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Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) Prep

The FTCEs are developed by the Florida Department of Education and administered by Pearson VUE. According to the Florida Department of Education, the purpose of the FTCE is to ensure that all teacher candidates demonstrate the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge necessary to effectively instruct students in Florida. 

The FTCE General Knowledge Overview

The FTCE General Knowledge assesses prospective teachers’ abilities in reading, writing, math, and English language skills.

The General Knowledge Test consists of four subtests administered in the following order:

  • Essay - For the GK essay test, you will have 50 min to complete a clear, coherent essay that is grammatically correct and organized. A passing score for the essay is an 8 out of a possible 12. Two readers will grade your essay. Your goal is to get at least a 4 from essay grader #1 and a score of a 4 from essay grader #2.

  • English Language Skills - For the GK ELS test, you will have 40 min to complete approximately 40 multiple-choice questions on grammar and mechanics. These questions assess your ability to identify errors in sentences as well as rhetorical devices in passages. Typical grammar questions on the GK ELS test have to do with comma placement, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, commonly confused words (i.e. affect vs effect), misplaced modifiers, etc. Typical rhetorical questions will require you to identify parts of a passage necessary for the overall meaning in a passage. You also may be asked to order sentences in a passage.

  • Reading Subtest - For the GK reading test, you will have 55 min to complete approximately 40 multiple-choice questions that assess your comprehension of different reading passages. These passages can be single or double passages.

  • Mathematics Subtest - For the GK math test, you will have 1 hour and 40 min to complete approximately 45 multiple-choice questions. These problems will test your ability in:

    • number sense

    • concepts and operations

    • geometry and measurement

    • algebraic thinking and the coordinate plane

    • probability, statistics, and data interpretation

Frequently Asked Questions

Essay Frequently Asked Questions

  • I received a 6 on my GK essay. What does that mean?

    That means one grader gave you a 3 and another grader gave you a 3. You did not pass because an 8 out of 12 is passing.

  • I received a 7 on my GK essay. Why didn’t I pass?

    You did not pass because one grader gave you a 4 (passing), and one grader gave you a 3 (not passing). You need an 8 to pass.

  • What should I do to study for the GK essay?

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    We have GK writing prompts you can use. They cover a variety of topics and are similar to what you will see on the exam.

    We have several video courses on our Youtube channel. They are up to 45 min each and very helpful. Lots of people pass just by watching those videos.

  • What should I work on when practicing my GK essay?

    Focus on structure, organization, and grammar. You can have a well-organized essay. However, if your essay is littered with grammatical errors, you won’t pass. A few errors are not going to keep you from passing, but do your best to keep your essay grammatically correct. Remember, there is no spell check on this exam; keep your vocab simple.

FTCE Study Plan Using the NavaED Book:

Our best advice to prospective teachers as they prepare for their certification exams is do NOT underestimate the FTCE General Knowledge Exam. Even though this exam is considered a "basic skills" assessment, the test is really difficult. If you are changing careers to be a teacher, the math section of the exam has concepts you probably haven't seen for 20 years, like slope, coordinate plane, inequalities, and functions. While older students used to diagram sentences growing up with grammar being taught explicitly in the classroom, many students today do not receive that kind of grammar instruction. That makes the ELS section of the exam pretty tough. Finally, the limited time for the reading and writing is a challenge for many of our students. We have a detailed FTCE General Knowledge study plan for you.

Monday

  • 10 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)
  • 1 FTCE GK reading passage (analyze your answers)

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • 10 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)
  • 10 FTCE GK ELS questions (analyze your answers)

Thursday

Friday

  • 10 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)
  • 2 FTCE GK reading passages (analyze your answers)

Saturday

  • 2 FTCE GK reading passages (analyze your answers)
  • 10 FTCE GK ELS questions (analyze your answers)
  • 10 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)

Sunday

  • Take a break. Go do something fun, and get back to studying tomorrow.

Monday

  • 10 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)
  • 1 FTCE GK reading passage (analyze your answers)

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • 20 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)
  • 20 FTCE GK ELS questions (analyze your answers)

Thursday

  • Write an essay using the prompts in the back of the NavaED FTCE General Knowledge study guide.

Friday

  • 10 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)
  • 2 FTCE GK reading passages (analyze your answers)

Saturday

  • 2 FTCE GK reading passages (analyze your answers)
  • 10 FTCE GK ELS questions (analyze your answers)
  • 10 FTCE GK math problems (analyze your answers)

Sunday

  • Take a break. Go do something fun, and get back to studying tomorrow.

Monday

  • Focus on your weaknesses in math.
  • Identify what skills you are weak in based on your practice,

Tuesday

  • Focus on your weaknesses in reading.
    1. main idea, tone, point of view, vocabulary

Wednesday

  • Focus on your weaknesses in writing.
    1. grammar, organization, structure
  • Build an essay, read it back, see if it makes sense.

Thursday

  • Review grammar section in the NavaED General Knowledge study guide.

Saturday

  • Work on any remaining items in the NavaED General Knowledge study guide.
  • Review shortcuts and quick tips in the General Knowledge study guide.

Sunday

  • Take a break. Go do something fun, and get back to studying tomorrow.

NavaED FTCE Video Library

We have many more videos for all the skills assessed on the FTCE General Knowledge Exam. Go to our YouTube channel for more, and don’t forget to subscribe.

NavaED FTCE Video Library

We specialize in FTCEs. We have books, digital courses, and large-group and small-group workshops. Our FTCE material is the most aligned and most up-to-date resources you will find anywhere. Our books are more than just study guides; they are comprehensive publications with extensive coverage of the skills, content, and material necessary for FTCE success. We are certified teachers and administrators who are experts in our fields with extensive knowledge in the area of FTCE.

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    Our FTCE PreK-3 SAE program covers all 4 subtests of the exam. For FTCE PreK-3, we have a book and digital course. The NavaED PreK-3 book is more than a FTCE PreK-3 study guide; it is a full textbook with everything you need to pass the exam. The FTCE PreK-3 NavaED book contains hundreds of practice questions in the practice tests after each section. The book and digital course are divided into 4 sections: developmental knowledge, language arts and reading, math, and science. Our FTCE PreK-3 digital course comes with the digital book along with comprehensive videos, digital activities, and resources covering all the skills and practice tests in the book.

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    Our FTCE PreK-3 SAE program covers all 4 subtests of the exam. For FTCE PreK-3, we have a book and digital course. The NavaED PreK-3 book is more than a FTCE PreK-3 study guide; it is a full textbook with everything you need to pass the exam. The FTCE PreK-3 NavaED book contains hundreds of practice questions in the practice tests after each section. The book and digital course are divided into 4 sections: developmental knowledge, language arts and reading, math, and science. Our FTCE PreK-3 digital course comes with the digital book along with comprehensive videos, digital activities, and resources covering all the skills and practice tests in the book.

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    Our FTCE PreK-3 SAE program covers all 4 subtests of the exam. For FTCE PreK-3, we have a book and digital course. The NavaED PreK-3 book is more than a FTCE PreK-3 study guide; it is a full textbook with everything you need to pass the exam. The FTCE PreK-3 NavaED book contains hundreds of practice questions in the practice tests after each section. The book and digital course are divided into 4 sections: developmental knowledge, language arts and reading, math, and science. Our FTCE PreK-3 digital course comes with the digital book along with comprehensive videos, digital activities, and resources covering all the skills and practice tests in the book.

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