our study guide. All of the questions are categorized by skill and contain detailed answer explanations.

How long should I study for the Praxis 5038?

People have a range of skill levels when it comes to this test, so it is difficult for us to tell you exactly how long you need to study. Because this test covers an expansive amount of content, we recommend short, incremental practice over time. This is much better than cramming all of your studying into one or two weekends. Using 20-30-minute study sessions over a 2-3 week period is ideal.

What can I teach by passing the Praxis 5038?

States use the Praxis 5038 exam to certify their high school English teachers. However, every state has its own requirements for certification, so be sure to visit your state’s Department of Education website and find out exactly what you’re required to do before registering for the exam or buying materials.

What other study guides should I combine this with?

Most states that use the Praxis 5038 exam also require prospective teachers to pass the the Praxis Core and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).

Depending on the state in which you are seeking certification, this will vary. That’s why it is extremely important you 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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Jade Carroll

Hey! I took the praxis 5038 THREE times before finding this and was one question, two questions, then one question off! Thanks to this, I SURPASSED the needed score and FINALLY PASSED🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Josephine Pobadora

Praxis 5038 English Language Arts Content Knowledge - Digital Study Guide

Lorna Staller

I passed my 5038 Test! Thank you for your tips Dr. Jasper!

Alex Bak
Pretty Good!

I just began using it, and I'm so impressed by the amount of information that's covered! I will say I've noticed a few mistakes so far (and I'm only on page 20)-- they've been small misspellings and grammar mistakes, but I find it ironic that they're in a study guide specifically about English and grammar. If you're looking for an editor, I would absolutely love to work on this, and I have a bit of editing experience already. I was also shocked by the lack of any mention of Old English texts and by the very little amount of information about British literature. But again, overall, it's great so far, and definitely helping me prepare :) I feel much better having a guide.
Edit: took it today and passed! I'll eat my words about the lack of Brit Lit representation-- there wasn't a single question on the exam about it.

Leslea Wright
Great Resource

This is a great resource. What about having it online