PPST Math Test: Practice & Study Guide

The PPST Mathematics exam measures mathematical skills and concepts that an educator may need, focusing on the ability to solve problems and reason in a quantitative context to determine your aptitude before enrolling in a teacher education program or obtaining teacher licensing. Use our engaging videos and self-assessment quizzes to prepare for the PPST Math exam. 

About the Course

Schools use the PPST Math test, or Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics, to determine an applicant's readiness for teacher education programs. States also use the test for teacher licensing. It consists of a 75-minute period in which test-takers answer 46 multiple-choice questions with calculators prohibited. This test is offered in either a computer-based format or a paper format and contains questions that cover four major categories: numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability. The test holds raw computation to a minimum and uses few technical words, only using terms like area, perimeter, and factor because it assumes that they are commonly encountered in mathematics.

Course Topics

Course Chapter Objective
PPST Math: Working with Numbers Review the basic types of numbers, equality symbols, and number representations, including number lines, decimals, fractions, and properties of whole numbers.
PPST Operation Properties and Computation Learn about the various properties of numbers like the commutative, associative and distributive properties. You'll also understand the order of operations, how to estimate results, and the reasonableness of an estimation.
PPST Math: Ratios, Proportions and Percents Find out the differences between decimals and percents, how to calculate with ratios and proportions and how to solve problems using these representations.
PPST Math: Numerical Reasoning Master the logical connections in math using conjunctions and disjunctions, conditional statements, and critical thinking. You'll also learn about mathematical logical fallacies, the validity of arguments, and generalizations.
PPST Math: Equations and Inequalities These lessons will guide you through understanding basic algebraic expressions, linear equations, variables, and inequalities.
PPST Math: Algorithmic Thinking & Patterns Discover the algorithmic point of view and learn how to identify facts given in a problem; also discover patterns, direct variation, and inverse variation, and learn how to find alternative methods to solving a problem.
PPST Math: Algebraic Representations and Reasoning Learn the relationships between verbal and symbolic expressions, symbolic algebra, and algebraic reasoning.
PPST Math: Geometric Properties Discover the properties of shapes, how to identify similar triangles, and how the pythagorean theorem helps you find specific distances.
PPST Math: Coordinate Geometry Identify different parts of a graph, learn how to graph functions, and find out how to solve absolute value inequalities.
PPST Math: Geometric Reasoning Get advice on logical connectives, validity of arguments, and generalizations in geometry.
PPST Math: Systems of Measurement Learn about various systems of measurement, including the US Customary system and the Metric System. You'll also learn unit conversion and dimensional analysis.
PPST Math: Measurement Find out how to measure and calculate area and perimeters of shapes as well as solve measurement problems.
PPST Math: Data Analysis Learn how to read, interpret, and create various kinds of charts, tables, and graphs, including bar graphs, pie charts, and Venn diagrams.
PPST Math: Probability Discover how to calculate simple conditional probabilities and learn how to calculate mean, median, mode and range.

PPST Math Test - Preparation and Registration

We host quick, engaging video lessons in each subject area of the exam in order to prepare you for the PPST Math test. The chapter on operation properties includes videos that cover the order of operations, the associative property, the commutative property, and the multiplication property of zero. Other chapters include logical math connectors, decimals and percents, equations and inequalities, properties of shapes, graphing functions, and data analysis. Each lesson includes a corresponding quiz, offering you the chance to assess your own knowledge of the material.

You can register for the PPST Math test online, though if you need some form of accommodations for test-taking (including a disability or language barrier), you will have to mail in your registration form and other documentation. If you are taking a computer-based test, then you will receive 30 minutes of practice time to become familiar with the functionality before you begin the test. The PPST Math test is offered continually, but you'll have to wait 21 days if you want to re-test. Low-income college students can qualify for a fee waiver if they are currently in school and are required to take the test. There are a limited number of waivers available, and students can only receive one waiver per year. When you arrive at the testing location on the day of the test, you'll need your test ticket and photo ID.

PPST Math Test - Scoring

Depending on which format you chose, your scores will become available to you 2 to 4 weeks after the test date. Computer-delivered test scores will be available 2 to 3 weeks after the test date. You can find your scores earlier by utilizing a scores-by-phone service for an additional fee. Your scores can also be sent to up to 3 institutions or licensing agencies for free. You can order more score reports after the test for an additional fee. You're scored only on answering questions correctly, and you will not be deducted points for wrong answers or unanswered questions. Passing scores depend on the institution requiring the exam, but your report will show you the qualifying score for your state. You will also be able to see the score range for the test achieved by the 25th-75th percentile.

The Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS), which is not affiliated with Education Portal.

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