Studying for this month’s Praxis II Mathematics Content Knowledge test was tough. Every source on the internet claims that there are no good professionally produced practice tests; people find the real thing terribly more difficult. So I wasn’t comforted by the fact that I was doing well on all of my pre-tests.
I think they must have eased up this season, because the test was only somewhat more difficult than the ETS-produced practice test. Based on my performance in practice, I’ll guess I missed 3 to 5. If you’re concerned like I was, you can benchmark your progress against my history:
- I finished the Cliff’s Notes (2006) tests in 60-75 minutes each, scoring 40-43 per test.
- I reviewed each of these tests, and recompleted them in 45-60 minutes per test.
- I did this guy’s test. It took me about an hour (it’s a half test, so that’s equivalent to two hours on a full test) and I got 21 (or 42 on a full test).
- I completed the ETS-produced practice test in about 75 minutes, scoring 43.
When test day came I spent 90 minutes on my first pass, marking maybe 8 questions as educated guesses. On my second pass I was able to turn 7 of those into solid answers.
I’ll post an update when I get my score back!
I hope that helps anyone who’s freaking out about the test based on message-board chat. The Praxis2Math.com test was definitely tougher than the actual test I took. The ETS produced practice test was only somewhat less difficult than the actual test, and is worth the $14. The Cliff’s Notes (2006) tests were good practice, but definitely much easier than the actual test. The Cliff’s Notes book was a good book, though, to review principles from.
Update: I scored a 181