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 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
Essay Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our resources will help you build your skills so you can be successful on the FTCE. We have built the most effective study guides, webinars, practice tests and online courses for the FTCE.
Study Guides - NavaED study guides include comprehensive skills review and practice in the beginning of each subtest and competency. Our study guides also include practice tests organized by competency with detailed answer explanations.
Online Courses - NavaED online courses include the digital versions of the study guides, skills videos for each competency in each subtest, additional practice problems, and video explanations for each practice question on the practice tests.
Webinars - NavaED webinars are 2-hour previously recorded courses. They include handouts the instructor uses during the course. Webinars differ from the online courses: a webinar is a straight 2 hour course while an online course has several different videos, modules, and practice tests.
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