FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Practice Test
The FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 is used to assess an instructor’s readiness for teaching this subject in the state of Florida, for students in grades 5-9. This computer-based test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are 120 multiple-choice items.
Accommodations are available for individuals with conditions recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Some requests do not require prior approval. For those that do, the request must be made in writing.
Some of the accommodations available include extended testing time, additional rest breaks, Perkins Brailler, Braille slate and stylus, and audio test. Other accommodations are Braille test, large print test book, and large print answer sheet.
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What are the competencies covered on the exam?
- Competency 1: Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of the structure and behavior of matter – 14%
- Competency 2: Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of forces and motion – 13%
- Competency 3: Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of energy and its effects – 12%
- Competency 4: Knowledge of Earth and the processes that affect it – 13%
- Competency 5: Knowledge of space science – 6%
- Competency 6: Knowledge of processes of life – 14%
- Competency 7: Knowledge of the effects of physical and biological factors on the environment – 10%
- Competency 8: Knowledge of the science learning environment – 5%
- Competency 9: Knowledge of process skills and application of scientific inquiry – 13%
Examples of skills that will be assessed under Competency 1 include distinguishing between various states of matter, identifying chemical reaction types and their characteristics, and applying knowledge of the gas laws.
Competency 2 assesses skills that include identifying applications of Newton’s laws of motion, applying knowledge of magnets and magnetic fields to real-life situations, and solving issues involving force or motion.
The following are skills assessed under Competency 3: Identifying characteristics of nuclear reactions, relating energy to transitions between states of matter, and differentiating between potential and kinetic energy.
The skills that will be assessed under Competency 4 are relating atmospheric conditions to weather and analyzing how Earth and water interact.
Skills that will be evaluated under Competency 5 include explaining the purpose of space exploration and categorizing the properties of stars.
Competency 6 includes comparing prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and classifying plant structures and their functions.
Competency 7 tests skills such as identifying how biotic and abiotic factors impact ecosystems and understanding interactions between microorganisms and the environment.
Skills that will be assessed under Competency 8 include choosing strategies for teaching scientific inquiry and selecting proper technological tools that help with learning science.
Competency 9 will include using scientific inquiry for investigations, and utilizing technology and math for scientific investigations.
What is the most convenient way to register for the exam?
Online registration is open every day, all day. Payments must be made via credit, debit, or check card.
What is the cost of the exam?
Your initial attempt at this exam is $200. If a re-take of the exam is required, the cost is $220.
What are the testing dates and locations?
This exam is offered by appointment, year-round, at various sites in the United States.
FTCE Middle Grades General Science Practice Test
What should I do the day of the exam?
Bring two forms of original identification. One must contain your name, signature and a photo. The other can contain your name, signature, and a photo, but at a minimum, should contain your name/signature OR photo.
Examples of what can be used for your primary identification include driver’s license, state-issued identification card, US military ID, passport, and US Permanent Resident card. Social security card, student ID, and work ID can be used as secondary identification.
You will not be allowed to bring a calculator or other electronic devices to the testing area.
Items such as books, purses, and food, are also prohibited.
What happens after I take the exam?
Right after taking the test, you will receive an unofficial report that tells you whether or not you passed.
Your official score report will be posted to your account within 4 weeks of your test date.
How do I know if I passed the exam?
A passing score is a scaled score of at least 200.
What if I don’t pass the exam?
You may re-take the exam 31 days after the day you fail to pass the test.
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