Math Praxis 5161

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  1. JayT

    JayT New Member

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    I was just thinking, what if you answered almost all of the 10 questions that are being tried out on the given version of the test, correctly? They don't count towards your score? That kind of, well, is a bummer, no?
     
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    4th attempt:159. ....ugh....

    Functions/Algebra/Calc section was 24 and Stats/geometry was 8 (this killed me. My last attempt I got 11 right). Total raw: 32
     
  3. AMC

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    Ok, where are these "I CAN" statements located? I have found the list (LONG) of things we should know on the study plan but cannot find the I CAN statements. Any help?
     
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    Im sorry!
    I will be taking it in May..I would take any help you can give. Thank you.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Not really.

    • The test taker wouldn't have a way to know.
    • The test taker who gets 8 out of 10 of these questions right probably knows the subject matter well enough to get right answers on 8/10 or more of the questions that do get scored.
    • The questions are being field-tested to make sure they behave as the test makers mean them to: that the question stem is unambiguous and that only one answer works. If I were field-testing a question involving the results of coin flips using quarters, the chances are that test takers near the Canadian border might supply some answers I wasn't expecting: on one side of the last Canadian quarter I saw was the head of Elizabeth II, all right - but on the other side was the head of a moose. As a test maker, I'd need to pay attention both to the prevalence of correct incorrect answers and to their distribution in order to sort out what went wrong.
     
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    Here are Praxis competencies = standards one must have mastered:

    * ALGEBRA https://praxismathguru.weebly.com/algebra-standards.html
    * GEOMETRY & STATISTICS https://praxismathguru.weebly.com/geometry-and-statistics-standards.html
    * CALCULUS & TRIGONOMETRY https://praxismathguru.weebly.com/calculus-and-trigonometry-standards.html
    ...though the Calculus requirement is much less for the Praxis than some of the other state-specific Exams like the CSET [CA] and TExES [TX] etc.

    Jay.
    https://praxismathguru.weebly.com/
     
  7. Math<3

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    Just found this thread today so why not post something.
    I'm currently student teaching and as of this afternoon, am on spring break, which means more time to study for the Praxis (5161). I've studied here and there, but as we all know, it's nearly impossible during this phase of school. My student teaching is winding down so over the next 4 weeks, I'm hitting it hard and plan to take the test early May.
    I see where people are saying the I CAN statements on the ETS study guide is the best way to study. Any other tips?
    I already have a job lined up for the fall but have to pass this test first!
     
  8. gr3teacher

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    My suggestion is to look through all the topics and decide where your time should and should not be spent. If you know stats like the back of your hand, as an example (particularly t-scores, distributions, etc) then don't waste your time there. Also, practice multiple ways to solve a problem. When I took the test, there were definitely some processes that I blanked on, but I was still able to solve because I found a back-door solution (basically, instead of finding the right answer, I could eliminate the wrong answer choices and be left with the right answer via process of elimination).
     
  9. aobrien061

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    Need some help here. I've taken Praxis 5161 over 10 times and tried absolutely everything. Highest score, 153, I need a 160 to pass. I'm taking the MTEL tomorrow because I've heard it's easier, and then I can just apply for reciprocity. Problem is MTEL scores don't come out until May 24th and I need to be certified by the end of the school year. I currently have an emergency cert which is only good for 1 year. Has anyone taken the MTEL v the Praxis?
     
  10. futuremathsprof

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    If your state is anything like mine (CA), then it will take months for your credential to be issued like mine was years ago. When does your school year end? In what state are you trying to be certified?
     
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    Looking for RI Cert. My emergency lasts until August, but the school I'm working at wants to at least know I have passing scores to be certified for the upcoming year. I don't need to have full certification by then. Starting June 1st teachers who have Mass or CT licenses can get reciprocity in RI without meeting testing requirements within a year.
     
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  12. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, aobrien061.

    Both Praxis 5161 and MTEL's math test exist in multiple versions that can vary in difficulty (whence scaling the scores), and the answer to "What's easier" very often depends on who's asking.

    With that said, 5161 is a Content Knowledge test, which means it's strictly selected response, whereas MTEL exams as a class contain at least one constructed response. If showing your work and justifying the moves in it suits your style better than trying to choose the least stupid of four plausible selected responses, you might well find that the MTEL format leverages your strengths a little better.
     
  13. Ash G

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    https://www.ets.org/s/praxis/pdf/5161.pdf

    Go to study guide companion and hit "Ctrl F" at the same time. Search "can you" and what to study should be listed. If you know how to answer the "can you" problems you are golden!!
     
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