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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
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
V. Problem Solving Exercise 3 33%
Process Categories -- Distributed Across Content Categories:
Mathematical Problem Solving
Mathematical Reasoning and Proof
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.
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.