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REA’s The Best Teachers’ Test Preparation for the FTCE English 612 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 612. 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 612
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 612
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
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.
What Does the Test Cover?
The following table lists the competencies used as the basis for the FTCE English 612 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.
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.
If you do not achieve a passing grade on the FTCE English 612, 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.
The Florida Department of Education develops the FTCE English 612. 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.
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 612, 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.
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Web site: www.fl doe.org/asp/ftce
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The FTCE Registration Bulletin also includes information regarding test retakes and score reports.
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.
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.
The targeted review in this book is designed to help you sharpen the basic skills you need to approach the FTCE English 612, as well as provide strategies for attacking the questions.
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 dayfor 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.
The following study schedule allows for thorough preparation for the FTCE English 612. The course of study presented here is seven weeks, but you can condense or expand the timeline to suit your personal schedule. It is vital that you adhere to a structured plan and set aside ample time each day to study. The more time you devote to studying, the more prepared and confident you will be on the day of the test.
After having read this first chapter to understand the format and content of this exam, take the first practice test. The score will indicate your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure you simulate real exam conditions when you take the test. Afterward, score it and review the explanations, especially for questions you answered incorrectly.
Review the explanations for the questions you missed, and review the appropriate chapter sections. Useful study techniques include highlighting key terms and information, taking notes as you review each section, and putting new terms and information on note cards to help retain the information.
Reread all your note cards, refresh your understanding of the competencies and skills included in the exam, review your college textbooks, and read over notes you took in your college classes. This is also the time to consider any other supplementary materials that your counselor or the Florida Department of Education suggests. Review the department’s Web site at www.fl doe.org.
Begin to condense your notes and findings. A structured list of important facts and concepts, based on your note cards and the FTCE English 612 competencies, will help you thoroughly review for the test. Review the answers and explanations for any questions you missed.
Have someone quiz you using the note cards you created. Take the second practice test, adhering to the time limits and simulated test day conditions.
Using all your study materials, review areas of weakness revealed by your score on the practice test. Then retake one or both of the practice tests.
What Types of Questions Are on the Test?
The FTCE English 612 addresses seven main areas of competency identified by the Florida Department of Education as foundational to effective teaching. Within the seven competencies are 42 skill areas on which you will be questioned to assess your mastery of English as taught in grades 612. Individual test items require a variety of different thinking levels, ranging from simple recall to evaluation and problem solving.
As of this writing, computer-based testing is not available for the FTCE English 612. To verify this, go to www.cefe.usf.edu/ and click on Computer-Based Testing.” Exams on the computer have the advantage of providing you with a notice of pass or fail immediately after completing the exam, which can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.
The FTCE English 612 is a pass or fail test. If you do not achieve a passing score on the practice tests included in this book, review the detailed explanations for the questions you answered incorrectly. Note which types of questions you answered wrong, and reread the corresponding review. After further review, you may want to retake the practice tests.
Approximately one month after you take the test, your score report will be mailed to you. Your scores will be submitted electronically to the Bureau of Educator Certification. A copy of your score report is sent to the one Florida college or university and the one Florida school district that you indicate on your registration application. When you receive your score report and have passed, only the word Pass will be reported. If you do not pass, you will receive a numeric score and will have to retake the test.
Although you may not be familiar with tests like the FTCE, this book will acquaint you with this type of exam and help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. By following the seven suggestions listed here, you can become more relaxed about taking the FTCE, as well as other tests.
Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions.
tests in this book will help you learn to budget your precious time.
The multiple-choice test is graded by machine, and marking one wrong answer can throw off your answer key and your score. Be extremely careful.
Before the Test
On the morning of the test, be sure to dress comfortably so you are not distracted by being too hot or too cold while taking the test. Plan to arrive at the test center early. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the test and will also spare you the anguish that comes with being late. You should check your FTCE Registration Bulletin to find out what time to arrive at the center.
The FTCE English 612 is given in one sitting, with no breaks. Procedures will be followed to maintain test security. Once you enter the test center, follow all the rules and instructions given by the test supervisor. If you do not, you risk being dismissed from the test and having your score canceled.
When you finish your test, hand in your materials and you will be dismissed. Then, go home and relaxyou deserve it!