How to Pass the FTCE General Knowledge Test

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

To become certified as a teacher in Florida, you need to show that you have a strong foundation in general knowledge. This lesson will help you understand what to do to ensure you can pass the FTCE General Knowledge Test.

The FTCE General Knowledge Test

Are you trying to become certified to teach in the state of Florida? If so, then you know that you must first pass a series of tests. While some of the tests will focus on your knowledge of child development or pedagogy, the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test is a way of assessing your overall foundational knowledge in a variety of subject areas. The idea of a test that assesses your knowledge in general might seem overwhelming. This lesson will break down the test for you so that you know what to expect and how best to prepare.

Test Structure

First of all, it can be very helpful to know what percentage of the test is devoted to different subject areas.

English Language Arts

The English language arts test will focus on your understanding of language. Twenty-five percent of this section focuses on your knowledge of language structure. Another 25% looks at your ability to understand and apply vocabulary, and 50% tests your understanding of English language conventions. In preparing for this test, focus on strengthening your grammar and editing skills. You do not necessarily need to study new vocabulary, but you should review what you know about how you can use available clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Mathematics

When you are doing the mathematics section of the test, you will have access to a calculator and a formula reference sheet. This test focuses 17% of its questions on number sense, concepts and operations, 21% on geometry and measurement, 29% on algebraic reasoning and the coordinate plane, and 33% on probability, data and statistics. Focus your study time on the area of math that you feel the least competent in. The internet is full of practice problems in these different mathematical strands, or you can get a basic workbook to practice until you feel competent.

Reading

The reading section of the test is entirely based on texts. When you take this section of the test, remember that the texts are there to help you. As long as you read carefully, efficiently and thoughtfully, you should have no problems with these questions. The reading questions are oriented 40% toward understanding key ideas and details in text, 25% toward analyzing textual structure and craft, an 35% toward your ability to integrate and synthesize information and ideas that you find in the text.

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