The test most candidates have questions about is the subject area assessment(s). We’ll guide you from registration through test preparation and score reporting. Read on!
Prepare for the Core Academic Skills & Subject Area Assessments
There are some universal things you can do to prepare for your tests. There are also more specific study guides available for the SAT, GRE, Praxis, Foundations of Reading, and other tests. We cover them both below.
Remember: You’re taking these tests for a reason. You want to become a teacher in a specific subject, and this is your chance to prove you can handle it. Take the time necessary to truly understand the information. You’ll thank yourself for it (and your students will thank you, too).
We recommend a two-pronged approach to structuring your study time:
- Create a work-back schedule. Start by writing down the day of the tests. Then, outline the steps you need to accomplish before that end date:
- Research test prep resources. Check out the next section for our recommendations.
- Study your subject matter area. This is where the bulk of your time will be spent. Don't rush it.
- Take practice exams. Even when you know the information, you'll need to get used to the test-maker's phrasing and topical area distribution.
- Make smart right-before-the-test choices. These are the obvious ones: Get plenty of sleep the night before, eat a decent breakfast the day of, bring a water bottle and show up early. Hanging outside the testing center 20 extra minutes is better than causing your brain undue stress minutes before having to think critically.
Test Prep Resources
There are a number of test prep options available from the test-makers directly, and some third-party services have come up with options, too. These resources offer a variety of prep strategies, from study guides and practice tests to one-on-one coaching.