What is the FTCE General Knowledge Test?

Instructor: Jessica Keys
If you're planning to become a professional educator in Florida's public school system, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the FTCE General Knowledge Test. You can find out whether or not you need to take it, what the test entails and where to find study resources that can help you prepare.

About the FTCE General Knowledge Test

The FTCE General Knowledge Test is a computer-based exam used to assess mastery of fundamental academic skills, such as mathematics and reading. Passing this exam is one of the ways aspiring teachers can meet the general knowledge requirement for teacher certification in Florida's public schools.

The test can be taken at any time of the year, but you'll have to schedule a testing appointment in advance through the FTCE website. You'll also have to pay a $130 fee for your first test date and $150 for any subsequent retakes.

What Subjects Does It Cover?

The General Knowledge Test is divided into four sections, which you can take in any combination. (Note that the same testing fee applies regardless of how many sections you're taking at a time.)

  • Subtest #1 - Essay (50 minutes): You'll compose an essay in which you develop and share your position on a given topic. The subject material will vary, but your essay should be a well-organized response in which you back up your position with a logical argument that includes plenty of supporting evidence. Out of 12 possible points, you need to score an 8 to pass.
  • Subtest #2 - English Language Skills (40 minutes): This subtest assesses your proficiency with English grammar and mechanics as well as sentence structure, spelling, word choice, and organization. You'll be given about 40 multiple-choice questions and must score at least a 200 to pass this section.
  • Subtest #3 - Reading (55 minutes): During this subtest, you must demonstrate your reading comprehension and critical-thinking skills. The former entails understanding words in context and identifying the main idea of a passage as well as factors influencing its style and tone, while the latter focuses more on your ability to assess differing points of view and analyze an argument. This section contains several short passages accompanied by a few multiple-choice questions each (approximately 40 questions total). The passing score is 200 points.
  • Subtest #4 - Mathematics (100 minutes): This is a general mathematics battery that covers computation, measurement, statistics, basic geometry, algebra, and data analysis. You'll be allowed to use a basic calculator, and a formula reference sheet is also provided. Each of the 45 questions is multiple-choice, and like the previous subtests, you must score a 200 to pass.

Where Can I Find Study Resources?

If you're looking for an online, self-paced resource to help you prepare for your exam, Study.com offers an FTCE General Knowledge Test: Practice and Study Guide. Each exam topic is broken down into short video lessons that you can watch and review on your own schedule. Full transcripts are also available, as are printable lesson and chapter quizzes designed to make sure your skills are up to speed. This course also contains more practical information about the exam itself, such as how to register, study for and pass the test.

How Else Can I Meet the General Knowledge Requirement?

Holding a valid teaching license or certificate from another state or U.S. territory will satisfy Florida's general knowledge requirement, as will completing two semesters (full-time or the part-time equivalent) of college teaching. You can also exempt yourself from each subtest by submitting minimum GRE General Test scores as follows:

  • Subtest #1 - Essay: 4 on the Analytical Writing section
  • Subtest #2 - English Language Skills: 151 on the Verbal Reasoning section
  • Subtest #3 - Reading: 151 on the Verbal Reasoning section
  • Subtest #4 - Mathematics: 147 on the Quantitative Reasoning section

If you've been considering taking the GRE General Test, check out this comprehensive GRE Practice and Study Guide. Like the FTCE review, this course also includes a special section about the exam itself, so you'll know exactly what to expect on test day!

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