FTCE Professional Education Test: Passing Score

Instructor: Chelsey Wilt
The FTCE Professional Education test is scored using a PASS / NOT PASS system and requires a scaled score of 200. Read on for a description of this system, and find out what percentage of questions you'll need to answer correctly to pass.

What is the FTCE Professional Education Passing Score?

The passing score for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Professional Education test is 200. This test assesses your knowledge of pedagogy and professional practices, and it fulfills one of the competencies to earn the Professional Certificate as a Florida educator. This multiple-choice exam contains approximately 110 questions. FTCE scores are calculated on a scale and rated on a PASS / NOT PASS basis, and 200 is the minimum score required to earn a PASS.

When determining a candidate's final score on an FTCE test, administrators calculate a composite number based on the percentage of correct answers and the difficulty of the test. The exact number of questions on each test and the minimum percentage of correctly answered questions varies among different FTCE tests (such as the general knowledge and subject tests).

The Professional Education test (083) has approximately 110 multiple-choice questions. You need to get 71% of answers correct to earn a scaled score of 200. Assuming there are exactly 110 questions, you'll need at least 79 correct answers to pass the assessment.

The Purpose of Scaled Scoring

Florida administrators had a specific purpose in mind when they implemented the scaled scoring method. This system provides a means of easily comparing scores from different versions of the same exam as well as across different types of FTCE exams.

For example, say you sit for the Professional Education exam at the end of this semester, while your colleague sat for it the year before. You will both be held to the same passing standard, no matter how much the versions of your two tests differ. This standard is also the same for nearly all subject tests, except for those that require a ''performance component'' such as essay subtests or foreign language tests.

The PASS / NOT PASS system also ensures that test scores are used exclusively for licensing and certification. By not providing the raw score, this eliminates using the raw score as a factor in future hiring practices.

Score Reporting

In most cases, you'll receive your unofficial score status as soon as you complete the exam. If you took an exam that is in the process of being revised, you will not receive your unofficial passing status at the test site, and there may be delays in score reporting.

Test scores for multiple-choice FTCEs are officially released on Mondays after 10 p.m. EST within a four-week time frame of a testing date. For example, if you took the test in between 07/22/19 and 07/28/19, your scores would have been reported on 08/05/19.

Once you get the email notification that your scores are available, you can sign into your FTCE examinee account. As of January 2018, score results are available in the system for five years. Previously, they were only available for 60 days, but if you've completed a test prior to January 2018, you can now request a duplicate score report.

If you pass, your results will automatically be reported to the Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Educator Certification. If you'd like a particular district or school to also receive a report, you can select this option when you sign up for the test.

Retake Policy

If you receive a NOT PASS result on the FTCE Professional Education test, you should know that candidates are permitted to retake it, though you'll need to wait at least 31 days before a retake. Along with the NOT PASS result, you'll get your raw score (the number of questions answered correctly), which can help you judge how close you were to achieving a PASS. Be advised that you will need to pay a retake fee.

Preparing for the FTCE Professional Education Test

In addition to understanding the scoring system, you can also improve your scores by studying diligently for this exam.

At the top of your list is Study.com's FTCE Professional Education Test (083): Practice & Study Guide. This comprehensive course contains over 100 lessons separated into 10 chapters, with more content being continually added. Once you've studied this course thoroughly, check your knowledge with a practice test and final exam.

If you've yet to sit for your subject test, FTCE Courses can be used to get ready for exams in topics ranging from biology and business education to mathematics and social science. You can also take a free practice test for any of the other FTCE subject area exams to find your strengths and where you could use a little extra help.

Anything else you're looking for and haven't found through the above links can be found through Study.com's homepage for FTCE tests.

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