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 DomainNumber of QuestionsPages of Content
Scientific Principles and Methods3814
Physical Science5516
Life Science6616
Earth and Space Science4719
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What’s on the PRAXIS Middle School: Science

Taking the PRAXIS Middle School: Science 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.  

The Middle School Science test is designed to measure the knowledge and competencies necessary for a beginning teacher of middle school science. Examinees have typically completed or nearly completed a bachelor’s degree program with appropriate coursework in science and education. The 125 selected-response questions include concepts, terms, phenomena, methods, applications, data analysis, and problem solving in science, and include an understanding of the impact of science and technology on the environment and human affairs. This also includes the ability to integrate basic topics from chemistry, physics, life science, and Earth and space science, which are typically covered in introductory college-level courses in these disciplines, although some questions of a more advanced nature are included, because secondary school teachers must understand the subject matter from a more advanced viewpoint than that presented to their students.

Taking the PRAXIS Middle School: Science 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 science, the exam is broken into 6 categories.

What to Expect

QuestionsTime Limit (Minutes)
Middle School: Science125150

You will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 125 questions.

Structure

The PRAXIS Middle School: Science exam in its entirety consists of 125 selected-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.

Strategy

Now that you know the “what” and “how”, it is time to develop a solid test-taking strategy that will maximize your preparation.

First, go through the test and answer all of the questions that you are confident about.  The questions that will probably be fastest to answer are the single-answer questions.  These will be direct-response questions or unfinished statements.  Make sure to read all of the answer options before responding.

Stimulus-based questions are also a good place to start.  Look at the chart, graph or image first, then examine the answer choices before selecting the right one.  Just like with single-answer questions, though, if you don’t know the answer right away, move on and come back to it.

Once you have answered all of the questions that are easiest for you, head back to the beginning to work on the questions you skipped.  (NOTE: You can mark questions you are skipping as you go so that you remember to go back to them later.)

Things to Remember

Test Day: Can you imagine doing all of this work to get ready, and then getting turned away on test day? To make sure that isn’t you, read through these guidelines:

Be on time! Pay careful attention to the time on your “Admission Ticket” and plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance.  This will give you enough time for any snafus or complications.  They will not let you test if you arrive after this time (and they won’t refund you!).

No electronic devices! In fact, all you should have with you is your Admission Ticket and your ID.  If there is anything else you must carry into the testing facility with you, put it in a small bag.  There will be places to store your belongings inside.

Check your ID before you go. Your ID should be the one you used during registration. If it does not exactly match what you entered into ETS, you will be turned away.  Make sure it also has your picture and signature on it.

You will be photographed and fingerprinted at the testing site in order to verify your identity. If you refuse, you will not be allowed to test.

Study Time: Make sure to read through all of the competencies and descriptive statements—they are there to guide you! If you have mastered those, you should have no problem on the test.

Practice: To make sure you are adequately prepared, do some practice questions. 

Scratch Paper: You will have scratch paper to use during the exam—use it! It will in no way be considered in the scoring of your exam. However, don’t forget to put the actual answers into the computer!

Once you request access, you will be issued an activation key, which will be good for 90 days. Time your test to make the best use of this; you want to be a pro by test day.

Pitfalls

  • Just being able to recite the competencies and descriptive statements is not enough. Very little of the test will be recall; instead it will mostly focus on critical thinking and application.  That’s why you should make sure you practice!

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