Praxis or State Basic Skills Exam Preparation

The steps below will help Teachers College students prepare for the Praxis Core and other state-based basic skills exams, such as WEST-B, GACE, TExES, etc. Students may use Praxis Core resources to prepare for any of the state-based exams since most basic skills exams are very similar to the Praxis Core. We also highly recommend that students look online for the official study guide specific to their state’s exam.


Step 1:

Make an appointment with a Student Success Instructor. During a one-on-one phone appointment, a Student Success Instructor will show you how to locate, register, and use the Learning Express Resource (which includes PrepSTEP) and online practice exams. The Student Success Instructor can also do the following:


  • help you interpret a score report from the multiple-choice portion of the Learning Express practice tests and show you how to use the resources to target opportunities for improvement,


  • model how to use graphic organizers to help you plan your timed essays. This is a critical pre-writing step that will save you time in the long-run, and


  • teach you how to use the Praxis essay scoring rubric to analyze sample essay scores and explanations. This will help you learn how to self-score your timed essays.


Step 2:

  • Review the follow up email sent to you from the Student Success Instructor after your appointment. This email will include a summary of what was discussed during your appointment and attached resources.
  • Register for Learning Express by following the steps in the Teachers College Library Guide, as shown to you by the Student Success Instructor during your one-on-one appointment. 


Step 3:

Work through the recommended resources provided from the practice test to build your knowledge and skills. The recommendation key will help you determine how to prioritize your use of the resources. Then, take another Learning Express practice test, interpret your score report, and self-analyze your timed essay(s).





What's next?

There are four practice writing tests in Learning Express. Repeat step 3 to gauge your progress.


If you need additional assistance building your essay writing skills, consider scheduling a Writing Center appointment for more intensive writing support. Prepare for the appointment by sharing each of your practice test results with the Writing Center Instructor you scheduled an appointment with. During the appointment, the Writing Center Instructor will help you develop a study plan.  


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