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Passing scores on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), including the General Knowledge Test (GKT), are required by the state to qualify for a teaching certificate to teach in Florida schools. The GKT assesses the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective educator and consists of four subtests: an Essay, English Language Skills, Reading, and Mathematics.
Yes – because of a recent rule change in Florida, it has become crucial to prepare for the General Knowledge Test. Prior to the change, you could pass with an overall total score on the test. Now you have to get a passing grade on each section of the test. So if you are a strong writer but struggle in math, for example, you can no longer count on that great writing score to “average out” the math scores.
It costs $130 to take the test and $150 for a retake fee – Florida Teachers strongly urges you to be well-prepared so you don’t pay hundreds of dollars in test fees and delay your progress towards becoming a teacher.
The preparation we offer is just one part of the robust Florida Teachers program that will prepare you to become a teacher in Florida. The GKT preparation is a comprehensive review of all concepts covered on the test. Practice test questions and essay practice are an essential part of the review.
The practice test questions provide feedback on each response and a brief explanation to help teachers understand what they might have missed. This is critical – you have to know the concept behind the correct choice in order to be ready for test day.
Two practice essays are also included in the review. Considering the essay has one of the lowest pass rates, it is absolutely critical to practice the essay and know how it is scored in order to improve your writing. The essay practice includes a rubric explaining how to improve an essay to a passing score.