FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 (053) Practice Test

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The FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam is administered by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to assess prospective preschool teachers in the state of Florida.

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Exam Outline

The FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam is split into four subtests. You must pass all four subtests to pass the exam, but you do not have to take all four subtests in one sitting.

Altogether, the exam contains 180 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 4.5 hours.

exam outline for the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam

Subtest 1: Developmental Knowledge (50 questions)

This subtest, which is timed at 70 minutes, is split into seven knowledge-based competencies:

  1. Child growth, child development, and relationships with the community and families (14%)
  2. The profession and foundations of early childhood education (12%)
  3. Developmentally appropriate practices (20%)
  4. Developmentally appropriate curricula (12%)
  5. Developmentally appropriate intervention strategies and resources (15%)
  6. Diagnosis, assessment, and evaluation (14%)
  7. Child guidance and classroom behavioral management (13%)

Subtest 2: Language Arts and Reading (50 questions)

This subtest, which is timed at 70 minutes, is split into five knowledge-based competencies:

  1. Literacy and literacy instruction (24%)
  2. Literary and informational texts (18%)
  3. Foundational reading skills (24%)
  4. Language elements used for effective oral and written communication (22%)
  5. Assessments that inform literacy instruction (12%)

Subtest 3: Mathematics (40 questions)

This subtest, which is timed at 70 minutes, is split into five knowledge-based competencies:

  1. Number concepts and operations in base-10 (33%)
  2. Algebraic thinking (16%)
  3. Measurement and data collection and analysis (15%)
  4. Geometric and spatial concepts (13%)
  5. Student reasoning and instructional practices (23%)

Subtest 4: Science (40 questions)

This subtest, which is timed at one hour, is split into five knowledge-based competencies:

  1. Effective science instruction (19%)
  2. The nature of science (19%)
  3. Earth and space sciences (20%)
  4. The physical sciences (17%)
  5. The life sciences (25%)

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Exam Registration

To register for the exam, you must first create an FTCE/FELE account. Once you are logged in, select “Pre-Kindergarten/Primary PK-3” as your exam. From there, you can register for the exam, pay the testing fee, and schedule your testing appointment.

When you schedule your appointment, you will need to choose how many of the subtests you would like to take. Though you need to pass all four subtests to pass the overall exam, you may take the subtests separately. The testing fee you pay during registration will differ depending on how many subtests you register for your appointment:

FTCE Pre-Kindergarten/Primary PK-3 Exam Fees
SubtestsAmount
One subtest$37.50
Two subtests$75
Three subtests$112.50
Full exam (all subtests)$150

 

Test Day

On the day of your testing appointment, you should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time. Once you arrive, you will be asked to sign in and provide two valid forms of government-issued ID, one of which must be a photo ID. Your digital photograph will then be taken, and a biometric scan of your palm vein will be taken for identification and security purposes.

Before the exam begins, you will need to place all personal items in a secure locker outside the testing room, or you may be asked to leave them in your car. If you wear eyeglasses, they will be briefly removed and inspected before you enter the testing room.

Once the test begins, you will be allowed to take breaks. However, the timer will not be stopped during your break, so use your break time carefully.

How the Exam is Scored

Your FTCE score is calculated using a scaled scoring method, which takes the number of questions you answered correctly (your “raw” score) and converts it to a scaled score. To pass, you will need to achieve a scaled score of at least 200 per subtest, and you must pass all four subtests to pass the exam.

You will receive your official score report within four weeks after testing.

Retaking the Exam

If you failed the exam, you may retake it after paying the necessary fees.

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FAQs

Q

How many questions are on the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam?

A

There are 180 multiple-choice questions on the exam.

Q

How long is the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam?

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It takes about 4.5 hours to complete all four subtests in this exam.

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What is the passing score for the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam?

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To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 200 per subtest.

Q

How much does the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam cost?

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The examination fee for all four subtests collectively is $150.


By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.

 

by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: May 27, 2024