About this Book REA's Best Teachers' Test Preparation for the Principles of Learning and Teaching Test, Grades 7-12 provides you with an accurate and complete representation of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) 7-12 Test. This volume includes customized PLT reviews to provide you with the information and pinpoint strategies needed to pass the exam. We also provide two full-length practice tests based on the most recently administered examinations. REA's practice tests replicate the actual two-hour PLT, carefully capturing every type of question-and the level of difficulty- that you can expect to encounter on the PLT. Following each practice test, you will find an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you not just identify the correct answer, but also to understand why it's correct. Just as important, we explain why the remaining choices are incorrect. About the Praxis Series The Praxis Series is a group of teacher certification tests developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). There are three categories of tests in the series. 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 reading, mathematics, and writing skills. These tests are often a requirement for admission to a teacher education program. Praxis II includes Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Tests, the Multiple Subjects Assessment for Teachers (MSAT), and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests. These tests are taken after the classroom training, the coursework, and the practicums in most teacher-training programs. Praxis III is different from the typical multiple-choice and essay tests normally used for assessment purposes. ETS-trained observers evaluate an instructor's performance in the classroom. The ETS assessors use nationally validated criteria for their evaluations. The observers may videotape the lesson, and other teaching experts may critique the resulting tapes. About the Principles of Learning and Teaching Tests What are the PLT Tests? The Principles of Learning and Teaching test you will be taking is one of three PLTs that come under the Praxis II: Subject Assessments umbrella. Praxis, by the way, is ETS's shorthand for Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachersreg;. The PLT tests use case studies, constructed-response items, and multiple-choice questions to gauge what ETS calls your "general pedagogical knowledge." Most people who take the PLTs are seeking initial licensure; check with your state's education agency to determine which PLT tests you should take. The three tests are pegged to three grade levels: K-6, 5-9, 7-12. The tests cover subject matter that is typically taught in teacher-education courses such as human growth and development, school curriculum, methods of teaching, and other professional development courses. This book will prepare you to pass the PLT 7-12. Who administers the PLT? The tests are developed and administered by Lawrence Township, N.J.-based ETS, the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization. When should I take the PLT 7-12? The PLT 7-12 is a test for those who have completed or almost completed their teacher education programs. In some states the test is a requirement for initial certification; in other states the test is a requisite of beginning teachers during their first months on the job. Each state establishes its own requirements for certification; some states specify the passing of additional or different tests. Check with your state education agency for details. When and where does one take the PLTs? ETS offers the PLT tests six times a year at a number of locations across the nation. The usual testing day is Saturday, but examinees may request an administration on an alternate day if a conflict-such as a religiousDavis, Anita Price is the author of 'Praxis II Plt Grades 7-12 (Rea) - the Best Test Prep for the Plt Exam', published 2006 under ISBN 9780738602332 and ISBN 0738602337.