FTCE (053) Study Guide

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What’s in the FTCE Pre-K-3 Study Guide?

Diagnostic Test Info

  • Fully assess your starting knowledge
  • Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, so you can focus your study effectively.
Diagnostic Test

Diagnostic Test

  • Fully assess your starting knowledge
  • Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, so you can focus your study effectively.

Instructional Content Videos

  • Build background knowledge on a topic
  • Reinforce what you have already learned


  • Retain information faster by practicing active recall
  • Gain confidence-based repetition and spaced repetition


  • Improve memory retention
  • Provide firm foundation for stages of learning

Practice Tests

  • Authentic practice questions
  • Designed to mimic test-day conditions

What Do We Mean When We Say Test-Aligned?

Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 exam and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3(053) at a Glance
Developmental Knowledge (531)Approximately 551 Hour, 10 Minutes
Language Arts and Reading (532)Approximately 551 Hour, 10 Minutes
Mathematics (533)Approximately 451 Hour, 10 Minutes
Science (534)Approximately 501 Hour
If you take all four test at once you will have approximately 205 questions and 4 Hours and 30 minutest to complete the exam.

FTCE Study Guide Features

Simple to Use Study Guides. Designed for You.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to study. Our guides are aligned to the exact standards of the official FTCE exam and structured so you build on the concepts you need to know. Use the “search” feature to see where any particular standard appears within the guide.

Track Your Progress Within the Process.

Study Guides are organized into learning modules and then smaller sections that include instructional content and videos, flash cards, and quizzes. Explanations are provided for each of the choices, so you understand why an answer is correct.

Full-Length Practice Tests.

Each study guide comes equipped with full-length practice tests. Full of authentic and test-aligned questions, these practice tests mimic the test day experience to ensure you arrive on test day ready to pass!

FTCE Pre K-3 Quick Facts

Test Breakdown

approximately 205 questions, 4 Hours, 30  minutes

Note that you will be required to take all four subtests the first time you take the exam.


$150 (all four subtests); $37.50 (one subtest) $75 (two subtests) $112.50 (three subtests)

Number of Attempts

There are no limits on how many times you can take the test before you pass — however, you have to wait 31 days between testing attempts.

What to Bring

You need to bring two valid, unexpired forms of identification in English.

Dates and Locations

Tests are by appointment only, year-round. Click here to find a testing site near you.


You must score at least a 200 on each subtest in order to pass the exam.

This exam uses a scaled score, meaning it doesn’t correspond to an exact percentage of correctly answered questions. Passing percentages can vary slightly from one exam to another based on the questions included in each new administration. The test makers use a scaled score system to ensure that the scoring of the exams is fair even when the questions change.

Generally speaking, you can expect to receive a passing score if you answer at least 70% of the questions correctly.

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The practice tests mimic the exam in length and format. At the end, you’ll get a full breakdown of your results. If you aren’t happy with your Practice Test score — we recommend a minimum score of 80% — then use the study guide to improve it.

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How do I pass the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 (053) test?

To pass the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 test, you must first understand what is on the exam and what you will be expected to know. The best way is to review the 240Tutoring test breakdown materials and practice questions. Once you identify areas of weakness, you can begin targeting those areas with instructional content and practice questions.

What can I expect when I arrive at the testing site to take the Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 test?

When you get to the testing site, expect to have your identification checked, your photo taken, your palm scanned, your eyeglasses checked, and to place your belongings in a secure storage space. You will be given an erasable notepad and pen. Before starting the test, you’ll have to complete a short tutorial and sign an agreement.

Do I get a break during the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 test?

If you take 3 or more subtests in a single session, you will receive a 15-minute break.

Is the FTCE PreK-3 (053) test hard?

The passing rate varies by subtest. Take a look at these passing rates from 2020:

Subtest 1: Developmental Knowledge (531) : 69%

Subtest 2: Language Arts and Reading (532) : 47%

Subtest 3: Mathematics (533): 59%

Subtest 4: Science (534): 67%

Source: 2020 Annual Administration and Technical Report

How long will the FTCE PK-3 (053) test take me?

The full test itself is 4 hours, and 30 minutes, but expect to be at the testing site longer. It takes time to get checked in and get started. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time.