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Praxis 5039 English Language Arts Content and Analysis - Digital Study Guide

Praxis 5039 English Language Arts Content and Analysis - Digital Study Guide

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What does the Praxis 5039 study guide consist of?

The Praxis 5039 English Language Arts Content and Analysis 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 5039 exam. It also contains an extensive constructed response preparation. 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 5039, 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.
  • Comprehensive constructed-response section with sample prompts and sample essays, so you know exactly how to approach the writing analysis on the exam. 

The three content categories covered in this book are:

  • Reading with Constructed Response
  • Language Use and Vocabulary
  • Writing, Speaking, and Listening with Constructed-Response

Is the Praxis 5039 hard to pass?

The Praxis 5039 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 language arts classroom situations in grades 7-12.

Finally, the Praxis 5039 has a constructed-response section that requires you to analyze literary text, evaluate meaning, and write an essay supporting your analysis.

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.

  1. Reading - 48 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question
  2. Language Use and Vocabulary - 33 selected-response questions
  3. Writing, Speaking, and Listening - 49 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question

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 5039?

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.

For the constructed-response portion of the exam, scoring gets more complicated. Constructed response questions are scored by trained educational professionals. Two scorers will independently rate each of your written responses, and a third will weigh in if the two graders do not agree within one point. For this exam, the constructed response section is included in the third content category (writing, speaking, and listening) of the exam.

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

Does the Praxis 5039 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 5039?

Obviously, we believe our study guide is the very best resource you can purchase to prepare for the Praxis 5038. The book is sectioned out by each content category, and within those categories 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 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.

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing section in the study guide to help you with the constructed-response portion of the test. We provide you with several writing prompts and sample essays, so you can practice your writing effectively.

Does the Praxis 5039 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.

Finally, we provide several writing prompts with sample essays for you to use when you're practicing for the constructed-response portion of the exam.

How long should I study for the Praxis 5039?

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.

We also recommend you spend some time practicing your writing skills for this test.

What can I teach by passing the Praxis 5039?

States use the Praxis 5039 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 5039 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Kimberly Taliaferro
Before the test: Ok; after taking it: not Ok

While I was immersed in your study guide with sample questions and practice test, and following your instructions, I was impressed with the improvement I made between taking the pretest and taking consecutive tests. However, after taking my official Praxis test, I found that very few of the questions on your study guide had prepared me for the actual test. I was very disappointed to be sitting in the testing center (in fact, I wanted to cry), and looking at screen after screen of questions that were NOTHING like the ones in your study guide. There was almost zero content that I recognized from any of the study guides that I purchased, not just yours. For example, there were several questions that asked about "fish bowl" strategies; I have never heard of that, so I was forced to guess at ALL of them. The advice for working backwards from the questions was not helpful either, since they were not formatted in such a way that it was a feasible plan.
Still, the website received similar feedback, as their study guides were equally ineffective. I am disappointed in all of the study-guides that I paid for because they were completely useless, a huge waste of time and money.


I passed 5038 with a 173 the first time using the 5039 study guide. Purchase with confidence. Best study guide available.

Carolyn Rush
Most helpful study guide by far!!

I have recently used three other study guide resources. Dr. jaspers Praxis 5039 for language arts content and analysis will help you more than any of the resources that I have found. Very detailed content and standards met. Very informative for the exam as well I can’t help but to sing the praises of this guide!

Rebecca Quade
Praxis 5039

The information is great I’m learning a lot

Senobia Mitchell-Wells

Excellent book