Praxis II English Language Arts Content
Knowledge (5038) Study Guide 2019 – 2020

What comes with Cirrus Test Prep’s Praxis Study Guide?

You probably think this is a typical study guide. However, Cirrus Test Prep’s unofficial Praxis II English Language Arts Content Knowledge (5038) Study Guide 2019 – 2020: Test Prep and Practice Test Questions for the Praxis English Language Arts (ELA) Exam isn't like other study guides. Because we know you value your time, our unofficial study guide includes a quick yet full review of everything on the test with real examples, graphics, and information.

Cirrus Test Prep’s NEW Praxis II English Language Arts Content Knowledge (5038) Study Guide 2019 – 2020 gives you the edge you need to score higher and pass the first time.

Best of all, Cirrus Test Prep’s Praxis II English Language Arts Content Knowledge (5038) Study Guide 2019 – 2020 offers you:

  • A full review of what you need to know for the Praxis exam

  • Praxis practice questions for you to practice and improve and worked through practice problems with explanations

  • Test tips and strategies to help you score higher

  • Real world examples 

Our Praxis prep book covers all the material that will be on your exam, including:

  • Reading

  • Language Use and Vocabulary

  • Writing, Speaking, and Listening 

… and also comes with two FULL Praxis practice tests, so that you will be ready on test day.

But before you buy Praxis II English Language Arts Content Knowledge (5038) Study Guide 2019 – 2020, you may find yourself wondering, what is the Praxis? What’s on the Praxis? How is the Praxis scored? How is the Praxis administered? We are the Praxis experts, and we are happy to answer all your questions below!

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the Praxis…

What is the Praxis?

Praxis Series tests are a part of teaching licensure in approximately forty states. Each state uses the tests and scores in different ways, so be sure to check the certification requirements in your state by going to www.ets.org/praxis/states. There, you will find information detailing the role of the Praxis tests in determining teaching certification in your state, what scores are required, and how to transfer Praxis scores from one state to another.

What is on the Praxis?

The content in this guide will prepare you for the Praxis English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) exam. This multiple-choice test assesses whether you possess the knowledge and skills necessary to become a secondary school English language arts teacher. You have a maximum of 150 minutes to complete the entire test. The test always has a total of 130 multiple-choice questions; however, the number of questions specific to each subject is approximate.

You will answer approximately forty-nine multiple-choice questions (38 percent of the test) related to reading. The reading section focuses on two types of reading sources: literature and informational texts. The former will require knowledge of major works and authors from around the world as well as historical movements in literature. Questions will explore literary genres and their major forms; literary elements, poetic devices, and their contributions to a text; and reading and research strategies. The latter requires an understanding of how authors develop a written argument through textual evidence, diction, structure, appeals, and other rhetorical strategies.

You will answer approximately thirty-three multiple-choice questions (25 percent of the test) related to language use and vocabulary. Generally, this section assesses your ability to follow the conventions of standard American English, including grammar, mechanics, and syntax. You should also be able to use various techniques, such as context clues and syntactical knowledge, to determine the meaning of words. Be aware of how various references, such as the dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia, promote language use. Questions will also explore teaching strategies that reinforce vocabulary and language development and how those strategies can be implemented in a classroom.

You will answer approximately forty-eight multiple-choice questions (37 percent of the test) related to writing, speaking, and listening. The test will cover different types of writing, their distinctions, and their purposes. You should understand the characteristics of effective writing, research, speech delivery, and oral communication. Be aware of strategies for instructing students in effective communication, conducting research appropriately, and integrating the components of coherent
writing into their work.

How is the Praxis exam scored?

The multiple-choice questions are equally weighted. Keep in mind that some multiple-choice questions are experimental questions for the purpose of the Praxis test writers and will not count toward your overall score. However, since those questions are not indicated on the test, you must respond to every question. There is no penalty for guessing on Praxis tests, so be sure to eliminate answer choices and answer every question. If you still do not know the answer, guess; you may get it right!

How is the Praxis administered?

The Praxis Series tests are available at testing centers across the nation. To find a testing center near you, go to the ETS website. At this site, you can create a Praxis account, check testing dates, register for a test, or find instructions for registering via mail or phone. The Praxis ELA exam is administered as a computerized test. The Praxis website allows you to take a practice test to acclimate yourself to the computerized format.

