This exam is designed for individuals who would like to teach English language arts at the middle school level. You will be given two hours and ten minutes to complete the 110 multiple-choice questions and 30 minutes to complete the two short essay questions. The multiple-choice questions comprise 75% of the final grade, and, the short answer questions comprise 25% of the final grade for this exam. The two short essay questions will cover literary and rhetorical analysis. The multiple choice questions will be divided as follows:
Reading – 50 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question
Language Use and Vocabulary – 16 multiple-choice questions
Writing, Speaking, and Listening – 26 multiple-choice questions
English Language Arts Instruction – 18 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question
Short Essay Questions
For the short essay questions you will be provided with a selection of prose and asked to interpret it. The second short essay question asks you to discuss approaches to teaching reading or writing, given a particular student writing sample or classroom context.
In this section of the exam your knowledge will be tested on subjects like the major works, authors, and contexts of United States, British, and World literature appropriate for adolescents. Understanding the defining characteristics of literary genres and subgenres will also be required for this section. Furthermore, you will also need to be able to understand how literal and inferential interpretations of a literary text can be supported with textual evidence.
Language Use and Vocabulary
In this section of the exam your knowledge of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, syntax, and mechanics will be assessed. You will also have to understand how the use of affixes, context, and syntax determines word meaning. Additionally, you will have to be familiar with variation in dialect and diction across regions, cultural groups, and time periods.
Writing, Speaking, and Listening
In the section of the exam you will have to understand the distinct characteristics of various types of writing, that effective writing is appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience; and the effective delivery of a speech or presentation.
English Language Arts Instruction
This section of the test will require you to know the commonly used research-based approaches to supporting language acquisition and vocabulary development for diverse learners, the techniques for instructing students to participate productively in collaborative discussions, the techniques for instructing students to communicate effectively and appropriately using technological tools, the commonly used research-based approaches to grouping and differentiated instruction to meet specific instructional objectives in English Language Arts, and the effective approaches to incorporating student input into the design and use of English Language Arts curriculum and assessments.
Praxis II Middle School English Language Arts Practice Questions