Urgent praxis core math

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  1. Amh5

    Amh5 New Member

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    Hi,

    I need some advice. Has anyone ever used Dr. Lynn Gardner's Math Made Easy? It has excellent reviews.

    I have taken the core math 3 times with scores ranging from 136, 140, 142. Each time the test is different. I know that is basic math, but I'm not sure what's going on with me and these problems. Time is usually a factor for me though too. I always have to rush at the end because I take my time in the beginning. Pacing is hard for me while doing math. Anyway, I have purchased ETS' practice test and they really aren't similar to the real one in my opinion. I usually score 44/56 on them but only get about 25-27/50 on the real thing.

    Number and quantity - 8/15
    Algebra and functions - 8/15
    Geometry - 6/10
    Prob and stats - 6/10

    ^ these are my usual scores. I feel like if I could get the number and quantity or algebra up, I would pass. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm basically out of resources at this point. This is the last test I have to complete to be accepted into the non - traditional teaching program in my state. I've passed writing, reading and biology (praxis II) but can't seem to pass this one. It's very discouraging.

    So again, has anyone used that book or have any other tips?

    Thanks for reading!
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Praxis Core math is scored as a whole: it doesn't matter where in the test you gain the points as long as you gain enough, and there's room for improvement across the board.

    Your best bet might be to find a tutor to work with you on speeding up your math. Mental math, including estimating, can be very helpful: in fact, most basic-skills teacher tests explicitly test estimation skills.

    If you were asked to estimate the result of multiplying 33.5 times 47.8, how would you proceed?
     
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  4. Tim C

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    Yes, absolutely, you should buy Lynn's book! It is the single best resource for Praxis Core Math out there. I tutor Praxis Core Math and use as my primary source in my tutoring. The book is dead-on in terms of content compared to the actual test. Why? Because Lynn has taken the test herself 12 times. I have taken the test twice myself (for research purposes) last year and can testify to how closely her book and the actual test align. I am not even sure if the publishers of the other books (Praxis Core for Dummies, Baron's, etc) have even taken the test themselves, or if they just go off the study guide when creating their books. In addition to the book, Lynn also gives you 9 practice tests that you can practice with. You can go to her website and read testimonials from legit people like struggling students and university Directors of Education who all rave about the book.

    All of that being said, you still may need additional resources like a tutor or a math textbook, because the book doesn't go into a deep dive like a textbook does explaining every little thing. She does explain the answers very well, and that may be enough for you, but perhaps not. Many people can work through the book on their own and use her explanations, but some need a little more in depth understanding, and that's where these other resources come in handy. My recommendation is getting a tutor who can help you fill in your gaps of understanding.

    Best of luck!

    - Tim
    www.wyzant.com/tutors/timctutor
     
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  5. Tim C

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    One tip I always give my students who have issues with time is this: Do all of the easy ones first! You should make two passes through the test. For the first pass look at each problem and make a split second decision about whether it is easy or not. If it is wordy or about a topic you know is more difficult, skip it and come back to it later. If it is very short and is a topic you are very comfortable with, like adding fractions or graphs, do it. So do all the easy ones first. Then, during the 2nd pass, do the rest, being careful not to spend too much time on a question at the expense of the ones you have left.

    Doing all of the easy ones first ensures you don't leave any points "on the table". If you do them in order, and run out of time, you could be leaving easy points just sitting there at the end of the test! So, get all of the "gimme points" and that'll help give you a psychological boost for that second pass.

    - Tim
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  6. Amh5

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    Umm math made easy by dr Gardner is no joke!!! I have literally used all of the praxis prep books out there. I failed three times with a 136, 142, and 140. I took it again and made a 174 after studying her book for 4 days! That book is no joke. I wish more people knew about it. It's not that difficult when you are studying the right material! I hope someone else who is struggling reads this!!
     
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    Congratulations, Amh5! That's an impressive score increase, and I'm glad you found success with Gardner's book. The best teacher-test resources are often not specifically teacher-test resources.
     
  8. Tim C

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    Yes, congratulations! I know that her book has helped so many struggling students immensely. I'm glad it worked for you too!

    - Tim
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    I must say, Lynn Gardner's book is the best math praxis study guide I have ever used. I wish I had known about this before I wasted money on other study guides.
     
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    Ok I will give this matetial a try. Thanks!
     
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    As August closes in, the Costco in my area is stocking back-to-school books, among them DK's excellent and very visual Help Your Kids With Math.
     
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    Hello all!
    I am another Praxis Math failed. I have taken it multiple times and got a 128, 136, and 142. I have been working with a tutor as well for 3 months. My score has increased but, still not passing. I have bought the practice tests from ETS website and have scored 79% and higher. This is nothing like the real test. I am looking for tips and advice. Please help!
     
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    Dr. Lynn Gardner's book helped me tremendously. I went from a 147 to 182 with 11 hours of studying. Buy it!!! She has taken the test 12 times herself and then wrote the book.
     
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    I just got it! I start Monday after my grad class ends then I hit this material and try #3. I may get a tudor also. She took test 25 times now. She says she takes it every 3 months and updates her book. I hope it works.
     
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    I will definitely get it! Thank you so much
     
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    Looks like I need to look into this, I got a 118 the first go around, just took it again today and got a 148, need a 150. I agree many of these so called prep tests are nothing like the real tests.
     
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    You improved your score by 30 points? That's quite an achievement, ccstwelds!
     
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    Thanks, I've been studying really hard, I need to get faster. 2 more points would have been great.
     
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    I can definitely relate to you. Failing this test multiple times myself, really makes you feel defeated!! I just ordered Dr. Lynn Gardner's book, math made easy. I hope that this resource gives me the help that I need to pass the test the next time. Don't give up and keep studying!
     
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    Let us know how you did!!
     
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    So what did YOU study to go up 30? I too studied hard but didn't matter! i studied 5 weeks like a full-time job. Apparently all the wrong material!!!!For 5 weeks! Got on ETS, and my college PRAXIS help test site a designated site for this test , watched modules, did assignments in all categories, took quizes, online simulated tests 16 of them. Only went up 2 points. Luckily I didn't go down. Very frustrating! Considering all the hours I put in 5 to 7 on average a day for 5 weeks. Just got Lynn's book. I am on Algebra and functions as of today. It has good tips, and seems similar to test so far. I take it again Aug 29th. I can use all the tips and suggestions of improving my score I can get!I have never had so much struggle on any test!
     

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