Are you a prospective teacher who needs to pass the Praxis Core Exam? Have you already attempted the Praxis Core and not been successful? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this course is for you! You'll develop all the skills you need for the test as we review and prepare for everything it includes.
You'll get familiar with the different types of questions that appear on the reading and writing tests. You'll master the many areas of math that you'll be tested on: number operations, negative numbers, exponents, square roots, order of operations, decimals, fractions, percentages, algebra, geometry, systems of measurement, and probability and statistics. To prepare for the two essays, we'll discuss what constitutes high scoring essays. We'll also go through the process of writing each essay in the amount of time allotted.
You'll learn useful test-taking strategies and get plenty of practice questions that are similar to what you'll find on the exam. You'll also have the opportunity to take a full-length practice test in each subject area. Using clear explanations, numerous examples, graphics, animation, and videos, this course will not only prepare you for the Praxis Core, but do so in a way that's fun and interesting. After completing this course, you'll be totally ready to pass the Praxis Core Exam!
Course Revised May 2015
Nicole Taylor-Buckner has successfully helped prospective teachers prepare for the Praxis I Exam for many years. She received her B.A. from Syracuse University, her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from NYU, and a M.S. in Mathematics from Cleveland State University. Nicole has experience teaching at the high school and college levels, face-to-face, and online. In addition to teaching, she is currently working on her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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A new session of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or
more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two
All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons
are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have
to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until
the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each
lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such,
we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final
exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work,
including the final exam.
For your first lesson, you'll learn all about the Praxis Core exam. As you begin this course, you probably have lots of questions about the tests. For instance, how many tests make up the Praxis Core exam? Where do you go to take them? Do you have to take all the tests at once, or can you take them separately? You'll get answers to all of these questions! We'll also talk about how much time you're allowed for each test and how many questions you can expect. By the end of the lesson, the tests will no longer be a mystery to you. You'll be ready to start preparing for all of the elements each test encompasses.
In this lesson, you'll become familiar with the reading test of the Praxis Core exam. You'll learn about the different types of reading questions you'll come across. We'll discuss useful strategies and explore examples of reading questions. Then you'll have the opportunity to take a full-length practice reading test!
Have you ever heard the phrase "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" and wondered how it relates to math? Today, as we begin preparing for the math portion of the Praxis Core exam, you'll learn what this phrase means in the math world. You'll also learn some tips for using the calculator. We'll cover exponents, square roots, and decimals, too, and by the end of the lesson, you'll have a solid understanding of math basics.
In this lesson, we'll talk about fractions and ratios. If you're someone who has a fear of fractions, after completing this lesson you'll realize that fractions are indeed your friends! You'll learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals and fractions, as well as how to reduce and build up fractions. To close the lesson, you'll learn about ratios and proportions.
How much is 25% of 544? If an item that was originally priced at $175 dropped to a price of $105, what is the percentage of decrease? Today, we'll answer these questions as well as others involving percentages. You'll also learn how to convert percentages into fractions and decimals, and vice versa. Finally, you'll learn about two measurement systems and how to convert within them. Throughout the lesson, you'll have the opportunity to reinforce what you've learned with practice problems to try along the way.
Does the sight of the algebraic equation 3x - 5 + 7x = 9x - 2 scare you? If it does, by the end of this lesson it won't. You'll discover everything you need to know about algebra to be successful on the math test. This includes what algebraic expressions are, how to combine like terms, and how to solve equations and inequalities. I'll also reveal a test-taking strategy to help you find the correct answer to a problem without actually solving the problem. This backdoor method will definitely come in handy on the test!
Have you ever wondered how much fencing you'll need for your backyard or how much carpet you'll need for your living room? To answer these questions, you have to know some geometry. In this lesson, you'll get a crash course in geometry, where you will learn about area, perimeter, volume, lines, angles, shapes, congruence, similarity, and the infamous Pythagorean theorem. Besides helping you with problems on the math test, what you absorb in this lesson will help you solve problems long after you have passed the Praxis Core exam.
Have you ever heard the terms mean, median, mode, and range? Today we'll explore what these statistical terms mean and how to calculate them. After that, you'll learn about the many types of graphs that you'll come across on the test, including pie graphs, bar graphs, and pictographs. You'll discover how to read and construct a Venn diagram. Then you'll learn a useful formula that will help you answer probability questions that you may come across on the math test.
For our final math lesson, you'll learn how to make xy tables, plot points, and graph lines. You'll discover how the slope of a line is just like driving a car. Also, you'll learn how to do a geometric transformation, which sounds difficult but really isn't. At this point, you'll be ready to try a full-length practice math test. Good luck!
In this lesson, you'll start preparing for the writing test of the Praxis Core exam with a crash course in grammar. We'll go back to the basics by reviewing parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar rules. This grammar refresher will give you a good foundation for the writing test.
Is it better to say "PIN number" or "PIN"? I'll answer this question and others like it in this lesson. We'll also explore idiomatic expressions and commonly confused words. Next, you'll become familiar with the two types of questions that you'll see on the multiple-choice portion of the writing test. You'll get some tips that will help you avoid common mistakes. These tips and what you learned in Lesson 10 will help you do well on a full-length practice writing test.
For the last lesson of the course, you'll prepare for the essay portion of the writing test. You have two essays to prepare for—the argumentative essay and the source-based essay. You'll see some sample essay prompts, and you'll learn how each essay is scored. You'll analyze examples of good essays and bad essays. Then, you'll practice the process for writing two successful essays in the allotted amount of time. After this lesson, you'll not only be all set to take the writing test, but you'll be ready to take and pass the entire Praxis Core exam!
I found this class to very helpful and filled in the blanks that I had trouble in. It was nice to be able to ask questions and receive feedback on a subject area that is normally done by oneself with a book. At the end of each lesson websites for additional help and study content was very helpful. I enjoyed the class and would take another in the future.
I am so happy I stumbled upon this class; it was great especially for working 40hrs/week. Mrs. Buckner was wonderful at explaining and I felt that I learned a lot! Thank you!
I strongly recommend this class! The instructor and the material were very informative to me. I am not ashamed anymore because both the teacher and the class have given me hope again. I now know that I have everything I need to be successful in passing the basic skills test.
I think this course was just what I needed. The professor knowledge was on point and she did an excellent job providing us with information that will take us where we need to go. I have more confidence in passing my next test and I owe it all to her!
This course was a great help to me because there are some areas on the Praxis that I needed to be refreshed on. Now I am better equipped to retake the Praxis.
I just wanted to let you know that I passed the Praxis on Monday and I could never have gotten through the math test if it had not been for you lessons. I got 186 on the Reading (needed 169), which is my strong point and 174 on the math (needed 170). I don't know about the writing test yet, but I feel confident that I did well on that test?The math section was very challenging for me and without this class, I am sure I would not have passed on the first try. Thanks again for all your help and I will be recommending this class and ed2go to friends and co-workers.
This course was very helpful. I learned a great deal in a few short weeks. I would recommend this class be taken by anyone embarking on a future in education. Thank you for all of your help.
I really liked how the course was down to my level. The books I have used are just too vague and hard to understand.
The instructor was fantastic! The lessons were perfectly structured. As someone who is a working professional but hasn't had to deal with a lot of mathematical concepts in every day life, the lessons were clear concise and didn't make me feel badly for not remembering how to solve for "x" or what happens when you add two negative numbers. I really appreciated that.
I have been a stay at home Mom for seven years. I am going back to school for my Master's in Education. I felt that this course helped me brush up on all the areas I needed to achieve a good score on the Praxis. I would definitely recommend this course to others!
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