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Praxis Core For Dummies with Online Practice Tests, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Get the confidence you need to ace the Praxis Core

Prepping for the Praxis Core can feel like a pain—but it doesn't have to! Beginning with a thorough overview of the exam to ensure there are no surprises on test day, Praxis Core For Dummies with Online Practice Tests arms you with expert test-taking strategies and gives you access to the types of questions you're likely to encounter on the reading, writing, and mathematics portions of the Praxis Core Academic Skills For Educators exam.

As a future educator, you know how thorough preparation can affect performance—and this is one exam that requires your very best. This hands-on study guide gives you all the study guidance, tried-and-true strategies, and practice opportunities you need to brush up on your strong suits, pinpoint where you need more help, and gain the confidence you need to pass the Praxis Core with flying colors.

  • Get a detailed overview of the exam
  • Take six full-length practice tests (two in the book and four additional tests online)
  • Answer hundreds of practice questions
  • Hone your test-taking skills

This is the ultimate study guide to one of the most important tests you'll ever take.

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with the Praxis Core
      1. Chapter 1: Previewing the Praxis
        1. Why Take the Praxis?
        2. Breaking Down the Praxis
        3. Understanding How the Test Is Scored
      2. Chapter 2: Getting Ready for Test Day
        1. Registering for the Test
        2. Using Your Time Wisely
        3. When Test Day Has Arrived
        4. If You Are Retaking the Test
      3. Chapter 3: Practicing the Praxis: Sampling Some Practice Questions
        1. Going through the Pre-Assessment Questions
        2. Looking at the Pre-Assessment Answers
        3. Assessing Your Results
    4. Part 2: Mastering Math Concepts
      1. Chapter 4: Count on It: Number and Quantity
        1. Working with Integers: Whole Numbers and Their Opposites
        2. Computing with Fractions and Mixed Numbers
        3. Working with Decimals and Percents
        4. Understanding the Number Line
        5. Following Orders: The Order of Operations
        6. Reasoning with Quantities
        7. Practice Questions about Number and Quantity
        8. Answers and Explanations
      2. Chapter 5: Introducing Letters: Algebra and Functions
        1. Variables: When Letters Represent Numbers
        2. Working with Equations
        3. Solving Inequalities
        4. Factoring in Algebra
        5. Decoding Algebra Word Problems
        6. Figuring Out Functions
        7. Thinking Outside the Algebra Box
        8. Practice Questions about Algebra
        9. Answers and Explanations
      3. Chapter 6: Grasping Geometry Concepts
        1. Understanding the Building Blocks of Geometry
        2. Understanding Angle Measures and Relationships
        3. Knowing Common Shapes and Their Basic Properties
        4. Working with Shapes that Are Alike
        5. Figuring out Geometric Formulas
        6. Combining Shapes
        7. Knowing the Ways of the XY Coordinate Plane
        8. Touching on Right Triangles
        9. Practice Questions about Geometry
        10. Answers and Explanations
      4. Chapter 7: Pinning Down Statistics and Probability
        1. Representing Data
        2. Analyzing Data
        3. Calculating Probability
        4. Pointing Out Scientific Notation Facts
        5. Practice Questions about Probability and Statistics
        6. Answers and Explanations
      5. Chapter 8: Test-Taking Strategies for Core Math
        1. Using Helpful Shortcuts
        2. Narrowing Down Answer Choices
        3. Tackling the Constructed Response
    5. Part 3: Refining Your Reading Comprehension Skills
      1. Chapter 9: Reading Comprehension: Finding Meaning and Identifying Purpose
        1. Previewing the Praxis Reading Test
        2. Mastering Short-Passage Questions
        3. Looking at Long-Passage Questions
        4. Visual- and Quantitative-Information Questions
        5. Practice Reading-Comprehension Questions
        6. Answers and Explanations
      2. Chapter 10: Test-Taking Strategies for Core Reading
        1. Figuring Out Which to Read First: The Passage or the Question
        2. Examining Strategies for the Various Passages
        3. Approaching Questions about Charts and Graphs
        4. Eliminating Wrong Answers
        5. Tips for Slow Readers
    6. Part 4: Fine-Tuning Your Writing Skills
      1. Chapter 11: Acing the Essay
        1. Perusing the Types of Prompts: “Picking a Side” versus “Exploring an Idea”
        2. Creating a Solid Essay
        3. Turning a Good Essay into a Great One
        4. Understanding How the Essay Is Scored
        5. Checking Out Some Practice Prompts
        6. Reviewing a Sample Essay
        7. Evaluating Your Essay
      2. Chapter 12: Giving Grammar a Glance
        1. Getting a Grip on the Parts of Speech
        2. Making Sense of Sentence Structure
        3. Pondering Punctuation
        4. Misplaced Modifiers
        5. Redundancy and Double Negatives
        6. Homophones: “They’re in there with their bear”
        7. Capitalization: What You Need to Know
        8. Practice Questions about Grammar
        9. Answers and Explanations
      3. Chapter 13: Test-Taking Strategies for Core Writing
        1. Knowing the Types of Selected-Response Writing Questions
        2. Identifying and Correcting Errors in Selected-Response Items
        3. Mastering the Essay
    7. Part 5: Tackling Praxis Core Practice Tests
      1. Chapter 14: Practice Exam 1
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 1
        2. Part 1: Reading
        3. Part 2: Writing
        4. Part 3: Mathematics
      2. Chapter 15: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations
        1. Part 1: Reading
        2. Part 2: Writing
        3. Part 3: Mathematics
        4. Answer Key
      3. Chapter 16: Practice Exam 2
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 2
        2. Part 1: Reading
        3. Part 2: Writing
        4. Part 3: Mathematics
      4. Chapter 17: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations
        1. Part 1: Reading
        2. Part 2: Writing
        3. Part 3: Mathematics
        4. Answer Key
    8. Part 6: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 18: Ten Common Math Errors to Avoid
        1. Misusing Negative Signs
        2. Confusing Perimeter and Area
        3. Incorrectly Combining Like Terms
        4. Messing Up when Moving Decimals
        5. Not Solving for the Actual Variable
        6. Misrepresenting “Less Than” in Word Problems
        7. Mixing Up Supplementary and Complementary Angles
        8. Finding the Wrong Median
        9. Fearing Fractions
        10. Forgetting about Fractions in Formulas
      2. Chapter 19: Ten Mistakes to Avoid on the Praxis Reading and Writing Exams
        1. Avoiding Mistakes Common to the Writing and Reading Tests
        2. Sidestepping Mistakes on the Writing Test
        3. Evading Mistakes on the Reading Test
    9. About the Authors
    10. Connect with Dummies
    11. End User License Agreement