During my internship year, I was required to take the Praxis School Psychology Exam. I distinctly remember the intense trepidation shared by my classmates as we prepared to take this critical test. Despite what professors or other staff told school psychology graduate students, if we did not pass this particular test, we would not eligible for a state license and could not practice psychology. Even today, I continue to be amazed that you can be a stellar graduate student, but if you do not pass the Praxis Exam, you may have wasted tens of thousands of dollars and you are forced to leave the psychological profession.
Although I passed the Exam, it turns out my fear was certainly justified. Unfortunately, some of my classmates, who were promising students, did not pass this one test. My colleagues’ failure to pass the Exam prompted me to write the first edition of The School Psychology Licensure Exam Guide. As most psychologists want to help other people, I too wanted to support others I saw struggling. I also wanted to alleviate an injustice because I did not think it is fair that graduate students can pass all their classes, but they are denied a license if they do not pass this one test. To help other students, I published the first edition of my guide a year after I graduated.
Coincidentally, only a few months after the first edition of my guide was available to the public, I received a call from a graduate student in Texas that had difficulty passing the Praxis Exam. She was desperate and she had already taken the Exam twice. It was obvious to me that this person was intelligent, skilled and had an excellent internship experience. The problem was that she did not have a solid grasp of the historical issues related to school psychology and consequently she could not answer some types of questions. I helped this student by giving her advice on what type of questions she should focus on and I provided her with several practice items. On the third attempt, this aspiring psychologist finally passed the Exam and she was able to start her career.
Over the last several years, I have continued my quest to help graduate students pass the Praxis Exam. The second edition of my guide is substantially improved and contains the most current information I could gather on school psychology. I personally interviewed graduate students only days after they took the Praxis Exam. Not only did I want to provide students with up-to-date information, I also wanted to present this complex information in a way that does not overwhelm the reader when they studied. The overarching philosophy for my new guide was to make it both effective and time efficient. In my opinion, studying for the school psychology exam is like studying for a history test, the subject is extremely broad and overwhelming. I addressed this issue by providing an effective strategy to prepare for the Exam while simultaneously making the most of the student’s time. My guide is concise and highly readable because it was designed that way from the outset.
One of the areas I particularly improved with my study guide involves the practice tests. I did not settle for just one test, but added two complete practice exams. Each practice test item in my guide has an explanation regarding the correct answer and why other choices are not good responses. The best way to study for the Praxis Exam is to take full practice tests that are highly similar to the real Exam. With the help of a professional publishing company like Springer Publishing, I firmly believe the second edition of The School Psychology Licensure Exam Guide is the best objective resource that can help students pass the Praxis Exam.