What You Need to Look For in a Praxis Core Study Guide

What You Need to Look For in a Praxis Core Study Guide -magoosh

One type of resource that is available to you while preparing for the Praxis Core is a study guide. A study guide provides a list of information that you should review before taking the exam. You can use the Praxis Core study guide to discover what material you need to know.


Some of the information covered on the mathematics exam include:

  • Algebra and functions
  • Geometry
  • Numbers and quantities
  • Statistics and probability
  • Percentages and ratios
  • Measurements
  • Graphs

Your study guide should include specific types of questions that you might see. It would also be helpful to have a list of vocabulary terms that you need to know.


The reading exam provides multiple passages with questions about those passages. Some of the questions that you need to answer could cover lots of different topics, including:

  • Literary genres
  • Literary devices
  • Themes
  • Paraphrasing
  • Point of view
  • Author’s purpose
  • Figurative language
  • Grammar
  • Reading comprehension

To prepare to answer these questions, your study guide should explain what these mean, provide several examples of each one, and allow you to practice identifying these things in passages.


On top of composing your own essay, the writing exam consists of several questions to test your knowledge of writing. Questions cover various topics, such as:

  • Parts of speech
  • Punctuation
  • Text types
  • Thesis writing
  • Grammar and mechanics

Your study guide can prepare you for the exam by covering this material. You should feel confident in your writing abilities. One way to go about getting comfortable with this material would be to work through several examples of argumentative essay prompts and informative (or explanatory) essay prompts. Look for a Praxis Core study guide that includes several prompts for you to review. Then, you can use the prompts to practice writing essays similar to the ones on the exam.

If you can’t find a Praxis Core study guide to use, don’t be afraid to make your own. Use the study guide to create your study plan, so you will cover all of the material you need to review before testing day. Use the above information to help you! Good luck!

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  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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2 Responses to What You Need to Look For in a Praxis Core Study Guide

  1. KarenG August 23, 2018 at 12:05 PM #


    To get a passing score of 150 on the Praxis Core Math (5732), how many questions would I need to get correct?

    Thank you

    • Jamie Goodwin
      Jamie Goodwin August 23, 2018 at 12:54 PM #

      Hi Karen, check out this article on the Magoosh website: https://magoosh.com/praxis/what-is-a-passing-praxis-score/. It says “Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question. Different editions of the Praxis require different numbers of right answers to pass, since questions rated as more difficult are worth more points than easier ones.”

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