The Praxis Core has changed

 

On September 1, 2019, ETS rolled out a new version of the Praxis Core mathematics subtest.

  • The original test is Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732.

  • The new test is Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5733.

HAVE ALL THE SUBTESTS CHANGED?

Only the math subtest has changed. The reading and the writing sections are the same as before. However, all the subtests have been renumbered for the new exam, so be careful if you are registering for each subtest individually.

Old Praxis Core

  1. Reading - 5712

  2. Writing - 5722

  3. Mathematics - 5732

New Praxis Core

  1. Reading - 5713

  2. Writing - 5723

  3. Mathematics - 5733

 

Check out the helpful video below about the New Praxis Core.

WHICH TEST SHOULD I TAKE?

Look over your state’s requirements to determine if you should take the original math subtest or the new math subtest. Different states are doing different things. Some states are allowing people to choose between the old and the new until fall 2020. Other states are requiring people to start taking the new Praxis Core starting Sept 1, 2019.

WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT THE MATH?

In a nutshell, the new math subtest focuses more on probability and statistics and less on algebra, functions and geometry. This move reflects the ongoing conversation about whether or not the Praxis Core really tests the skills necessary to be a teacher.

People were asking, “Do all teachers really need to be proficient in algebra and functions?” Below is an example.

Which of the following is a function?

  • (7, 8), (2, 3), (7, -3)

  • (7, 8), (7, 10), (7, 0)

  • (0, 1), (1, 2), (2, 3) - It’s this one by the way because the x-coordinate does not repeat in this set.

  • (0, 1), (0, 2), (, 3)

However, do all teachers need to be able to analyze statistics to be a teacher?

YES, of course! Teachers have to use data every day to drive their instructional decisions. So this move is seen as one that aligns to the skills necessary for teaching.

 

The good news…

The test got a little bit easier because the test makers removed questions that assess impractical middle and high school math skills. A digital download is attached to this blog that gives a detailed explanation of the skills that have changed on the new exam.

Other good news…

Our amazing writers here at NavaED have updated our original Praxis Core book to reflect the changes in the new exam. Our materials are up-to-date.

 

The sample questions below reflect the types of probability and statistics questions on the new Praxis Core math exam.

Sample Question

Naomi surveyed 11 teachers in her school about the number of pets and the number of televisions each of them has at home. The graph of the data is shown below. What kind of correlation between these two data sets is most likely?

A. Positive correlation

B. Negative correlation

C. No correlation

D. Dual Correlation

E. Not enough information

 
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Answer C. No correlation. Because the dots are all over the place and do not trend in a positive or negative manner, no correlation can be found between the number of pets people have and the number of televisions in their homes.


Sample Question

Once a seedling has sprouted 2 cm, Randy begins measuring its growth over several weeks and finds that the plant grows at a constant rate of 3 cm per week over 8 weeks. Which of the following graphs correctly represents this situation?

 
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Answer A. The plant height is increasing, which means the line should also be increasing from left to right, so option C can be eliminated. Randy begins measuring the plant when it is 2 cm. The height of the plant is on the -axis, so the graph should start at 0 weeks and a height of 2 cm. This eliminates choices D and E because they both start at a height of 0 cm. Option B for week 1 has the height of the plant at 3 cm, but the plant grew 3 cm and should be at 5 cm. This leaves option A as the correct answer choice.


Feel free to save the images below to your device and share them with other prospective teachers who may be taking the Praxis Core. These graphics will help you remember the changes.

You can do it! We believe in you,

The NavaED Team

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