Author Archive | Mike MᶜGarry

  • Mike MᶜGarry

    Mike served as a GMAT Expert at Magoosh, helping create hundreds of lesson videos and practice questions to help guide GMAT students to success. He was also featured as "member of the month" for over two years at GMAT Club. Mike holds an A.B. in Physics (graduating magna cum laude) and an M.T.S. in Religions of the World, both from Harvard. Beyond standardized testing, Mike has over 20 years of both private and public high school teaching experience specializing in math and physics. In his free time, Mike likes smashing foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets. Learn more about the GMAT through Mike's Youtube video explanations and resources like What is a Good GMAT Score? and the GMAT Diagnostic Test.

Praxis Study Guide, Part 2: Read

This article is the second in a series of five study tips to get you ready for taking the Praxis Core tests. 1) Mental Math 2) Read 3) Learn from your Mistakes 4) Beating Test Stress 5) Using a Study Schedule Help with Writing and Reading Some people are good with English, and the Core […]

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5 Strategies for Studying Praxis Math

If you want to become a teacher, I think that’s great! I have devoted my life to education, and I think teachers are wonderful people who do extremely important work. Of course, one of the challenges you will have to face in becoming a teacher is the Praxis Core Mathematics Test. If you have studied […]

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Praxis Study Guide, Part 1: Mental Math

This article is the first in a series of five study tips to get you ready for taking the Praxis Core tests. 1) Mental Math 2) Read 3) Learn from your Mistakes 4) Beating Test Stress 5) Using a Study Schedule Use and Abuse of the Calculator Fact: On the Praxis Core Mathematics Test, you […]

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Book Review: McGraw-Hill’s Praxis Guide

This book, McGraw-Hill’s Praxis I & II, 3rd edition, was published in 2010, around the same time as the out-of-date Praxis Official Guide, and it shares some of the same oversights of that Guide. It refers to the test by the old name, the PPST, rather than by the new name, the Core. This is […]

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Praxis Math Formulas Cheat Sheet

I will confess, I feel a certain pedagogical ambivalence about offering this list of Praxis math formulas for Praxis Core Math. It’s absolutely true that for success in the Praxis Mathematics Test, you should be familiar with some basic formulas; in this vein, it’s worthwhile to share these formulas with students. Beware, though: one of […]

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Praxis Math: Alternate Question Formats

Most of the 56 questions on the Praxis Core Math test will be standard five-choice multiple choice, the same question format you have seen on standardized testing for most of your life. Those are not new to anyone. But, a handful of questions will be one of two other types: Multiple Answer questions Numeric Entry […]

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Introduction to the Praxis Core Writing Test

The Praxis Core is made up of math, reading and writing tests. The Praxis Core Writing Test has two parts: the selected response questions and the two essays. For Praxis writing, I’ll cover the selected response questions first and then overview the essays. The Selected Response Questions The first 40 question on the Praxis Writing […]

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