E T S Praxis Series

Middle School Science (0439)

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About This Test

The Middle School Science test is designed to measure the knowledge and competencies necessary for a beginning teacher of middle school science, such as a knowledge of scientific principles, facts, methodology, philosophy, scientific concepts and an ability to integrate basic knowledge from all of the sciences. Teachers need to understand the subject matter from a more advanced viewpoint than is actually presented to the students. Accordingly, some questions of a more advanced nature are included. These questions deal with topics typically introduced in freshman college-level courses in chemistry, physics, life sciences, and earth/space sciences. The questions require a variety of abilities, including definition of terms, comprehension of critical concepts, application, and analysis, to address and solve problems. Some questions may require the examinee to integrate concepts from more than one content area.

This test may contain some questions that will not count toward your score.

The test contains three equally weighted constructed-response questions that assess the examinee's ability to use and analyze critical concepts in science and to integrate knowledge from science, technology, and society. One question deals with a topic in the physical sciences (chemistry/physics), the second with a topic in the life sciences, and the third with a topic in the earth/space sciences. One question will assess an examinee's understanding of concepts and models; the second will assess skills in data analysis, experimental design, and investigations; and the third will assess understanding of the patterns and processes that occur in natural systems. In addition, one of the questions will contain a component that assesses the ability to deal with issues concerning science, technology, and society.