Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)

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History

The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) are a suite of general knowledge, professional education, and subject area examinations used in the state of Florida for teacher assessment and certification purposes.[1] From 1982 to 2002, an examination called the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) was used to test prospective teachers' basic academic skills in Florida.[2] Following the passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, the FTCE examination replaced CLAST in 2002.[2] As of 2015, there are 46 examinations in the FTCE suite of examinations.

Function of the Test

FTCE Study Guide

The FTCE examinations are conducted as part of the state of Florida's certification process for teachers.[3] The specific examinations each candidate needs to take are determined by the Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC) after each candidate submits an application for certification. Requirements vary depending on such variables as whether the candidate holds teaching certification from another state, whether the candidate graduated from a teaching program inside or outside of Florida, whether the candidate is from another country, whether the candidate is an adult switching careers to education, and so on.[4]

The Florida Department of Education publishes pass rates for every examination of the FTCE suite. In 2014, among all FTCE examination, the pass rate for first-time test takers was 82%. Among the four General Knowledge tests, there was a 90% pass rate in English Language Skills; a 93% pass rate in the Essay section; an 80% pass rate in Mathematics; and an 85% pass rate in Reading. The Professional Education exam had a pass rate of 75%. Pass rates on the subject exams varied widely, ranging from 47% (Physical Education K-12) to 100% (Speech 6-12).[5]

Test Administration

FTCE Flashcards

The FTCE examinations are computer-based exams offered year-round at more than thirty testing sites throughout Florida.[6][7] The typical candidate for teacher certification in Florida will need to schedule three or more separate test appointments: one for the General Knowledge tests, one for the Professional Education Test, and one or more for the relevant subject area examination(s).[8] Candidates may attempt to schedule multiple back-to-back appointments to take as many tests as possible in one day, but it is not guaranteed that this can be accommodated.[8]

Testing fees vary among the many FTCE examinations. The fee to take any combination of the four general knowledge tests is $130 for a first attempt and $150 for subsequent attempts.[9] The Professional Education Test costs $150 for the first attempt and $170 for any subsequent attempts.[10] All subject tests appear to cost $200 for a first attempt. Single-part exams cost $220 for retakes,[11] whereas examinations with multiple subsections have variable fees depending on how many sections the candidate retakes. For example, on the four-section Prekindergarten/Primary PK–3 examination, retaking one subtest costs $150, retaking two subtests costs $200, and retaking three or four costs $220.[12]

The time limit and length of each examination also varies. The four General Knowledge Tests have a combined time limit of 230 minutes, not including breaks.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Unsuccessful candidates who wish to retake an examination must wait at least 31 calendar days between examinations. There do not appear to be any restrictions on the number of times a candidate can retake a test. Rules vary from exam to exam regarding whether unsuccessful candidates must complete the entire failed examination again or whether it is sufficient to retake only the sections which the candidates did not pass. Candidates must pay a retesting fee to retake any examination.[13]

Candidates with disabilities who require special testing accommodations should complete and mail an Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form to FTCE Customer Service as far in advance as possible. Candidates must wait for the request to be resolved before scheduling a test appointment.[14][15]

Test Format

Test Structure

The Florida Teacher Certification exam series has to do with subjects taught in grades Pre-K through 12. With over forty tests, there are a lot of variations of content, but most have roughly 100 multiple choice questions, and some will have a few essay questions.[16]

Test Environment

Candidates for any of the FTCE tests are expected to arrive at their testing center at least half an hour before the test is scheduled to begin. A government-issued identification containing both a signature and photo is required for admission. A second form of identification containing a signature or a photo is also required. Personal items are not allowed in the testing rooms, and a storage area will be provided to store all personal items.[17]

  • Sample FTCE Practice Questions
  • FTCE Elementary Education K-6
  1. Given that 25% of police cars are black, the probability that the black car in the rear-view mirror is a police car is:
    A. 0.25
    B. 0.75
    C. Unknown
    D. 3/16
  2. How did World War II influence American society?
    A. Consumption decreased in postwar American society.
    B. Thousands of people moved to find work in war-related factories.
    C. Racially integrated army units helped desegregate American society.
    D. Japanese-Americans were banned from serving in the U.S. military
  • Sample FTCE General Knowledge Questions
  1. Cassandra must average at least 70 on three math tests to get a passing grade. Her scores on the first two tests were 64 and 80. What is the minimum score she must get on the third test in order to pass?
    A. 70
    B. 74
    C. 72
    D. 66
  2. A lumberyard charges $1 per cut to trim boards. Bob buys a 12-ft board and wants it cut into twelve 1-ft pieces. How much will he be charged for the cutting?
    A. $12
    B. $11
    C. $13
    D. $10
  • Sample FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 Practice Questions
  1. A teacher asks her students to compare and contrast two animals they saw at the zoo. This is an example of what level of Bloom's taxonomy?
    A. Knowledge
    B. Comprehension
    C. Application
    D. Analysis
  2. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of a child with emotional disturbance?
    A. Lower academic performance
    B. Social skills deficits
    C. Aggressive behaviors
    D. Exaggerated efforts to make friends
  • Sample FTCE Professional Education Test
  1. Which of the following is an example of effective use of student self-assessment?
    A. Mr. Banks allows his students to grade their own math tests and report the scores to him
    B. Ms. Franco asks her class to trade and grade their social studies tests
    C. Mr. Cameron asks students to complete self-assessment rubrics for their essays, and then holds writing conferences with his students to discuss their essays
    D. Ms. Jackson allows her students to resubmit homework assignments on which they performed poorly
  2. All of the following are types of professional development in which teachers should engage consistently EXCEPT:
    A. meeting with students' parents and guardians
    B. participating in mentor-mentee relationships with other teachers
    C. attending school-and district-mandated seminars on teaching strategies and technology use
    D. conducting self-assessments of teaching effectiveness

More free FTCE practice test questions.

Answers to Sample Questions

FTCE Elementary Education K-6: 1;C 2;B FTCE General Knowledge: 1;D 2;B FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 1;D 2;D FTCE Professional Education: 1;C 2;A

References

  1. ^ NESINC - Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) April 17 2015
  2. ^ a b FLDOE - College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) April 17 2015
  3. ^ NESINC - Certification Requirements April 17 2015
  4. ^ FLDOE - Educator Certification April 17 2015
  5. ^ FLDOE - FTCE First-Time Examinees and Percent Passing Report by Field (2011-2014) April 17 2015
  6. ^ NESINC - 2015 Program Information April 17 2015
  7. ^ Florida Department of Education - Important Testing Information April 17 2015
  8. ^ a b NESINC - Frequently Asked Questions April 17 2015
  9. ^ NESINC - General Knowledge Test (GK) (082) April 17 2015
  10. ^ NESINC - Professional Education Test (083) April 17 2015
  11. ^ NESINC - Agriculture 6–12 (054) April 17 2015
  12. ^ NESINC - Prekindergarten/Primary PK–3 (053) April 17 2015
  13. ^ NESINC - Policies April 17 2015
  14. ^ NESINC - Requesting Alternative Testing Arrangements April 17 2015
  15. ^ NESINC - FTCE/FELE Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form April 17 2015
  16. ^ FTCE Tests 28 April 2015
  17. ^ FAQ 28 April 2015