Fri 4 Dec 2009
A lot of people have questions about which FTCE test is right for them. Most people use the term FTCE interchangebly with the FTCE General Knowledge exam, or “GK” for short. In fact, this is by far and away the most popular of the FTCE exams because it’s a requirement for new Florida teachers to prove their grasp of basic knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Below is a summary straight from the official FTCE test site.
|The FTCE General Knowledge Test (GK)||The GK is a test of basic skills and consists of four subtests:
The subtests consist of multiple-choice questions, except for the Essay subtest, which consists of one essay. The subtests may be registered for separately and taken separately; subtests may be passed at separate administrations to achieve a passing score on the overall test. (People often use the writing and essay portions interchangebly when speaking of the FTCE)
NOTE: An examinee who 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.
|The FTCE Professional Education Test (PEd)||The PEd is a test of pedagogy and professional practices. It consists of multiple-choice questions.|
|The FTCE Subject Area Examinations (SAE)||There are 42 different SAEs.Most SAEs are single tests. However, the German K–12 and Speech 6–12 tests each consist of two subtests. The subtests may be registered for separately and taken separately; subtests may be passed at separate administrations to achieve a passing score on the overall test.
Although most SAEs consist of only multiple-choice questions, some (such as English 6–12, Middle Grades English 5–9, French K–12, German K–12, Spanish K–12, and Speech 6–12) also include an essay, recorded speaking and listening sections, or a videotaped section. See “Test Selection” for details about each SAE.
|The Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE)||The FELE is for the certification of administrators (such as school principals) and consists of three subtests:
Subtests 1 and 2 consist of only multiple-choice questions. Subtest 3 consists of multiple-choice questions and an essay. The subtests may be registered for separately and taken separately; subtests may be passed at separate administrations to achieve a passing score on the overall test.
As of January 1, 2009, examinees register for and take a revised version of the FELE. Examinees who took the previous version of the FELE, administered prior to January 2009, and passed only one or two of the three subtests will be required to take and pass the revised FELE in its entirety.