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24**

Duration of Access: **6 weeks**

Start Dates: **
Mar 18, Apr 15, May 13, Jun 17**

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## SyllabusA 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## Wednesday - Lesson 01
For your first lesson, you'll learn all about the ## Friday - Lesson 02In 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## Wednesday - Lesson 03
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 ## Friday - Lesson 04In 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## Wednesday - Lesson 05How 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. ## Friday - Lesson 06Does 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## Wednesday - Lesson 07Have 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. ## Friday - Lesson 08
Have you ever heard the terms ## Week 5## Wednesday - Lesson 09For 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! ## Friday - Lesson 10In 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## Wednesday - Lesson 11Is 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. ## Friday - Lesson 12For 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! |

I found this class to very helpful and filled in the blanks that I had trouble in. It was nice to be able to ask questions and receive feedback on a subject area that is normally done by oneself with a book. At the end of each lesson websites for additional help and study content was very helpful. I enjoyed the class and would take another in the future.

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