FTCE Health K-12 Exam

The FTCE Health K-12 subject examination consists of 120 multiple-choice questions. Question formats will include direct question, command, sentence completion, 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 16 core competencies, each with between 2 and 8 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.

Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of the foundation, theories, and principles of health education; health education standards and health literacy; health education instructional practices; personal health behaviors and wellness; human anatomy and physiology; pathology and prevention of human diseases and disorders; interpersonal health; sexual health; nutrition and physical fitness; mental and emotional health; substance use, abuse, and dependency and addictive behaviors; violence prevention and intervention; consumer health-related practices and media literacy; community health; environmental health; and unintentional injury and safety practices

FTCE Health K-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. What is Acanthosis nigricans, and what causes it?
A. a turning in of the feet
B. a skin condition caused by too much insulin in the blood
C. a curvature of the spine
D. migraine-like headaches

2. Which U.S. President established the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (originally called the President’s Council on Youth Fitness)?
A. John F. Kennedy
B. Richard Nixon
C. Dwight D. Eisenhower
D. Lyndon B. Johnson

3. Diet, activity level, genetics, psychological factors, and socioeconomic factors are all considered key risk indicators of:
A. childhood obesity
B. asthma
C. sleep disorder
D. depression

4. Which statement does NOT correctly characterize bullying?
A. Intentional exclusion of a child from the group is a form of bullying.
B. Bullying can be either aggressive or passive.
C. Boys are much more apt to be bullies than girls.
D. Belittling another in front of peers is a form of bullying.

5. What should be monitored carefully using the AQI before determining whether it is safe for children and adolescents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to spend time outdoors?
A. pollen
B. temperature
C. approaching weather
D. ozone


Answer Key

1. B. Acanthosis nigricans is a black-brown velvety skin condition on the back of the neck caused by too much insulin in the blood. Many schools now check for this condition routinely.
2. C. President Eisenhower established the Council in 1956 after receiving a report indicating that American children were less fit than European children.
3. A. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition defined as a child’s being well above the normal weight for his/her age and height.
4. C. Girls are just as apt to be bullies as boys. Bullying can take the form of either passive or aggressive mannerisms, and may or may not involve physical contact.
5. D. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a site to monitor local air quality. Many cities utilize an air quality index (AQI) and related color system to provide information about current air quality conditions.