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So you’re taking the Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) exam and you’re asking some of the following questions:

  • Where do I find a free practice test?
  • An exam breakdown?
  • How do I register for the test?

Those are all great questions, and you’ve found the right place to get them answered!

I’m Marshall Highet, and at Best in Class we will help you get familiar with everything about the Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts exam (5047)!

Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts Video Overviews

Choosing the right study material for the Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts can be overwhelming. 240 Tutoring offers a helpful video on choosing the right study resources for you.

Selecting the Best Study Resource for YOU!

This video goes through a handful of practice questions to give you an idea of what to expect on the test.

Praxis® Middle School Language Arts Practice Test

While not specific to the Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts test, this video provides some great tips that can be applied to any teacher certification exam.

Testing Strategies and Tips

First Thing to Know

The Middle School English Language Arts exam measures subject-focused content knowledge as well as academic skills. This exam assesses the skills, content knowledge, and abilities of prospective Language Arts educators. Specifically, this exam measures the test-taker’s abilities in four different competencies:

  • reading, including the study of literature, drama, poetry, stories, informational texts, essays, speeches, and biographies;
  • use of the English language including conventions of vocabulary development and standard English;
  • writing, speaking, and listening; and
  • English Language Arts instructional methods.

The tests are created and administered by the Educational Testing Service. The tests are usually taken early in the applicant’s career and many professional teaching certification programs require it for acceptance into the programs.

Each exam has a specific number so that it’s easier to keep track of the exam and your results. If the state just went by the names of each test, it could get confusing quickly. Each exam has a number, and the Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts’ number is 5047.

Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts Exam Breakdown

The Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) is made up of four content categories, with a number of questions in each category. Some of those questions are selected responses (SR) and some are constructed responses (CR). Here’s a breakdown of the different types of questions.

Section Number of Questions Time Percentage of Test Score
Selected response 110 130 minutes 75%
Constructed response 2 30 minutes 25%
Total 112 160 minutes 100%

Here’s a breakdown of the content categories, number of questions, and percentage of the exam.

Content Category Number of Questions Percentage of Exam
Reading 50 Selected

Response (SR) and

1 Constructed Response (CR)

46%
Language use and vocabulary 16 SR 11%
Writing, speaking, and listening 26 SR 18%
ELA instruction 18 SR and

1 CR

25%

NOTE: Your score report is broken into selected response (SR) questions and constructed response (CR) questions.

What is a Passing Score

Each state has a different passing score for the Praxis® Middle School ELA exam. To check what the requirements for your state are, go to this website: https://www.ets.org/Praxis®/states

The score you receive will be a scaled score ranging from 100 to 200. Scaled scores allow the test makers to adjust weighting for each administration based on the questions on that specific exam.

Again, be sure to check with your individual state’s requirements to fully understand your scores.

How to Register for the Praxis® Middle School ELA

New to Teaching?

If you’re new to teaching, the steps you need to take to register for the Praxis® Middle School ELA exam are different than those for already certified teachers. Start by looking at the requirements for your state to make sure you have completed all the expectations set out by ETS. This will likely include completing an approved teacher preparation program. You can find helpful resources for your state requirements here.

If you’ve never taken this exam and have not been a teacher yet, here’s what you do:

  • Go to the ETS website and create a new account.
  • You can register either online, by mail, or over the phone.
  • If you plan on registering for the Praxis® online or by phone, you will need a debit/credit/check card ready to pay the registration fee.

You can register for the Praxis® online, by phone, or by mail. Here are some details about each registration method.

Online

Registering online is pretty simple. You’ll need to use a debit card to pay for your registration; you’ll also need to print out your admissions ticket to take to the testing center with you.

  • Go to the ETS test registration website.
  • Create a new account.
  • Your new account will let you:
    • register for your Praxis® exam
    • access your admissions tickets
    • cancel or change your registration
    • view your current test scores
    • order Praxis® exam reports
    • input and update your contact information

Phone

  • If you register over the telephone, you will be charged an extra $35.
  • Call ETS at 1-800-772-9476, Monday through Friday, 8am until 7:45 Eastern Standard Time.
  • Have a debit or credit card ready to make a payment over the phone.

Mail

To register by mail:

  • Fill out a Test Authorization Voucher Request form, found here.
  • To do this correctly, you’ll need to input a certain code, found here.
  • Send your voucher and check or money order to:
    • ETS – Praxis®

P.O. Box 382065

Pittsburgh PA

15251

  • Once your request is successfully processed, ETS will send you a voucher ticket and instructions on how to register. You should allow three weeks for delivery.
  • When you receive your voucher, you will have one calendar day to use it in order to get your admission ticket.
  • Bring your admission ticket to your testing center on the day of your exam.

Already Certified?

