Praxis® - Questions Quick Guide

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Praxis® is a series of exams used by many state and local education agencies to determine the professional readiness of new teacher candidates. The following article will discuss the structure of Praxis® Core exams and subject assessments. Understanding how the exams are structured is an easy way to increase your confidence and improve your score. We will help you know how many questions are on your upcoming exam and what kind of questions you can expect. Finally, we will direct you to the best resources for studying for the Praxis®.

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How many questions are on the Praxis®?

The number of exam questions varies between different Praxis® tests. The following table summarizes the number of questions on many Praxis® Core and Subject tests. For more information about the number of questions on your exam, visit the ETS website.

What kinds of questions are on the Praxis®?

Praxis® exams consist of multiple-choice questions called selected responses (SRQ) and essay or short answer questions called constructed response (CRQ). Within the SRQ question types you may be asked to select only one or multiple correct answer choices. For math and science subjects you may also encounter numeric-entry questions.

Are there any essay questions on the Praxis®?

Yes and no, because it depends on which Praxis® exam you are taking. Exams in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Principles of Learning and Teaching are more likely to have two to four essay/constructed response questions (CRQ). Exams on mathematics, science, reading, special education, and extracurriculars are more likely to have only multiple-choice/selected-response (SRQ) questions. Review the table above or specific exam information on the ETS website to determine if there are essay questions.

What are the best resources for studying for the Praxis®?

Early and effective exam preparation is the key to achieving a passing score. 240 Tutoring offers comprehensive study guides for Praxis®, including important test information, engaging study guides, and practice tests with questions that mirror the same structure and content of the actual exam. This video outlines the process of study guide development.

You can also review online practice problems and test strategy tips on the ETS website.

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