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FTCE General Knowledge Test Essay Topics

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

The General Knowledge Test is required for all teachers who want to teach students at the K-12 levels in Florida. This lesson provides an idea of topics and ideas that will be covered under the essay portion of the exam.

FTCE General Knowledge

The Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) is an exam that is required to be taken by anyone who wants to teach students K-12. The General Knowledge Test is a gauge created to make sure all teachers have the foundation of knowledge needed to teach within the state. The test is comprised of:

  • One essay
  • Three multiple choice subtests in: English, Reading, Math

If you take the exam and pass one section but not the others, you will not have to retake the section(s) you did pass.

The essay, which we are addressing in this lesson, is set up with two prompts to choose from. You are given a few minutes to choose your topic, and then you have 50 minutes to write the essay, so it is good to be aware of time. Once the essay is chosen you have to:

  • Address the subject comprehensively
  • Explain your viewpoint or position on the subject

Make sure to avoid cliche writing; be original and thoughtful in your answers. The essay will be read and rated by two reviewers.The rating will be averaged and that will be your final score. They will be looking for adequate grammar and writing skills. They will also be making sure that you have addressed everything in the topic. Additionally, remember that if the essay asks for pros and cons that you address at least two of each, and make sure you opinion is clearly stated within the thesis and the paper as a whole.

Topics for General Knowledge Test Essay

The topics you will find are meant to get you to choose a side, and then argue that side with supportive evidence. The following are some topics that could be on the exam; remember that a prompt with pros and cons is likely:

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