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ARE YOU READY TO PASS THE PRAXIS II?
THEN USE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON THE MARKET TODAY.

PRAXIS II Special Education (0353, 0354, 0543, 0545)

The Most Complete Subject Review:
Everything you need to know for the PRAXIS II Special Education (0353, 0354, 0543, 0545) exams, prepared by leading teacher education specialists. Our comprehensive review covers all the subject areas tested on the exams.

The Best Practice Exams Available:
4 full-length practice tests (1 each for the 0353, 0354, 0543, and 0545 exams), based on the official PRAXIS tests – balanced to include every topic and type of question you can expect on the actual PRAXIS II Special Education exams.

Total Explanations of Questions & Answers:
Each PRAXIS II Special Education practice exam comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but explain why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared on test day!

Proven Test-Prep Methods:
REA’s focused PRAXIS II Special Education content and practical advice has helped millions succeed on their exams. With our step-by-step study plan, you can score high on the PRAXIS and get certified to teach!

Federal Guidelines for NCLB Compliance:
You can expect that candidates with NCLB-compliant credentials will enjoy preferential status in hiring. This means you need to pass the PRAXIS Assessments. Maximize your exam performance and master the PRAXIS Assessments with the unrivaled certification expertise that only REA can offer.

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REA’s PRAXIS II Special Education TestWare combines a realistic test environment with the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available. With every practice test you take, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence for the real exam. Automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of questions that give you trouble now, so you’ll succeed on the exam!

CD includes 2 practice exams – 1 each for the 0353 and 0354 exams.

 

About the Author

Esther Langer has an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Duquesne University, and has serviced exceptional students in grades K-8 in diverse locations ranging from a large urban public school to a small private religious school. She completed her internship in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and is currently a special educator with the New York City Board of Education. Becoming certifi ed in three states required that she complete several standardized tests, so she knows just how students feel when taking the Praxis exams! She scored 197 out of 200 on the Praxis 0354.

Kymberly Harris Drawdy, Ph.D., is an associate professor of special education at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Drawdy’s research interests include identifying best practices for including students with disabilities in general education math classrooms, preservice teacher preparation at the graduate and undergraduate level, preservice teacher math effi cacy, and curriculum matching of state math standards to common math practices at the secondary level.
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Product Details

  • Series: PRAXIS Teacher Certification Test Prep
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association; Pap/Com edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738608726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738608723
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used this study guide almost exclusively until a few days before the exam. Then I took some practice exams (including one provided in the back of this guide), and I freaked out b/c the guide hadn't covered most of what the practice exams test for. Even the guide's own practice exam was full of questions that aren't covered in the guide itself. It was bizarre. Unfortunately, I assumed the guide was comprehensively prepping me for the exam, and I actually spent time outlining it. One read-through is sufficient.

I give the guide two stars b/c it is a good introduction to Special Ed issues and approaches. (I had no Special Ed knowledge.) In particular, it has a helpful explanation of the legal framework. (You will need that for the exam.)

After panicking over the practice exams, I downloaded the ETS guide. I then made lists of all the phrases and concepts that I didn't know, and I searched for them in online articles and teaching resources. Alternatively, a special ed textbook would be great. And you do need to look at more practice exams than the one in the book. (I used the one on the ETS site, and there are others offered online.)

I passed with a 194, but it was not thanks to this book. Ultimately, a publication like this is unethical, in that they make money off of a half-baked product which the buyers really rely on. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a great alternative. Use this only as a supplement.
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Fortunately, I borrowed this from a library and didn't waste any money on it, because, simply put, it's trash - especially the CD.

You can take a practice test on the CD that mimics the real PRaxis exam; it has a timer, multiple choice, pause option, etc. However, it's pretty clear that whatever idiot created the test on the CD (which matches one from the book itself) didn't bother paying any attention to detail. Misspellings and grammatical errors abounded, and worse, it would tell you some of your answers were wrong when they were, in fact, correct (after checking the book, it appears the book itself is correct but the CD isn't - as a result, after being infuriated with results, I discovered that I got several practice questions correct but that the CD told me they were wrong).

Books like these really are useless. Do like another reviewer said - use the ETS.org guide to discover concepts with which you may be unfamiliar, and study using REAL books instead of these get-rich-by-ripping-off pieces of trash.
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This was a GREAT study guide for the Praxis II Special Education Mild to Moderate (0543). I passed the first time taking the exam!!!!! I recommend this to everyone taking any Special Education Praxis Exam!!!!
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This book prepared me for the Praxis II . It is a manual that I would recommend for anyone having to take the test.
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Excellent Resource. Information was on point and helped prepare me for the exam. Passed the first time with a score of 167. Began reading a college textbook prior to getting this book and the information was identical, except this book summarized all the information provided in the textbook. One suggestion, take ALL of the practice test in the book and on the CD because the test may contain any of them. The computerized test is much like the real thing so it is a good idea to practice taking it a few times prior to the testing. Total worth the investment. Much cheaper than having to pay $139 again. Good luck to you all. I highly recommend purchasing this book!
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When I read the various chapters, I made notecards of things I did not remember from my masters' level classes. Keep in mind I'm a highly qualified (and highly proficient according to our "teacher grades") teacher of regular education and special education students for 4 years, and I am the mom to 2 special needs children (and 1 magnet student-child). I studied my notecards, studied using the ETS Praxis purchased test. When I took the practice test #1 from this book --- Praxis 2 Special Education --- I saw that the questions and answers were ridiculous, some had no correct answers, and some of the answers were just SO very wrong. When I took practice test #2, I scored a 75%. So I went through the explanation of every answer --- turns out, it scored 9 of my correct answers as wrong--ie, the correct answer was A, I marked A, the explanation said A, but the test said my answer was wrong. That, plus 3 more questions with no correct possible answers--- means the test scored me 14% below my actual score. Add to that, these questions on both tests are so completely poorly written, ridiculously easy or inconsequential to the material for the test, and this all means this is officially the worst book/test study guide I have ever used. Complete waste of money, and more importantly, complete waste of my time. I sincerely hope others will not make the mistake I made in purchasing this.
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In my opinion, this book is drastically overpriced. About 3/4 of this book was basic review of elementary education background and not just focused on Special Education, which is what I had expected/hoped for. The only part of this book that I found to be helpful was the practice test (only one of which actually applied to the test I was scheduled to take) and the explanations for the correct answers. The background information provided also did not correlate with the content of the practice test so it was a complete waste of time to read the entire book!

With all that being said, I passed my Praxis II Special Education test on the first try so I suppose buying this book was worth it in the long run.
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