The Praxis II test has a reputation among future teachers as being a tough test to pass. And for many, the part that is the toughest is the essay part. The essay section in the Praxis II test is meant to test your writing skills. You have only around one hour in which you have to write a grammatically correct and informative essay.
When it comes to essay writing, there isn’t anything much that you can study for. However there definitely are some tips that you can use to prepare yourself to score big on your Praxis II essay section. These simple techniques have been taught by Praxis II test experts to countless test candidates and so far these techniques have not let anyone down. Read on to learn them.
Four Steps To Score On Your Praxis II Essay Section
Here are four main steps that you should take if you want to write a good, informative essay:
1. First, make sure you understand the topic given to you.
2. Create the main theme of your essay.
3. Write the outline of your essay down.
4. Finally, you’re ready to write your essay.
Understanding your essay topic is the most important step to take before you start writing. If you don’t know what your essay should be about, you’ll end up writing an essay with a different theme altogether. So take a few minutes to read the topic given to you and understand it. This shouldn’t take more than three to four minutes as the Praxis II essay questions are usually easy to understand.
After you’ve read and grasped the topic of your essay, it’s now time to think of your theme. It’s also known as the main argument or the thesis statement; however you want to call it. This is important because your main theme is the foundation of your essay. This should also take a short time only if you’ve understood your essay topic well.
In writing an essay, you’ll need to write down your outline for the essay. This should just take around five minutes as you only need to write down what is your main argument, an introduction to it, your supporting points and also your conclusion to further strengthen your argument. You are scored mostly on how well your supporting points strengthen your essay.
The only step left is to write your essay. You should have enough time to write a clear and grammatically correct essay if you have already a good outline. Also don’t forget to read through your essay again to correct any mistakes if there are any.
With these steps, I’m sure you’ll ace the essay part of your Praxis II test. Don’t forget to practice your writing and do a lot of reading as well. All the best!