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FTCE Math 6-12: Passing Score

Instructor: Bill Sands
The FTCE Mathematics 6-12 is scored on a scaled system. Read on for an explanation of this system, as well as a guide on what constitutes a passing score on this test.

FTCE Math 6-12 Passing Score

The FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Examinations) Mathematics 6-12 is a computer-based test consisting of 75 multiple-choice questions. In order to pass this exam, candidates must earn a scaled score of at least 200.

FTCE Scoring System

For assessments that consist exclusively of multiple-choice questions (such as the Mathematics 6-12), FTCE administrators use a scaling system to determine a candidate's final score.

This method was put in place to allow scores from different tests to be easily compared. For example, the Marketing 6-12 test contains 120 questions. Simply comparing the raw scores from this test to scores on the Mathematics 6-12 exam would not be fair, since a candidate with a score of 85 on the Marketing exam appears to have a more impressive score than a candidate who scores 65 on the Mathematics 6-12 exam, even though the latter candidate answered a higher percentage of questions correctly.

Scoring the Mathematics Exam

According to the test information guide, candidates must get around 67% of all questions correct in order to earn a scaled score of 200. As there are approximately 75 questions on the test, this means you'll need to get about 50 questions correct. (The exact number of questions on the test varies from year to year, and some are unscored questions used by administrators to help develop additional test versions.)

Score Reporting

In the unfortunate event that you do not pass the exam, know that it's not the end of the world. Only 55% of candidates passed the Math 6-12 test on their first try in 2016, so you're far from the only one to find this test challenging.

If you do not pass, you'll be provided with a thorough score report that details your performance on each of the test's competencies. This information is extremely valuable because it explains exactly which questions gave you the most trouble, and you can use this information to shore up your weaknesses when preparing for a retake.

Retake Policies

The FTCE has a generous retake policy and allows candidates to take a test as many times as they please, provided that they wait at least 31 days between attempts. Retakes are not free, however, (in fact they're more expensive than the initial attempt) so you should do you best to pass the exam in as few tries as possible.

Preparing for the Mathematics 6-12 Test

After making sure you understand how the test will be scored and what you need to do to pass, it's time to get to work on preparing for this assessment.

Study.com publishes a comprehensive FTCE Mathematics Practice & Study Guide to help students preparing for the exam. This self-paced guide contains 49 chapters, each of which features short video lessons, quizzes, and practices tests on important test topics such as:

We also offer a comprehensive FTCE resource guide that contains all the information you'll need to know when prepping for any FTCE exam.

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