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- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryThis self-paced course is filled with engaging lessons that can help you brush up on your science knowledge in a short amount of time. Short quizzes and practice exams can check your comprehension of these concepts as you prepare for and aim to pass the FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam.
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About This Course
Bite-sized lessons and additional resources in this study guide offer the insights you need to succeed on the FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam. Passing this exam is a requirement of earning certification and teaching middle school science students in Florida. Use this fun course to get closer to your goal by refreshing your knowledge of the properties of waves, mechanics, space science, thermodynamics, the process of DNA replication and many more science concepts. Assessments are available to gauge your understanding of each lesson, chapter and the entire course.
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This course was last updated in 2020.
Syllabus & Course Information
Completing this FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 course ensures you're able to master the following objectives, which correspond with concepts you could see on the exam. Confirm your grasp of these objectives and feel confident in your ability to answer questions on the exam by taking the multiple-choice quizzes, chapter exams and final exam in this course.
- Learn about the structure and behavior of matter
- Explore the basics of electricity, magnetic force, the electromagnetic spectrum and electric units
- Examine plate tectonics, dating methods and the cycles and layers of the Earth
- Study plant biology, human anatomy and physiology
- Understand microbiology and cell biology
- Find out about the transcription and translation process
- Analyze scientific data and understand various scientific principles
- Explore chemical reactions of metabolism
- Get the gist of ecology in Florida
- Learn about cell division and the biology of genetics
- Understand organism classification, phylogenesis, biological evolution and natural selection
In this course are a total of 25 chapters and 261 lessons. The lessons are designed to build your knowledge of key science concepts, while multiple-choice quizzes and chapter exams gauge your understanding of these concepts. A broader final exam assesses your grasp of the entire course. If you develop questions about lesson topics as you progress through this course, be sure to submit them to our subject-matter experts. Utilizing these study resources will give you the confidence you need to succeed on the FTCE Middle Grades General Grades 5-9 exam.
FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Exam Information
The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam is used to test prospective and current educators' knowledge of general science concepts. Taking and passing this computer-based exam helps educators earn certification and is among the requirements for teaching general science to middle grades students in Florida. The exam is available by appointment, year-round at sites throughout Florida and nationwide. Get on the right path toward beginning or continuing your teacher career by successfully completing this exam!
- Number of Questions: 120 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Exam Cost: $200 (first attempt); $220 (retake)
FTCE Middle Grades Science 5-9 Exam Breakdown
|Exam Concept||Percent of the Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of the structure and behavior of matter||14%||16-17 questions||37 lessons|
|Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of forces and motion||13%||15-16 questions||20 lessons|
|Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of energy and its effects||12%||14-15 questions||38 lessons|
|Knowledge of Earth and the processes that affect it||13%||15-16 questions||31 lessons|
|Knowledge of space science||6%||7-8 questions||6 lessons|
|Knowledge of processes of life||14%||16-17 questions||116 lessons|
|Knowledge of the effects of physical and biological factors on the environment||10%||12 questions||6 lessons|
|Knowledge of the science learning environment||5%||6 questions||3 lessons|
|Knowledge of process skills and application of scientific inquiry||13%||15-16 questions||4 lessons|
FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Preparation & Registration
Engaging and comprehensive video lessons are included in this study guide for the FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam. These lessons are enhanced by self-assessment quizzes, which can help you determine your level of proficiency while familiarizing you with the types of questions you're likely to encounter on the FTCE exam.
This computer-based test is available year-round, by appointment, at test centers across Florida and throughout the nation. Cost to take the test initially is $200; however, if you need to retake the test, the cost increases to $220. The day of the test, you must provide two forms of photo ID, both of which also must feature your signature.
FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Scoring
To pass the FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 200. Though you can get your unofficial score as soon as you've finished the exam, it takes approximately four weeks for official score reports to be released. The FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 is broken down as follows:
Structure and Behavior of Matter
Questions related to conceptual and quantitative knowledge of the structure and behavior of matter make up approximately 14% of this exam. You might be asked to analyze various physical and chemical properties of matter, as well as note differences between states of matter. Other topics covered by this section of the exam could include gas laws, atomic theory, the periodic table of elements and chemical bonding.
Forces and Motion
Approximately 13% of the exam will gauge your conceptual and quantitative knowledge of forces and motion. Topics covered in this section include Newton's laws of motion, types and properties of waves, magnetic fields and characteristics of motion. You also might be asked to provide examples of electricity and name various types of magnets.
Energy and its Effects
Your conceptual and quantitative knowledge of energy and its effects will be measured on approximately 12% of the exam. You might be asked about different forms of energy, potential vs. kinetic energy, nuclear reactions, and light and optics. Additionally, you might be required to solve math problems related to direct current circuits and apply your knowledge of currents and conductors to real-world situations.
Earth and the Processes that Affect It
Another 13% of the FTCE tests your knowledge of Earth and the processes that affect it. Questions might focus on surface and subsurface geologic processes in relation to the movement of tectonic plates or evidence, like geologic events, that can be used to identify various geologic eras. Additionally, you might be asked to explain theories of continental drift and plate tectonics. Other questions in this section might test your proficiency regarding Florida geology, ocean currents, rock and mineral formation, weather and water storage.
About 6% of the exam will gauge your knowledge of space science. Topics that could be covered include motion and orientation of the Earth, properties and evolution of stars, space exploration and the solar system. You also might be asked about various instruments and techniques used to collect and analyze space science data.
Processes of Life
Approximately 14% of the test encompasses knowledge of processes of life. To succeed on this section, you'll need to know about biological and chemical processes that are necessary for life. Other topics that might be covered included functionality of organelles, prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes, mitosis and meiosis, and human genetics. Additionally, you could be asked about viruses and bacteria, plant structures and processes, animal physiology, adaptation and evolution.
Effects of Physical and Biological Factors on the Environment
You'll need to know about the effects of physical and biological factors on the environment for about 10% of the exam. You might be asked about development and conservation of natural resources as well as various parts and sequences of biogeochemical cycles. Additionally, some questions might be specific to Florida's ecosystem and the balance between forces of nature and human activity.
Science Learning Environment
Your ability to maintain a safe and legally and ethically sound learning environment for your students will be tested on approximately 5% of the FTCE. You'll need to know about state and federal laws in regards to chemicals and other materials used in a science lab, in addition to being familiar with the various strategies you can use to teach your students about scientific inquiry.
Process Skills and Application of Scientific Inquiry
Finally, approximately 13% of this test will examine your knowledge of process skills and application of scientific inquiry. You might be asked to use your skills in math and technology to solve a scientific problem or to identify problems that aren't within the scope of scientific investigation. Additional questions in this section might cover traits of scientists, assumptions of scientific knowledge, and the history and culture of science.
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