PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators Practice Test

Take this free practice test to see how prepared you are for the PRAXIS Core Exam and the PRAXIS I teacher certification test. Most states use the PRAXIS Series of Exams to license teachers to teach in their classrooms. The PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators test and the PRAXIS I evaluate three subject areas: Math, Reading and Writing.  

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1. Linda drives 30 miles to the dentist. She then travels another six miles to get to the utility company and 12 miles to the grocery store. Assuming the utility company and the grocery store were both on her way home, approximately how many miles will she still have to drive to make it home?
2. Combine like terms in the following equation into the final algebraic expression:

-2y + 11 + 6y
3. A "metaphor" is a figure of speech that compares two different things, usually with the words "like" or "as."
4. Use the following passage to answer questions 4 through 7.

It was in the last four decades of the ninth century of our era that Norsemen began to leave their own country and set up new homes in Iceland. The sixty years ending with 930 A.D. were devoted to taking up the land, and the hundred years that ensued after that date were devoted to quarreling about that land. These quarrels were the origin of the Icelandic family sagas. The year 1000 brought Christianity to the island, and the period from 1030 to 1120 were years of peace in which stories of the former time passed from mouth to mouth. The next century saw these stories take written form, and the period from 1220 to 1260 was the golden age of this literature. In 1264, Iceland passed under the rule of Norway, and a decline of literature began, extending until 1400, the end of literary production in Iceland. In the main, the authors of Iceland are unknown.

Which of the following best expresses the main idea of the passage?
5. According to the passage, when did Norsemen begin setting up new homes in Iceland?
6. Based on this passage, the golden age of Norse literature came when ______________.
7. Based on this passage, what can we infer about Norsemen?
8. The first step you would take to solve the following math problem is to multiply 24 by 16:

x = 36 + (24 x 16)

9. Find the product: -3(y+1)
10. A "simile" is something that is used to represent something else.

Solve for "n" if "m" is equal to six: n = 7m2 + 5m +3


Solve y = 5*7+(32+-3)*8


An "allegory" is a form of extended metaphor that has religious, political or social meanings.


An "analogy" is a similarity between similar features of two or more different things.


A passenger train left San Diego and went to San Francisco and back. The trip to San Francisco took three hours, but the return trip took four hours. If the train averaged six kilometers per hour on the trip back to San Diego, find the average speed of the train during the outbound trip.


The length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle can be found by taking the square root of the sum of both sides.


Use the quadratic formula to solve the following equation:
x2+ 3x - 4 = 0


Find the product: (4x + 2)(6x2 - x +2)


Find "z" when "x" equals two and "y" equals four. z = 4x2 + 3y2 + 2xy+ 2


Evaluate: f(y) = 1/3*6n where n = 2

21. Factor the following equation completely: 8r3- 64r2+ r - 8
22. Barbara purchased three shirts each for $12.54, and two pairs of shoes each for $29.98. How much did she pay in total for these items?
23. Use the information presented in the following passage to answer questions 23-28.
Samuel Clemens is still one of America's most beloved authors, more than a century after his death. The majority of people know him only be his pen name, Mark Twain. Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He grew up in nearby Hannibal. Only three of his six siblings lived to adulthood. His father also died when he was only 11. These early experiences greatly impacted young Twain and forever shaped his outlook on the world. Twain first worked as a printer; he was apprenticed at the age of 12. When he tired of the printing industry, he became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi and then tried gold mining with his brother Orion. When none of these ventures succeeded, Twain took a job as a journalist. It was in writing that he found his life's true calling, and he soon became a popular author. He would go on to write such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Throughout his life, Twain was plagued by personal tragedies. Three of his four children preceded him in death; his son did not live past infancy. He also lost a number of close friends and experienced numerous financial problems. Halley's Comet heralded Twain's birth, and he wanted to live long enough to see it again. He got his wish and died one day after the comet's next approach to earth, on April 21, 1910. What genre does this passage fall into?
24. Determine which of the following statements from the passage is an inference or opinion, rather than a testable fact.
25. Based on the passage, what is the most likely definition of the word "apprenticed?"
26. Which of the following would be the best way for someone to prove that Twain is one of America's most popular authors?
27. How many deaths in the family did Twain experience as a child?
28. How did Twain probably feel about his father's death?
29. For questions 29 and 30, use the following information. Lisa travels a total of 67 miles to see her brother. Her friend Maria's house is on the way. Lisa passes Maria's house when she is 79 percent of the way to her brother's house. How far has Lisa traveled when she passes Maria's house?
30. After visiting her brother, Lisa stops at Maria's on the way home. How far has she traveled, in total, when she stops at Maria's house?