Praxis I Test

The Praxis I test series is a comprehensive and challenging set of assessments for men and women who wish to become teachers. These examinations focus on basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Some universities administer these exams as a condition for admission into teacher education programs, and some school districts require these exams for licensure.

Accordingly, there are three components of the Praxis I test: reading, mathematics, and writing. The composition of these sections varies depending on the method of test delivery, computer or paper.

In the computer-based version of the exam, the reading and mathematics sections consist of 46 multiple-choice questions and allow the test taker 75 minutes to complete. The writing test (which is divided into two sections) consists of 44 multiple-choice questions, to be answered within 38 minutes, and one essay question, to be completed within 30 minutes.

In the paper version of the Praxis I exam, the reading and mathematics sections each consist of 40 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within 60 minutes; and the writing section for this version consists of a 30-minute section with 38 multiple-choice questions and a 30-minute essay question.

Exam scores are available on the Internet about four weeks after the day of the exam.

Praxis I Test Practice Questions

Reading Test

Questions 1-2 refer to the following passage:

In April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany. A considerable number of people were not certain that it was needed, and some were actually against it. The ones opposed were progressives, socialists, and regular nonmilitary people. Many who were against going to war were just regular people that didn’t want to be drafted or who were against the war due to religious reasons.

The Council of Defense worked at putting out propaganda. They put together a Committee of Patriotic Education who worked to dispense publications, arrange for speakers, and manage the corps of Arkansas Four Minute Men. The latter went around giving short speeches in theaters, schools and churches. The purpose of the speeches was to spin the war in a positive light by promoting war activities, such as war savings stamps campaign, liberty loan campaigns, and the Red Cross.

All over the United States there was national hysteria about the war. People became over-zealous with anti-German and anti-immigrant thoughts and actions. Here are some examples of the mob-mentality obsession:

• The majority of schools no longer allowed German for foreign language immigration.
• Sauerkraut’s new name was “liberty cabbage”
• German measles had a new name – “liberty measles”
• At the symphony, music composed by Germans was commonly not allowed.
• A lot of German-Americans could not keep or find jobs and were shunned by community members.
• South Dakota banned German as a language to be used on the phone.

The efforts at patriotism even went so far as to cause violence and “patriotic murder”. People who were opposed to the war or government were also targets, even if they were not German. People were afraid of insurrection and full of illogical hatred. The Espionage Act, Trading with the Enemy Act and Sedition Act are examples of the lengths people were going to in an effort to be patriotic.

The climate of the times had been created by the war and the propaganda being spread so thoroughly throughout the country. It was very hard for a true conscientious objector to find a way through the mire of mob-mentality. The country was in a patriotic frenzy, and innocent people lost their rights to freedom and free speech because of it.

1. Which of the following is not an example of mob-mentality as listed in the passage?

A) re-naming the German measles
B) allowing German music at the symphony
C) German Americans being unable to find jobs
D) not allowing the German language on the phone
E) patriotic murder

2. Which of the following lists people who were opposed to war?

A) progressives, socialists, and certain groups of religious people
B) progressives, socialists, and military
C) Council of Defense, South Dakota, mobs
D) mobs and schools
E) all people who were drafted

Writing Test


Math Test

5. Which of the following are complementary angles?

A) 71° and 19°
B) 18° and 18°
C) 90° and 90°
D) 90° and 45°
E) 15° and 30°

6. A man decided to buy new furniture from Futuristic Furniture for $2600. Futuristic Furniture gave the man two choices: pay the entire amount in one payment with cash, or pay $1000 as a down payment and $120 per month for two full years in the financial plan. If the man chooses the financial plan, how much more would he pay?

A) $1480 more
B) $1280 more
C) $1600 more
D) $2480 more
E) $3720 more

Test Answers

Reading Test

1. B: German music was NOT allowed. The question asks which of the statements was NOT an example. This is tricky wording. You have to read carefully to know that you are looking for the false statement. Answer choice E, patriotic murder, is not in the bulleted list in the passage, but it follows the list and is still in the passage as an example of mob-mentality patriotism.

2. A: While mob-mentality is certainly a factor in the passage, “mobs” in general is not a noun that describes a group of people opposed to war. Some people who were drafted were against the war, but not ALL. The military was not listed as a group who was opposed to war, rather “non-military people” were more likely to be opposed.

Writing Test

3. B: Penchant with reading is an incorrect idiom. If you say it out loud, you will find that it does not sound right. It should be penchant for reading.

4. D: To be read correctly, it should say of finding. The word capable is the key here. If the sentence had said able to find, it would have been correct. But the adjective capable is generally followed by of.

Math Test

5. A: Complementary angles are two angles that equal 90° when added together.

6. B: Multiply $120 by 24 months (a full two years) to get $2880. Add the thousand dollars for the down payment to get $3880. Find the difference between the entire amount all at once ($2600) and the amount pain in the plan ($3800). To find the difference, you subtract. The difference shows that $1280 more is paid with the installment plan.

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