FTCE English 6-12: Passing Score

Instructor: Bill Sands
Candidates attempting to pass the FTCE English 6-12 exam will need to earn acceptable scores on each of the test's two subsections. Read on for an explanation of the scoring system and learn how many points you'll need to pass this assessment.

Passing the FTCE English 6-12 Exam

The FTCE English 6-12 exam is scored on a pass/fail basis, and candidates will need to receive acceptable scores on each of its two subtests. For the written performance section, this means scoring at least 8 out 12 points. For the multiple-choice section, it means earning a scaled score of at least 200.

Multiple-Choice Scoring

FTCE examinations that consist of multiple-choice questions are graded by converting the number of questions answered correctly (known as a raw score) into a scaled score. Candidates will need to answer at least 70% of the questions correctly in order to get a scaled score of 200 and pass this section of the English 6-12 exam.

These scaled scores allow test administrators to set a passing standard that's the same for all examinees, regardless of which subject test they're taking or the number of questions found on each exam.

For example, the English 6-12 exam contains approximately 80 multiple-choice questions, while the Chemistry 6-12 assessment has closer to 100 questions. If only raw scores were used, a candidate with 75 correct answers on the Chemistry 6-12 test may seem more impressive than a candidate who answered 70 questions correctly on the English 6-12 test, even though the latter candidate had a higher percentage of correct answers (70 out of 80, as compared to 75 out of 100).

Written Performance Scoring

For this portion of the exam, candidates will need to compose an essay response to one of two prompts asking them to analyze a literary passage.

Essays are scored holistically by a pair of raters who each award between 1 and 6 points. Candidates will be judged on the strength of their argument and their ability to use fundamental composition skills to express their opinion. To earn the minimum passing score of 8 points, candidates will need to write a response that demonstrates strength in the following areas:

  • Focus
  • Organization
  • Diction
  • Mechanics (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.)
  • Sentence structure

Furthermore, candidates will not be scored based on their personal views. You may advocate any particular argument in your essay, so long as your answer fully addresses the essay prompt and is backed up with sufficient supporting evidence.

Non-Credit Questions

When taking the FTCE English 6-12 examination, you may encounter questions being used to determine the viability of new test items for use in future exams. Such questions exist solely for the benefit of administrators and will not affect your overall score.

Preparing for the FTCE English 6-12 Test

Now that you understand how you will be scored on this particular exam, it's time to begin studying (if you haven't already).

This FTCE English 6-12 Practice & Study Guide contains a comprehensive review of crucial topics that are on the test and includes lessons related to:

The FTCE website also contains a few sample multiple-choice questions and essay prompts. By reviewing these practice questions, you can familiarize yourself with the general format, style, and tone of questions as they will appear on the real test.

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