If you’re already certified to teach and would like to add a certification or transfer your credentials to another state, you’ll have to create or sign in to an ETS account here. If moving to a different state, you should check the specific requirements for the state you want to teach in to see if any of your current teaching certifications will transfer over. Once you’ve signed into your ETS account, you’ll be able to:

  • register for your Praxis® exam
  • access your admissions tickets
  • cancel or change your registration
  • view your current test scores
  • order Praxis® exam reports
  • input and update your contact information

Here is a link to the ETS website to check each state’s requirements.

Once you pass the exam, you are qualified to teach Middle School English Language Arts!

Yay!

Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) Free Practice Test

So you’re taking the Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) and you want to know if you’ll pass.

And if you think you might not pass, you really want to know what you need to study.

Well, you’re at the right place. We are going to tell you about the absolute best practice tests for the Middle School English Language Arts exam.

Best Free Practice Test

240 Tutoring Praxis® Middle School ELA exam

240 Tutoring has been helping teachers pass their exams since 2011. They offer an online, completely free practice test for Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047). Each practice test will give you a free score breakdown, so you can see exactly what you need to study.

Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) Paid Practice Test

Best Paid Practice Test

240 Tutoring’s Online Study Guide and Practice Test

240 Tutoring also offers a full study guide. The Praxis® Middle School ELA Study Guide includes more than 278 practice questions, 62 pages of study material, and tons of flash cards.

Best of all? The study guide comes with a money-back guarantee that you will pass the test.

So while it is a paid practice test, you know you’re getting your money’s worth.

BONUS: 240 Tutoring is a month-to-month subscription. You get all of the Praxis® study guides – including the Praxis® Middle School ELA exam – for just one monthly price of $39.99. Subscribing to one study guide will grant you access to all of 240 Tutoring’s study guides.

240 Tutoring Praxis® Middle School Study Guide

Runner-Up for Practice Test

Praxis® Study Companion

ETS has free resources that will help you prepare for your exam. ETS is the service that creates the Praxis® exam, and it’s always useful to get the information straight from the source.

The Praxis® Study Companion includes a 28 question practice test. Since this resource comes from the test makers, you can count on it being accurate and up to date. However, some test takers may find the PDF format less user friendly than online practice tests.

ETS Praxis® Middle School ELA Study Companion

Honorable Mention

Study.com

Study.com has a quick and free practice test. While it might be a good starting point, the practice test is only 15 questions long, so you won’t be able to get a full idea of your strengths and weaknesses.

Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047): Practice Test Questions

Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) Free Study Guide

You’ve registered to take the Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) and you’re anxious. You may be thinking, Will I pass? How hard is this test? What do I need to know to pass?

Don’t fret, you’re in the right place. I’ll explain the best practice tests for the Praxis® Middle School ELA exam. Practice tests are a proven method to familiarize yourself with the subject matter and format of your exam.

Best Free Study Guide

240 Tutoring’s Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts Ultimate Guide

240 Tutoring offers a free guide to acquaint yourself with the different elements of the Praxis® Middle School ELA exam.

This guide includes overviews of each of the content categories, digestible information in Quick Facts, and also includes important information like the cost of the exam and how to register.

240 Tutoring’s Middle School English Language Arts Ultimate Guide

Praxis® Middle School English Language Arts (5047) Paid Study Guide

Best Paid Study Guide

240 Tutoring’s Online Study Guide

240 Tutoring also offers a full study guide. The Praxis® Middle School ELA exam includes more than 278 practice questions, 62 pages of study material, and tons of flash cards.

Best of all? The study guide comes with a money-back guarantee that you will pass the test.

So while it is a paid practice test, you know you’re getting your money’s worth.

BONUS: 240 Tutoring is a month-to-month subscription. You get all of the Praxis® study guides – including the Praxis® Middle School ELA exam – for just one monthly price of $39.99. Subscribing to one study guide will grant you access to all of 240 Tutoring’s study guides.

240 Tutoring Praxis® Middle School ELA exam

Runner-Up for Study Guide

Praxis® Study Companion

ETS offers a study companion that can provide guidance for potential test-takers. This resource isn’t as interactive as other websites like 240 Tutoring, but ETS is the company that creates the exam, so it’s smart to get some of your information from them.

ETS Praxis® Middle School ELA Study Companion

Honorable Mention

Study.com

Study.com also offers resources for a potential educator slated to take the Praxis® Middle School ELA exam. This site uses interactive, relevant questions to test your knowledge. The video lesson format can be off-putting for some, and the amount of information on their website may seem daunting, but much of their information is helpful.

Study.com Praxis® Middle School ELA exam

About the Author

Marshall Highet

Marshall Highet

Marshall Highet has been writing since she was a wee thing. No longer a wee thing, for the past ten years she’s worked as a professor, a professional writer, and an educational consultant.

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