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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About FTCE Scores

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The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) are designed to ensure a standard level of content knowledge for teacher candidates in the state of Florida. While preparing for the FTCE can seem daunting, we aim to increase your comfort level and confidence to succeed by providing detailed information on the test and easy-to-use study materials all in one place. Knowing how the FTCE exams are scored, including the score you need to pass and how to interpret your score report, is an easy way to improve your scores and reduce anxiety before test day.

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How are the FTCE exams scored?

FTCE scores are converted from a raw score to a scaled score, which means that all versions of the same exam are scored together. Completed exams are reported as PASS / NOT PASS. Maximum scores vary across test subjects, ranging from 200 to 400 points, so the scores should not be compared between subjects. Finally, points are not deducted for wrong answers, so it is better to answer difficult questions with an educated guess instead of leaving them blank.

Tests may include both traditional multiple-choice and written/oral performance components. Since different subtests have different numbers of questions, the minimum passing percent varies, but it is usually around 70%. A chart of the percent of correct answers needed to pass each exam can be found at the Florida Department of Education (FLOE) website. Performance components are scored holistically by qualified raters. More information on performance scoring — including scoring rubrics, guidelines, and rater qualifications — can be found here.

How long does it take to get FTCE scores?

Within four weeks of taking the test, you should receive an email confirmation that your score report is available online. Scores are generally released on Monday nights. Specific dates for upcoming multiple-choice and performance component exams are available on the FTCE website.

What score do you need to pass the FTCE test?

You need a scaled score of 200 to pass all multiple-choice and composite tests. Essay sections for General Knowledge (GK) exams require at least 8 out of 12 possible points. Additional scoring details for subject areas that include subtests with performance sections can be found on FTCE’s website.

How long do you have to wait before you can retake an FTCE exam?

The waiting period to retake an FTCE exam is 31 days after the test date for the failed exam. You can retake a passed exam up to three years after the test date. All retake attempts are subject to new registration and fees.

How do you interpret an FTCE score report?

Score reports for passed exams show only the passing status and performance information (if applicable) to prevent a numeric score being used in hiring or other merit systems.

Score reports for exams that have not been passed will show NOT PASS and a numeric score. If you did not pass, your score report will also have a detailed performance analysis report that provides information on the number of correctly answered questions in each competency. Use this information to prepare and study for retaking the test after the waiting period.

Sample Spanish K-12 Score Report with Detailed Performance Analysis

How hard is it to pass an FTCE exam?

In 2018 more than half of test-takers passed their exam on the first try. Pass rates for individual subjects can be found at the FTCE website. The best way to succeed on your FTCE exam is by making a study plan and sticking to it. 240 Tutoring provides easy-to-use and engaging study content for FTCE exams, giving you access to diagnostic tests, test-specific information, and practice problems all in one place.

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