5 Tips for Acing the Praxis Exam


5 Tips for Acing the Praxis Exam

The Praxis Exam is the last step that soon-to-be teachers must take in order to be certified teachers and in order for them to officially practice the teaching profession. This is a test that may not be so easy to take. It might be a bit more challenging to pass this test because of how broad the subject, area of discussion, and branches of knowledge can be. In this article, we will attempt to make it easy for you to pass the Praxis Exam. We will provide you some of the tips that make it easy for you to get that certification you need for your practice.

1. Know your weakness

The Praxis is a standardized test that is broken into two parts, which include Praxis 1 and Praxis 2. These tests will check if the teacher is competent enough in their reading, writing and mathematics skills. The first tip we can give you to get these tests under your control is to prioritize. You shouldn’t go all over the place when you’re trying to memorize the data you need for the exams. The Praxis will test you in multiple subjects, but there are areas in the Praxis exam that you’re weakest at. Focus on your weakness first before proceeding to the next area. Make sure that you also spare a larger amount of time to the subjects where you lag behind. Honing the weaker parts of your studies will make you better handle the testing process as a whole. This doesn’t really mean that you have to ignore studying the other parts of your course. You have to pass all areas of the exam, and so flunking out in one area to balance out the other parts will never be an option for you.

2. Manage your time

It’s essential to always prioritize studying over other activities when you want to pass the Praxis Exam on your first try. All too often, students will just pick a random date to study and will not go out of the way to get all the information they need and memorize them. They might not even give a lot of time to the studying because they’re too distracted by social media, hanging out with friends and other leisure activities. This should not be the habit of someone who wants to ace the Praxis exam.

The best thing to do to manage time is to gather all the studying materials and set aside a large block of time to study for them. You should also make a schedule that you can always stick to no matter what. Missing the study time will break your momentum in studying, and will lessen the amount of time that you give for you to memorize all the lessons. You should also set the schedule of your test date according to the time and amount of work you put into studying for the exam. Cramming should not be an option for you. Lack of preparation for the exam is a sure way to fail on your tests.

3. Acquire Test Preparation Materials

If you can’t be a full-time student, you should at least acquire all the test preparation sources made available for you. Getting the look of a standardized test will give you the feeling that you need to get the actual idea of how the test will look like. You can visit various websites that can offer Teachers Test prep and Praxis Practice Exams to get the overview of what to expect on your actual test.

4. Section Spreading

There is an available option for test takers to take the tests on separate dates. When you do this, you’re able to focus on the specific topic on that single day. When you do take the test on different dates, you’re able to allocate enough concentrated time on one section of the exam. Doing this also ensures that you’re able to focus and concentrate on the topic or section on that date before proceeding to the next area.

5. Know the Specifics

Another good tip to ace the exam you’re taking for your teaching profession is to know first the topics covered on the Praxis exam as well as the details. You should see the time allowed for each exam, the question type, scoring and other details. It may also help to know some of the structure of the exam to develop a better strategy to take it.

Doing this helps you prepare for what is about to come, including the specifications and aspects that will shape how the test results will most likely come out. Doing this also gives you no surprise on what is about to happen after the results come out. Knowing the scoring of the Praxis exam will also help you assess some of the areas in your knowledge that still need to be worked on and improved.

About Abby D

Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Exam Edge. She often contributes content to a variety of education and career blogs.

  1. Robert B 11/27/2017, 10:19 pm Reply

    Why would you expect your teen to do “their” homework? Wouldn’t it be enough if he did his/her homework, and let “them” do their own?

    • Jared R 11/27/2017, 10:24 pm Reply

      That’s funny. I assume you are referring to the title of this article (My teen won’t do their homework):

      The use of his/her is cumbersome. “Their” is generally preferred nowadays, won’t you agree? In this case it is definitely ambiguous and non-ideal, though.

  2. Robert B 11/27/2017, 10:25 pm Reply

    “…get all the information they [he/she?] need and memorize them.”
    To what exactly does “them” refer? I’m wondering if the author is a “practising” teacher, and if so, does his/her English qualify as “teacher-ready”?