The cost of the test is $150.
The results of the test will be PASS or FAIL. At the end of the test, an unofficial pass or fail note will be provided. The test has a scaled score that assigns different scores to each question based upon the difficulty level. At least 70% of the questions must be answered correctly and a scaled score of 200 achieved to pass.
In 2018, the passing rate for first time test takers was 77%. Prior years averaged 87% passing.
Preparation time should be broken into sections based on the competencies. Ideally, competencies 1, 3, and 5 will be studied for two to three hours each and competencies 2, 4, and 6 for one to two hours each. Then time should be spent reviewing all of the material together. The study time should be broken out over the course of one to two months, with each week devoted to a different competency.
What test takers wish they’d known:
- You may want to consider dressing in layers, since the test room may be warm or cold.
- Unscheduled breaks may be taken at any time, but the testing timer does not stop. During these breaks, only food, water, and medication can be accessed; notes and electronics are not allowed.
- There will not be a formula sheet or calculator as these are not needed for the test.
- Scratch paper and a pencil will be provided by the testing center.
- Answer choices can be changed at any point prior to submitting the test.
- Questions can be reviewed at any time, including after all the questions have been read.
- A tutorial will be provided before the test begins that shows how to navigate between questions and revisit them.
Information and screenshots obtained from FTCE.