The Professional Education examination consists of about 120 multiple-choice questions. Test-takers will receive a test booklet and a separate answer sheet. Question formats will include direct question, sentence completion, 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 14 core competencies, each with between 2 and 7 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 various types of assessment strategies that can be used to determine student levels and needs (Assessment); effective communication with students, parents, faculty, other professionals, and the public, including those whose home language is not English (Communications); strategies for continuous professional development improvement in professional practices for self and school (Continuous Improvement); strategies, materials, and technologies that will promote and enhance critical and creative thinking skills (Critical Thinking); and cultural, linguistic, and learning style differences and how these differences affect classroom practice and student learning (Diversity).
FTCE Professional Education Exam Practice Questions
1. An informal and ongoing written log that records positive milestones of a child’s progress is called a:
A. student improvement plan
B. anecdotal record
C. grade-level documentation
D. academic assessment
2. A teacher who uses the acronym HOMES to help students remember the five Great Lakes is using which learning strategy?
B. sequencing tip
C. mnemonic device
D. facilitative association
3. Organizing students in pairs with the rules that one student speaks and expresses thoughts while the second must remain neutral, listen carefully, ask probing questions to get more information, paraphrase comments, and then summarize the information is an example of:
A. receptive hearing
B. team approach
C. active listening
D. facilitative listening
4. Children who have an understanding of space and time but are still limited in their abilities for complex abstract thinking are in what stage, according to Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development?
C. concrete operational
D. formal operational
5. What alternative assessment scores can be substituted for passing scores for graduating seniors on the FCAT?
A. No scores can be substituted, but students can continue to retake the FCAT Reading and/or Mathematics assessments until they pass.
B. Prior passing of FCAT Reading and/or Mathematics assessments can be reviewed and an exception made upon the family’s request.
C. Final exam scores on the same subjects can be substituted, but only after the Grade 10 FCAT Reading and/or Mathematics assessments have been attempted twice.
D. Concordant scores on the SAT or ACT can be substituted, but only after the Grade 10 FCAT Reading and/or Mathematics assessments have been attempted three times.