FTCE Biology 6-12: Passing Score

Instructor: Bill Sands
Candidates looking to pass the FTCE Biology 6-12 exam will need to score at least 200 scaled points. Read on for a more thorough explanation of this scoring system and how it applies to this assessment.

FTCE Biology 6-12 Passing Score

The Biology test in the FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Examinations) series consists of approximately 120 multiple-choice questions and is graded on a pass/no pass basis.

Candidates must earn a minimum scaled score of 200 in order to pass this particular test.

How Is the Exam Scored?

The FTCE exams vary in length. Some tests exceed 100 multiple-choice questions (such as the Biology assessment) whereas some exams (such as the Mathematics 6-12 test) have as few as 75 questions.

In order to set the same passing standard for all tests, FTCE administrators created a scaling system that converts the number of questions answered correctly (the 'raw score') into a composite number based on the percentage of correct answers.

These scaled scores allow for quick and easy comparisons between tests that do not have the same number of questions. For example, a raw score of 96 on the Biology test may seem more impressive than a 67 on the Mathematics test, but this figure is misleading because the latter score represents a better percentage of correct answers. Scaled scores eliminate any such illusions and accurately reflect a candidate's performance.

How Many Questions Must I Answer Correctly?

Candidates will need to get around 71% of test questions correct in order to get a scaled score of 200 on the Biology 6-12 exam. Assuming there are 120 questions on the assessment, this means you'll have to get about 85 questions correct in order to pass.

This exact number will rise and fall accordingly with the number of questions on the test, which can change from one version to the next. It will also vary depending on the difficulty of your exam. For test versions with more challenging questions, the percentage of correct answers needed to pass will be slightly lower.

When Will I Receive My Test Results?

You'll know immediately after taking the exam whether or not you have passed. A more official score report, which is accessible through the same account you used to register, will be posted within a month of your testing date.

Candidates who do not pass will be provided with detailed information on their performance that might prove useful when it comes to determining which areas of the test could benefit from some additional study time. It's also recommended that candidates focus on the test competencies that include the largest percentage of questions when preparing for a retake.

Preparing for the FTCE Biology 6-12 Exam

Now that you know what will be expected of you when it comes to earning a passing score, it's time to concentrate on studying for the exam itself. If you fail the exam on your first try, you'll need to retake it. In addition to consuming more of your time, the retake is actually more expensive than the initial attempt ($220 for the retake, $200 for the original), so you should make every effort to pass this test on your first try.

If you're looking for a good test-prep resource, Study.com publishes an FTCE Biology Grades 6-12 Practice & Study Guide that contains 30 chapters on important test topics such as:

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