Praxis Biology Content Essay

Praxis Exam

Praxis II MSAT: Content Knowledge Exam

Praxis II MSAT: Content Area Exercises Exam

Praxis II Agriculture (0700) Exam

Praxis II Agriculture (CA) (0900) Exam

Praxis II Agriculture (PA) (0780) Exam

Praxis II Art: Content, Traditions, Criticism, and Aesthetics (0132) Exam

Praxis II Art: Content Knowledge (0133) Exam

Praxis II Audiology (0340) Exam

Praxis II Biology and General Science (0030) Exam

Praxis II Biology: Content Essays (0233) Exam

Praxis II Biology: Content Knowledge, Part 1 (0231) Exam

Praxis II Biology: Content Knowledge, Part 2 (0232) Exam

Praxis II Biology: Content Knowledge (0235) Exam

Praxis II Business Education (0100) Exam

Praxis II Chemistry, Physics, and General Science (0070) Exam

Praxis II Chemistry: Content Knowledge (0241) Exam

Praxis II Chemistry: Content Essays (0242) Exam

Praxis II Chemistry: Content Knowledge (0245) Exam

Praxis II Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge (0087) Exam

Praxis II Driver Education (0867) Exam

Praxis II Early Childhood Education (0020) Exam

Praxis II Early Childhood: Content Knowledge (0022) Exam

Praxis II Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (0571) Exam

Praxis II Economics (0910) Exam

Praxis II Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge (0353) Exam

Praxis II Education of Young Children (0021) Exam

Praxis II Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0410) Exam

Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages (0360) Exam

Praxis II English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge (0041) Exam

Praxis II English Language, Literature, and Composition: Essays (0042) Exam

Praxis II English Language, Literature, and Composition: Pedagogy (0043) Exam

Praxis II Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises (0012) Exam

Praxis II Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014) Exam

Praxis II Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (0011) Exam

Praxis II Family and Consumer Sciences (0121) Exam

Praxis II Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (0511) Exam

Praxis II General Science: Content Knowledge, Part 1 (0431) Exam

Praxis II General Science: Content Knowledge, Part 2 (0432) Exam

Praxis II General Science: Content Essays (0433) Exam

Praxis II General Science: Content Knowledge (0435) Exam

Praxis II Geography (0920) Exam

Praxis II Gifted Education (0357) Exam

Praxis II Government/Political Science (0930) Exam

Praxis II Health Education (0550) Exam

Praxis II Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (0856) Exam

Praxis II Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0023) Exam

Praxis II Introduction to the Teaching of Reading (0200) Exam

Praxis II Library Media Specialist (0311) Exam

Praxis II Life Science: Pedagogy (0234) Exam

Praxis II Marketing Education (0561) Exam

Praxis II Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061) Exam

Praxis II Mathematics: Proofs, Models, and Problems, Part 1 (0063) Exam

Praxis II Mathematics: Pedagogy (0065) Exam

Praxis II Middle School: Content Knowledge (0146) Exam

Praxis II Middle School English Language Arts (0049) Exam

Praxis II Middle School Mathematics (0069) Exam

Praxis II Middle School Science (0439) Exam

Praxis II Middle School Social Studies (0089) Exam

Praxis II Music: Content Knowledge (0113) Exam

Praxis II Physics: Content Knowledge (0261) Exam

Praxis II Physics: Content Essays (0262) Exam

Praxis II Physics: Content Knowledge (0265) Exam

Praxis II Physical Education: Content Knowledge (0091) Exam

Praxis II Physical Education: Movement Forms (0092 & 0093) Exam

Praxis II Physical Science: Content Knowledge (0481) Exam

Praxis II Physical Science: Pedagogy (0483) Exam

Praxis II Pre-Kindergarten Education (0530) Exam

Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood (0521) Exam

Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (0522) Exam

Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9 (0523) Exam

Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0524) Exam

Praxis II Reading Across the Curriculum: Elementary (0201) Exam

Praxis II Reading Across the Curriculum: Secondary (0202) Exam

Praxis II Reading Specialist (0300) Exam

Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge (0081) Exam

Praxis II Social Studies: Analytical Essays (0082) Exam

Praxis II Social Studies: Interpretation of Materials (0083) Exam

Praxis II Social Studies: Pedagogy (0084) Exam

Praxis II Social Studies: Interpretation and Analysis (0085) Exam

Praxis II Sociology (0950) Exam

Praxis II Special Education: Teaching Students with Mental Retardation (0321) Exam

