Social Studies Praxis

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  1. njteach41

    njteach41 Middle School Social Studies Teacher

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    Jun 21, 2007

    I'm planning on taking the Praxis II (Middle School Social Studies) 0089, test this year. I wanted to know what you thought would be the best way to study for this. The test prep books are really expensive and I'm not sure if they're worth it. Should I buy old middle school text books, or books? If so, what do you recommend? Thanks for the Advice!
     
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  3. JWar417

    JWar417 Rookie

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    Honestly, I took both Social Studies Praxis tests on the same day - within 15 minutes of eachother. I didn't study at all. The way I looked at it, there was no best way to prepare. They are evaluating you on what you know, similar to the SATs. I just relaxed, did my best, got a good night's sleep and I wound up scoring above average on both.
     
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    There's no such thing as The One Best Way to study for any test: the resource that's perfect for one person may be a failure for another. You might, though, find that a good historical atlas will help. Dorling Kindersley has a very nice one under the title Atlas of World History - it's not cheap, but it would be a fine resource for your classroom afterward.
     
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    Its a really difficult test to study for because the breadth of the material is massive!! There is so much covered that its just a great amount of material-no book could cover it all. I found it helpful to go to the praxis website and look at the test at a glance stuff. This outlines roughly how many questions are about each subject (american history, world history, etc). Also, it gives a guideline of what to study. Look through it, see what you don't know, and look it up on the internet. its all totally free that way. Thats how I studied and i got a 185. Best of luck, and dont worry. you will be fine!
     
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    I took the English and social studies tests; the English one I forgot about until a couple nights before :), while the SS one I did study for a bit for a week or so before. Mostly I went to the library and checked out review books for Praxis, SAT/ACT, or some other tests, I don't remember which exactly - I felt I'd had a pretty good background in history in college classes but hadn't had much poli sci/econ/sociology, so I read up on those more (although it turned out the test had much more eastern history than I'd expected and I did the worst on that). Overall, though, I thought it was pretty easy and I scored excellent on both.
     

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