FTCE Physical Education K-12 Exam

The FTCE Physical Education K-12 subject examination consists of 120 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Question formats will include direct question, sentence completion, data analysis, 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 13 core competencies, each with between 2 and 9 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 history and philosophy of the physical education profession; standards-based physical education curriculum development; developmentally appropriate physical education instructional strategies; human growth and development and motor learning as they relate to physical education; developmentally appropriate movement skills and concepts related to physical education; lifetime health, wellness, and physical fitness; cognitive, social, and emotional development through physical education and physical activity; various types of assessment strategies that can be used to determine student levels and needs in physical education; strategies that promote an effective learning environment; laws, legislation, and liabilities that pertain to physical education; appropriate safety considerations, rules, strategies, and terminology related to physical education and a variety of physical activities; professional ethics, advocacy, and development; and the appropriate use of technology as related to physical education.

FTCE Physical Education K-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) was organized by William Gilbert Anderson in which year?
A. 1885
B. 1825
C. 1915
D. 1945

2. Which health problem is NOT considered a risk factor of childhood obesity?
A. high blood pressure
B. early puberty or menarche
C. eating disorder
D. lymphoma

3. Twisting, swinging, bending, and stretching are examples of __________ skills.
A. locomotor
B. nonlocomotor
C. physical
D. manipulative

4. Which is NOT typically considered an example of vigorous physical activity?
A. chopping wood
B. weight lifting
C. basketball
D. aerobics

5. Physical education can help foster the development of motivation, emotion, self-esteem, and feeling of belonging, which are known as ______________ skills.
A. cognitive
B. intrapersonal
C. affective
D. social


Answer Key

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