FTCE Professional Education Test: Passing Score

Instructor: Bill Sands
The FTCE Professional Education test is scored using a unique scaling system. Read on for a description of this system, and find out how many questions you'll need to answer correctly in order to pass.

FTCE Professional Education Passing Score

The FTCE Professional Education exam consists of approximately 120 multiple-choice questions and is scored on a pass/no pass basis. Candidates looking to pass this exam must earn a scaled score of at least 200.

How Scaled Scores Work

This assessment is scored using the same system as all other multiple-choice FTCE exams. When determining a candidate's final score, FTCE administrators do not simply use the number of questions answered correctly. (This is known as a 'raw score.') Instead, they calculate a composite number that is based on the percentage of correct answers and the difficulty of the test.

On the Professional Education test, you need to get around 71% of answers correct to earn a scaled score of 200. Assuming there are exactly 120 questions, you'll need 85 correct answers to pass the assessment.

The exact number of problems on the FTCE Professional Education test varies from one version to the next, and the number of correct answers needed to pass will vary accordingly.

Purpose of Scaled Scoring

Though this system may seem to only complicate matters, administrators had a very specific purpose in mind when they implemented the scaled scoring method.

Not all FTCE exams contain the same number of questions, and this system provides a means of easily comparing scores from not only one type of test to the next, but also different administrations of the same exam.

For example, say you sit for the Professional Education exam at the end of this semester while your colleague sat for it the year before. You will both be held to the same passing standard, no matter how much the versions of your two tests differ. This standard is also the same for all subject tests, regardless of which one you take.

Score Reporting

You'll receive your unofficial passing status as soon as you complete the exam. However, test scores are officially released on Tuesdays after 10 p.m. EST within a month of a testing date.

Accessing your scores is a simple task. Your report will automatically be sent to your FTCE account. Once released, they'll only be available for 60 days, so be sure to save a copy before they are no longer accessible.

If you took an exam that is in the process of being revised, you will not receive your passing status at the test site and there may be delays in score reporting.

Retake Policy

If you receive a 'not pass' result on the FTCE Professional Education test, you should know that candidates are free to sit for FTCE exams as many times as they wish. The only stipulation is that you'll need to wait at least 31 days before a retake.

Be advised that you'll need to pay a retake fee, which is often more expensive than the original test fee. While you can take the test as many times as you need, repeated failures will represent a significant drain on your finances and schedule, so it's best if you pass as soon as possible.

Preparing for the Professional Education Test

In addition to understanding the scoring system, you can also improve your scores by studying diligently for this exam.

Study.com has an FTCE Professional Education Practice & Study Guide that reviews important topics found on the exam. If you've yet to sit for your subject test, there are also these FTCE Courses that can be used to get ready for exams in topics ranging from biology and business education to mathematics and social science.

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