What Is the FTCE Art K-12?
The Florida Teacher Certification and Examination (FTCE) Art K-12 is a computer-based test containing approximately 90 multiple-choice questions. Graduates of Florida state-approved teacher preparation programs may be eligible to take the general FTCE. Once all three portions of the FTCE are passed, the candidate may request to take subject-specific FTCE exams, such as the FTCE art exam. If candidates wish to teach art at the kindergarten through the twelfth-grade level, it's required.
Passing this exam ensures prospective art teachers can provide effective and high-quality education to their students. If the FTCE General Knowledge test is not passed, or if your program of study is not state-approved, there is an option to obtain a Florida temporary teaching certificate so that you can begin teaching full-time while these requirements are met. Please refer to the Florida Department of Education website for further general certification and temporary certificates requirements.
What Does the FTCE Art Exam Cover?
The FTCE Art Exam is a computer-based test with roughly 90 multiple-choice questions. Candidates must complete the exam within 2 hours and 30 minutes. This means each candidate has roughly 1 minute and 40 seconds per exam question. The FTCE art exam covers seven competencies. Competencies 1-6 consist of approximately 15% of the exam questions, while competency 7 consists of approximately 10% of the exam questions. These FTCE competencies measure the knowledge of:
- The processes of two-dimensional art
- The processes of three-dimensional art
- The processes of digital arts
- Art history and culture
- Art criticism processes
- Art education and pedagogy
- Present day connections and applications of art
The Process of Two-Dimensional Art (15%)
Candidates must identify and demonstrate knowledge of two-dimensional art materials, tools, processes, and visual characteristics. This art can consist of drawing, painting, photography, or other forms of two-dimensional art. Understanding the elements of art, principles of design, and selecting specific media to maximize visual effects are important. Candidates must apply their knowledge of hazardous substances, safety protocols, and the appropriate use of care equipment.
The Processes of Three-Dimensional Art (15%)
Candidates must identify and demonstrate knowledge of three-dimensional art materials, tools, processes, and visual characteristics. This art can consist of sculptures, ceramics, mixed media, art that gives the illusion of more than two dimensions (such as three-dimensional drawings or movies), and other forms. Candidates must show an understanding of the elements of art, principles of design, and selection of media for maximal visual effect. Test-takers must also demonstrate their knowledge of hazardous substances, safety protocols, and appropriate use and care of equipment.
The Processes of Digital Art (15%)
Testers must have a working knowledge of digital arts' materials, tools, processes, and visual characteristics. This art can consist of two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics, photography, pixel art, and other forms. Candidates must understand the elements of art, principles of design, and how to maximize visual effect through selections of media. Also covered are hazardous substances, safety protocols, and the appropriate use of care equipment.
Art History and Culture (15%)
Candidates must identify some of the most influential artists and their works as well as analyze art styles, genres, movements, and periods during the exam. Demonstrating knowledge of social, cultural, environmental, and historical inspirations is also essential. Demonstrating the ability to analyze and compare the influence of art in cultures throughout the world is necessary.
Art Education and Pedagogy (15%)
Candidates must analyze the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of art education as well as apply the following:
Theories of child development to curriculum and instruction
Equity, impartiality, and diversity to the learning environment
Effective implementation techniques of art instruction
Ethical standards regarding copyright, plagiarism, and appropriation
Proper methods of assessment
Art Criticism (15%)
Candidates need to identify sources of inspiration to create art. Evaluating the elements of art and design principles is essential to critique art. Candidates must apply the critical process of describing, evaluating, and understanding art. In addition, it is necessary to apply aesthetic theories to the interpretation of art.
Present Day Connections and Applications of Art (10%)
Candidates must identify and analyze the following during the exam:
Connections between art and other masteries (including music artists, dance, etc.)
Career opportunities in art (including graphic designers, art teachers, art therapists, etc.)
Real-world art implementations (including artificial flowers and plants, advertisements, edible treats, etc.)
How Do I Prepare for the Art K-12 Florida Test?
Proper FTCE prep is crucial in increasing your chances of passing. Aside from a good night's rest, eating a balanced breakfast before testing, utilizing flashcards, and accessing a free FTCE Art K-12 practice test, there is another strategy to consider: PQ4R, or Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite and Review. This can be utilized as your FTCE Art K-12 study guide along with the competencies that the test will assess.
