Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Study Tips for the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis

I took the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis in January of 2009. The School Guidance and Counseling Praxis is a two-hour exam that consists of four content areas: Counseling and Guidance, Consulting, Coordinating, and Professional Issues. The exam questions are all multiple-choice. Approximately one-third of the exam is a listening exercise involving counselor and client interactions.

To begin preparation for the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis, I recommend checking out the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis section on the ETS website. There are free test preparation materials including test at a glance material.

There are many resources available you can purchase to study for the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis. There is a School Guidance and Counseling Praxis Study Guide eBook available for purchase through ETS that my colleagues and I found to be helpful. Their are many advantages of purchasing the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis Study Guide eBook. The main advantage of the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis Study Guide eBook is that it was developed by the company that created the test, which is an advantage because the questions and audio portions are representative of actual exam. Once you purchase the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis Study Guide eBook you can download it immediately, which means you can start using it immediately instead of waiting for delivery. It is important to note that the eBook requires Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7 and Windows Media Player. If using a Mac, the eBook requires Parallels Desktop for Mac or a PC emulator, such as VirtualPC.  (This was a disadvantage for me because I am a Mac user).

Another resource that I would highly recommend is the book Encyclopedia of Counseling by Howard Rosenthal. Although Encyclopedia of Counseling by Howard Rosenthal is not geared specifically to School Counselors, it has a wealth of information on counseling topics. Encyclopedia of Counseling by Howard Rosenthal is also a great investment for individuals planning on taking the National Counselor Examination (NCE).

School Guidance and Counseling Praxis score requirements for your state are available on ASCA's website.

What resources have you used to study for the School Guidance and Counseling Praxis?Comment below, email metweet, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


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