A lot of times people see the end result of other individual’s lives and do not see the obstacles and/or the hard work that goes into how they made it to where they are today. Below are the 4 Vital Lessons I Learned from Taking the Praxis Test.
1. Vulnerability: I was in a position where I felt like I was the only person going through this, so much of my career relied on this test in order to move forward… I shared with others “my reality” (I did not pass the Praxis test on the first time) and the steps that I experienced to get to the point where I am today. I was able to admit my weakness (not passing the Praxis) and seek help from others who did pass. I embraced the feeling of not knowing the specific outcome and enjoying the journey and the ability to gain further knowledge while studying. I learned how to be vulnerable.
2. Resilience: I took the Praxis test more than one time and experienced disappointment. I would open up the test scores and not want to look for fear that I would see the words “NOT PASSED.” …From each set back I developed the ability to bounce back even quicker than I did before in my life. Life is not fair and different experiences in our life teach us exactly how to develop resilience to keep going even when we may fear the worst. I learned resilience.
3. Underlying Lessons: It is hard to see underlying lessons when you are in various situations in life, but sometimes when we step back and look at the big picture we understand the lesson that was there all along. I am thankful for my underlying lesson that I learned the value of hanging in there, because life does not always give you the necessary tools that you need in the beginning, sometimes you have to develop those skills in order to get to the next chapter of your life. I wanted to look at other careers many times, but I did not let the test define my future career that I absolutely loved. I learned to find the underlying lessons in every experience.
4. Rejection: Last but not least the most important lesson that often times can be looked at as something negative. I felt rejected each time I got back results saying that I did not pass the test. I knew all throughout my life that standardized tests were not my strong point, but now I really felt like this was going to determine where my career would go next. I realized that I just had to find various strategies and ways of studying for the test that worked best for me. Rejection is a good thing because it makes you work harder and appreciate the end result even more. I learned rejection only pushes you to the next level and you appreciate the end result.
So how many times did I have to take the Praxis test before I passed…Well let’s just say the third time was a charm :)
► I would highly suggest purchasing the ETS e-book Speech Pathology practice test, to take after you have read and reviewed the information for the test. I think it is good to have because it provides you with good study tips and tips for when you get stuck on a question. Also the format of the questions on that practice test was very similar to the questions on the actual test.
► Determine which environment you study best in, I study better in the library or at a Starbucks; I do not study well at home. So determine what studying setting is best for you.
► I would suggest taking it easy two days before the test and not looking at test related information two days prior to taking the test, just make sure you rest up.
► The day of the test do not forget to have your admission ticket, be there early, bring two #2 pencils, maybe even an extra pencil (sometimes they do not have extra pencils) and dress warm (it can be very cool in a lot of the testing classrooms).
The schedule included in this post is a sample schedule that worked for me when studying for the Praxis exam, keep in mind I had a month to study so the calendar is only for one month for the chapters that I covered from one of the Praxis study books that I used.
I studied in a month’s time frame, you will have more then a month to study so you can split up your reading even more then I did. I broke up studying by chapters and the areas that I needed more time to read over the information, I used more then one day for some of the chapters, depending on the length and complexity. For example, I wanted to take more days to cover and read Anatomy. Break up reading the way that is easiest for you.
Stay tuned for studying tips that helped me in preparation for the Praxis Exam!
Books: there are many other books available but, these are the more current books
~An Advanced Review of Speech-Language Pathology , 3rd Edition, by Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and
M.N. Hegde, 2011.
~Mosby's Review Questions for the Speech-Language Pathology PRAXIS Examination, by Dennis M.Ruscello, PhD and Mosby, 2010.
~How to Prepare for the Praxis Exam in Speech-Language Pathology by Kay T. Payne, 2001.
~Educational Testing Service. Speech-Language Pathology Study Guide (0330) eBook. Retrieved September 14, 2010, from http://store.digitalriver.com/store/ets/en_US/pd/productID.105173200
~Licensure Exams, Inc. SLP Exam. Retrieved September 14, 2010, from http://www.nespaexam.com/index.shtml
~Mometrix Media LLC. Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Secrets Study Guide. Retrieved September 14, 2010, from http://www.mo-media.com/praxisii/speech-language-pathology.htm
~PraxisPrepInfo.com. Praxis II Speech Language Pathology Exam. Retrieved September 14, 2010 from
~American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Praxis Preparation. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from http://www.asha.org/certification/praxis/preparation/
~Speechy Musings. The Praxis: What you Need to Know. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from
~Pinterest: Speechie Freebie. SLP Praxis Information Resources. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from
~PraacticalAAC. Praxis Resources. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from
~The Speech Mentor. Erasing Test Anxiety: An SLP student's tale. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from
~The Speech Mentor. Praxis and Comprehensive Exam Study Tips. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from
Free PDF Documents
~ Dolores E. Battle , Ph.D and Barbara Shadden, Ph.D. Everything you Wanted to Know about the Praxis Examination(s) in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Retrieved September 14, 2010 from
~Payne, Kay T. Sample Chapters from How to Prepare for the Praxis Exam in Speech-Language Pathology, 2001. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from
~Praxis SLP Exam. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from http://slppodcasting.com/index.php?cat=PraxisSLPexam
~National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) provides an intensive review for the Praxis Examination for Speech Language Pathology every year at the NBASLH Convention http://www.nbaslh.org/praxs/praxis-main.html
an Intensive Review for the Praxis Examination For Speech-Language Pathology
~The University of South Carolina has a Praxis Workshop for Speech Language Pathologists on a DVD, The brochure from this years workshop can be found at http://www.sph.sc.edu/comd/pdf/PRAXIS_Prep.pdf
Google Books provides a free preview of some of the Speech Language Pathology resources for the Praxis.