FTCE School Psychologist PK-12 Exam

The FTCE School Psychologist PK-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, 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 10 core competencies, each with between 3 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 measurement theory, test construction, research, and statistics; data-based decision making and accountability; child and adolescent development; Section 504 and exceptional student education; curriculum and instruction; biological, social, and cultural bases of behavior; laws, rules, regulations, and court decisions; evidence-based interventions; consultation, collaboration, and problem solving; and professional school psychology.

FTCE School Psychologist PK-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development proposes four distinct phases of development. Which is the correct order of the four stages?
A. preoperational, sensorimotor, concrete operational, and formal operational
B. sensorimotor, preoperational, formal operational, and concrete operational
C. sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational
D. preoperational, concrete operational, formal operational, and sensorimotor

2. Which psychologist is known for his psychosocial stage development that describes the impact of social experience across a person’s entire lifespan?
A. B. F. Skinner
B. Eric Erikson
C. Albert Bandura
D. Carl Rogers

3. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child who is not babbling or gesturing by 12 months, saying single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by 24 months, or has a loss of language or social skills at any age should be screened for:
A. autism spectrum disorder
B. depression
C. hearing impairment
D. schizophrenic disorder

4. Which statement is NOT true when examining similarities between an IEP and Section 504 plans?
A. formal progress reporting
B. evaluation
C. accommodation on standard testing
D. appeals

5. The system comprising the connection between a child’s home and school in relationship to the Ecological Systems Theory is called the:
A. microsystem
B. exosystem
C. chronosystem
D. mesosystem


Answer Key

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