Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) vs Praxis Middle School Social Studies (5089)

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  1. Anna Sweeney

    Anna Sweeney New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I recently accidentally look the Middle School Social Studies Praxis (5089) instead of the Social Studies: Content Knowledge Praxis (5081) for admission into a masters program. I received a passing score of 160, with a required score of 149.

    I compared the contents of two tests provided by the ETS website, and they look very similar. I just wanted to know if anyone knew how similar they actually are, and if the study materials I used for the Middle School Social Studies could also be used to study for it.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, Anna Sweeney. Your two threads have been merged: the question you're raising is best addressed in the Single Subject Tests subforum. (The Multiple Subject Tests subforum is for tests for elementary teachers, who typically are expected to teach across the curriculum.)

    I think what you'll find is that 5081 approaches social studies both more broadly and more deeply than does 5089. You're likely to be expected to do more with historical documents, to be able to reason more deeply and more subtly, to use evidence more competently, to be better versed in non-Eurocentric history, and to have a surer grasp of the other social sciences in the test's purview - but if you're willing to stretch yourself in those directions, you may well find that your approach to 5089 will give you a good foundation for 5081.
     
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    Hi!

    Thanks for you response and guidance on where to actually post this question! I’m new to all of this, so it is much appreciated!

    I could not find a lot of info on how similar these two tests are, so I think you’ve cleared that up for me. I’ll most likely get another study guide for 5081, and use the one I already have for 5089 as supplemental material.

    Now off to study! Thanks again!
     
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    Use the internet, too. The much-maligned Wikipedia is nevertheless the test taker's friend: it can shed light on and suggest directions for research on both historical events or topics and the terminology with which professionals in history describe them.
     

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