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June 9, 2008 0738601861 978-0738601861 5th
REA’s FTCE English - Grades 6-12

Gets You Certified and in the Classroom!


For Florida Licensure

Are you prepared to excel on the FTCE?

* Get to know the test, how it is scored, and much more.

* Set up a study schedule by following our flexible, results-driven timeline

* Take one of the practice tests to discover what you know and what you should know

* Use REA's advice to ready yourself for proper study and success

Sharpen your knowledge and skills

* The book's comprehensive review features coverage of each of the competencies and skills required on the official exam

* Lessons reinforce necessary skills

* Key tutorials enhance specific abilities needed on the test

* Targeted drills increase comprehension and help organize study

Take Practice Tests

* Create the closest experience to test-day conditions with two full-length practice tests

* Chart your progress with full and detailed explanations of all answers

* Boost your confidence with test-taking strategies and experienced advice

This test prep is a must-have for teacher certification candidates in Florida!

REA books and software have proven to be the extra support teacher candidates need to pass their challenging tests for licensure. Our comprehensive test preps are teacher-recommended and written by experts in the field.

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From the Back Cover

ARE YOU READY TO TEACH IN FLORIDA?
THEN USE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON THE MARKET TODAY.

FTCE English 6-12

The Most Complete Subject Review
Everything you need to know for the FTCE English 6-12 exam, prepared by a leading specialist in teacher education. Comprehensive review chapters completely align with FTCE competencies and cover all subjects and skills tested on the exam.

The Best Practice Exams Available
2 full-length practice exams based on the official FTCE English 6-12 test – balanced to include every topic and type of question you can expect on the actual FTCE exam.

Total Explanations of Questions & Answers
Each practice exam comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but explain why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared on test day!

Proven Test Prep Methods
REA’s focused FTCE English content and practical advice have helped millions succeed on their exams. With our step-by-step plan, you can score high on the FTCE and get certified to teach in Florida!

Federal Guidelines for NCLB Compliance
You can expect that candidates with NCLB-compliant credentials will enjoy preferential status in hiring. This means you need to pass the FTCE. Maximize your exam performance and master the FTCE with the unrivaled certification expertise that only REA can offer.

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
REA’s The Best Teachers’ Test Preparation for the FTCE English 6–12 Test is a comprehensive guide designed to assist you in preparing to take the FTCE, which is required in Florida to teach English in grades 6–12. To enhance your chances of success in this important step toward your career as a teacher in Florida schools, this test guide features:
• An accurate and complete overview of the FTCE English 6–12
• The information you need to know about the exam
• A targeted review of every competency and skill
• Tips and strategies for successfully completing standardized tests
• Diagnostic tools to identify areas of strength and weakness
• Two full-length, true-to-format practice tests based on the most recently administered FTCE English 6–12
• Detailed explanations for each question on the practice tests, enabling you to identify correct answers and understand not only why they are correct but also why the other answer choices are incorrect
 
INTRODUCTION:
CHAPTER 1
This guide is the result of studying many resources. The editors considered the most recent test administrations and professional standards. They also researched information from the Florida Department of Education, professional journals, textbooks, and educators. The result is the best test preparation materials based on the latest information available.
 
ABOUT THE FTCE ENGLISH 6–12
What Does the Test Cover?
The following table lists the competencies used as the basis for the FTCE English 6–12 and the approximate percentage of the total test that each competency entails. These competencies represent the knowledge that teams of teachers, subject area specialists, and district-level educators have determined to be important for beginning teachers. A thorough review of all the competencies, as well as the specific skills that demonstrate each, is the focus of this book.
Competencies and Percentages of Total Test Items
1. Knowledge of the English language and methods for effective teaching 20%
2. Knowledge of writing and methods for effective teaching  20%
3. Knowledge of the use of the reading process to construct meaning from a wide range of selections 20%
4. Knowledge of literature and methods for effective teaching 20%
5. Knowledge of listening, viewing, and speaking as methods for acquiring critical literacy 15%
6. Knowledge of the methods for integration of the language arts 5%
7. Ability to write well on a selection from poetry or prose, including fiction or nonfiction *
* The writing section comprises 30 percent of the score for this subject area test.
Scores for the FTCE English 6-12 Test aggregate the multiple-choice questions score and the performance (essay) score based on these weightings: 70% multiple-choice, 30% essay. The exact number of multiple-choice questions you will need to correctly answer to pass the test will depend upon how well you do on the essay and, in truth, on which of the several forms of the test you are administered. However, for all practical purposes, you’ll want to consider 70%, or 60 questions, as your benchmark. Be aware, however, that, according to the Florida Department of Education on examinations like the FTCE English 6-12 which include written or oral performance components, “percentages are not provided because scoring these examinations involves a more complex process to arrive at ‘combination scores’ or ‘part scores.’ One result of this is that on performancebased examinations, several different combinations of multiple-choice and performance test scores may result in the same passing scale score of 200 for the FTCE.”
 
Can I Retake the Test?
If you do not achieve a passing grade on the FTCE English 6–12, don’t panic. You can take the test again after 31 days, and during that time you can work seriously on improving your score. A score that does not match your expectations does not mean you should change your plans about teaching.
 
