Math Praxis 5161

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  1. AM14

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    I'm sure you probably scored at least a 145. My last test had a raw score of 31 and it scaled to 151. In Arkansas a scaled score of 160 is required for passing. My last test I had a raw score of 32. I'm hoping it is passing, but more than likely it will not be.
     
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    I have taken this test several times and had a pretty low raw score on previous tests. I have finally brought it up, but the highest so far is a raw score of 32. One version that I took seemed to have a lot of geometry, so I refreshed myself on those concepts. Then the next one had a lot of trig, which I had not reviewed much of it. My advice is to just take a lot of practice tests and refresh yourself on ways to use your calculator to work problems quicker.
     
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    Hi all!

    Technically I am new to this forum but I have been following this feed obsessively for days! I've taken 5161 SEVEN times. The first time I took was just to feel it out and got a 134. When I studied next time I used only materials from praxis2mike -- you pay $12 to his PayPal and get 5 tests, 4 with FULL descriptions on answers. I highly recommend him as after this my score went up to a 153 (you need a 160 in NJ). He also gives you his email in case you've read descriptions and used other materials and still have questions. He responded to one of mine within an hour.

    I continued with his materials and Kahn Academy as well as materials from some friends at school but couldn't beat a 155. This caused me to have to take a leave of absence from school because all I have left before graduation is student teaching and I need to pass before I'm allowed to do that.

    I took the test again on June 9, and got a raw score of 38 (26/12) which I'm feeling really optimistic about but based on experience with this thing I'm so hesitant to feel excited and the waiting is making me crazy! I have to pass by July 15 in order to student teach in the fall. I have friends at my school in the same boat.

    i see that some on here got in the 30s on the May test ( I also took that one and got 32) and am wondering how their raw score scaled?? Specifically the gent who got a 36.

    Anyone with any information would be great! Or even just to chat - give myself something to do with this awful waiting period!

    Thanks!
     
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    Did you ever find out if you passed? What was your scaled score? :)
     
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    Damn near every state that accepts the Praxis wants a 160 on the math content knowledge. It sucks because just a few years ago the score requirement wasn't that high. There are about 4-5 states that require less than 160. The only 3 I can remember are Alabama, Nebraska and Kansas. I'm thinking about taking the NES math exam to see how I could do.
     
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    Man.. 7 times is a lot. However, I admire your determination. I have a friend who teaches Spanish, and she took the test 5 times before she finally passed. I told myself that I would give it 3 tries. $120 is a lot to constantly shell out for a test. I'm just glad that my graduate program will allow me to do student teaching without the passed scores. Although I would absolutely love to have 5161 done and over with. Like you, I also use Khan Academy. I also use Math Is Fun, which I love. I only use Khan's website to practice problems though. I can't focus on videos. I've never been good at listening to people talk. lol I'm more of a tactical learner. So that's why I use Math Is Fun. It's hands on and their examples can sometimes be a little harder than Khan, which is what I want. Not only does it have practice problems, but it gives you all you need to know about the concepts.
     
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    Yes, seven is A LOT. But it seems to be the theme of my college career that everything takes FOREVER. Teaching is what I want to be doing and I've come such a long way-- quitting is no option! Passing this test is the second to last step for me so it's easier to keep going, I think.

    I WISH my school would let me student teach without passing !

    Keeping my fingers crossed that this was the last time
     
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    Oops, I meant *tactile learner. I was pretty sleepy when I replied. Like you, my college career took forever. It took me 6 years to finish undergrad. Not to mention I was 12 credits shy when I ran out of financial aid. So I had to take on 2 jobs and do makeup on the side to pay for the remainder of my classes. I didn't want to give up ... And I finished ! So I can completely see where you're coming from when you mention quitting is not an option. I sincerely hope and pray that you got it this time !!
     
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    I have taken it 5 times, but the first 3 times I took it, I did not even really study. I was taking 18 hours to cram and finish my degree, so there really wasn't time to study for the praxis. I'm hopeful that my raw score of 32 just might be enough to get a 160, but definitely not betting on it. We all should be able to find out this Friday by 5 pm Eastern time.
     
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    What was your score for the 32 in May?
     
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    I don't think it shows what my scaled score was because it only shows what my highest score was (155), so I assume it was less than that as far as I can tell. When I look on the report for that individual test I still only see the raw score... If you know of a different spot on the report where I should be looking I'd gladly pull it up to take a look and tell you!
     
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    But that 155 was from when I took it in November
     
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    Hello, look on the first page of the score report in the middle it will have you score under the test date and on down the page it has the previous highest scores.. When I print mine it has 3 pages.. Thanks!!
     
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    Silly me.. It was right there. That time it scaled to a 153.
     
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    Ok Good, Thank you we will just keep our fingers crossed until the scores are posted
     
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    My 39 scaled to a 164 !!!!! I am so happy I passed the praxis 5161 .. Good Luck to all .
     
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    My 34 scaled to 153...... which makes me SO mad because my previous scores were 31 --> 155, 32 --> 155, 32 --> 155 . WTF!
     
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    My 31 scaled to a 147, which is passing here in Alabama. A lot of other threads from past testing windows scaled 31 in the mid-150s so I guess it scaled much lower this time.
     
  19. AM14

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    Did your 38 get you a passing score? I hope so! My 32 got me a 149 which is lower than my last test that I scored a 31 on and it scaled to a 151. I am really going to buckle down and study harder this time. I will attempt my 6th time taking it in 2 weeks....
     
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    To all that are feeling upset tonight over the scores. A little about me I passed tonight however this was the 8th time I had taken the praxis.. This test absolutely destroyed my confedence. I have a 4.0 GPA never failed a test, yet here I was for the last year taking the praxis but not passing it. Studying like crazy but not passing. In May after my 7th try I almost QUIT decided to give up on my dream of becoming a Math teacher, the dream I have had since kindergarten, but I decided to start studying again and for the first time I had studyed the right combination of questions and knew the answers. I will tell You I still feel like it was luck that I passed because the scoring is just all over the scale. I'm saying all this to say this DONT GIVE UP !!! Because IT WILL HAPPEN!! JUST KEEP TRYING!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL :) "Prayers and Faith are very important as well "
     

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