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Margie Pearse has over 25 years of teaching experience with certifications in mathematics, elementary education, ESL, and Pennsylvania Quality Assurance Systems (PQAS); Margie is presently the PECT Resource Coordinator and Instructor at Neumann University, state-wide PQAS educational consultant, and lead author of Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking, released in 2011 and Learning That Never Ends, released by Rowman & Littlefield in 2013. Her desire to help all pre-service teachers successfully attain their teaching certificates led her to research what it takes to pass the Math PAPA.

Diane Devanney graduated from Immaculata University, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, from West Chester University, PA with a Master of Arts in Mathematics, from Cabrini College, PA with a Master of Education and Widener Law School, Delaware with a Juris Doctorate. She has taught Mathematics for over 25 years, and is currently an adjunct instructor for Cabrini College and Penn State Great Valley.

Darla Nagy graduated from Bowling Green State University, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, graduated from Florida International University, Florida with a Master of Business Administration and graduated from Cabrini College, PA with a Master of Education and certification in secondary mathematics. She has worked as a programmer/analyst for Burroughs/Unisys Corporation, worked as a learning/math assistant in the Souderton Area and North Penn school districts, and is currently employed at Cabrini College as an adjunct math professorand a math tutor in the Math Resource Center. She is also employed as a tax preparer for H&R Block.

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Introduction - How to Pass the Math PAPA

Preparing for the Test - Proven Strategies for Successful Test Preparation

Taking the Test - Proven Strategies for Successful Test-taking

Chapter 2: Understanding Numbers and the Number System

Number Systems: The Hierarchy of Numbers

Decimals

Scientific Notation

Percents

Simple Interest and Compound Interest

Exponential Notation

Chapter 3: Pre-Algebra

Analyzing and extending a variety of patterns

Solving One Variable Equations and Inequalities Algebraically

Using the concepts of variable, equality and equation to generate, interpret, and evaluate algebraic expressions

Manipulating algebraic expressions and solving equations using a variety of techniques

Simplifying or combining like terms

Basic distributive property

Factoring an expression

Applying algebraic principles to represent and solve word problems involving ratios and proportions

Chapter 4: Algebra

Graphing Lines and Inequalities

Graphing Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

Solving Systems of Linear Equations

Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities and Systems of Linear Inequalities

Non-linear functions and real-world situations

Chapter 5: Measurement and Geometry

Measurement - The U.S. Customary System

Measurement – The Metric System

Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area

Circles

Triangles

Quadrilaterals

Irregular Figures/Shaded Regions

Rectangular Prisms

Sphere

Angles and Lines

Coordinate Geometry

Transformations of Points and Geometric Figures

Chapter 6: Statistics and Probability

Measures of Central Tendency and Spread

Displaying Data and Statistical Information

Analyzing and Drawing Inferences from Data Presented in Different Formats

Probability – Simple, Compound, Independent, Dependent, Conditional

Counting Principles – Permutations and Combinations

APPENDIX

Full Practice Test 1 with Detailed Answers

Full Practice Test 2 with Detailed Answers

Full Practice Test 3 with Detailed Answers

Index

Pearse, Devanney, and Nagy’s book, Passing the Mathematics Tests for Elementary Teachers, provides students a practical and clearly explained look at the Math PAPA and walks students through the various mathematical principles necessary to successfully pass this test. With clear examples and a multitude of practice exercises, students are introduced not only to the math concepts necessary to successfully pass the Math PAPA, but also to ways to tackle the test that will lead to success. For all students who want to experience success on this test, one that is an important step to teacher certification, How to Pass the Pre-Service Mathematics Test for Teachers is a must read.

**— ****Joseph E. Gillespie, dean, division of education and human services, Neumann University**

Passing the Mathematics Tests for Elementary Teachers is a timely metacognitive approach to mathematical concepts tested on the pre-service exam. Pearse, Devanney, and Nagy have presented a step by step outline of the type of problem a student will encounter on this test, opportunities to practice this problem and clear, concise answers to the problem. They have expanded the explanation by sharing the thinking behind the solution. This final step separates this book from test practice by adding the layer of "How to think through the test!" A must read for teachers approaching certification!

**— ****Lee Newman, Educational Consultant, South Carolina**

Finally, a resource to help pre-service teachers prepare for the math pre-service test! This book provides a coherent, easy-to-use approach to studying for the math pre-service exam and strengthening key math skills. Passing the Mathematics Tests for Elementary Teachers is clearly aligned with the major math concepts found on the PAPA and offers straightforward explanations, numerous examples and sample problems, and detailed answer keys that support further learning. Additionally, by enhancing the understanding of critical math skills and concepts, Passing the Mathematics Tests for Elementary Teachers supports the future teacher's ability to one day teach similar content to children.

**— ****Barbara Hanes, assistant professor of education, Neumann University**

The authors should be commended for producing such a valuable, informative and practical book for helping pre-service teachers prepare for the math pre-service exams. This much needed work will invite, excite and excel our pre-service teachers into the profession.

**— ****Beverly R. Bryde, dean for education, Cabrini College**

This book gives a very concise, straightforward and clear look at the mathematical concepts that are including on the pre-service test. With so many students struggling with math and being discouraged by their difficulties passing the test, this text is a valuable resource not only in helping these students succeed on the exam but also showing them that mathematics need not be intimidating.

**— ****John Brown, associate professor and chair mathematics department, Cabrini College**