Praxis PLT Early Childhood (5621) Digital Study Guide
Praxis PLT Early Childhood (5621) Digital Study Guide
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What does the Praxis PLT 5621 study guide consist of?
The Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) digital study guide is fully aligned with the skills and content categories assessed on the PLT 5621 exam.
The study guide have over 200 practice test questions with detailed answer explanations that cover everything tested on the Praxis PLT. The study guide includes:
- Detailed content sections for all five content categories, so you understand everything covered on the exam.
- 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 PLT, so you can think like a test maker and you can pass the first time.
- A Good Words List to use when evaluating test questions, so you can quickly identify the correct answers and eliminate incorrect answers.
- Four quizzes, eight constructed-response questions, and one full practice test all with detailed explanations, so you can evaluate your progress.
The five content categories covered in this study guide are:
- Students as Learners
- Instructional Process
- Professional Development, Leadership, and Community
- Analysis of Instructional Scenarios (four constructed-response questions)
Is the Praxis PLT hard to pass?
The Praxis PLT can be quite challenging, especially if you are new to teaching. The exam covers content in the areas of human development, learning processes, instructional processes, diverse learners, educational psychology, and professional issues.
Unfortunately, first-time pass rates for many Praxis exams are less than 50%, so it’s very important you do not underestimate the test.
In total, there are 70 selected-response questions and four constructed-response questions in the exam. Constructed-response questions require you to write short essays in response to classroom scenarios. Some of these questions require you to analyze data and make instructional decisions based on that information.
You will have a total of two hours to complete the exam.
There are five sections to the Praxis PLT. The first four sections are selected-response questions. The final section is the constructed-response portion of the exam.
You cannot simply memorize content and recall information on test day. Instead, it’s important to fully understand all of the content and skills assessed on the exam and then apply those skills to the scenarios on the test.
But fear not! Our study guide covers it all.
How many questions do I have to get right to pass the Praxis PLT?
It is difficult to predict exactly how many questions you must get correct to pass the Praxis PLT 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. The selected-response part of the test is worth 75% of the overall score, and the constructed-response portion is worth 25% of the overall score for the Praxis PLT.
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 test?
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 PLT?
Obviously, we believe our study guide is the very best resource you can purchase to prepare for the Praxis PLT. The book is sectioned out into categories, 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 content category, there are ten practice test questions specific to that section. In addition, our study guide contains a full-length practice test with detailed answer explanations. This ensures you understand why you got something correct or incorrect. In all, our study guide offers you hundreds of practice questions to work with.
We sort every practice test question by skill and category. Knowing what skill the questions assess is a huge benefit to your studies.
We also provide comprehensive constructed-response preparation with writing prompts and sample essays, so you can evaluate your writing, which is essential to be successful on this exam.
Finally, there is a reference section in the guide with a Good Words List to look for in the answer choices, so you can quickly identify the correct answers and eliminate incorrect answers.
The study guide is an amazing resource to help you pass the Praxis PLT. However, you might need more support in one or more areas. In that case, we have a PLT online course packed full of video tutorials and extra practice, and it includes a digital study guide.
Does the study guide contain practice tests?
Yes. There is a full-length practice test at the end of the book, and there are mini-practice tests at the end of each content category. All of the questions are categorized by skill and contain detailed answer explanations. We also include comprehensive writing practice for the constructed response section of the exam.
How long should I study for the Praxis PLT?
People have a range of skill levels when it comes to this exam, so it is difficult for us to give you a specific number of days or hours you should spend on your studies. This exam covers expansive content for each section of the test, so we recommend short, incremental practice over time. This is much better than cramming all of your studying into one or two weekends.
We believe 20-30-minute study sessions over a 1-2 week period is ideal.
You will also need time to practice your writing for the constructed-response section. We have several writing prompts for you to practice with, and we provide the test specification, blueprint, and constructed-response scoring rubric, so you can evaluate your writing as you prepare.
Should I buy multiple PLT study guides?
No, much of the content is the same across all the PLT tests, so we do not recommend buying multiple versions of the study guide. Just purchase the guide specific to your grade level, and you will be getting all the information you need. The study guides are virtually the same except for some of the practice test questions. We have provided specific practice test questions based on the grade levels of each PLT (5621, 5622, 5623, and 5624).
What other study guides should I combine this with?
Most states that use the Praxis exams require prospective teachers to pass at least three tests–the The Praxis Core, a subject-area exam, and the Praxis PLT. We have study guides for many Praxis exams.
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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