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PRAXIS II Middle School Mathematics (0069) - (REA): The Best Teachers' Test Prep (PRAXIS Teacher Certification Test Prep) Paperback – March 27, 2007

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INTRODUCTION:  PASSING THE TEST

 

About This Book

REA’s The Best Teachers’ Preparation for the PRAXIS II Middle School Mathematics Test (0069) is a comprehensive guide designed to assist you in preparing for this required test for teachers of middle school mathematics. To enhance your chances of success in this important step toward your career as a mathematics teacher, this test guide:

• presents an accurate and complete overview of the PRAXIS II

• identifies all of the important information and its representation on the test

• provides a comprehensive review of every content category on the test

• provides three full-length practice tests

• suggests tips and strategies for successfully completing standardized tests

• replicates the format of the official test, including levels of difficulty

• supplies the correct answer and detailed explanations for each question on the practice tests, which enable you to identify correct answers and understand why they are correct and, just as important, why the other answers are incorrect.

 

This guide is the result of studying many resources. The editors considered the most recent test administrations and professional standards. They also researched information from the Educational Testing Service, professional journals, textbooks, and educators. This guide includes the best test preparation materials based on the latest information available.

 

About the Test

The PRAXIS II Middle School Mathematics test is designed to assess the mathematical knowledge and competencies for a beginning middle school teacher. Below are the content and process categories used as the basis for this test, as well as the approximate percentage of the total test that each category occupies. These categories represent the knowledge that teams of teachers, subject area specialists, and district-level educators have determined to be important for beginning teachers. This book contains a thorough review of all these categories, as well as the specific skills that demonstrate each area.

 

Who Administers the Test?

All the PRAXIS II tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service  (www.ets.org/praxis).

 

 

Content Categories                            Approx # questions             Percentage

PART A
I.             Arithmetic and Basic Algebra             12                                            20%

II.             Geometry and Measurement                10                                            17%

III.             Functions and Graphs                          8                                              13%

IV.       Data, Probability, and Statistical             10                                            17%

                  Concepts; Discrete Mathematics    

            PART B

            Constructed Response

V.             Problem Solving Exercise                       3                                              33%

Process Categories -- Distributed Across Content Categories:

Mathematical Problem Solving

Mathematical Reasoning and Proof

Mathematical Connections

Mathematical Representation

Use of Technology

 

Can I Retake the Test?

Most states and institutions allow candidates who do not pass the PRAXIS II to retake it as often as necessary until a passing score is achieved. In these cases, candidates must reregister each time they take a test. However, please check with your state or testing institution for their specific requirements. Candidates who have passed a PRAXIS II test have met that part of the testing requirement for certification and, therefore, are not eligible to retake the test again.

 

When Should the PRAXIS II Be Taken?

Individual states, institutions, and associations set their own requirements and passing scores for the PRAXIS. Some states specify the passing of additional or different tests. Check with your state agency for details.

 

ETS offers the PRAXIS II Middle School Mathematics (0069) test six times a year at a number of locations across the nation. The usual testing day is Saturday, but examinees may request an administration on an alternate day if there is a conflict, such as a religious obligation.

 

To receive information on upcoming administrations of the PRAXIS II, consult the PRAXIS II Information Bulletin (found at http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/ PRAXIS/pdf/01361.pdf), or contact the ETS at:

 

Educational Testing Service

Teaching and Learning Division

P.O. Box 6051

Princeton, NJ 08541-6051

Phone: (609) 771-7395

Website: www.ets.org/PRAXIS II

E-mail: PRAXIS II@ets.org

 

Is There a Registration Fee?

To take the PRAXIS II Middle School Mathematics test there is a fee. A complete summary of the registration fees can be found at the website or phone number listed above.

 

Calculators

Examinees are allowed to use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator during the PRAXIS II Middle School Mathematics examination, although a calculator is not required. On test day, bring your calculator to the testing site as one will not be provided. Please see the ETS website (www.ets.org/praxis/prxcalc.html) for further details on the types of calculating devices that are prohibited.

 

How to Use This Book

 

How Do I Begin Studying?

Review the organization of this test preparation guide.

1. To best utilize your study time, follow our PRAXIS II Independent Study Schedule. The schedule is based on a eight-week program, but can be condensed to four weeks if necessary.

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Product Details

  • Series: PRAXIS Teacher Certification Test Prep
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738603317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738603315
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides both review and 3 practice tests. Great!

Unfortunately, on the tests...the answer key doesn't always provide the answer for the question asked (ex. Test 2 #12). The question may be unanswerable due to typos (ex. Test 2 #35). It even asks the same question twice in the same test (ex. Test 3 #22 and #29). If you happen to get a question wrong, the explanation isn't always enough to help you gain a clear understanding of how to answer the question correctly (ex. Test 2 #29).

