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By Carla C. Kirkland, Chan Cleveland

If you’re taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (referred to as Praxis or Praxis Core), that means you’ve chosen to shape the minds of future generations through education. Good for you. With a few tips and plenty of study and practice, you’ll be on your way to scoring well on the exam.

Preparing for Praxis Core Math

The Math questions on the Praxis Core exam may be multiple choice, fill-in, or select all that apply. You need to be prepared to answer questions in these subject areas:

  • Number and quantity, including topics such as basic operations, number form conversions, order of operations, number order, sequences, word problems, and measurement
  • Algebra, which includes combining like terms, using given variable values, solving equations and inequalities, and solving algebraic word problems
  • Geometry, which covers basic geometric building blocks, angles, polygons and circles, three-dimensional figures, and the coordinate plane
  • Statistics and probability, involving representations of data, central tendencies, probability calculations, and scientific notation

When working through Praxis Core math problems, watch out for these common mistakes:

  • Overlooking part of a rule
  • Confusing one rule with another
  • Misusing the four-function online calculator
  • Confusing one mathematical term with another
  • Using the incorrect expression to represent what’s described
  • Stopping before answering the final question in a multi-step problem

Preparing for Praxis Core Writing Questions

On the Praxis Core Writing test, your challenge is to find the error in the sentence — or the lack of one — or to choose the best version of a sentence or phrase. When you practice these types of questions, be prepared to

  • Identify how the eight parts of speech work together
  • Recognize whether phrases and clauses are used correctly
  • Choose the right words, including in idioms
  • Select the proper punctuation, particularly with commas, semicolons, and apostrophes
  • Choose appropriate transitions
  • Decide whether a sentence should be cut from a passage

You need to know your grammar and punctuation rules, so pay attention to these areas:

  • Matters of agreement: Agreement problems — whether they involve a subject and a verb, a noun and a noun, a noun and a pronoun, a pronoun and a pronoun, or different verb tenses — make up a large part of this section of the Praxis.
  • Phrases and clauses: Most grammar tests for adults don’t bother throwing in too many run-ons, because they’re easy to spot. But test-writers just love to throw comma splices at you! Learn to spot a comma splice from a mile away.
  • Contractions: Whenever you see a contraction, sound it out: it’s = it is, they’re = they are, and so on.
  • Commas: Longer sentences don’t necessarily require more punctuation, especially commas, than shorter ones. If the Praxis asks you to consider punctuation, locate the sentence’s main subject and verb and go from there.