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Praxis Middle School English Language Arts 5047 - Digital Study Guide

Praxis Middle School English Language Arts 5047 - Digital Study Guide

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What does the Praxis 5047 study guide consist of?

Think Like a Test Maker and pass your Praxis Middle School English Language Arts 5047 exam. In this study guide, Kathleen Jasper, Ed.D. walks you through all the skills and concepts tested on the Praxis 5047, so you can pass your exam with ease. This study guide is fully aligned with the blueprint and test specifications of the exam and has comprehensive test prep for the constructed response portion of the exam.

This study guide includes:

  • Detailed content and skills practice for all 4 content categories of the exam:
    • Reading
    • Language Use and Vocabulary
    • Writing, Speaking, and Listening
    • Language Arts Instruction
  • Specific practice questions and detailed answer explanations for each section
  • A full practice test with 110 test questions
  • A Good Words List, so you know what to look for in the correct answer choices
  • A literary canon section that lists all the important writers and their works, which are assessed on the test
  • Test tips throughout the guide, so you can be strategic on test day
  • Constructed-response prompts and examples

The best way to use this study guide is to:

  • Go through each section and take the 10-question practice test at the end of each content category.
  • Determine where you are low by examining the answer explanations.
  • Go back and fix up any areas in which you need more support.
  • Go over the Good Words List at the back of the book.
  • Take the full-length practice test.
  • Review your answers by using the detailed answer explanations at the end of the practice test.
  • Read the constructed response section.
  • Practice with the writing prompts provided.
  • Evaluate your writing against the provided rubric and examples.
  • Don't forget to review the literary canon in the reference section.

Follow these steps for success on the exam.

Is the Praxis 5047 hard to pass?

The Praxis 5047 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 middle 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 for middle school.

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 160 minutes total to complete the exam. The test is timed separately for the selected-response and constructed-response sections–you will have 130 minutes to complete the selected-response section and 30 minutes to complete the constructed-response section.

There are 110 selected-response questions and two constructed-response questions. The four content categories covered on the exam are:

  1. Reading - 49 questions
  2. Language Use and Vocabulary
  3. Writing, Speaking, and Listening
  4. English Language Arts Instruction

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

But fear not! Our study guide covers it all.

How many questions do I have to get right to pass the Praxis 5047?

It is difficult to predict exactly how many questions you must get correct to pass the Praxis 5047 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 5047?

Obviously, we believe our study guide is the very best resource you can purchase to prepare for the Praxis 5047. 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 5047 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. All of the questions are categorized by skill and contain detailed answer explanations.

How long should I study for the Praxis 5047?

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 5047?

States use the Praxis 5047 exam to certify their middle 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 5047 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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i did not have time to finish study but the book is great for the test. Thank you I hope I pass the test was last weekend

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Praxis Middle School English Language Arts 5047 - Digital Study Guide

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I am currently studying the Praxis 5047 book by Kathleen Jasper and thus far it's providing a wealth of information! I am hoping to pass the exam next month!

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Kathleen Jasper’s programs are the best! I took the PRAXIS once before and didn’t pass. But, with the help of Kathleen Jasper and her study guides, I passed my second time! I am so grateful for finding her resources.