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Study Guide Social Studies and Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge (Praxis Study Guides) Paperback – April 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0886853815 ISBN-10: 0886853818 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Praxis Study Guides
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Ets/Educational Testing Service; 2nd edition (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886853818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886853815
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the world’s premier educational testing organization and the only publisher of Praxis test preparation materials containing authentic test questions. to finish.

Customer Reviews

This book offers only outlines,no "Content Knowlege" is reviewed whatsoever.
Sam
The study guide provided generalized questions and a practice test that in no way resembled the actual Praxis II test, which proved to be very daunting.
JLB
It is more difficult than the study guides let on; however, this book offers a reasonable overview.
R. Disterhaft

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J Martin on June 14, 2008
I recently took the Praxis II Secondary Social Studies test in late April of 2008, and found this study guide to be of central importance to my ability to go into the test feeling like I had done as much meaningful prep as was possible given the time I had to study.

In the month prior to taking the test, I did some online research (including reading these reviews about THIS study guide), and came away not particularly impressed that I would need the guide. I bought several books and created study regimens for myself on world and us history, psychology, economics, geography etc. that are included in the test. However, after nearly 3 weeks of studying, I realized that the spectrum of possible subject topics was just too overwhelming, and that I needed help to refine what I was going to spend my time on. This particular subject test covers so much stuff, why would you leave it to your own assumptions or guesswork which topics, prominent figures, or general ideas you would look to learn rather than get a simple, comprehensive list of what you should study. I found, for instance, in the psychology/sociology section, I simply researched every person or idea they had listed through google and wikipedia - and I scored a perfect 13 our of 13 on that particular section. Had I not had that list, I would have likely studied twice as much for not as much return on my studying investment. Moreover, the study guide included some rather specific ideas that in my B.A. and M.A. of political science would not have thought to include in my study of psychology - I consider that valuable information.

Having said that, this is not a comprehensive study guide. You will get general ideas and names that you are left to go gather info on.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angel L. Dolina on August 20, 2006
This review study guide did little for history majors. yes, it certainly helped as a review from the early american history but the actual material on the test was very random questions which were NOTHING like easy review questions. I WAS HIGHLY disappointed especially since a large part was pertaining to random economic questions
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on January 4, 2007
Works great, however... it's very general knowledge stuff- it basically could have said, when you're studying make sure you know everything. The practice test was nice because it was really long and gave me an idea of what the test would be like, and the test was very close to identical to the practice test. (Different questions, but exact same style)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel A. Rheaume on January 12, 2007
If you are going to take the Praxis test it is because you have experience in the given subject. As such, do not buy this study guide. Its things to study are extremely broad and do not give any specific information. For example: Chapter 6, "Political Theory" Things to Study- Political theory and major theorists such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and Lenin. I was hoping for some more specific information than a prompt to return to my college textbooks and notes. As part of the test on politics, one could easily imagine the key names to know... thus thanks for the obvious. If this limited information will suffice, shell out the $20. Otherwise, save it to pay for the huge fee Praxis charges for their tests.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Disterhaft on December 27, 2007
The Praxis II is an intimidating exam. It is more difficult than the study guides let on; however, this book offers a reasonable overview. I would use it as a place to start, but NOT exclusively. Start with one of the many study guides out there (borrow one from the library for free) then move on to finding a good overview book in each catagory...geography, poli sci. etc. The study guide tests (this and other praxis II study guides) also serve as a way to test which areas need additional review. Good luck!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Warnek on September 19, 2006
I totally agree with you, as do many others. It is a very hard test that should be looked at by ETS and reviewed by the board. I wonder what the statistics are on the pass/fail rate on that test and what the average score is on the test. Buying this study guide will not help you, it is just another money making way for ETS. I had to take the test and the best way to study is to buy class room books and read through them. That is the only true way to passing this test, or getting lucky.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2008
When we moved from Colorado to Minnesota, I found I had to take several hundred dollars worth of Praxis tests to keep my license. (We're teachers, not lawyers--it's not like we get paid enough to justify these prices.) It has been several years since I did my teacher prep, and a couple of decades since I took most of my undergrad social studies classes. So I decided I'd get some review guides. I read all the reviews on Amazon, and chose to go with these official guides. I wish I'd kept my money and spent it on something else.

Specifically, I wish I'd bought the Cliff's guides. The biggest difference is in the content and format of the books. The ETS books tell you what subjects will be covered and tell you to go out and find resources on those subjects. The Cliff's guides actually put the recommended study content in the book, so you don't have to go out and find other study resources. I didn't find the Cliff's guides until the day of the test, though. Boy, was I peeved!

As one previous reviewer remarked, this test is heavily weighted toward economics. I think that's interesting, as most high schools don't teach economics--it's not a class required for high school graduation. The history and government classes that ARE required receive short shrift on this test. So be sure you review your econ notes!

In case you're wondering, I passed in spite of this book.
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