FTCE Professional Education Test (083) Practice Test & Study Guide

What Is the FTCE Professional Education Test?

One of the first questions many future teachers in Florida may ask themselves is, 'What is the FTCE Professional Education Test?' The Florida Teacher Certification Examination Professional Education Test (known as the FTCE Professional Education Test or the FTCE PEd test) is a timed, computer-based multiple-choice FTCE test intended to assess the pedagogy, or teaching methods, skills, and educational practices, of future teachers in Florida. This state-specific Florida professional exam is essential for aspiring educators because it is part of the process required to become licensed to teach in public schools throughout the state of Florida. The Florida Professional Education test was developed by Pearson Education in conjunction with the Office of Postsecondary Assessment at the Florida Department of Education. The key aim is to ensure that those who pass the FTCE professional educator test meet state-wide educational standards. Test takers can expect to encounter questions that focus on the professional educational tools of educators, such as curriculum planning skills, strategies to assess and target student development, and professional improvement as well as ethical teaching practices. Professional Education Test Florida practice questions and FTCE PEd practice tests can be found online and can help familiarize test takers of the Florida professional education test with the test content.

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

What Is on the FTCE Professional Education Test?

The professional education exam Florida requires for some teachers consists of approximately 110 multiple-choice questions in eight areas of competency. Test takers are given 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test. Some unmarked questions on the exam may be included that are intended to help the FTCE PEd administrators formulate future test material and do not impact a test taker's overall FTCE scores. The eight competencies include Instructional Design, Learning Environment, Teaching Strategies as well as Assessment Strategies, Professional Improvement, Ethics, English Language Learner Strategies, and Literacy Strategies. Each competency area tests a teacher's ability to respond to particular challenges they will meet in the classroom. The largest percentage of questions are assigned to the Instructional Design and Teaching Strategies competencies, with 18% of the exam. Learning Environment is the third-largest category with 15% of the exam questions, while Assessment Strategies follows closely with 14%. Professional Improvement and Ethics take up 12% and 9% of the exam, respectively. The last two competencies, English Language Learner Strategies and Literacy Strategies, are both allotted 7%.

Instructional Design & Planning (18%)

Future teachers are expected to exhibit an ability to develop appropriate long-term and short-term goals in developing a culturally aware curriculum that uses current learning theories to effectively sequence their learning objectives. Here questions will try to assess the ability of teachers to identify students who may require a unique approach to keep them on target or apply intervention techniques when students fall behind the curriculum targets. Test takers will choose level-appropriate, measurable curriculum material and teaching technologies to best meet the state's educational standards and the needs of all students in their future classrooms. Questions on methods of evaluation, including formative and summative assessment, will also be included in this section.

Learning Environment (15%)

This competency covers questions that evaluate the test taker's capacity to create a productive and student-centered classroom. Future teachers will be asked questions about time, resource, space, and classroom attention management strategies that best foster engagement among all students. Both in-person and virtual classrooms are considered. Test takers should be able to model both oral and written communication skills and choose appropriate assistive technology to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. Questions in this section will also address appropriate teaching strategies that manage individual and group behavior, and ways teachers can adapt their classrooms to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

Teaching Strategies (18%)

The Teaching Strategies competency evaluates future teacher's knowledge of effective teaching methods that encourage, engage, and support all future students. Aspiring teachers will choose the most effective motivational tactics based on individual student assessment, and exhibit expertise in providing individually responsive teaching techniques that can accommodate the various learning styles of students. Teaching techniques that target trouble areas in student comprehension will be considered. Test takers will demonstrate competency in determining and responding to gaps in knowledge, giving effective student feedback, and accommodating students with various developmental levels or unique educational needs. Particular attention will be paid to differentiated, student-responsive teaching methods and techniques.

Assessment Strategies (14%)

In the Assessment Strategies section, test takers will demonstrate proficiency in determining and meeting unique student needs. Test takers will choose between formative and summative assessments to determine the most effective teaching tools for student success. They will also be asked to indicate knowledge of effective testing conditions that can increase test scores and provide necessary student accommodations that can promote test-taking success. Questions will examine the test taker's technological skills in organizing data as well as their skills in analyzing assessments to best meet teaching goals. Future teachers will demonstrate the ability to successfully format and share assessment data with students, their caretakers, and relevant staff.

Professional Improvement (12%)

Future teachers must indicate familiarity with specific developmental opportunities that can provide continuous professional development over the course of their career in teaching. Test takers will prove their ability to hone their teaching skills through personal evaluation as well as collaborative responses to teacher evaluations among their colleagues. Questions will ask aspiring teachers to determine ways to communicate their teaching goals and goal-setting strategies to foster their continued professional growth. Test takers must choose appropriate personal reflection strategies and identify professional development resources to improve their teaching skills. Some questions will require test takers to understand and utilize data-oriented teacher evaluations for ongoing professional improvement.