It did point out areas that I needed more work on reviewing (in this case - exponents), but the "General Laws of Exponents" on page 20 had 2 major typos in it. If you used the Laws that they stated, you would definitely miss questions on the real test! This makes me question whether or not their review information is reliable.

I welcomed the practice tests. I hope the answers they gave were correct. I'll use review information from another source.
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I'm shocked that REA allowed this book to be published with such an incredibly large number of errors. I have been through the entire book with the exception of the third practice exam and I estimate that there is ON AVERAGE ONE SIGNIFICANT ERROR PER PAGE in this 236 page book. I'm not talking about spelling errors or things put in the wrong sections, I'm talking about serious errors in content (e.g. incorrectly stating important mathematical laws or properties; mistakes in problem solutions; etc.). This many mistakes are unacceptable in any book, but they render a math book almost useless. In fact, I ended up checking books out of the library just to ensure that the information in the REA book was correct. What a waste of time. Knowing what I know now, I would have been much better off buying an algebra text (or reliable review book), possibly a begining geometry text book and supplementing those with the test content information and practice test on the ETS website. REA should be ashamed to release a book that appears to have never been proofed.
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I am amazed that a book with so many mistakes could get such high reviews. Sorting out these mistakes wastes a lot of study time. Opening the book to a page at random, page 18, there are two mistakes in the book's examples of "operations with radicals". There are numerous such mistakes throughout the book. To add insult to injury, I contacted the book's publishers, REA, requesting an errata list for the book - they did not bother to respond to my inquiry. It is a shame that such test prep material can be published with so many mistakes.
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I just took this test today (Praxis 0069)and wanted to come here to let you know what my experience was. I bought this book (and the Cliffs study book) and this book concentrates TOO much on some subjects and completely skips others. I spent so much time relearning derivatives, statistics, advanced probability and integrals and did not study/review enough circular geometry, word problems, ratio problems, capture/release problems, etc. Unfortunately, there is no other material on the market except these all-encompassing books. And trying to study 'middle school math topics' from middle school textbooks is futile since the test goes way beyond middle school math. And some of the subjects in this book cover only basics of a topic, but the test expects you to be VERY well versed. I'm not sure if I passed, but there was NO algebra on the exam today, or other subjects that were 'easy'. This book is probably good to start reviewing things in general, but I wasted WEEKS of my life relearning some of these subjects that the test did not even touch. The sample tests are not representative of what they ask on the exams. I am so disappointed and wonder how people who took their college credits over 18 years ago can prepare properly and efficiently for this exam. Please let me know if you find anything!
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This book proved to be an excellent source for brushing up on my overall math skills. There are more than enough practice problems with good explanations. I loved the 3 practice tests. They were slightly harder than my actual test but obviously I was relieved it wasn't the other way around.

I also used this guide to study for the CLEP College Math test and again, it was more than enough to pull out an easy passing score.

I did find 2 typos but ignored them and moved on.
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I purchased this book as my only study tool. I studied approximately 8 hours. I was using this book primarily for refresher and review, as I had taken many Math courses over 20 years ago. There are some errors, but nothing that prevented me from learning the material. I passed the Praxis on the first attempt. What I found the most useful about this book is teaching me how to use the graphing calculator to my advantage with the types of questions that would appear on the Praxis. I felt that the Praxis multiple choice portion was much easier than this book portrayed, which worked to my advantage.
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Of the three test prep guides I used to prepare for the Praxis II Middle School Math 0069, I found this to be the most useful.

My test prep strategy was to take a practice test, thoroughly review my answers, and then focus my study sessions on what I struggled with on the practice test. This book allowed me to do this effectively.

The book contains three practice tests that closely mimic the format of the the actual test. Explanations of test answers were thorough enough that I could tell if the reason I got the question wrong was from a fixable error or a lack of content knowledge. This is similar to the CliffsNotes book I also used.

What set this book apart, however, was that going back through the book was much easier and efficient. The book contains an index, which made searching for certain topics easier. The book also contains practice problems throughout the chapters that allow you to apply the skills you've just read about. I really liked this feature in that it allowed me to check my understanding without "wasting" one of the practice test questions to make sure that I understood the concept.

What's holding me back from giving this book five stars is that I feel that, after taking the actual test, some of the content is way above the knowledge required for the test. Without these "extras" I feel I would have had more time to focus on some other things that would have helped even more on the test.

Overall, though, I strongly recommend this book as a study source for the Praxis Middle Grades Math test.
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