FTCE Elementary Education K-6 Exam

The Elementary Education K-6 subject examination consists of about five sections: Language Arts and Reading; Social Science; Science; and Mathematics. Question formats will include direct question; sentence completion; charts, graphs, and maps; command; and scenario. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

Each section of the test encompasses competencies and skill areas and includes 50-60 questions. 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.

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Sections include:

  • Language Arts and Reading-This section consists of 5 core competencies, each with between 4 and 11 skill areas. Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of the reading process; literary analysis and genres; language and the writing process; literacy instruction and assessments; and communication and media literacy.
  • Social Science-This section consists of 5 core competencies, each with between 4 and 10 skill areas. Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences; time, continuity, and change (i.e., history); people, places, and environment (i.e., geography); government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics); and production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics).
  • Science-This section consists of 5 core competencies, each with between 8 and 11 skill areas. Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of the effective science instruction; the nature of science; physical sciences; Earth and space; and life science.
  • Mathematics-This section consists of 5 core competencies, each with between 4 and 8 skill areas. Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of student thinking and instructional practices; operations, algebraic thinking, counting and number in base ten; fractions, ratios, and integers; measurement, data, and statistics; and geometric concepts.

Because the number of questions and correct answers needed to pass the examination may vary slightly from one form of the test to another, the Florida Department of Education provides only general guidelines about how many questions must be answered correctly in order to pass. Scores will be available between two weeks and 30 days after the test date.

FTCE Elementary Education K-6 Exam Practice Questions

1. Which style of writing has the purpose of explaining or detailing information, or informing the reader of a sequence or process to do something?
A. narrative
B. expository
C. descriptive
D. persuasive

2. Which Indian group was NOT considered indigenous to Florida?
A. Calusa
B. Tequesta
C. Cheyenne
D. Apalachee

3. Which learning domain is best described as skill based?
A. psychomotor
B. affective
C. cognitive
D. environment

4. The bending of a wave when it enters a medium where its speed is different is known as:
A. reflection
B. refraction
C. diffusion
D. optical

5. When a number is both preceded and followed by an operator, the rule that is needed to declare which operator should be applied in which order is known as:
A. communicative law
B. algebraic operations
C. distributive law
D. order of operations


Answer Key

1. B
2. C
3. A
4. B
5. D