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The Praxis Series Official Guide with CD-ROM, Second Edition: PPST® ? PLT? ? Subject Assessments (Praxis Series Official Guide: PPST Pre-Professional Skills Test (W/CD)) Paperback – 1 Dec 2009

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ETS is a private, nonprofit organization devoted to educational measurement and research, primarily through testing. ETS develops and administers millions of achievement and admissions tests each year in the United States and 180 other countries. These include the TOEFL, SAT®, GRE®, PRAXIS™ and other standardized tests.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
ETS Praxis Official Guide 3 Jun. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking it would be the best one to own and to study the Praxis, because it states it is made by the same people who write the test. DO NOT be fooled by this though. This was one of the most useless practice study books I have ever bought. Out of its hundreds of pages there was only one full length test and only one test with the answers explained. The rest of the tree that was killed to make this book had many tips that went on for pages. Giving explanations can only be so helpful, one should buy a Praxis book with many practice tests rather than be fooled by the writers claim to help you study better.
Along with buying the Praxis book with only one test in it, I also bought that same test, down to the last punctiation mark, on CD that came with the book. Sure the CD helps when you want to take the real timed test on a computer, but it would have been more helpful if the CD had variations of more real tests than the same one on paper. Don't buy this book if you want more tests than explanations.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not enough practice and CD-ROM is worthless 18 Jan. 2011
By Christy - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I am planning to take the Praxis I soon and eventually will need to take the Praxis II. On the cover, it says "practice with hundreds of authentic PPST, PLT, and Praxis II questions." Since the book really isn't THAT thick, I wasn't really sure how many questions there could really be, but since it was made by ETS, I thought it might be useful, especially since it said "3 Full Lenth Actual PPST Tests on CD-ROM." My main thing I wanted to study was the PPST Math portion (and eventually the Praxis II math content), but the book barely has ANYTHING. Basically they have ONE practice test/section for each part of the PPST: Reading, Writing, and Math. I bypassed the reading and writing sections because I took the VCLA in lieu of those parts of the Praxis I, so all I need is the math. I should have bought a book specifically for the math portion (not that the questions are all that difficult, but I wanted the practice) since this book only has one section devoted to the math. By the way, this book is REALLY only going into any depth for the PPST, NOT the subject tests for the Praxis II. Anyway, I took the practice math test that was in the book and I got a passing score without even studying. However, I wanted more practice because even though I passed, I would have liked a higher score than what I got just in case. So I thought I would try the tests that were on the CD ROM. I'm thinking that since it said "3 Full length PPST tests," they considered a "full length test" to be 1 test with all the sections on it. But no, I tried to use it and there is ONE reading, ONE writing, and ONE math test on the CD-rom. So I click on the math test and it is the EXACT same questions on the math practice test that is in the physical book. I have no idea why they would put the same test on the CD and in the book, so I was really irritated with it. So basically you get ONE practice test for each of the sections for the Praxis I. Oh, and not to mention that one of the math questions could definitely be arguably incorrect, and that was just one that I happened to notice that it was wrong. As far as any Praxis II things go, they give you a very VAGUE idea of what to expect for each type of Praxis II test, and maybe give you one or two sample questions. So as far as using this book for the Praxis II, it is useless. If you can find a study book that gives you more than 1 sample test for each section, go with that one and ditch this one. If you do go with this book, get the one that does not come with the CD ROM since it doesn't have anything that the actual book doesn't have and the book will be cheaper, but in my opinion, go with something else. I had a study book for the GRE by Barron and it had tons of practice math questions. I wish Barron's made one for the Praxis. I will also never buy a study book made by Cliff Notes because I borrowed a Cliff Notes GRE book from a friend and the book seemed really disorganized to me and the explanations for questions weren't that great.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Consider the source, guys 3 Aug. 2013
By Emilie - Published on
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I posted this as a comment to another review, but I think it's important that people see it, so I'm leaving it here as a review, not just of this book but of ETS in general. I DID use this book, by the way, to study for my PLT II 7-12, in addition to Cracking the Praxis, 2nd Edition (Professional Test Preparation) and Praxis: PPST: Pre-Professional Skills Test and PLT: Principles of Learning and Teaching (Praxis I W/CD), so I am not leaving a shill review for a product I didn't read. I obtained all books from my local library. I found the Learning Express book the most useful and best organized, BTW.


Background: I was a test prep teacher/tutor for 10+ years.

ETS (the company that makes this test and who published this book) is a money-making corporation. They currently charge $140 to take the PLT II. They have a vested financial interest in you not doing well, because you then re-take the exam and they make another $140 off you. Now multiply that by the hundreds of folks who take the test on just one day. Now think about all the folks who take the test in a week, a month, a year. That's a lot of $140 payments (and re-payments) they're raking in. ETS LIKES IT WHEN YOU DO NOT DO WELL. You are simply adding more cash to their coffers that they can use to further beautify their manicured headquarters' campus in Princeton, New Jersey.

ETS is also banking on the fact that, at every test administration, tester's scores will fall into a normal distribution/ bell curve-- that is, most scores will cluster around the average; the higher or lower the score, the fewer testers there will be who attain those scores. This bell curve is the holy grail of data: When institutions see it, they think, "What a good test! it's reliable and valid!" However, ETS' tests are neither. They obtain their bell curves/ perfectly normal distributions under false pretenses. How does ETS manage to do this with every test administration? By carefully crafting tricky questions and answers that test obscure material and are confusingly-worded (if they really wanted a true measure of your knowledge, they wouldn't deliberately try to deceive or outsmart you); and by TIMING you (if they really wanted a true measure of your knowledge, you'd have no time limit). The institutions that use PRAXIS scores, by the way, pay ETS for the permission to use their scores. ETS LIKES IT WHEN THEY CAN TRICK THEIR POOL OF TEST TAKERS AND CREATE THE SEMBLANCE OF MAKING GOOD TESTS. It means they will get more contracts with more institutions, and are less likely to lose the contracts they already have.

Given all of that, why would ETS create a prep guide with genuinely helpful material contained in it? It would hurt their business: one, they'd lose a lot of revenue from the poor suckers they're hoping will have to re-take the test; and, two, it would make the institutions that use their scores question the validity and reliability of their tests, which could lead to them losing those contracts.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Essential though not exhaustive 8 July 2011
By D. Yang - Published on
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If you are taking the Praxis I tests, you really should study from this book. It's from the company that makes the test, so it explains how the test is designed. Once you've done enough practice, you don't have to waste time during the exam reading instructions and such.

This guide has three practice tests (reading, math, & writing), which, unfortunately, are the exact same ones on the included CD-ROM. I was hoping for more practice, but alas, that's all it came with. Nevertheless, I do highly recommend it, though I strongly encourage you to use it in conjunction with the Kaplan review as well, if not others. It even comes with a complete list of all the possible essay questions for the Praxis I: Writing exam. Good luck!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Review! 21 Feb. 2011
By Dawn Williams - Published on
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I have been out of school for awhile and needed to take the Praxis tests. This book really helped me review the contents of the test. I went through the book at a glance and then took the test on the DVD. It helped a lot! The DVD allows for timed or untimed tests and that gives a much more accurate idea of what your time limit will be on the day of the actual test. Any questions that are missed are explained further so I had an idea about what I needed to study more. I would recommend this book to anyone needing to take the tests, especially untraditional type students.
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