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Preparing for the Praxis® ParaPro is an important task! You need to find the right study guide and resources so that you are ready to pass the exam. You need to know how hard the test will be for you and how much you should study. This article will help you find free resources for the Praxis® ParaPro and answer many of your questions, including how you should use a study guide.
Are you ready to learn all about how to prepare for the Praxis® ParaPro? Let’s go!
The Praxis® ParaPro has only 90 questions, all of which are all multiple-choice. They are divided evenly among reading, math, and writing. How hard the test is depends on your experience and confidence in these areas. Sometimes you will answer questions by demonstrating mastery of subject matter, such as by solving a math problem or identifying the theme of a written passage. Other times, you will apply classroom knowledge, such as explaining how to help a student with a reading question or a student who struggles with identifying coins. Read this 240 Tutoring article on the ParaPro’s structure to learn more specifics.
In order to pass the Praxis® ParaPro, you will need to earn the passing score set by your state. The scoring range is 420-480, and each state sets its own passing score. Find your state or district in the chart below, or view state and district requirements here.
The Praxis® ParaPro is scored like most Praxis® exams. You receive points for questions correctly answered, and there is no penalty for incorrect responses. This means it’s better to guess than leave a question blank.
After your exam, you will receive a score report with your score, pass/fail status, and score compared to other test takers. You can view a sample score report here. If you have more questions about how Praxis exams are scored, here’s an article specifically dedicated to the scoring of Praxis exams.
A quick internet search will turn up many resources for the Praxis® ParaPro, but not all online material is the same. Use the ETS website to familiarize yourself with the test format and to prepare for what will happen on test day. The other resource that is just as important is a good study guide. Check out 240 Tutoring for a comprehensive guide that guarantees you will pass!
The best resources for the Praxis® ParaPro are the ETS website and a great study website. A study guide should include a pretest and plenty of practice questions. A good pretest will help you know what to study and what you have already mastered. 240 Tutoring offers a full diagnostic pretest that is free! Be wary of sites that offer free pretests with only 10 questions … they can’t help you with so little information!
240 Tutoring’s study guides are carefully designed to take you through a step-by-step study process as you prepare for your exam.
There are many study guides out there both online and in print. The ETS website offers a study companion for free that provides an overview of all the topics. 240 Tutoring offers an ultimate guide that will provide a free overview of the subject areas and a paid study guide that covers every topic. Look for a study guide with practice questions so you can double-check that you’ve learned what you need.
The best way to use a study guide is to review a section and then answer practice questions. You may also want to review flashcards to be sure you fully understand the jargon that may be on the test. The test often uses specific education words that can easily trip up a test-taker, even though they understand the concept being tested.
The best way to study for the Praxis® ParaPro is to start with a pretest. This will give you an idea of where you need to spend the most time, and then you can make a plan. Break up your studying into chunks and spend about an hour a day reviewing. About a week before the test, review all the material together because it will not be separated by subject on the exam.
The amount you need to study depends on your current abilities. You should begin studying for the Praxis® ParaPro about a month before you take the test. If you have even more time, that’s better! That way you can plan for a break each week. If you have less time, it is super important to take a diagnostic test so that you spend your time wisely. Taking a diagnostic test will let you know how much you have already mastered and how much you need to prepare for. Once you know, plan about an hour for each topic and then six to eight hours to review all of the material combined in the week before you sit for the exam
If you are especially short on time, you might benefit from Dr. Kristy Mulkey’s “Effective Cramming” tips.
If you receive a score that does not meet your state’s passing score requirements, the good news is you can take the test again. There is a 28-day waiting period to observe before retaking an exam. Use this time and the information from your score report to target areas you need to review before registering for and taking the test again.
Do you still have questions about the Praxis® ParaPro? Check out the resources below to ensure you are ready on test day.