Syllabus
A new session of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or
more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two
months apart.
Week
1
Lesson
01 - An Overview of Praxis Core
Wednesday
For your first lesson, you'll learn all about the Praxis Core exam. As you begin this course, you probably have lots of questions about the tests. For instance, how many tests make up the Praxis Core exam? Where do you go to take them? Do you have to take all the tests at once, or can you take them separately? You'll get answers to all of these questions! We'll also talk about how much time you're allowed for each test and how many questions you can expect. By the end of the lesson, the tests will no longer be a mystery to you. You'll be ready to start preparing for all of the elements each test encompasses.
Lesson
02 - The Reading Test
Friday
In this lesson, you'll become familiar with the reading test of the Praxis Core exam. You'll learn about the different types of reading questions you'll come across. We'll discuss useful strategies and explore examples of reading questions. Then you'll have the opportunity to take a full-length practice reading test!
Week
2
Lesson
03 - Math Basics: Arithmetic and Decimals
Wednesday
Have you ever heard the phrase "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" and wondered how it relates to math? Today, as we begin preparing for the math portion of the Praxis Core exam, you'll learn what this phrase means in the math world. You'll also learn some tips for using the calculator. We'll cover exponents, square roots, and decimals, too, and by the end of the lesson, you'll have a solid understanding of math basics.
Lesson
04 - Math Basics: Fractions and Ratios
Friday
In this lesson, we'll talk about fractions and ratios. If you're someone who has a fear of fractions, after completing this lesson you'll realize that fractions are indeed your friends! You'll learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals and fractions, as well as how to reduce and build up fractions. To close the lesson, you'll learn about ratios and proportions.
Week
3
Lesson
05 - Conversions, Percents, and Measurements
Wednesday
How much is 25% of 544? If an item that was originally priced at $175 dropped to a price of $105, what is the percentage of decrease? Today, we'll answer these questions as well as others involving percentages. You'll also learn how to convert percentages into fractions and decimals, and vice versa. Finally, you'll learn about two measurement systems and how to convert within them. Throughout the lesson, you'll have the opportunity to reinforce what you've learned with practice problems to try along the way.
Lesson
06 - Algebra
Friday
Does the sight of the algebraic equation 3x - 5 + 7x = 9x - 2 scare you? If it does, by the end of this lesson it won't. You'll discover everything you need to know about algebra to be successful on the math test. This includes what algebraic expressions are, how to combine like terms, and how to solve equations and inequalities. I'll also reveal a test-taking strategy to help you find the correct answer to a problem without actually solving the problem. This backdoor method will definitely come in handy on the test!
Week
4
Lesson
07 - Geometry
Wednesday
Have you ever wondered how much fencing you'll need for your backyard or how much carpet you'll need for your living room? To answer these questions, you have to know some geometry. In this lesson, you'll get a crash course in geometry, where you will learn about area, perimeter, volume, lines, angles, shapes, congruence, similarity, and the infamous Pythagorean theorem. Besides helping you with problems on the math test, what you absorb in this lesson will help you solve problems long after you have passed the Praxis Core exam.
Lesson
08 - Statistics and Probability
Friday
Have you ever heard the terms mean, median, mode, and range? Today we'll explore what these statistical terms mean and how to calculate them. After that, you'll learn about the many types of graphs that you'll come across on the test, including pie graphs, bar graphs, and pictographs. You'll discover how to read and construct a Venn diagram. Then you'll learn a useful formula that will help you answer probability questions that you may come across on the math test.
Week
5
Lesson
09 - XY Graphs
Wednesday
For our final math lesson, you'll learn how to make xy tables, plot points, and graph lines. You'll discover how the slope of a line is just like driving a car. Also, you'll learn how to do a geometric transformation, which sounds difficult but really isn't. At this point, you'll be ready to try a full-length practice math test. Good luck!
Lesson
10 - Grammar Review
Friday
In this lesson, you'll start preparing for the writing test of the Praxis Core exam with a crash course in grammar. We'll go back to the basics by reviewing parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar rules. This grammar refresher will give you a good foundation for the writing test.
Week
6
Lesson
11 - The Writing Test and Its Questions
Wednesday
Is it better to say "PIN number" or "PIN"? I'll answer this question and others like it in this lesson. We'll also explore idiomatic expressions and commonly confused words. Next, you'll become familiar with the two types of questions that you'll see on the multiple-choice portion of the writing test. You'll get some tips that will help you avoid common mistakes. These tips and what you learned in Lesson 10 will help you do well on a full-length practice writing test.
Lesson
12 - The Essays
Friday
For the last lesson of the course, you'll prepare for the essay portion of the writing test. You have two essays to prepare for—the argumentative essay and the source-based essay. You'll see some sample essay prompts, and you'll learn how each essay is scored. You'll analyze examples of good essays and bad essays. Then, you'll practice the process for writing two successful essays in the allotted amount of time. After this lesson, you'll not only be all set to take the writing test, but you'll be ready to take and pass the entire Praxis Core exam!