Tips You Can Use for Praxis Core Guessing

Praxis Core guessing

Stressed about the Praxis Core? Don’t forget that you can guess strategically on the exam!

Unlike some exams, you’re not penalized for guessing on the Praxis Core exam. That means that you won’t lose any points for answering incorrectly. Instead, you have a 25% chance of answering correctly and increasing your final score with Praxis Core guessing. To increase the likelihood of guessing the right answer, remember these 5 tips.

Eliminate Implausible Answers

Start by eliminating answers that you know are incorrect. Even if you only eliminate one wrong answer, you now have a 1-in-3 chance of guessing the right answer.

Some of the things to look for in wrong answers include anything that is

  • politically incorrect
  • too critical of a certain demographic
  • extreme (either too low or too high for numbers)

Disregard Unfamiliar Answers

After spending sufficient time studying the material, you should have a pretty good idea about the math, grammar, reading, and other concepts that could be on the exam. Because of this, there really shouldn’t be a whole lot of new and unfamiliar information. Unknown answers are probably wrong, so you can you eliminate those and guess between the remaining answers.

Check for Similar Answers

Are there 2 answers that seem very similar but are worded slightly different? If so, it’s possible that these answers are both wrong. For example, if one answer is the president and the other answer lists a president’s name. If you can’t pick 2 answers, then both of these responses are wrong.

On the other hand, sometimes a similar answer is used to trick you. If the answers are similar except for one slight difference, there’s a chance that one of those answers is the right one.

Also, look for answers that convey opposite meanings. Chances are that one of the answers is correct.

Look for False Information

If any part of the answer is false, then the entire answer is false. Pay attention for this on the grammar section especially. One answer might seem the most correct, but if there are grammatical errors in it, eliminate that choice and keep looking for the right one.

Don’t Skip Questions

It’s important to watch the clock and pace yourself appropriately. Make sure that you have plenty of time to get to all of the questions. If there is one that you’re unsure about, you could skip it and come back to it at the end. However, don’t leave any questions unanswered. In the last few minutes of the exam, go through the test and make sure that you choose an answer for each one that you missed.

After you’ve done all that you could do on the exam, don’t forget to make an educated guess on questions that you’re struggling with. Using these tips for Praxis Core guessing can help you increase the chances of getting those questions correct, and it may even help boost your score to help you pass.

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6 Responses to Tips You Can Use for Praxis Core Guessing

  1. Isa August 23, 2018 at 7:43 AM #

    I’ve taken praxis twice and I still fail. Please help me . Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 24, 2018 at 10:40 AM #

      Sorry to hear this is happening, Isa! Can you tell me a little bit more about what’s going on, in terms of your weaknesses, study habits, the score you need vs. the ones you’re getting, etc…? From there, I’ll be happy to give you some additional advice.

  2. Julie March 9, 2019 at 3:22 PM #

    Hi! I’m beyond sad and upset… I’ve taken the Praxis 4 times and haven’t been able to pass it. I need HELP… I’m feeling so discouraged, thinking on giving up!

    • Jamie Goodwin
      Jamie Goodwin March 11, 2019 at 9:55 AM #

      Julie, I’m sorry to hear this is happening! Don’t give up! Tell us a little bit more about your experience so far in terms of your weaknesses, study habits, the score you need vs. the ones you’re getting, etc…? From there, we’d be happy to give you some additional advice.

  3. Ray February 4, 2020 at 9:04 AM #

    I can’t seem to pass the math part of the test can you help?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2020 at 3:38 PM #

      Hi Ray,

      Our Praxis Core Math program provides comprehensive lesson videos and practice questions to help you succeed on the Praxis! You can give it a try with a free 7-day trial 🙂

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