E T S Praxis Series

Middle School Science (0439)

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This section presents sample questions and constructed-response samples along with the standards used in scoring the responses. When you read these sample responses, keep in mind that they will be less polished than if they had been developed at home, edited, and carefully presented. Examinees do not know what questions will be asked and must decide, on the spot, how to respond. Readers take these circumstances into account when scoring the responses.

Readers will assign scores based on the following scoring guide.

Scoring Guide

Score Description
3
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the most significant parts of any stimulus material presented
  • Responds appropriately to all parts of the question
  • Where required, provides a strong explanation that is well supported by relevant evidence
  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of concepts, theories, facts, procedures or methodologies relevant to the question
2
  • Demonstrates basic understanding of the most significant aspects of any stimulus material presented
  • Responds appropriately to most aspects of the question
  • Where required, provides an explanation that is sufficiently supported by relevant evidence
  • Demonstrates a sufficient knowledge of concepts, theories, facts, procedures, or methodologies relevant to the question
1
  • Demonstrates misunderstanding of significant aspects of any stimulus material presented
  • Fails to respond appropriately to most parts of the question
  • Where required, provides a weak explanation that is not well supported by relevant evidence
  • Demonstrates a weak knowledge of concepts, theories, facts, procedures, or methodologies relevant to the question
0
  • Blank, off-topic, or totally incorrect response; rephrases the question