FTCE Latin K-12 Exam

The FTCE Latin K-12 subject examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Question formats will include direct question, sentence completion, and command. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

The test encompasses 12 core competencies, each with between 2 and 5 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 English words derived from Latin vocabulary; Latin vocabulary in a given context; grammatical forms of Latin words; grammatical constructions in a given context; pedagogical methods, reference materials, and teaching aids appropriate to the Latin classroom; classical mythology; Roman literary history; Roman political history; Roman social history; and Roman contributions to Western civilization.

Candidates will also need to express ability to read and understand passages of connected Latin prose at the level of difficulty of straightforward narrative passages in Caesar’s Gallic Wars, Book 1 or the De Illustribus Viris of Cornelius Nepos and poetry at the level of difficulty of Vergil’s Aeneid or Ovid’s Metamorphoses; and identify meter in Latin poetry and basic literary devices in Latin prose or poetry.

FTCE Latin K-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. Which is NOT a Latin word that is used in English today?
A. via
B. memorandum
C. blonde
D. sponsor

2. The centerpiece of Stoic philosophy was the concept of ________, which means “rational order” or “meaning” of each life, action, situation, and the universe overall.
A. pietas
B. logos
C. officium
D. nomen

3. The word “nepotism” is derived from the Latin word nepote and means:
A. favoritism toward family members
B. extremely bitter
C. brave or bold
D. willing to sacrifice

4. Ad vitam aeternam means:
A. to the stars
B. for all time
C. from the beginning
D. having made no will

5. During the ancient Greek era of around 650 B.C., the majority population of Sparta were known as __________, who were essentially captured slaves.
A. sparti
B. laconophilia
C. perioikoi
D. helots

Answer Key

1. C. The word blonde is a French word meaning a fair-haired female.
2. B. Stoicism says that the universe is ordered by God and that this order is the logos.
3. A. Roman emperors and generals were said to place their nephews in high positions in the empire.
4. B. The Latin motto means “for all time.”
5. D. Helots worked in agriculture and economically supported Sparta citizens.