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Study Guide for the MD CS Certification program pretest


Start by studying the College Board test 5652 CS Praxis II official study guide. Pay special attention to questions 2-4,6,12-13,20-25 on pages 20-29.


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The pretest consists of  20 practice questions that are easy-moderate level of difficulty.

The topics to cover for the pretest are:

  1. Programming, algorithms and computational thinking
  2. Computing Systems and networks


The actual exam consists of 100 questions which include advanced CS topics.

The questions cover CS content, they do not include any pedagogy or teaching methods.

As you can see, over 50% of the actual exam focuses on programming, algorithms and computational thinking.

It is highly recommended that you review the ETS Study Guide before taking either exam.


Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff,
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin,
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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