Praxis II English Subject Assessment 0041, 0042, 0043, 0048, 0049

Praxis II English Subject Assessment 0041, 0042, 0043, 0048, 0049

by Anita Price Davis
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Praxis II English Subject Assessment 0041, 0042, 0043, 0048, 0049 by Anita Price Davis

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First CD-ROM TestWare® Edition!
REA’s new PRAXIS II English Subject Assessments test prep helps teacher candidates master the information and excel on any of the four English Language, Literature, and Composition tests (0041, 0042, 0043, 0049).  
A comprehensive review guides middle and secondary teacher candidates through all the content and process categories on the official Praxis II tests, which are required for certification in most states. Content categories include: Reading and Understanding Text, Language and Linguistics, and Composition and Rhetoric.
This enhanced TestWare® edition includes two full-length practice tests for each of the four exams covered in the book on a CD-ROM with automatic, accurate scoring. Our timed, computerized exam format gives test-takers the closest experience to taking an actual exam. Comes complete with detailed explanations of answers, a customized study schedule, and REA’s test-taking strategies and tips.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738603902
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 02/16/2009
Series: Test Preps
Edition description: First
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

About the Author 

Dr. Anita Price Davis is The Charles Dana Professor Emerita of Education and was the Director of Elementary Education at Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Davis earned her B.S. and M.A. from Appalachian State University and her doctorate from Duke University. She also received a postdoctoral fellowship to Ohio State University for two additional years of study.
Dr. Davis had worked more than 36 years at Converse College, where she served as the faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Epsilon, a national education honor organization. She also worked 5 years as a public school teacher. 

Dr. Davis has received wide recognition for her work, including a letter of appreciation from the U.S. Department of the Interior, inclusion in Contemporary Authors, and a citation of appreciation from the Michigan Council of the Social Studies. She has authored/coauthored 23 funded grants for Converse College. She has served as a mentor and  twice was President of the Spartanburg County Council of the International Reading Association. The state of South Carolina twice named her an outstanding educator, and she was twice a nominee for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year. 

Dr. Davis has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 80 books. She has written two college textbooks, Reading Instruction Essentials and Children’s Literature Essentials. Dr. Davis has published several history books and is also the author of more than 80 papers, book reviews, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries. 


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ABOUT THIS BOOK and TestWare® 

If you’re looking to secure certification as an English teacher at any level, you’ll find that many states require one or another of the Praxis II English Language, Literature, and Composition Assessments (Test Codes 0041, 0042, 0043, and 0049). Think of this book and accompanying TestWare® software as your toolkit to pass the test(s). It will help take the mystery and anxiety out of the testing process by equipping you not only with the nuts and bolts, but also, ultimately, with the confidence to succeed alongside your peers across the United States.

In this guide, REA offers our customarily in-depth, up-to-date, objective coverage, with test-specific modules devoted to targeted review, and realistic practice exams complete with the kind of detail that makes a difference when you’re coming down the homestretch in your preparation. The first practice tests for the PRAXIS II 0041, 0042, 0043, and 0049 are included in two formats: in printed form in this book and on the enclosed TestWare® on CD-ROM. We strongly recommend that you begin your preparation with the TestWare® tests, which provide timed conditions and instantaneous, accurate scoring. In this book, we include a competency-categorized progress chart to enable you to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. 


Praxis is Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) shorthand for Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers. The Praxis Series is a group of teacher licensing tests that ETS developed in concert with states across the nation. There are three categories of tests in the series: Praxis I, Praxis II, and Praxis III. Praxis I includes the paper-based Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) and the Praxis I Computer-Based Tests (CBT). Both versions cover essentially the same subject matter. These exams measure basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills and are often a requirement for admission to a teacher education program.

Praxis II embraces Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Tests, of which the Praxis II English Assessments (0041, 0042, 0043, and 0049) are a part. The Praxis II examinations cover the subject matter that students typically study in teacher education courses such as language acquisition, school curriculum, methods of teaching, and other professional development courses. In most teacher-training programs, students take these tests after having completed their classroom training, the course work, and practicum.

The Praxis II English Assessments (0041, 0042, 0043, and 0049) cover the content areas of reading and language arts, literature, and composition and rhetoric. This study guide will deal with each of these broader content areas and with the subareas such as are found in English.