On the day of your test, be sure to bring your admission ticket (which is provided when you register) and photo ID. The testing facility will provide pencils and erasers and an area outside of the testing room to store your personal belongings. You are allowed no personal effects in the testing area. Cell phones and other electronic, photographic, recording, or listening devices are not permitted in the testing center at all, and bringing those items may be cause for dismissal, forfeiture of your testing fees, and cancellation of your scores. For details on what is and is not permitted at your testing center, refer to the testing center’s website.


Why should I use Cirrus Test Prep’s Praxis study material?

Developed by experienced current and former educators, Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials help future educators gain the skills and knowledge needed to successfully pass their state-level teacher certification exams and enter the classroom. Each Cirrus Test Prep study guide includes: a detailed summary of the test’s format, content, and scoring; an overview of the content knowledge required to pass the exam; worked-through sample questions with answers and explanations; full-length practice tests including answer explanations; and unique test-taking strategies with highlighted key concepts. Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials ensure that new educators feel prepared on test day and beyond.

Where can I buy Praxis II English Language Arts Content Knowledge (5038) Study Guide 2019 – 2020?

You can find Praxis II English Language Arts Content Knowledge (5038) Study Guide 2019 – 2020 for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Just click the link next to our book, the image of our book itself, or the links we provided in the sentence above!

So…how else can I prepare for the Praxis exam?

To help you prepare for your Praxis test, we have developed a list of 30 test-taking tips that have been shown to be very helpful for students of all ages and backgrounds when taking standardized tests. They cover everything. from what to do the night before the big day, to what to eat for breakfast, to thoughts on how to handle your caffeine to tips you can use during the actual exam.

Our first set of tips focus on what you can do the night before to help you prepare for the day of your Praxis exam.

1. Study hard for the Praxis exam with our Praxis practice test in the days before the exam but take it easy the night before and do something relaxing rather than studying and cramming. This will help decrease anxiety, allow you to get a better night’s sleep, and be more mentally fresh during the big exam.

2. Pack your bag or lay out your essentials the night before. Make sure to include at least two forms of ID, your admission ticket or confirmation, pencils, a high protein, easy-to-eat snack, bottled water, and any necessary medications.

3. Map out your route to the test center the night before. If you are driving, take traffic into account, especially if you are driving during rush hour.

4. Spend the hour before bed avoiding television, your computer, cell phone, or social media. The bright screens and overload of data can keep your brain buzzing come bedtime.

Once you’ve taken all the necessary steps you can to be prepared for exam day, our next group of tips will help you concentrate on how to get your best night’s sleep, which is critical to being sharp and alert during your Praxis exam.

5. Make sure you give yourself your usual amount of sleep, preferably at least 7-8 hours. You may find you need even more sleep. Pay attention to how much you sleep in the days before the exam, and how many hours it takes for you to feel refreshed.

6. Set your alarm early enough that you have plenty of time to have a well-balanced breakfast and avoid rushing in the morning to get ready.

7. Don’t use sedatives like Benadryl or NyQuil to fall asleep. These medications often remain in your body long after you have taken them, meaning you will still be drowsy during the exam and potentially up to 24 hours after taking them.

8. With all the extra adrenaline flowing through your bloodstream the night before a big test, it is not uncommon to feel more anxiety than usual. Focus on thinking positive thoughts, which will decrease this anxiety, help you relax and fall asleep.

Now that you’re ready to get a full night’s sleep, here are some great tips to help you get through the morning and those critical hours before the big exam.

9. Don't forget to take any vitamins or medications you would usually take in the mornings before you leave for the test center. It is important that you keep your body – and schedule – as normal as possible to ensure you are calm and collected come test-taking time.

10. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes and wear layers. Also, wear comfortable and breathable shoes. Although you will be seated, you don't want tight, restrictive clothing to serve as a distraction.

11. Many testing locations keep their air conditioner on high. You want to remember to bring a sweater or jacket in case the test center is too cold, as you never know how hot or cold the testing location could be.

12. Eat a breakfast with protein, fiber and good fats, such as eggs, avocado, oatmeal, whole-grain toast, berries, or nuts - all of which keep you full longer and your brain healthy.

