FTCE Health K-12: Practice Test & Study Guide

What is the FTCE Health K-12 Exam (019)?

The FTCE Health K-12 exam is an FTCE subject area exam and teacher certification test used in Florida. Those looking to pursue a career in teaching Health to students from kindergarten through 12th grade will need to pass it to become certified. The FTCE Health exam is delivered as a computer-based test (CBT) that consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions. Test-takers will have 2.5 hours (150 minutes) to complete the exam, though the testing appointment itself will last a little bit longer than that.

To be eligible to take the FTCE Health exam, candidates must have the competencies and skills required for teacher certification in Florida. This typically requires the completion of an education-specific bachelor's degree, though candidates who are already teachers (as well as those who graduated with a non-education degree) may also be eligible.

In this article, we'll take an in-depth look at the FTCE Health K-12 exam, including what's on the test, how to complete the FTCE registration, and how you can prepare for the FTCE.

Practice tests give you a better idea of the topics you have mastered and those you should keep studying.

Florida Health Teacher Certification Study Guide

A good FTCE study guide is essential when preparing for success on the FTCE Health exam. The first step in creating a study guide is to understand what the exam contains. While we won't dig into everything the test covers here, we will provide a solid overview of the exam's content and skills.

FTCE Health K-12 Exam Format & Competencies

Content on the FTCE Health K-12 is divided up into competencies. These FTCE competencies are then further broken down into individual skills. There are 16 competencies in all. Each one covers a different aspect of Health Education. We will spend the next several sections going over each competency in greater detail.

Competency 1: Knowledge of the Foundation, Theories, and Principles of Health Education (6%)

The first competency on the FTCE Health exam deals with core Health concepts. Test-takers must identify and explain the fundamental ideas of how Health is taught in schools.

Since Competency 1 makes up 6% of the FTCE Health K-12, test-takers can expect roughly 6 questions that pertain to it on the exam.

Competency 2: Knowledge of Health Education Standards and Health Literacy (6%)

The FTCE Health's second competency is very similar to the first, though its focus is narrower. Candidates must be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Health literacy
  • Identify (and apply) state and national standards for Health education

Test-takers will encounter roughly 6 questions of this type on the test.

Competency 3: Knowledge of Health Education Instructional Practices (10%)

Competency 3 is about the "nuts and bolts" of Health education knowledge. It tests candidates over the practices of Health instruction and education in the classroom. It's also the largest competency on the FTCE Health K-12, making up 10% of the test. Test-takers can expect up to 10 questions from this competency.

Competency 4: Knowledge of Personal Health Behaviors and Wellness (6%)

Competency 4 deals with personal health. Concepts tested include goal setting, health strategies, and consequences of personal health choices. It deals with the question: how can one take care of his or her own health? This competency makes up 6% of the FTCE Health test; therefore, candidates should expect 6 questions that relate to it.

Competency 5: Knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology (6%)

Knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology is the 6th FTCE Health competency. Test-takers will need to understand the human body, as well as how our bodies change with age and how physiology is impacted by personal health choices.

Test-takers can plan to encounter 6 questions from Competency 5.

Competency 6: Knowledge of Pathology and Prevention of Human Diseases and Disorders (6%)

Like the two prior competencies, this competency comprises 6% of the total test material. It focuses on diseases, both communicable and non-communicable. It also tests one's understanding of illness prevention and reducing risks to our health.

Test-takers will likely encounter 6 questions related to this competency on the FTCE Health K-12.

Competency 7: Knowledge of Interpersonal Health (8%)

In addition to personal health, bodily anatomy, and prevention of disease, a large part of daily health deals with relationships. How do we connect with others? How can we communicate effectively? The seventh competency focuses on these concepts. You should expect around 8 questions of this type on the exam.

Competency 8: Knowledge of Sexual Health (9%)

Sexual health is another major Health education topic. It makes up 9% of the exam. This part of the FTCE Health deals with identifying characteristics of sexual development, age and developmentally appropriate relationships, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

FTCE Health test-takers will encounter approximately 9 of these questions on the test.

Competency 9: Knowledge of Nutrition and Physical Fitness (7%)

School Health programming focuses heavily on nutrition and fitness, as these concepts help to make up the bedrock of Health education. Competency 9 tests candidates over basic knowledge of nutrients, food intake, exercise, eating disorders, and ways to remain physically fit. It comprises 7% of the exam and contributes roughly 7 questions.

Competency 10: Knowledge of Mental and Emotional Health (7%)

Mental and emotional health are major factors in human well-being. In this competency, the main ideas include characteristics of positive mental health, identification of mental and emotional risk factors, signs and symptoms of mental disorders, stress management, and prevention of mental health disorders. Test-takers will encounter about 7 questions of this type on the exam.

