Help on Praxis II, Middle school Multiple Subjects

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  1. praxisaspirant

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    Hi, I am looking to take the Praxis II exam for middle school.:crosseyed

    Do you know the difference between "Middle school content knowledge" and "Middle School Multiple subjects" tests? Because both the tests judge you on the same four subjects?:confused: Please suggest which one should i take.

    Can anyone give me some material related to my test 5141 or 5146? I will be so-----so thankful. I really need it.:help:


    Thanks a ton!:thumb:
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    The two work differently, and the chances are pretty good that New Jersey accepts one but not both. I'd recommend finding out which one works for New Jersey, and go from there.

    As for study materials, you may find that some of the resources recommended for multiple subject exams are helpful. Try prowling the Multiple Subject Tests subforum here on A to Z.
     
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    I would call NJDOE/ go on their website or double check on the Praxis website. I know that they recently changed the test for K-5 to a multiple subject test it might be the same for middle school. Do not take any test until you have received the right information. For the k-5 it is the same material but if you fail one of the sections you can retake that section and not the whole test. I am thinking they did the same for middle school.
     
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    The Praxis Web site should also list test requirements for each state.
     
  6. TeachTN

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    Exactly. I took the one that was content knowledge - pretty simple test, I think I got a 177 out of 200. I would have done better if I knew how to use a scientific calculator :) I'll need to take a class in that if I expect to teach middle school math!!!
     
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    Thanks.. it was a good idea to call up the NJDOE. I got to know a lot of stuff which was not very clearly mentioned on the website.

    Now I know that in order to teach a middle school class, I first have to take the elementry level K - 5 multiple subjects exam.

    Thanks for the advice
     
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    yeah thanks... i am clear on a lot of stuff now. I first have to take the elementry level K - 5 multiple subjects exam. only after which i can take the middle school level exam.

    I will look out for k-5 test material under Multiple Subject Tests subforum here on A to Z.

    Thanks
     
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    Hey Im preparing for 0014, can someone tell me what you studied to be successful on this test
     
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    Welcome, tmnash! 0014 is a test for elementary-school educators, I believe: let me direct you to the Multiple Subject Tests subforum, and you can get there using the Forum Jump tool at the lower left of this page.
     
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    Hi, I may sound like a total nut but I could not find any material or even discussion on my test which is Praxs II, Elementary education multiple subjects, #5031.

    I did try.. really..:eek:

    Can anyone send me links, info, material on 5031, plzzzzzzzz??

    Thanks.
     
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    I'm in NJ and teach in a middle school and I definitely may be wrong, but I don't think we can do a multi subject middle school test. I believe you have to have K-5 (elementary ed content) and then departmentalized Praxis 2 exams.
     
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    No, you don't sound like a nut, praxisaspirant: it takes a while after the introduction of a new test for the standard test-prep suppliers to pull together books that say "5031" on the outside.

    Not to worry, however. Test formats and methods of delivery may vary, but the subject matter tends to be tested in fairly similar ways across teacher tests.

    Which domains listed in the Tests at a Glance doc have you most concerned?
     
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    Oh yes, You are right!
    I have to take praxis II, elementary school Multi subjects test #5031 first. Then only can I take subject specific tests for middle school.

    My focus now in on 1) getting my degrees evaluated. 2) take test #5031. then move to 3) subject specific middle school tests.

    Would you have material for the said test from your previous experience?
     
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    Thanks for the reply and encouragement..!

    The TAAG says the subtests are 5032, 5033,5034 and 5035 which are reading and language art, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science respectively. I am still trying to get materials and to know what to study. You know the step one of start studying. I am definitely very very concerned about Social Studies. PLease tell me where to start from.

    Can you please also suggest: if the e book that praxis sells on line, is it enough to pass the test?

    Thanks a ton!
     
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    5031 is, so to speak, the umbrella term under which 5032, 5033, 5034, and 5035 are gathered. Subtest 5034, which covers social studies, is allotted 50 minutes and there are 55 questions, and 5031 is advertised as "Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects", so coverage of the content is likely to be broad rather than deep.

    I haven't seen Praxis's e-books, but it's generally the case that prep books need to be supplemented because they tend neither to be very visual nor to help place the information in context so that it actually makes sense. (History is the world's longest-running soap opera, frankly, and with depressing regularity it offers illustrations of the lower reaches of Maslow's hierarchy in action.) You might do well to get hold of a decent historical atlas, which should give you the world history and geography plus a bit of an orientation in US geography as well as serving as a useful resource in your future classroom. The Times Compact History of the World should suffice. In addition, plan on looking up the terms in the subtest description online - Answers.com, which links to Wikipedia, will usually serve you better than Google or Bing here, though for economics you might be better off Googling for a kid-friendly Web site.
     
  17. Milsey

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    Why don't you just take a 7-12 Content Knowledge test? That covers your middle years. Our state is doing away with the mid-level tests.
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    Milsey, it appears to be the case that praxisaspirant, who seems to be from New Jersey, is taking the test that New Jersey has instructed her to take.
     
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