13. Use caffeine as you normally would, and as sparingly as possible. Coffee, energy drinks, tea, chocolate and many soft drinks all contain caffeine. Therefore, be smart about what you put into your body. Just as with high carb or high sugar drinks and foods, many people tend to crash 3 to 4 hours after ingesting caffeinated products.

14. Bring an energizing snack to leave in your bag that doesn’t require refrigeration and isn’t messy or difficult to eat.Bring water, not sugary soda or sports drinks.

15. If you find that you have extra time and have made flashcards or a “cheat sheet” while studying, go through the high-yield subjects, as well as ones you might be struggling with.

16. Consider asking a friend or family member to take you to the testing location so you can continue to review your materials, not stress about transportation, and receive the extra moral support they can provide.

17. Aim to get to the test center at least 15-30 minutes early. This gives you time to adjust for several negative scenarios, such as bad traffic, a train, getting lost, lack of parking, or running into issues with your registration, for example.

18. Bring at least two pens and two pencils with good erasers, a calculator with new batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to take into the exam room. Make sure you clear any materials you are bringing in with the instructor first – you don’t want to be removed from the exam or have your exam forfeited because you broke an easy to avoid rule.

19. Bring a watch to the test so that you can better pace yourself. In the days leading up to the Praxis exam, consider using the watch to help time yourself so you grow accustomed to the amount of time it takes you to answer a question – as well as the amount of time you can realistically spend on a problem. If you use a digital watch, make sure it is permitted in the testing room.

20. Consider packing helpful healthcare products you might need in the case of an emergency, such as pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

21. If you can't study or review your materials because you're at the testing location, waiting for the exam to begin, or simply because of nerves, try meditating or focusing on your breathing.

22. Even if you don’t feel like it, use the restroom before entering the exam room. You don't want to waste time worrying about your bodily needs during the test. Furthermore, you can splash water on your face to help perk yourself up.

Once you’re ready for the big moment – exam time itself – you’re going to need to stay focused and choose your answers quickly and wisely. Our final exam tips cover what you can do while you are taking the Praxis test itself to raise your score.

23. Multiple studies have shown that individuals work harder and do better work when they’re slightly cold. While you don’t want to be uncomfortably cold – remember, always bring a jacket, just in case – being slightly cold will keep you alert and awake.

24. Don't pay attention to others around you. Don’t worry if someone seems to be going through the test much faster or slower than you. If someone around you is being loud or disruptive, asked to be moved.

25. Go with your gut when choosing an answer. Statistically, the answer that comes to mind first is often the right one. This is assuming you studied the material, of course, which we hope you have done if you read through one of our books!

26. For true or false questions: if you genuinely don't know the answer, mark it true. In most tests, there are typically more true answers than false answers.

27. For multiple choice questions, read ALL the answer choices before marking an answer, even if you think you know the answer when you come across it. You may find your original “right” answer isn’t necessarily the best option.

28. Look for key words: in multiple choice exams, particularly those that require you to read through a text, the questions typically contain key words. These key words can help the test taker choose the correct answer or confuse you if you don’t recognize them. Common keywords are: most, during, after, initially, and first.

29. Narrow answers down by using the process of elimination: after you understand the question, read each answer. If you don’t know the answer right away, use the process of elimination to narrow down the answer choices. It’s usually easy to identify at least one answer that isn’t correct.

30. Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on, especially when time is a factor. Mark it, skip it and come back to it later once you’ve finished all the easier problems. Not only will this prevent you from wasting time, you may also find that you are able to approach the problem differently after some time away from it. If you are still stuck, return to: 1) Using the process of elimination, and 2) Going with your gut to choose your final answer.

We hope that these test-taking tips will help you do your best on exam day. For tips specific to the Praxis test, make sure you carefully read through our study guide on your exam. Our books include sidebars with helpful tips and facts relevant to your test. You’ll also want to read through your exam creator’s website to make sure that you bring everything necessary for your exam and study all relevant material. Finally, continue to check out our website, cirrustestprep.com for updated study materials!

ETS was not involved in the creation or production of this product, is not in any way affiliated with Cirrus Test Prep, and does not sponsor or endorse this product.


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