FTCE Social Science 6-12: Passing Score

Instructor: Bill Sands
Candidates must earn a scaled score of at least 200 in order to pass the FTCE Social Science 6-12 exam. Read on to learn more about how this score is calculated and how many questions you'll need to answer correctly.

FTCE Social Science Passing Score

Like all Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) , the Social Science 6-12 assessment is scored on a pass/no pass basis. Candidates will need to earn a scaled score of at least 200 in order to pass this particular exam.

How is the Social Science 6-12 Scored?

What exactly does it mean to earn a 'scaled score'? This number is not the same as a candidate's 'raw score,' which is the exact number of questions answered correctly. In fact, the Social Science 6-12 exam does not even have 200 questions; the exact number of questions varies from year to year, but is somewhere around 120 questions.

The scaling system reflects the percentage of questions that a candidate answered correctly. As noted above, candidates must score at least 200 if they wish to pass the test. According to the scale, this translates to a minimum of 74 percent of correct answers.

Assuming the test has exactly 120 questions, this means that candidates must get about 89 questions correct in order to pass. This number will rise and decline depending on the total number of questions.

Why is There a Scaled Scoring System?

You may be wondering why FTCE administrators bother to generate these numbers. Why don't they just use raw scores?

The FTCE offers a number of exams, and not every exam contains the same number of questions. Some exams (such as the Mathematics 6-12) are almost half as short as some of the longer exams (such as the Social Science) and have as little as 75 questions. It would not be fair to compare the raw scores on these exams, as a candidate who gets 69 out of 75 questions correct doesn't look as impressive as a candidate who gets 87 out of 120 questions correct. Even though the former candidate got a better percentage, the latter candidate's score seems more impressive.

The scaled system uses the percentages to find a common ground and allow for fair comparisons between scores on different exams.

Additional Content on the FTCE Social Science Test

While taking the test, you should be aware that you may encounter a series of practice questions. These questions are added by test proctors as part of a pilot program to determine if these new questions should be added to the test on a full-time basis.

These questions do not affect your overall score. You should do your best to answer them correctly, but do not be alarmed if they give you trouble; they will neither hurt nor help your final grade.

Preparing for the Social Science Test

Now that you understand the scoring system, you need to begin concentrating on the exam itself. The Social Science exam is a challenging test of a candidate's abilities, and you'll need to prepare diligently if you wish to pass.

Study.com publishes an FTCE Social Science 6-12 Practice & Study Guide that contains plenty of useful information. This self-paced online course contains over 50 chapters, each of which covers important topics on the test.

If you want to brush up on certain fields of study that appear on the FTCE, Study.com also has a number of related courses that contain video lessons and interactive practice quizzes. A few of these courses include the following:

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