- Preview: Read the introduction and scan the section headings and subheadings of the chapter or article you wish to study.
- Question: Think of specific questions you would like to find the answers to study. Write these questions down and utilize them as a guide as you read.
- Read: Read through the selected chapter. Study any figures, tables, or graphics to help keep each piece of information in context.
- Reflect: As you read, think about the examples and descriptions provided in the text. Thinking of examples from your own experience can be helpful to better understand and remember the content.
- Recite: After finishing each section of the text, assess your understanding of what you have read. Attempt to answer the questions you previously wrote down.
- Review: After finishing reading the text, you can assess your understanding by reviewing your questions for the whole chapter. Reviewing your questions immediately after reading and later in your studies can help you retain and apply what you have learned.
- Plan ahead: Go into the exam alert, prepared, and well-rested. Arrive to the site early to ensure you can find parking and locate the correct FTCE testing locations without rushing.
- Follow directions: Read, listen to, and follow all test directions.
- Pace your work: The FTCE test is designed to allow sufficient completion time. Answer all questions you are reasonably sure about. If you have difficulties answering any of the questions, you have the option to mark it for review and return to it later, but you must respond to all questions during the allotted time.
- Read carefully: Read each question carefully and pay close attention to the details.
- Determine the best answer: When in doubt, eliminate as many options as possible and choose the response that seems best.
- Guess wisely: Multiple-choice results are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Attempt to answer all questions you can; there is no penalty for incorrect responses.
Free FTCE Art K-12 Practice Test
Candidates may find a free FTCE Art K-12 practice test or practice test questions online. These tests are beneficial to determine a baseline, gauge progress, and simulate test day. After completing an FTCE practice test, try focusing on the sections in which you scored the least and review any necessary material to increase your understanding in these areas.
What Is the FTCE Art Exam Passing Score?
To pass the FTCE Art K-12 exam, a candidate must reach a scaled score of 200. A scaled score is the common measure in which a candidate's raw score (the number of questions answered correctly) is converted to allow multiple test forms to share a standard minimum passing score. Unofficial pass/non-pass is typically provided immediately after testing. Your FTCE official score report is released within four weeks of testing. If you don't pass the FTCE Art K-12 exam, you must wait 31 calendar days before retaking the test, or three years after taking the test for which you did pass. Otherwise, the score for your retake will be invalidated and no score report will be issued. The FTCE retake policy sets no limit to how many times you can retake this test.
What to Expect on the Testing Day
Candidates must arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the appointment time indicated on the appointment confirmation email. Reviewing the testing policies about arriving late to the site, missing your appointment, and test site closures is recommended. On the test day, candidates may bring a sweater or sweatshirt for their own comfort if they are testing at Pearson Test Centers (some colleges or universities do not allow any outerwear during testing). Jackets/coats, visitors (including relatives' and friends'), unaccompanied children, and weapons of any kind are not allowed at FTCE testing locations. Candidates must bring two valid, unexpired forms of identification that are printed in English. The first form of identification must be government-issued and have a clear photograph and your signature. Valid forms of identification can include a:
- Drivers license
- State-issued identification card
- United States military ID (with visible signature)
- United States Permanent Resident card (with visible signature)
The second identification can be another form of identification listed above or one that has either a photo or a signature, including a:
- Social Security card
- Student ID
- Work ID
How Do I Register for the FTCE Art K-12?
To register for a test, candidates will need to complete the following:
- Log in to your FTCE/FELE account. New users will be required to make an account.
- Click Register for the FTCE/FELE to select a test, answer background questions, and agree to the testing policies.
- Under Open Registrations, click Schedule to select your test site, date, and time.
- Review your registration to ensure the information is accurate and submit your payment of $150 using a credit (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express), debit, or check card that carries a VISA or MasterCard logo can be used without the entry of a personal identification number (PIN). You can contact FTCE/FELE Customer Service if you do not have a credit or debit card by calling (866) 613-3281.
We strongly recommend having FTCE scores sent directly to your institution or Professional Development Certification Program (PDCP) during your FTCE registration. The scores of all participants will be used to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the preparation program.