Ethics & Professional Conduct (9%)

The Ethics and Professional Conduct section evaluates the test taker's understanding of their legal and ethical rights and obligations as a teacher. Future teachers should be able to identify appropriate professional conduct and apply the codes of conduct to hypothetical situations. Questions will require future teachers to evaluate required reporting standards for suspected instances of abuse, neglect, or unsafe home situations for students in their classrooms. Questions will also focus on the proper and responsible policies for teaching technology, handling and maintaining confidential student information and school record-keeping, and what penalties may result from lapses in professional conduct.

English Language Learners (7%)

Learning the English language as a second language presents unique challenges to students. Furthermore, English language comprehension affects a student's performance in a variety of different subjects. This section tests future teachers on their abilities to evaluate and respond to the needs of English language learners (ELLs). There are several abilities and understanding linked to English language learning that this section of the test asks future teachers to demonstrate. This includes an understanding of the Consent Decree in terms of providing equal access to educational resources for ELLs; appropriate methods of assessing ELLs that keep in mind their fluency levels; and identifying developmental stages in language learning, including key differences between language acquisition for first and second language learners.

Reading & Literacy (7%)

The Reading & Literacy competency assesses future teachers on their skills in developing level-appropriate literacy among their students. Test takers will choose grade-appropriate resources in the questions, determine the correct educational techniques for students from analyzing data on their literacy levels, and identify methods to foster critical thinking skills. Questions will also require test takers to demonstrate their ability to build student vocabulary and increase reading comprehension. Those taking the test should pay particular attention to making content area and literacy-level appropriate choices. Future teachers should display comfort in assessing and applying constructive teaching strategies to broaden the reading skills of all students, including those who need differentiated instruction.

How to Register for the FTCE Professional Education Test

The FTCE registration for the FTCE PEd test can be completed entirely online through the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) registration website and is available anytime. The first step to registering for the FTCE PEd test is to create an FTCE account. Once an account has been created, prospective test takers should log in to their account and choose to register for the appropriate test. Since the state of Florida requires different exams for teaching different grade levels and content areas, future teachers should make certain that they have selected the appropriate exams for their subject and grade by confirming with the Florida Department of Education's website.

After registering for an exam, test takers are given one year to set a test appointment date. Test takers will have to option to choose their testing site and preferred time and date. Test appointments are available all year at various FTCE testing locations. If test takers do not choose their appointment time and date within a year, they will have to reregister.

The final step to registration is to review the appointment and pay the total FTCE test cost online. Payment can be made by credit, debit, or check card. Test takers who cannot pay by card can contact the toll-free FTCE/FELE customer service line.

Testing Sites and Dates

FTCE test dates are available year-round, Monday through Saturday, nationwide. Test takers will select the closest location during registration and may choose from any available appointment date. Testing site hours will vary depending on the site. For specific information on the closest test center, test takers may go to the FTCE test center locations website to locate test centers in their city and find the name, address, and type of each test center. Appointments are first-come, first-served, so test takers should make their appointment as soon as possible to ensure that they can choose the most convenient time and date.

Registration Fees

The test fee and the FTCE retake fee for the FTCE PEd test is $150 for the first attempt and any retakes. Payment may be made through the website or alternately through contacting the FTCE/FELE Customer Service. Test takers should be aware that holding an outstanding balance can result in their FTCE scores being withheld, additional fees, and limited payment options.

Testing Policies and Requirements

On the day of their FTCE test, test takers must:

  • Bring two unexpired forms of identification with their name listed in English.
  • Complete a security screening, including leaving personal items in storage.
  • Take a computer-based test tutorial.
  • Sign in and complete a non-disclosure agreement indicating the test taker understands the test center rules.
  • Raise their hand if they need a break or assistance during testing.
  • Turn over the test at the end of the session or upon completion.

How Is the FTCE Professional Education Test Scored?

The FTCE PEd test is a multiple-choice test that requires test takers to correctly answer a certain number of questions. As of 2019, the Florida Department of Education listed the maximum correct-answer percentage to pass the FTCE PEd test at 71 percent. On the scale score, the minimum passing score for the FTCE PEd test is listed at 200. The results are reported as PASS/NOT PASS. Numeric scores are only provided in instances where the test taker has not passed. Otherwise, the test will be listed as PASS on their FTCE account. Unofficial score reports will be available directly after taking the test, while the FTCE official score report will be posted on the following Monday at 10 PM EST. Test takers may also choose to have their scores sent directly to any relevant institution when they register. For test takers who did not pass, the FTCE retake policy allows the option to retake the test.

