Praxis I Test: It Is Harder Than Many People Think
The Praxis I test is the first of two tests that aspiring teachers must pass in order to be certified to teach in certain states. It actually consists of three different exams: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The other Praxis test covers teaching skills and the specifics of the teacher’s specialized subject matter, such as English, chemistry, or geometry. Every year, countless people fail to get their teaching certification because of a low score on the Praxis exams. Part of this is due to the fact that too many of them focus on doing well on their teaching and content exam and, as a result, do not spend enough time prepping for Praxis I.
In a way, this is understandable. At first glance, it seems logical to assume that geometry or algebra, or some other specific test subject would be easier to pass than a general knowledge test. Many teachers do not realize, however, that they have become something of an expert in their specialty field; therefore, they probably will not have too much trouble passing that portion of the Praxis. They have spent much of their college or university careers studying their chosen subject, and they have mastered it.
When it comes to general knowledge, however, that is a different story. Much of the material on Praxis I will consist of questions on topics that test takers have not encountered or thought about for years. Basic math might sound easy because it includes the word “basic,” but when is the last time a person who hopes to teach eighth grade English had to divide and multiply fractions? For most of them, it has been quite a while, and a lot of them have completely forgotten how to do these basic math functions. It is easy to underestimate the general knowledge portion of the Praxis, but it is unwise to do so. As many disappointed potential teachers can tell you, the Praxis I is often what trips people up.