Coming out of lurkdome

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Registered: 10-02-2007
Coming out of lurkdome
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Thu, 01-29-2009 - 6:16am
I have been lurking around since September of last year. I need a bit of help. I will be graduating in December with a degree in Middle Level Education in Math/Science. For my state, I have to take the PRAXIS and PLT. I want to test the math portion in April and the science portion in June so that I can relax during my student teaching in the fall. Does anyone have any advice to help me study. What books did you use? I have been using the Cliffs notes books and doing the practice tests. I feel like that is not enough because on my first practice test I missed 16 out of 40 and I did not even go to the 3 written answers. My mommy brain is not allowing me to reatin much these days. Someone please give me some tips on how to do this. Spending 90 dollars for a test is alot of money and I do nto want to end up taking it 5 times! Thank you for helping me.
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 2:19pm

Hello! I'm glad to know you've decided to delurk and participate. I wish I had an easy answer, but I don't. There are a lot of good study materials. I think the College Board has one with tutorials and a CD of practice tests. I've heard several people mention that one and they felt it helped.


Does your university offer help? We have study materials available free of charge for our students and they also have study groups and free workshops available. Have you checked with your university advisor?


I haven't searched online but I imagine someone has posted study materials and practice exams. I'd try that too. For me the more I try different methods and materials, the more likely it is that I find something effective.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 10-02-2007
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 5:08pm
Our college is strange. They do not offer any help or advice. They do give you a little sheet of paper with 6 practice
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 01-30-2009 - 5:27pm

Yuck! That's horrible. I'd start with an online search for help and then look at the bookstores for study guides. If there are others in your classes that are also prepping, why don't you start a study group and share your materials. If you work with someone else they can help you with your weaknesses and you can help them with your strengths. Everyone would benefit.


Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-24-2003
Tue, 02-03-2009 - 10:20am
which praxis? the general one is easy. the praxis 2s are harder. i got study guides from amazon.com and also checked ebay. i also looked at what scores were needed and how many right that would actually be and found out it was fewer than expected. i don't know about your state, but for us a pass is a pass so i didn't really care if i excelled on the test or not. good luck!






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Registered: 04-21-2008
Wed, 02-04-2009 - 7:04am

PRAXIS publishes some study books if you're taking a content area test but as far as I remember, there were no prep books for the PLT. My advice on the PLT is to make sure you pace yourself. I didn't pay attention to the time and almost didn't finish my test. Write just enough to cover the questions and move on, and don't spend a lot of time on the multiple choice section. I breezed through with a score well above what I needed to pass but I know several of my fellow student teachers walked out thinking they didn't do so well.

On the math test: Pay special attention to the constructed responses because they count the most. Provide the most detailed answer you can in the amount of time they give you. Again, pacing is everything. I never cracked the study book for the PRAXIS II test, but I wasn't actually going in to take it with hopes to pass (I took it as part of a grant program) and thus didn't do so well. Good luck.


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Registered: 05-25-2007
Wed, 02-18-2009 - 9:53pm
I had the books from ETS and they were horrible.

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