Who Takes the Test? 
Most people who take the Praxis II English Assessments (0041, 0042, 0043, and/or 0049) are seeking initial licensure. Twenty-eight states require both the English Literature Content Knowledge (0041) and the Middle School English Language Arts (0049) tests to teach middle school English.
Seven states require both the Secondary School Language Arts (0041) and the English Language Literature and Composition: Essays (0042) exams; two states—Utah and Arizona—require three of the exams, although Utah notes that in some circumstances all four may be required and to check with the licensing authority. Six states require both the Secondary School Language Arts (0041) and the English Language Literature and Composition: Pedagogy (0043) tests to teach English and additionally require the Middle School English Language Arts (0049) test to teach middle school English. We concluded that there is a significant reason to include the 0041 and 0049 exams in the same book. And our decision to include the 0042 and 0043 exams is supported by the fact that 14 states require the 0041, the 0049, and either the 0042 or the 0043.

You should check with your state’s education agency to determine which Praxis examination(s) you should take; the ETS Praxis website ( and registration bulletin may also help you determine the test(s) you need to take for certification. You should also consult your education program for its own test requirements. Remember that colleges and universities often require Praxis examinations for entry into programs, for graduation, and for the completion of a teacher certification program. These requirements may differ from the baseline requirements the state has for teacher certification. You will need to meet both sets of requirements.

Table of Contents

About This Book and TestWare® 
About the Praxis Series 
How to Use This Book and TestWare® 
Format of Each Test 
Studying for the Tests 
Study Schedule 
The Day of the Test 

Reading and the Study of Literature 
Major Works and Authors of Literature for Adolescents 
Literary Forms and Elements  
Interpreting Texts
Teaching Reading 

Language and Linguistics 
First and Second Language Acquisition and Development 
History, Development, and Structure of the English Language 
Conventions of Standard English 

Composition and Rhetoric 
Teaching Writing 
Stages of Writing 
Features of Writing 
Analyzing Writing 
Assessing Student Writing 

Language, literature, and composition: Content Knowledge (0041)  
Reading and Understanding Text 
Language and Linguistics 
Composition and Rhetoric  
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 

Language, literature, and composition: Essays (0042) 
Scoring Guide 
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 

Language, literature, and composition:Pedogogy (0043) 
Teaching Literature 
Scoring Guide 
Responding to Student Writing 
Scoring Guide 
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 

Praxis II Middle School English Language Arts (0049)  
The Study of Reading and Literature 
Language Study 
Constructed-Response Questions 
Scoring Guide 
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 


Installing REA’s TestWare® 

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Praxis II English Subject Assessment 0041, 0042, 0043, 0048, 0049 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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This book has been very helpful to me while I study for the Praxis II English Content Knowledge (Test 0041). However it combines study guides for four different English tests. Make sure to find out which test(s) your state requires before you waste time studying. Trust me, there are differences. Call the Teachers Board for your state. But this book should help you out once you figure out your direction.
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KeikoIchi More than 1 year ago
This book did a great job at a "quickie" review of the material we should have learned in our English courses. Unfortunately, it might be outdated. I took the 0041 assessment this morning, and 90% of the test covered literary works and the authors (reading and understanding), and 10% covered composition and rhetoric. Not one question was about language and linguistic. The book would be better if it focused mainly on essential authors and their works, touch on composition and rhetoric, and leave language and linguistic for the reading specialist, special education, and ESL assessments' study guides.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered and waited weeks past the deadline to receive it. I was very disappointed at the quality and content. The table of contents and reference to it are neither clear nor accurate. The practice tests do not resemble the Praxis 0041 or 0049, both of which I have take, in terms of wording, scope or sequence. The many authors she references in the body of the text are unknown to me and the vast majority seem to be female. The content and format of the book seemed unedited or proofed. Her overtly feminist perspective is a distracting aside to the overall purpose of the book. The author even recommends her own works in the body of the review for further study. I found better information on the internet such as using the tags AP Literature, Praxis, English, Literary Terms and the like. In sum, as a female who earned a 193 and 197 respectively on the aforementioned tests, it just wasn't all that (or a bag of chips).