The FTCE Reading 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, 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 9 core competencies, each with between 3 and 7 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Competencies and skills incorporate the Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR) and the components of Florida’s Formula for Reading Success; phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension; assessments to include screening, diagnostics, and progress monitoring; initial instruction; immediate intensive intervention; and addressing improved reading outcomes for Florida’s students. 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 research and theories of reading processes; text types and structures; reading assessment and evaluation; learning environments and procedures that support reading; oral and written language acquisition and beginning reading; phonics and word recognition; vocabulary acquisition and use; reading fluency and reading comprehension; and reading program development, implementation, and coordination.
FTCE Reading K-12 Exam Practice Questions
1. Textbooks used to teach reading are called:
A. phonemic readers
B. instructional readers
C. basal readers
2. Teaching general knowledge and reminding students of what they already know before introducing new material through discussion, role play, and other techniques best describes which theory?
A. whole language
3. Which reading strategy helps students to analyze and interpret elements, draw conclusions, and even formulate questions?
B. frame of reference
4. Which learning concept is based on the idea that students need a lot of support and attention at the beginning when a concept is introduced and that support should be taken away gradually to allow learners to try their independence?
5. A reading strategy that graphically represents concepts is called:
B. semantic feature analysis
D. semantic mapping