About This Book This book provides you with an accurate and complete representation of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Professional Education Test. Inside, you will find topical reviews designed to equip you with the information and strategies needed to pass the exam. REA also gives you two full-length practice tests, which are based on the most recently administered FTCE and contain every type of question that you can expect to encounter on test day. As with the actual test, each of ours takes two and one-half hours to complete. Following each practice test, you will fi nd an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you better grasp the test material. About the Test Who takes the test, and what is it used for? The FTCE is taken by individuals seeking initial teacher certification in Florida. Educators must pass the Professional Education Test as one of the requirements for their first five-year Florida Professional Certificate. You are eligible to take the test if you meet any one of these criteria: Enrolled in a college or university teacher-preparation program Teaching with provisional certification Making a teaching career change to public school teaching If you donotdo well on the FTCE, don't panic! The test can be taken again, so you can work on improving your score in preparation for your next FTCE. A score on the FTCE that does not match your expectations doesnotmean you should change your plans about teaching. Who administers the test? The FTCE is developed and administered by the Florida Department of Education. A test development process was designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate. When should the FTCE be taken? The test should be taken just before or right after graduation for those seeking certification right out of school. While the FTCE is required to teach in Florida, you may be issued a two-year temporary certificate while completing your teaching requirements and working toward passing the FTCE itself. 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 conflict, such as a religious obligation, exists. 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 can be obtained by contacting: FTCE/FELEPO Box 17900 Tampa, FL 33682-7900 Phone: (813) 974-2400 Website: www.fi rn.edu/doe/sas/ftcehome.htm The FTCE Registration Bulletin also includes information regarding test retakes and score reports. Is there a registration fee? To take the FTCE, you must pay a registration fee. You may pay by personal check, money order, cashier's check, or Visa or MasterCard. Cash is not accepted. How to Use This Book What do I study first? Read over the reviews and the suggestions for test-taking. Studying the reviews thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you will need to do well on the exam. Make sure to take the practice tests to become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual FTCE. To best utilize your study time, follow our FTCE Independent Study Schedule located at the end of this chapter. The schedule is based on a seven-week program, but can be condensed to four weeks if necessary. 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 sharpeBennett, Betty J. is the author of 'Ftce Professional Education ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780738602806 and ISBN 0738602809.