What are the FTCE Exams?
There are 3 exams teachers must take to become certified in Florida. All teachers K-12th grade must pass the General Knowledge Exam and the Professional Education Exam. In addition, teacher must be certified in a subject area. There are many subject area exams but ThinkTimeInc.com offers practice exams for the Elementary Education exam. This certification will make you very marketable since you will be certified to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Why do I have to take the tests on a computer at a testing center?
In order to assist in meeting the financial obligations of this project per section 1012.59, Florida Statutes, on January 1, 2010, the Department suspended the paper-based testing (PBT) format for administering the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) and Florida Educator Leadership Examination (FELE) for most administrations (see exceptions below). The Department shifted to a computer-based testing (CBT) format to be administered when a candidate is ready to test, unlike the preset testing schedule of PBT. Florida is now the only state in the nation offering all CBT. The CBT format provides examinees with more testing options than were available under PBT. When CBT and PBT formats were both fully operational in 2009, examinees chose CBT 80% of the time. Due to budget reductions, in January 2010, all FTCE and FELE examinations were administered at Pearson VUE professional testing centers exclusively, and the use of most third-party college and university CBT sites was discontinued. Before you go to take your test, prepare by taking a practice exam at www.ThinktimeInc.com which mimics the CBT format and will effectively prepare you for greater success in computer based testing.
How do I prepare and study before taking the GKT, Professional Education or Subject Area Exams?
At ThinkTime we know that you want to spend the LEAST amount of time and the LEAST amount of money, and still engage in enough test preparation to pass the test and move forward on your path to becoming a state certified educator. ThinkTime patrons report feeling confident test day because they are prepared. ThinkTime prepares you for both the content and format of future Florida Teacher Certification Exams. The practice tests mimic the real tests in both structure and content. Our study guide, called Knowledge Notes, will refresh your memory on the key concepts tested by the state in each of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. The best part? You can choose to purchase only what you need for the test preparation. All of our products are sold individually or as a value package.
How Much Does the General Knowledge Test cost? What is the GKT Testing Fee?
As of May 1, 2014, the General Knowledge Testing fees are as follows: General Knowledge Test, First-Time Registration $130.00 General Knowledge Test, Retake Registration $150.00 Any combination of subtests=$150.00
How Much Does the Professional Education Exam Cost? What is the Professional Ed. Testing Fee?
As of May 1, 2014, the Professional Education Exam fees are as follows: Professional Education Test, First-Time Registration $150.00 Professional Education Test, Retake Registration $170.00
How Much Does the Elementary Education Exam cost? What is the Subject Area Exam Testing Fee for Elementary Education?
As of May 1, 2014, the SAE for Elementary Education fees are as follows: Subject Area Examination, First-Time Registration $200.00 Subject Area Examination, Retake Registration $220.00 Single Subtest: $150.00 Two Subtests: $200.00 Three or more Subtests: $220.00
How Do I Pay for the FTCE Exams: The GKT, the Professional Education Exam or the Subject Area Exam?
Payment must be made at the time of registration using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) or a debit or check card that can be used without the entry of a personal identification number (PIN). If you are taking a test for the first time, you will pay the first-time fee. If you took and did not pass a test and want to retake it, you must pay the retake fee. For tests with subtests, taking any subtest is considered a first-time test, even if you did not take all of the available subtests, and you must pay the retake fee for any subtests taken at a later date.
How Many Questions are on the General Knowledge Test?
All K-12 educators, in all subject areas, must take this exam to become state certified. Test consists of 125 questions in a 3 hours 50 minute block.
What is the Format of the GKT (General Knowledge Test)?
The General Knowledge test consists of four subtests: Essay, English Language Skills, Reading, and Mathematics. If an examinee fails one or more GK subtests, the examinee is required to retake only the subtests failed. For example, if an examinee passes the GK Reading, ELS, and Math, but fails the GK Essay, then the examinee must retake the GK Essay, but does not need to retake reading, English language skills, or mathematics subtests. The exam has four subtests in the following areas: Essay – 50 minutes English Language Skills – 40 minutes Reading – 40 minutes Mathematics – 100 minutes Subtests may be registered for and taken separately, if desired. NOTE: An examinee that took and passed all or part of the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) in Florida before July 1, 2002, may use the parts passed on the CLAST toward certification. For any parts not passed by that date, corresponding subtests of the General Knowledge test are required. Additional Information about the GKT Essay: The General Knowledge Essay subtest and several other tests require the writing of an essay. The essay must be an original essay, composed and organized when you select the essay topic. The intent of the essay test component is to show that you can, in the time allotted, compose and write an original essay that completely addresses the topic in an effective, well-organized manner, with good grammar and spelling. An examinee who memorizes an essay from another source and presents it during a test administration as an original essay is not demonstrating that he or she can compose and write an acceptable essay. Presenting such a pre-prepared essay at a test administration is considered cheating. If an essay is identified by the essay raters as being pre-prepared, the essay and all tests taken that day by the examinee will be invalidated, and no scores will be received. In addition, the incident will be reported to the Department’s Bureau of Professional Practices Services.
What is a passing score on the GKT?
