FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 Practice Test
The Florida Teachers Certification Exam for Pre-Kindergarten/Primary PK-3 is the final step candidates take toward becoming a certified preschool teacher. After you have completed all the other requirements for certification, you will need to take this test before you can actually become a certified teacher.
When Can I Take the Pre-Kindergarten/Primary PK-3 Certification Exam?
Your first step is to establish eligibility and be approved to take the certification exam. The eligibility criteria you need to meet include:
- A bachelor’s degree either in Education or with at least 30 credit hours’ worth of education classes.
- Complete a background check through the school system in which you will be (or hope to be) working
- Prove command of general knowledge either through a Florida General Knowledge Test; completing two semesters of full-time college teaching experience; or achieve minimum acceptable scores on the GRE revised general test. Acceptable scores for this purpose are 151 on Verbal Reasoning, 147 in Quantitative Reasoning, and 4 on the Analytical Writing
- Complete an approved teacher preparation program
Once you have been deemed eligible, you can schedule your appointment at your convenience. The exam is offered continuously throughout the year, but the appointments are first come, first serve, so make sure to schedule yours as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and time that you want.
During the registration process, you will need to pay a $150 fee. This covers all four subtests that make up the exam. If you don’t feel confident that you can do all four subtests in a single session, you can schedule multiple appointments.
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How Long Will the Test Take?
The first three subtests will last 70 minutes each. The final test lasts 60 minutes. So altogether, you’ll be spending about five hours at the testing center if you complete the entire exam in one appointment. That includes four and a half hours for the test itself, 15 minutes to check in, and the 15-minute break that will be provided.
What Subjects Will I Be Tested On?
The exam is actually composed of four separate subtests. Each subtest focuses on a different foundational subject area essential to a successful career as a Pre-K teacher. Here is a complete outline of each of the tests along with the knowledge and skills they will be measuring:
- Developmental Knowledge – 60 Questions
- Child growth, child development, and relationships with families and the community
- The profession and foundations of early childhood (PreK-3) education
- Developmentally appropriate practices
- Developmentally appropriate curricula
- Developmentally appropriate intervention strategies and resources available to meet the needs of all students
- Diagnosis, assessment, and evaluation
- Child guidance and classroom behavioral management
- Language Arts and Reading – 60 Questions
- Literacy and literacy instruction
- Fiction and nonfiction genres including reading informational texts (e.g.- literary nonfiction, historical, scientific, and technical texts)
- Reading foundational skills
- Language elements used for effective oral and written communication
- Assessments to inform literacy instruction
- Mathematics – 50 Questions
- Effective mathematics instruction
- Algebraic thinking
- Number concepts and operations in base ten
- Measurement and data collection and analysis
- Geometric and spatial concepts
- Science – 50 Questions
- Effective science instruction
- Nature of science
- Earth and space sciences
- Physical sciences
- Life sciences
What Is the Minimum Score Needed to Pass the Exam?
In order to pass the exam, you need to receive a score of at least 200 on each of the four subtests. If you do not pass each one individually, you won’t receive your certification even if your cumulative score for the entire exam appears to be high enough.
What Are the Best Strategies to Prepare for the Exam?
All content on this exam is based on clearly established curriculum and standards so that means you have a clear point of reference for what you should be studying. With that said, you need to do more than just read through a bunch of reference material.
Your study sessions will be more fruitful if you use more engaging study aids like the Mometrix Study Guide. This has been tailor made to help you do your very best on all four of the subtests.
You’ll not only benefit from the comprehensive review of all the material but also the expert-designed practice questions and the proven test-taking strategies that you can use to answer questions quickly and accurately even when you aren’t completely sure what it’s asking.
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