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The Middle School: English Language Arts test measures whether prospective middle school English language arts teachers have the knowledge, skills, and abilities believed necessary for competent professional practice. It measures examinees’ skills and knowledge of concepts relevant to four content categories: reading, including the study of literature (e.g., stories, drama, and poetry) and informational texts (e.g., essays, biographies, and speeches); use of the English language, including conventions of standard English and vocabulary development; writing, speaking, and listening; and English language arts instruction. Most of the 110 selected-response questions, which will address all four of the content categories, are traditional four-option selected-response questions with one correct answer. However, some innovative question types are also used.
Taking the PRAXIS Middle School: English Language Arts exam can be a daunting task. Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground. This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare. Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test. In order to cover everything needed to teach middle school English language arts, the exam is broken into 4 categories.
Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The PRAXIS Middle School: English Language Arts exam in its entirety consists of 110 selected-response questions and 2 constructed-response questions. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.
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You will have 130 minutes to complete the 110 SR questions and 30 minutes for the 2 CR questions.
-Informational Texts and Rhetoric
-Understands the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, syntax, and mechanics (e.g., sentence types, verb tenses, punctuation)
-Understands the use of affixes, context, and syntax to determine word meaning
-Understands the use of print and digital reference materials to support correct language usage
-Is familiar with variation in dialect and diction across regions, cultural groups, and time periods
-Understands the distinct characteristics of various types of writing (e.g., argumentative, informative/ explanatory, narrative)
-Understands that effective writing is appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience
-Understands the characteristics of clear and coherent writing (e.g., development, organization, style)
-Knows effective research practices, including evaluating the credibility of multiple print and digital sources, gathering relevant information, and citing sources accurately
-Understands the effective delivery of a speech or presentation (e.g., eye contact, visual aids, tone)
-Understands methods that authors use to appeal to a specific audience
-Understands what constitutes an effective written argument with strong supporting evidence
-Knows commonly used research-based approaches to supporting language acquisition and vocabulary development for diverse learners
-Knows techniques for instructing students to participate productively in collaborative discussions (e.g., one-on-one, in groups, teacher- led) and listen actively
-Knows techniques for instructing students to communicate effectively and appropriately using technological tools (e.g., presentation software, blogs, wikis)
-Knows commonly used research-based approaches to grouping and differentiated instruction to meet specific instructional objectives in English Language Arts (e.g., literature circles, peer conferencing, collaborating with educators of exceptional/special needs or linguistically diverse children)
-Is familiar with approaches to choosing texts for students based on ability and interests
-Understands commonly used research-based strategies for teaching adolescent reading (e.g., activating prior knowledge, modeling metacognitive practices)
-Understands commonly used research-based approaches to teaching components of writing (e.g., writing workshop, modeling)
-Knows approaches to and purposes of formative and summative assessment of reading, writing, speaking, and listening (e.g., use of rubrics, conferencing techniques, providing useful feedback)
-Knows effective approaches to incorporating student input into the design and use of English Language Arts curriculum and assessments (e.g., literature selection, collaboratively designed rubrics)
Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. The passing score varies depending on the state you are testing for. See Registration and Testing section below for detailed information.
The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration. Some PRAXIS tests are offered continuously while others are offered during testing windows that occur several times a year. However, because of that, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want. It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.
Check your state testing requirements to see which test(s) are required for licensure in your state.
Before you register:
Before you even arrive at the test center, there are a number of important things you should do:
By now, you should be familiar with what to expect on the exam. All that is left to do is complete it, but that may not be as simple as it sounds once the test is in front of you.
If you feel anxious, remember 7 Reasons People Fail Their Certification Exam. If you have prepared using these tips and 240Tutoring’s study guide, you will have:
Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!
Some, but not all, Praxis® tests offer you an opportunity to view unofficial scores at the end of your testing session. If an unofficial score is not provided for your test, it means that further analysis must be conducted before scoring can be completed. This does not indicate a problem with the administration of your test and will not result in a delay in reporting your official score. Test centers cannot provide printed copies of score reports.
At the end of the test session, but before reviewing the unofficial score information, the computer gives you the option to report or cancel your score. Once you have chosen to report the score, it cannot be canceled. If you cancel your score, it will not be reported and it cannot be reinstated on your record. You also will not receive a refund if you choose to cancel your score.
For tests that are offered continuously, official scores are available online 10–16 business days after your test date. For tests that are offered during testing windows, scores are available online 10–16 business days after the testing window closes, regardless of the specific date on which you tested within that window. For more information on score reporting dates and accessing scores, see Getting Your Praxis Scores.
You received your score report. What does it all mean? For more detailed information, read Understanding Your Scores.
Each state and licensing organization determines its own certification andPraxis passing score requirements. For more information about certification requirements, visit the state requirements section.
If you feel you did not perform to your potential, you may retake a Praxistest once every 21 days, not including your initial test date. (Note: If you take a combined test, such as the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Test or the PA Grades 4–8 Core Assessment, you cannot retake a subtest until after the 21-day period.)
This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you violate this restriction, the scores from your retest will not be reported and your test fees will not be refunded.
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