The following are the minimum passing scores that must be earned to pass the subtests of the GKT. 73 % General Knowledge Reading Subtest Minimum Passing Score 68 % General Knowledge English Language Skills Subtest 69 % General Knowledge Mathematics Subtest Minimum Passing Score General Knowledge (GK) Essay Subtest The score for the GK Essay is a separate subtest score that requires a minimum score of 8 out of 12 points to pass. The scoring of the GK Essay is conducted in a standardized session held for a particular examination and scored by at least two independent, qualified, and trained raters. The two independent scores are combined for a final GK Essay score. If an examinee fails one or more GK subtests, the examinee is required to retake only the subtests failed. For example, if an examinee passes the GK Reading, ELS, and Math, but fails the GK Essay, then the examinee must retake the GK Essay, but does not need to retake reading, English language skills, or mathematics subtests.
How Many Questions are on the Professional Education Exam?
Test consists of 120 multiple choice items in a 2 ½ hour time block. The questions are divided among the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
What is the Format of the Professional Education Exam (P.Ed)?
Currently, the Professional Education Test content covers the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) focused on general pedagogical questions. The current test includes the following formatting: Instructional Design and Planning (22 questions) Student-Centered Learning Environment (18 questions) Delivery & Facilitation of Subject Matter (22 questions) Assessment Strategies (17 questions) Continuous Professional Improvement (14 questions) Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct (11 questions) ELL: English Language Learners (8 questions) Literacy Strategies in Content Areas (8 questions)
What is a passing score on the Professional Education Exam?
The following is the minimum score that must be earned for a passing score on the Professional Education Exam. 71 % Professional Education Exam Minimum Passing Score
How Many Questions are on the Elementary Education Subject Area Exam?
Test consists of 220 multiple choice items in a 4 hour 30 minute block. (You do get a break midway).
What is the Format of the Elementary Education Subject Area Exam?
Subtests: • Language Arts and Reading: 60 questions • Social Science: 55 questions • Science: 55 questions • Mathematics: 50 questions
What is a passing score on the Elementary Education Subject Area Exam?
The following is the minimum score that must be earned for a passing score on the Elementary Education Subject Area Exam. Elem. Ed: Language Arts and Reading: 72% Social Science: 69% Science: 70% Math: 70%
What if I don’t pass the GKT?
If an examinee fails one or more GK subtests, the examinee is required to retake only the subtests failed. For example, if an examinee passes the GK Reading, ELS, and Math, but fails the GK Essay, then the examinee must retake the GK Essay, but does not need to retake reading, English language skills, or mathematics subtests.
What if I don’t pass the Professional Education Exam?
If you fail the Professional Education Exam, you may retake the exam after 31 days. If you took and did not pass a test and want to retake it, you must pay the retake fee. For tests with subtests, taking any subtest is considered a first-time test, even if you did not take all of the available subtests, and you must pay the retake fee for any subtests taken at a later date.
What if I don’t pass the Elementary Education Subject Area Exam?
If you fail the Elementary Education Subject Area Exam, you may retake the exam after 31 days. If you took and did not pass a test and want to retake it, you must pay the retake fee. You will have the option to retake specific subtests that were not passed.
If I fail the FTCE exam, can I see my test to verify the score?
If you fail one or more computer-based or paper-based tests or subtests, you may request an appointment for a score verification session. Sessions are held at selected computer-based testing centers and appointments are available on weekdays and on Saturdays. These sessions are not intended as study sessions for future tests; they are for the purpose of allowing examinees to confirm correct scoring of their exams. During the score verification session, you will have an opportunity to challenge test items that you believe have a scoring error. All challenges will be reviewed by the Department, and a response is mailed by the Department within 30 days (due to weekends and holidays, factor an additional 7 days for your response to arrive). If you do not agree with the Departments response, you will have an opportunity to request an administrative hearing in accordance with the provisions of Section 120.57, Florida Statutes. Registration for a score verification session can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the score verification session web page found through the Florida Department of Education. There is a nonrefundable $25 charge to attend a score verification session.
What is the difference between a Professional Certificate and a Temporary Certificate for Teaching in Florida?
Florida offers two types of Educator Certificates: the Temporary Certificate and the Professional Certificate. The Professional Certificate Valid for five school years Renewable Florida’s highest Educator Certificate Requirements Complete all application process requirements Hold at least a bachelor’s degree Demonstrate Mastery of Subject Area Knowledge for a requested subject (Pass the Subject Area Exam) Demonstrate Mastery of General Knowledge (Pass the GKT) Demonstrate Mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Competence (Pass the Professional Education Exam) The Florida Professional Certificate is issued after the individual’s fingerprints have been cleared. The individual seeking employment in Florida will be assisted in completing the fingerprint process by his/her employer. The individual who is not seeking employment in Florida or has an immediate need for issuance of the Professional Certificate can contact the Bureau of Educator Certification for assistance. Please note: If an individual chooses to have his/her fingerprints processed prior to Florida employment for issuance of the Professional Certificate, it may be necessary to have the fingerprints reprocessed, and the individual may have to pay a second processing fee as a condition of employment in a Florida public school. The Temporary Certificate Valid for three school years Nonrenewable Provides time to complete all requirements for a Professional Certificate while teaching full-time Requirements Complete all application process requirements Hold at least a bachelor’s degree Demonstrate Mastery of Knowledge or meet Subject Specialization with a 2.5 GPA for a requested subject The Florida Temporary Certificate is issued after the individual is employed in a Florida school and his/her fingerprints have been cleared.