FTCE Biology 6-12 Exam

The Biology 6-12 subject examination consists of about 120 multiple-choice questions. The test is computer-based. Question formats will include direct questions, sentence completion, graphics, command, and scenario. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

The test encompasses 10 core competencies, each with between 4 and 17 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Each competency is also assigned a percentage representing the approximate proportion of test items in that content area on the test. Together, the competencies and skills are representative of knowledge that has been determined by content specialists to be important for beginning teachers.

FTCE Biology 6-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. The motion of dispersed particles relative to a fluid under the influence of an electric field that is space uniform is called:
A. autotrophy
B. dielectrophoresis
C. glycolysis
D. electrophoresis

2. List the three types of photosynthesis.
A. C1, C2, and CM
B. C3, C4, and CAM
C. CO2, RUBISCO, and 3-carbon compound
D. photorespiration, transpiration, and WUE

3. List the two steps in order of protein synthesis.
A. translation, transcription
B. transcription, translation
C. transcription, replication
D. replication, synthesis

4. What is feline leukemia and its effect?
A. It is a retrovirus that infects cats and causes immunosuppression and, if not defeated by the body’s immune system, can be fatal.
B. It is a type of cancer that is carried by RNA instead of DNA.
C. It is a deadly disease affecting mostly females and is transmitted usually by saliva or nasal secretions.
D. It is a rare form of HIV.

5. What is the term for flowering plants?
A. cladistics
B. gymnosperms
C. angiosperms
D. monocots


Answer Key

1. D. Particles dispersed in a fluid almost always carry an electric surface charge, and “electro” should provide a clue to the correct answer.
2. B. C3 photosynthesis is because CO2 is first incorporated into a 3-carbon compound, and most plants are C3; C4 photosynthesis is when CO2 is first incorporated into a 4-carbon compound and includes several thousand species; and CAM is named after the plant family in which it was first found. It stands for “Crassulacean acid metabolism.”
3. B. Protein synthesis is a two-step process that involves a second type of nucleic acid along with DNA.
4. A. Felines are cats, and feline leukemia isn’t a cancer at all, but instead is a rotavirus. By the time it was determined that it wasn’t a form of leukemia, the name had already stuck.
5. C. Angiosperms are flowering plants and are the most widespread group of land plants. A magnolia is an example of an angiosperm.