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.
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:
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).
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.