Who Administers the Test?
The Florida Department of Education develops the FTCE English 6–12. Subject area knowledge tested on the examination was identified and validated by committees of content specialists from Florida. Most committee members are public school teachers, but the committees also included district supervisors and college faculty. Selection of committee members is based on recommendations by professional associations, experts, and teachers’ unions. Development of the appropriate content and difficulty levels of the exam involved literature reviews, teacher interviews, field-testing, and professional judgments.
Testing services, including test administrations, for the FTCE are provided by National Evaluation Systems, Inc.
 
When Should I Take the Test?
Florida law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge, and the content area in which they are specializing. If you have graduated from a Florida state-approved teacher preparation program and made the decision to teach English in grades 6–12, you need to begin the process by applying for a Florida Temporary Certificate in that subject. The Bureau of Educator Certification will only evaluate your eligibility in the subjects you request on your application form. The Temporary Certificate is valid for three school years, allowing you time to complete the certification tests while teaching full time.
 
For high school graduates and out-of-state educators, the Bureau of Educator Certification will provide you with official information about which test(s) to take to complete the requirements for the professional certificate. The FTCE is usually administered four times a year in several locations throughout Florida. The usual testing day is Saturday, but the test may be taken on an alternate day if a confl ict exists, such as a religious obligation.
 
Special accommodations can also be made for applicants who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically disabled, or specific-learning disabled. To receive information on upcoming administrations of the FTCE, consult the FTCE Registration Bulletin, which you can obtain by contacting:
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: (413) 256-2893
Web site: www.fl doe.org/asp/ftce
Bureau of Educator Certification: www.fl doe.org/edcert/
The FTCE Registration Bulletin also includes information regarding test retakes and score reports.
 
Do I Pay a Registration Fee?
To take the FTCE, you must pay a registration fee. You can pay by personal check, money order, cashier’s check, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Cash is not accepted. Contact the Florida Department of Education (see the information above) if you have questions about registration or any other aspect of the FTCE.
 
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
When Should I Start Studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the FTCE. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study because it does not allow you the time you need to think about the content, review the competencies, and take the practice tests. However, you should review the material one last time the night before the test administration.
 
What Do the Review Sections Cover?
The targeted review in this book is designed to help you sharpen the basic skills you need to approach the FTCE English 6–12, as well as provide strategies for attacking the questions.
 
Each teaching competency included in the FTCE is examined in a separate chapter. The skills required for all seven competencies are extensively discussed to optimize yourunderstanding of what the examination covers.
 
Your schooling has taught you most of the information you need to answer the questionson the test. The education classes you took should have provided you with the know-how to make important decisions about situations you will face as a teacher. The review sections in this book are designed to help you fi t the information you have acquired into the competencies specified on the FTCE. Going over your class notes and textbooks together with the competency reviews provided here will give you an excellent springboard for passing the examination.
 
STUDYING FOR THE FTCE ENGLISH 6–12
Choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some people set aside a certain number of hours every morning to study, while others prefer to study at night before going to sleep. Other people study off and on during the day—for instance, while waiting for a bus or during a lunch break. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. Be consistent and use your time efficiently. Work out a study routine and stick to it.
 
When you take the practice tests, simulate the conditions of the actual test as closely as possible. Turn off your television and radio, and sit down at a table in a quiet room, free from distraction. On completing a practice test, score it and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at any one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the question and explanation, and by studying the review in this guide until you are confident that you have mastered the material.
 
Keep track of your scores so you can gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. Give extra attention to the reviews that cover your areas of difficulty, thus bu...

Product Details

  • Series: FTCE Teacher Certification Test Prep
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association; 5th edition (June 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738601861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738601861
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent English Test-Prep June 21, 2011
By AJM
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was helpful to cover the majority of the items that were on the test. My only complaint is that the two practice essays in the book were more specific than the essay on the actual test. On the actual test, the prompt was just to use "any critical approach" to analyze the piece of literature. The prompts in the test book were specific, asking for theme, style, symbolism, etc. Make sure to study the authors/works of literature that you are unfamiliar with!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but limited April 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So much of this book is dedicated to introduction and practice tests that less than half is left for review. Don't get me wrong, being able to take the practice tests is a huge confidence builder, even if the written tests in the book are the very same as the ones on the CD. There is also a lot of space dedicated to the history of English literature and I only saw few questions on the test in that area. What I did see were lots of questions about how to teach certain skills and how to help kids with certain challenges. Those areas got little coverage in this book.
The most helpful part of the book may be the essay prep. It gives great information on strategy for writing the essay part of the test. Having a good strategy is essential, which makes this guide invaluable. Does that mean I think you should get this guide if you are prepping for this test? Yes, but I wouldn't make this the only guide I bought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful! February 6, 2013
By M.Heit
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book to a fellow teacher. I especially liked the practice tests. They were very much like the actual test. I recommend also reviewing the sample essays as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I would not buy this book. January 17, 2013
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This book did nothing for me for the exam. I did not recognize anything on the exam that resembled the items in this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the exam April 12, 2012
By Jpender
Format:Paperback
I took my exam this morning after studying this book for the past 2 months. The exams in the back where not like the actual exam at all! There where more questions about teaching senarios, etc.
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