Competency 11: Knowledge of Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependency and Addictive Behaviors (9%)

The 11th competency on the FTCE Health K-12 deals with addiction. Candidates will need to understand drug abuse risk factors, signs and effects of substance abuse, and ways of preventing (and recovering from) it. Competency 11 is one of the larger ones on the FTCE Health test, constituting 9% of the exam's material.

Competency 12: Knowledge of Violence Prevention and Intervention (7%)

Knowledge of Violence Prevention and Intervention is the 12th competency on the FTCE Health. It contributes 7% of the exam material. Key skills include identifying characteristics of violence, differentiating between bullies, victims, and bystanders, and identifying effective strategies for intervening in and preventing violent behavior.

Test-takers can expect 7 questions from this competency on test day.

Competency 13: Knowledge of Consumer Health-Related Practices and Media Literacy (3%)

Competency 13 deals with the impacts of media and consumer marketing on health. The main ideas here include understanding different types of medicine, identifying the relationships between medical practice and law, and explaining health related media strategies. This competency will contribute around 3 questions to the FTCE Health K-12 exam.

Competency 14: Knowledge of Community Health (3%)

Knowledge of Community Health is the 14th competency of the FTCE Health test. Test-takers will be assessed on their knowledge of the role of culture and community in human health. This is another smaller competency, as it takes up just 3% of the test's total content. That translates into approximately 3 questions on the FTCE Health K-12 exam.

Competency 15: Knowledge of Environmental Health (3%)

The environment is another major factor impacting human health. To do well on this portion of the test, candidates should be ready to explain human-environmental relationships, identify environmental hazards and impacts, and determine ways that people can assume responsibility for environmental quality. This competency comprises 3% of the FTCE Health test.

Competency 16: Knowledge of Unintentional Injury and Safety Practices (4%)

The 16th competency of the FTCE Health exam is Knowledge of Unintentional Injury and Safety Practices. Topics touched on here include natural disaster preparedness, first aid, CPR and AED usage, and safety strategies.

Clocking in with 4% of the exam material, candidates should expect 4 questions from this competency on the test.

How do I Register for the FTCE Health K-12 Exam?

The FTCE registration for this subject area exam is done online. Candidates will first need to navigate to the "Health K-12" page on the FTCE/FELE official website. Once there, a small orange button labeled "Register Now" will appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Test-takers will need to click this button and follow the instructions to register for the FTCE Health K-12.

How Much Does the FTCE Health K-12 cost?

The FTCE test cost of the FTCE Health K-12 is $150. It can only be paid by a credit, debit, or check card that bears the VISA, MasterCard, or American Express logos. If you do not have access to an approved credit or debit card, you can contact FTCE/FELE customer service toll-free at (866) 613-3281.

If candidates cancel an exam, they are eligible to receive a full refund if their cancellation request is submitted no less than 24 hours before their chosen FTCE test dates.

What Are FTCE Testing Policies?

Some of the more important FTCE testing policies include:

  1. Bring proper identification documents. You are required to provide two pieces of original and valid ID.
  2. Place all personal items in the storage provided.
  3. You may take breaks during the FTCE test, but your exam clock will not stop.

A full list of testing policies is available on the FTCE website.

How is the FTCE Health K-12 (019) Test Scored?

The FTCE Health K-12 exam utilizes a scaled score to report results. To compute the scaled score, the raw score is added up by the computer and then "tweaked" depending upon the difficulty of that particular version of the test. The FTCE passing score is 200. Candidates who pass will receive a score report indicating their passed status. Candidates who do not pass will also receive a score report, but this report will contain their numeric scaled score, along with an in-depth breakdown of their scores by competency. This in-depth score report is designed to help them study for a future re-take of the test upon payment of the FTCE retake fee.

FTCE Health Test Prep Strategies

To succeed on the FTCE Health exam, it's important to prepare -- and prepare properly. Here are a few test prep strategies to help you get the ball rolling:

  1. Read the competencies and skills, and make sure you understand what they are.
  2. Read and answer the sample questions provided on the FTCE website.
  3. Develop an FTCE Health study guide.
  4. Set a study schedule with specific benchmarks and dates. Allow yourself plenty of time to absorb new material.
  5. Practice good test-taking strategies to obtain the required FTCE scores.
  6. Last (but not least) use practice tests. The next section will take a closer look at these.

FTCE Health K-12 Practice Tests

Practice exams are a great tool to use as you prepare for the FTCE Health test. Because taking an FTCE practice test requires you to actively engage with the material, they help you to learn information faster. They also help you to gauge your progress, showing your improvements and weaknesses.

By incorporating FTCE Health K-12 practice tests into your study regimen, you'll be that much closer to achieving a passing score!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I take the FTCE health test online?

    At the current time, FTCE exams (including the FTCE Health K-12) can only be taken at an approved testing center. There is no option for online or at-home testing.


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