Praxis II Special Education: Knowledge-Based Core Principles (0351) Exam

Praxis II Special Education: Application of Core Principles Across Categories of Disability (0352) Exam

Praxis II Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances (0371) Exam

Praxis II Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (0381) Exam

Praxis II Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (0690) Exam

Praxis II Speech Communication (0221) Exam

Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology (0330) Exam

Praxis II Teaching Foundations: English (0048) Exam

Praxis II Theatre (0640) Exam

Praxis II Vocational General Knowledge (0890) Exam

Praxis II World and U.S. History (0940) Exam

Praxis II World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge (0941) Exam

All PRAXIS II Subject Area Study Guides

I’m an elementary teacher and I’m thinking of taking the Praxis test to be certified to teach science in middle school. It has been many years since I was in high school and college, and I only took the basic science classes. Could you suggest resources to help me prepare for the test?
—Twyla, Mississippi

I shared your question with a colleague who had been an elementary math department chair, but decided to make the switch to middle school when she was ready for a new challenge. She said preparing for the math test was a good professional development experience. (Her school district awarded her professional development hours for her independent study). She had a few suggestions.

First of all, familiarize yourself with the test. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) website has a section on the middle school science exam with a test blueprint, a list of topics, and sample questions. You can download a PDF so you can add notes as you prepare. Prioritize the list of topics into those you’re most familiar with, those you need to review, and those you’re unfamiliar with.

For this last category, you could go to NSTA’s Learning Center online and look at the list of Science Objects. These are online content modules for elementary, middle, and high school topics (they take about two hours to complete and they’re free). Use the middle or high school ones to review the content on the Praxis list. For example, for the Praxis topic Electricity and Magnetism, there are three Science Objects on Electric Charges, Electrostatics and Current Electricity, and Electromagnetism. NSTA’s SciLinks has collections of webpages on a variety of topics, too.

I personally have never taken a Praxis exam, so I posed your question via social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, the NSTA Listserve, and the Middle School Portal 2). Our colleagues have other suggestions for you:

  • “Use the Sciencesaurus Handbook (the green version is for middle school)”—George, who teaches a science methods course, via the NSTA Listserve
  • “I used the ETS books as more of a topic guide—I went through the book looking for topics I thought I should brush up on and then studied those topics via online websites.” -—Cheryl via the Middle School Portal 2.
  • “I went to the library and reviewed Basic Chemistry for Dummies, Basic Physics for Dummies, and Basic Biology for Dummies for about 10 hours and passed the test.” —Helene via the NSTA Listserve.
  • “When I recently took this Praxis, I downloaded the online materials that were available to practice released questions. I practiced these questions often so that I was familiar with the types of questions that may be asked. I also borrowed middle grades science books and thumbed through them to refresh any topics that I felt weak in because my strength was in biology. If time permits, make your own questions to practice modeling the released ones.” —Donna via the NSTA Listserve
  • “From the Praxis site you can print practice tests and advice for free. I found it useful to review the written short essay questions where they give you examples of answers that got full credit compared to answers that did not.” —Kathleen from the NSTA Listserve
  • “What are your long-term goals? If you would ever consider teaching a high school science course, you might want to take that Praxis, assuming that a high school credential would also allow you to teach at the middle school level. That way, you would be credentialed at both levels.” —Jessica via the NSTA Listserve
  • “Read all three of the constructed-response (essay) questions first and choose the shortest ones first so you don’t run out of time. Also, the online info suggests 90 minutes for the multiple choice and 30 minutes for the essay questions. I used 60 min for the MC and needed all 60 min for the three essays.” —Anonymous from the NSTA Listserve

From my experiences in graduate school, having a study group can be very helpful. Go online via NSTA’s social media sites or the Middle School Portal 2 to ask if any one else is studying for the test and form an online study group. Or check around to see if any local colleges or other school districts have Praxis prep courses.

Keep a journal of how you prepared. When you pass (notice I said “when” not “if ”), I’d be glad to post your advice on the blog site. Good luck!

 

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhcseattle/1111568504/

This entry was posted in Ask a Mentor and tagged NSTA Learning Center, Praxis, teaching profession. Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.

0 thoughts on “Praxis Biology Content Essay

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *