FTCE Math 5-9: Passing Score

Instructor: Bill Sands
The FTCE Math 5-9 uses a scaled system to calculate a candidate's scores. Read on for a description of how this system works, and learn how many questions you'll need to answer correctly in order to pass.

FTCE Math 5-9 Passing Score

The FTCE Math 5-9 exam is a test that gauges the skills and knowledge of aspiring teachers in Florida. It consists of approximately 75 multiple-choice questions and is scored as pass/no pass. In order to earn a passing score, candidates must earn a scaled score of at least 200. Rather than simply use a candidate's raw score (the exact number of questions answered correctly), FTCE administrators generate a scaled score.

The scaling system uses the percentage of correct answers to generate a composite number that better reflects a candidate's performance. This number also takes into consideration the difficulty level of a test. The goal of this system is to permit simple and quick comparisons between different FTCE exams.

Scaled Scoring on the FTCE Math 5-9

Because this number is based on the total number of questions in a given exam and the percentage of correct answers, the exact percentage needed to earn a passing score varies from one exam to the next.

For the Math 5-9 test, you'll need to get at least 71 percent of questions correct in order to earn a scaled score of 200 or above. Assuming there are exactly 75 questions, this means you need 53 correct answers to pass. The exact number of questions on the exam changes from year to year, so this number may not always be the same.

Reason for Implementation

The scaled system may seem like an unnecessary complication, but it provides a valuable service.

For example, imagine you take the Math 5-9 assessment and your friend takes the Biology 6-12 exam, which has approximately 120 questions. You perform extremely well and get 72 out of 75 questions correct, while your friend has a rough day and only gets 82 out of 120.

Even though your percentage of correct answers is drastically higher (96 percent vs 68 percent), your friend's raw score looks more impressive, simply because his test had more questions.

The scaled system eliminates these discrepancies. By using numbers based on percentages, the system would award you a much higher score than your friend, which is only fair, considering your respective performances.

Preparing for the FTCE Math 5-9

Once you understand how your grade will be calculated, it's time to get to work on improving your score.

This FTCE Middle Grades Math Practice & Study Guide offers a comprehensive review with over 40 chapters and includes lessons on important test topics.

Study.com has a number of other courses that, while not specifically related to the FTCE, focus on important middle school-level math concepts that may be of use to FTCE test takers, such as these 6th-8th Grade Math: Practice & Review Guide and Basic Geometry courses

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