The Praxis CASE Math Exam is required by most states as part of the teacher certification process and you will likely need to take it early on in your college career. It measures your ability in basic mathematical formulas and concepts as well as your ability to use mathematical information.
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What Do I Need to Register?
Register online, by mail, or by phone using your name exactly as it appears on the government-issued ID you plan to bring with you on test day. The Praxis CASE Math Exam is offered continuously so you can make an appointment for a day and time that works best for you. Try to schedule your test at least four weeks in advance to ensure adequate preparation time.
During the registration process, you’ll have to pay the math exam fee of $90. If you already know you’ll need to take all three of the core academic subject exams (including reading and writing in addition to math), you can opt for the combination exam which costs just $150 and allows you to knock all three out in a single five hour appointment. If you choose to do the combination exam, you should give yourself about 12 weeks to prepare for all three subjects.
What Topics Are Covered?
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There are 56 questions on the Praxis CASE Math Exam. They are broken into four categories: number and quantity; algebra and functions; statistics and probability; and geometry:
- Number and quantity: 17 questions assessing your skills in quantities, the real number system, and ratios and proportional relationships.
- Algebra and functions: 17 questions assessing your skills in seeing structure in expressions, functions, and reasoning with equations and inequalities.
- Statistics and probability: 11 questions assessing your skills in basic statistics and probability, using these to make decisions, making inferences and conclusions based on statistics and probability, and interpreting categorical and quantitative data.
- Geometry: 11 questions assessing your skills in geometric measurements and dimensions, congruence and similarity, and modeling.
For questions where you input the answer yourself, you definitely need to double check your work to make sure you didn’t miscalculate at any point. With the multiple choice questions, it will be easier to tell if your calculations are right since you only have a select number of choices. However, even with these, you need to be careful to double check your work.
What Should I Expect on Test Day?
You will have 85 minutes to complete the Praxis CASE Math Exam which will be administered by computer at the location you selected. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your actual appointment in order to check-in.
During check-in, you will need to provide your printed admission ticket and one form of primary ID. In some cases, they may ask for a second form of ID so it’s a good idea to bring two valid forms of ID (including a passport, driver’s license, state ID, or military ID).
In addition to checking ID, they may also need to verify your identity via fingerprints, biometric voice matching, videotaping, or a signature comparison. Aside from your ID, you should not bring any other personal items with you. That includes pencils, erasers, and calculators—all of which will be provided for you by the test center.
Other items that you cannot bring with you include:
- Jewelry (except for wedding or engagement rings).
- Accessories (hats, ties, scarves, watches, etc.)
- Electronics such as phones, tablets, computers, etc.
If you have to wear prescription lenses, your glasses will be closely inspected before you can enter the exam room.
What About My Scores?
You will get an unofficial score shortly after finishing the exam which will tell you whether you passed or failed. However, you will have to wait 10-16 days for your full official score report to arrive. The official report will provide a detailed analysis of your score including how you did in comparison to other test takers and what your scaled score (used by government agencies to determine your eligibility for certification) is.
Because the requirements vary so widely across different states, there is no exact score needed to pass. However, on the math exam, most people score somewhere between 142 and 168 out of a possible 200.
If you did not get the score you were hoping for, you are able to retake the exam as many times as you need to but you have to wait 21 days between appointments and you’ll have to pay full price each time so make sure you use those 21 days to work on the areas that need improvement.
How Should I Prepare for the Praxis CASE Math Exam?
Practice makes perfect when it comes to math. The best way to ace this exam is really to just solve as many practice problems as you can and memorize the key formulas and calculations that you’ll have to know.
While practicing, it’s a good idea to alternate between solving with a calculator and solving without. If you can strengthen your ability to calculate answers in your head, you’ll be able to speed up the time it takes you to solve each question. If you can get through the easy ones faster, you’ll have a little more wiggle room to deal with the tough ones that come along.
With math, you really want to work on all the subject areas regularly, even the ones that you’re already good at. To do that effectively, you will need a comprehensive study guide that not only provides practice problems but tips and explanations that will help you breeze through even the toughest of questions.
You will also need a great set of flashcards to help you better remember the key formulas and approaches to the different kinds of problems you are going to encounter on the exam. Once you have the formula memorized, it doesn’t matter what numbers they throw at you, you just plug them into the formula and solve!
Due to our foreknowledge of the domains of this test, we have made sure that the Praxis Mathematics practice test will cover these topics thoroughly. When taking the Praxis Mathematics portion, you will have 85 minutes to finish the 56 questions.