How Do I Score Well on the Middle School Math Praxis™?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

To score well on the Middle School Math Praxis™, you will need to be proficient in a range of math topics. This test will include questions in arithmetic as well as algebra and geometry. The test also includes functions, liner equations, graphing, statistics, discreet mathematics, and problem-solving, so you will need to perform well in these areas of math as well. You can prepare by reviewing these categories of math using study guides and practice tests.

The Math Praxis includes both algebra and geometry.
The Math Praxis includes both algebra and geometry.

The first step you may want to take to prepare for the Middle School Math Praxis™ is to visit the Educational Testing Service website to obtain details about the content of the test. The Middle School Math Praxis™ is divided into two parts and includes 40 multiple-choice questions as well as three constructed-response questions. You will have two hours to complete the test and can use a graphing calculator during the exam. To perform well on the test, you will have to show proficiency in such areas of math as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, measurement, functions, and graphing. You will also have to score well on the parts of the test that cover statistics concepts and discreet mathematics as well as the constructed-response part that focuses on problem-solving.

A graphing calculator may be used during the Middle School Math Praxis.
A graphing calculator may be used during the Middle School Math Praxis.

The education you have completed so far will likely play an important role in your ability to perform well on the Middle School Math Praxis™. Typically, people who choose to take this exam have earned at least four-year degrees in such subjects as math or education. There are, however, ways to boost your chances of scoring well on the exam, such as using a Middle School Math Praxis™ study guide. Such guides usually include sample questions, study topics, and practice tests or questions; often, they include test-taking strategies and tips as well. You can find a study guide on the Educational Testing Service website as well as through retail sites.

You may also improve your chances of scoring well on the Middle School Math Praxis™ by taking practice tests. Such tests allow you to get a feel for the types of questions you will face on the exam and allow you to judge your current strengths and weaknesses in order to determine the areas in which you need more preparation. The Education Testing Service offers a practice test eBook on its website, but you can find practice tests from other sources as well.

The Middle School Math Praxis test includes 40 multiple-choice questions.
The Middle School Math Praxis test includes 40 multiple-choice questions.
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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