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 Questions

More free FTCE practice test questions.

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

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