Retake Policy

The retake fee for the FTCE PEd test is $150. Those who did not pass the FTCE PEd test may also choose to pay for a score verification session at the cost of $75. FTCE score verification allows test takers to review incorrect answers. To retake the exam, test takers must repeat their FTCE registration and retake the entire test after their results have been listed. An appointment to retake the test may not be made while official scores are pending or before 31 days have passed since the last attempt. There is no limit to the number of times the FTCE PEd test may be retaken.

How to Pass the FTCE Professional Education Test

One of the best methods for passing the FTCE PEd test is to get sufficient practice. FTCE professional education practice questions are widely available online. By trying out a FTCE practice test and answering practice questions, test takers can ensure that they become familiar with the format, navigation, time limit, and content of the FTCE.

Future test takers should familiarize themselves with the different competencies of the exam and the expectations of each competency. Taking a practice test can also help test takers identify areas that they need to work on more, and help them study more strategically so they can achieve the FTCE passing score. Once test takers know which competencies present the highest level of difficulty for themselves, they can develop a personalized study schedule that targets their needs during their FTCE test prep. Test takers may benefit from creating a timeline with achievable goals and retaking practice tests to assess how well they have met their goals. Each test taker's needs will vary. Studying in a quiet area for a set period with short breaks is effective for most people.

On the day of the FTCE test, test takers should:

  • Arrive 30 minutes early and ensure they are comfortable and rested before the test.
  • Carefully read test directions and test questions, paying attention to any clauses such as 'except' that may affect the answer.
  • Eliminate wrong answers when unsure, and then choose from the most likely options.

Expert Contributor

Mary Bechtel

Mary Bechtel, M.A. is a middle school math teacher with over 5 years of teaching experience. She has 2 publications on middle school math teaching strategies and has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences. She passed the PAPA, VCLA, and Praxis exams as part of her teacher preparation. Mary graduated with an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from Grand Canyon University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Lebanon Valley College.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the Florida Professional Education test?

    The FTCE Professional Education test is approximately 110 questions with eight sections. Test takers are allowed 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test.

  • Is the FTCE Professional Education test hard?

    The FTCE Professional Education test can be challenging for many test takers. Test takers should prepare for the exam by familiarizing themselves with the content, taking an FTCE practice test to determine areas they need to improve, and developing a targeted study plan.

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  1. A first-grade teacher requires students to retrieve a worksheet from the morning basket and begin working on it each morning after they put away their coats and assemble their supplies. However, several weeks into the course, the teacher recognizes that too many students are trying to get their worksheet at the same time. Which approach should the teacher take?

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  2. Students in a second grade classroom are having trouble respecting their shared space and regularly have negative interactions claiming ownership. What is the best option for building a classroom community?

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  3. Which of the following is NOT a communicative dysfunction?

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  4. A student asks a teacher, ''Are there any birds that do not fly in the sky with the other birds?'' If using mirror language, the teacher might respond with which of the following?
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  5. Edward Thorndike developed which of the following behavioral theories?

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  6. When a teacher suspects that a student is a victim of neglect or abuse, they are obligated to inform the appropriate parties because they are

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  7. Is there a process for teachers to challenge any infractions or charges against them?

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  8. Mr. Smith teaches high school English. One of Mr. Smith's students has been out sick for several weeks. Another student asks Mr. Smith for the sick student's address so they can send a get well soon card. Which of the following federal legislations would prevent Mr. Smith from sharing the student's address without their parents consent?

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  9. Ms. Johnson is a high school teacher in Florida. Leading up to a local election, she encourages her students to tell their parents to vote. She tells her students who her favorite mayoral candidate is and why their parents should vote for that candidate. Ms. Johnson's behavior violates which of the following Principles of Professional Conduct for Florida Educators?

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  10. A code of ethics is put in place in education to

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  11. A teacher prepares different lessons about the same concept for different classes periods and then gives students the same short-answer quiz at the end of the period. Which of the following would be the most accurate statement based on the results of the type of instruction and average quiz scores?

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  12. Which of the following methods involves teachers randomly calling on students in class?

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  13. The "Law of Readiness" states

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  14. Following a major exam, the instructor has an idea to help foster critical thinking skills while supporting student improvement. Which of the following is the best option?

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  15. A student writes the following sentence after learning about comma usage: ''Because of the thunderstorm, the team tried to take shelter on the bus but the bus was locked.'' If providing effective feedback, which of the following identifies how the teacher should respond?

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