The Elementary Education K-6 exam is one of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) that candidates will need to take in order to become a licensed teacher in the state of Florida. It is a comprehensive exam spanning the four core subjects that make up an elementary education: language arts and reading, social science, science, and math.
How Much Does the FTCE Elementary Education K-6 Exam Cost?
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The total price you pay depends on how you schedule it. Here is a basic fee breakdown:
- $37.50 per subtest if you schedule them in four separate sessions (meaning $150 total for all four)
- $75 for two subtests if you schedule two subtests for a single session ($150 total)
- $112.50 for three or $150 for four subtests if you schedule them all in a single session.
As you can see, the more subtests you take in a single session, the more money you can save. However, if you don’t pass a subtest, you will have to reattempt it and pay the full exam fee for that next attempt. So if you don’t feel 100% confident that you can pass all of them if you do them back to back in one session, it could be cheaper in the long run to space them out and avoid the need to pay extra fees for additional attempts.
How Long Will the Test Take?
Be prepared to spend a little over five hours at the testing center if you choose to take all of the subtests in a single session. That means rest well, eat a nourishing breakfast before you arrive, and bring a snack that you can eat during your break to recharge. While at the testing center, your time will be spent as follows:
- 30 minutes checking in (this needs to be done before the actual appointment time.)
- 1 hour and 5 minutes for the language arts and reading subtest
- 1 hour and 5 minutes for the social science subtest
- 15 minutes scheduled break
- 1 hour and 10 minutes for the science subtest
- 1 hour and 10 minutes for the math subtest
What Will Be on the Test?
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There will be a total of 220 multiple choice questions across the four subtests. Here’s a quick breakdown of each one:
- Language Arts and Reading – 60 questions
- Reading process
- Literary analysis and genres
- Language and the writing process
- Literacy instruction and assessments
- Communication and media literacy
- Social Sciences – 55 questions
- Effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences
- Time, continuity, and change (history)
- People, places, and environment (geography)
- Government and civics
- Production, distribution, and consumption (economics)
- Science – 55 questions
- Effective science instruction
- Nature of science
- Physical sciences
- Earth and space
- Life science
- Math – 50 questions
- Student thinking and instructional practices
- Operations, algebraic thinking, counting, and numbers in base ten
- Fractions, ratios, and integers
- Measurement, data, and statistics
- Geometric concepts
What Is the Minimum Score Needed to Pass the FTCE Elementary Education K-6 Exam?
There is no cumulative score needed. Rather, you need to pass each individual subtest in order to successfully earn your elementary education k-6 certification. In order to pass a subtest, you need to receive a scaled score of at least 200. This represents roughly 75% of questions answered correctly. That percentage is not a hard rule and the exact number of correct answers needed to achieve 200 will shift year over year. However, if you set yourself a target of somewhere between 75% and 80%, you should be able to get at least a 200.
How Should I Prepare for the FTCE Elementary Education K-6 Exam?
Given the comprehensive nature of this exam, it is very important that you devote enough time to studying for it. You will want to pay special attention to your weaker subjects but don’t forget to brush up on your stronger subjects, too. Above all, make sure you are working on your fundamental test-taking skills as well. That includes speed, accuracy, memory, and recall. It’s not enough to just know the material. You have to be able to recall it and apply it quickly and accurately under strict time limits.
If that sounds like a lot to juggle, don’t worry. With the help of the Mometrix Study Guide and Mometrix Flashcards, you’ll be able to both review all the core concepts you need to know and hone your test-taking skills so that you show up on exam day confident and ready to master this test!