Praxis, PAPA, & PECT

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Classes

PAPA Prep

For teacher candidates preparing to take the Pennsylvania PAPA Reading, Writing, and/or Math Exams. Class is six weeks long.

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Praxis Core Prep

For teacher candidates preparing to take the Core Reading, Writing, and/or Math Exams. Class is six weeks long.

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PECT PreK-4 Early Childhood and Special Education PreK-8

For Pennsylvania early childhood teacher candidates preparing to take the PECT Prek-4 Exam and/or the PECT Special Education Prek-8 Exam. Class is six weeks long.

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Pennsylvania Middle Level 4-8 Subsets

For teacher candidates preparing for one or more of the following Pennsylvania Praxis Grades 4-8 Exams: Core Assessment Pedagogy (5153), Core Assessment English and Social Studies (5154), Core Assessment Mathematics and Science (5155), Subject Concentration English (5156), Social Studies (5157), Mathematics (5158), and Science (5159).

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Praxis Mathematics Content Knowledge Grades 7-12

This course prepares teachers and teacher candidates for the Praxis II Secondary Education Mathematics (#5161). Class is six weeks long.

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Tutoring

Stop wasting money and building test anxiety by repeating exams! If you have failed an exam, let us help you.

Outstanding Success

Our tutoring success rate is outstanding and we boast a 100% success rate with the PECT PreK-4 Exams. Tutoring is available for PAPA, PECT PreK-4, PECT Special Ed, Praxis PA Middle School 4-8 Assessments, Praxis II El Ed Exams, some Praxis II High School Content Exams, and Praxis Core. You can do this!

How it works

Tutoring can be done in person, via phone, or online. Tutors and students can select the communication method that best suits them. We tutor students all over Pennsylvania and in many other states also.

Students will also have access to our test prep resources online in Blackboard.

Students and tutors arrange their own meeting dates, times and places (if meeting in person). Because our tutors are classroom teachers, most tutoring hours are evening and weekend.

Registrations for tutoring must be received at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to the student’s exam date in order to accurately prepare students for their exam(s).

Cost of tutoring: $250 for 5 hours; $450 for 10 hours. To get started email Tracy Hack our PECT/Praxis Coordinator, tracy.hack@bc3.edu or call 724.287.8711 x8201

Student Video Testimonials

Instructors

Mrs. Cheryl Bachman

Mrs. Bachman completed her degrees in Elementary and Special Education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Cheryl teaches second grade in a self-contained classroom at Moraine Elementary School in the Slippery Rock Area School District. Cheryl’s expertise in all academic areas and her experience with differentiated instruction enables her to be an excellent tutor for teacher candidates preparing for their exams.

Mrs. Sarah Cardosi

Mrs. Sarah Cardosi completed her degree in Elementary and Special Education at Duquesne University and her Master's of Reading degree at Slippery Rock University. Sarah taught Fourth Grade and worked as a Reading Specialist for the Butler Area School District. She has worked for PA Cyber Charter School as a Title I Coach, Enrichment Instructor and Virtual Substitute Teacher. Sarah currently works as a Homebound Instructor for the Seneca Valley School District. She enjoys supporting students in an online format preparing and studying for the exams.

Mrs. Kristen DiDonato

Mrs. Kristen DiDonato earned her Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Kristen also completed her Master's of Reading at California University in Pennsylvania. She currently teaches third grade for the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. Kristen greatly enjoys working with teacher candidates through one-on-one tutoring to help them achieve their goal of becoming a teacher.

Mrs. Milann Karnes

Mrs. Milann Karnes earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education at Clarion University of PA. She teaches algebra, geometry, and calculus at Moniteau School District. Having studied curriculum and instruction, she pocesses the ability to thoroughly explain problems and solutions. Patience and expertise are her gifts.

Mrs. Annie Lindsay

Mrs. Annie Lindsay completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Miami University of Ohio and then continued her studies to earn a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.  She is certified to teach grades K-6 and also maintains her principal certificate for grades K-12.  Annie taught for eleven years in the elementary classroom before joining the Butler County Community College family.  She currently teaches courses for the education department and the PAPA/PECT/Praxis program.  Annie has been preparing students for high-stakes standardized state testing since entering the classroom.  She believes that understanding the test objectives, preparing with the correct materials, and designing a study plan geared to meet each student’s needs are the keys to success!

Mrs. Stephanie Long

Mrs. Stephanie Long completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (grades K-6) and her Master of Education with a Reading Specialist certification both from Slippery Rock University. She previously taught nine years in the elementary classroom in two different states before beginning her career at Butler County Community College. In addition to teaching Preparatory and Developmental Reading courses, Stephanie also teaches multiple education courses for the college. She believes preparation and encouragement are essential to passing the Praxis and PAPA exams. By focusing on the content and working on test taking strategies, Stephanie believes every student will achieve their dream of becoming a teacher.

Mrs. Kerry Miller

Mrs. Kerry Miller finished her bachelor's degree in history from Minot State University in North Dakota. After returning to Pennsylvania, Kerry earned a master's degree in education from Waynesburg College where she obtained her PA teaching certificate in secondary social studies. Kerry is also certified in English, Math, Science, Biology, Spanish, Health, Library Science, and Latin. Kerry has been an instructor with the Butler County Community College Praxis program since 2006.  She knows how stressful it can be to take the Praxis exams, but Kerry believes the key to overcoming test anxiety is preparation! Kerry provides students with great review materials and helps students focus their attention on key test areas.

Mrs. Holly Murphy

Mrs. Holly Murphy earned her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Grove City College and her Master's and Reading Specialist Certification at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.  Holly currently teaches first grade in North Hills School District but also enjoys working with Praxis/PECT students through online courses and individual tutoring.  She understands the hard work and preparation that goes into preparing for the exams and is dedicated to helping her students pass!

Mrs. Megan Tolfa

Mrs. Megan Tolfa received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Exceptionalities in 2009. She received her Master's Degree in Reading from Slippery Rock University in 2013. Megan currently works as a fifth grade Specialized Instruction teacher at a private school near Pittsburgh, PA.

Miss Kristen Zaccari

Miss Kristen Zaccari is currently a 5th grade teacher in the North Allegheny School District. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She also went on to receive her master’s degree in Reading from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Kristen feels that practice and application of the test taking strategies discussed throughout the tutoring course are key to success on the exams. She is constantly searching for new and improved materials to help prepare each student for success and to help them realize their dream of becoming a teacher!

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