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FTCE (053) Study Guide

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Discover your strengths and weaknesses using a diagnostic test

Our study guide includes a diagnostic test you can take before you start studying to determine your strengths and weaknesses. After completing the diagnostic test you will receive a personalized study plan so you know what to focus on in your studies.

Master the concepts covered on the exam using test-aligned study materials

The study guide’s instruction content breaks down the key information you need to know about each concept. Includes written and video content for different learning styles

Assess your knowledge of each concept with practice questions

The study guide comes with 1000s of authentic practice questions. Each concept comes with a set of quizzes you can take to assess your knowledge of the material you just studied.

Take full-length practice tests to ensure you are ready on test day

The study guide includes three full-length practice tests. These tests are designed to mimic the real exam, meaning they have the same numbers of questions and time limit as the real exam.

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FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 Study Guide Format

The FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 (053) study guides include instructional videos, quizzes, flashcards, and 1000+ practice questions. The study guides cover 45 concepts across 4 subtests:

  • Subtest 1: Developmental Knowledge (531)
  • Subtest 2: Language Arts and Reading (532)
  • Subtest 3: Mathematics (533)
  • Subtest 4: Science (534)

What Concepts are Covered in the FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 Study Guides?

The FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 study guides consists of the following concepts:

Subtest 1: Developmental Knowledge (531):

ConceptNumber of LessonsPractice Questions
Development418
Family and Community562
Theories434
Theorists and Curriculum641
Responsibilities548
Instruction979
Management479
Procedure7168
Strategies365
Diverse Needs649
Child Guidance634

Subtest 2: Language Arts and Reading (532):

ConceptNumber of LessonsPractice Questions
Emergent Literacy12120
Instruction6113
Text and Literature534
Comprehension360
Word Recognition565
Fluency236
Communication8115
Conventions335
Assessment438

Subtest 3: Mathematics (533):

ConceptNumber of LessonsPractice Questions
Instruction786
Reasoning737
Assessment642
Algebraic Thinking739
Numbers549
Operations744
Fractions538
Measurement533
Data330
Shapes528
Spatial Concepts49

Subtest 4: Science (534):

ConceptNumber of LessonsPractice Questions
Teaching Inquiry1143
Instruction and Assessment743
Data624
Nature of Science718
Earth1361
Space323
Weather and Climate428
Sun-Earth-Moon System546
Matter847
Energy334
Forces and Motion341
Ecology949
Genetics421
Plants and Animals634

Each concept includes instructional content and videos to ensure you understand that topic. They also come with practice questions so you can test yourself on the information you just learned.

How to Use the Study Guide

You can start studying by taking our diagnostic test to learn your strengths and weaknesses. Then you can start working through the concepts. The instructional content, which includes videos and written content,  gives you all the necessary information to understand that topic. Each concept has its own set of flashcards and quizzes you can use to test your knowledge of that specific concept quickly. Once you have worked through all the concepts, you can move on to the full-length practice tests. These practice tests mimic the test day environment, meaning they will have the same amount of questions and time limit as the real test. You will have three attempts at taking the practice test.

Is the Study Guide Test-Aligned?

Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 (053) 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.

Benefits of Using the Study Guide

The FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 study guide was created to help you pass your FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 (053) exam. The comprehensive study guide provides you with all the information and study resources you need to be successful on test day!

The FTCE Prekindergarten/ Primary PK-3 (053) exam assesses if you have the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful prek-3 teacher. Once you have passed your exam you are one step closer to getting into the classroom!

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FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 (053) at a Glance
SubtestQuestionsTime
Developmental Knowledge (531)Approximately 501 Hour, 10 Minutes
Language Arts and Reading (532)Approximately 501 Hour, 10 Minutes
Mathematics (533)Approximately 401 Hour, 10 Minutes
Science (534)Approximately 401 Hour
If you take all four test at once you will have approximately 180 questions and 4 Hours and 30 minutest to complete the exam.

FTCE Pre K-3 Quick Facts

Test Breakdown

The FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 (053) exam consists of approximately 180 multiple-choice questions and has a 4 hour and 30 minute time limit. The exam is broken down into 4 subtests:

  1. Developmental Knowledge (531)
  2. Language Arts and Reading (532)
  3. Mathematics (533)
  4. Science (534)

Learn more about the exam’s format in our full exam overview. 

Cost

$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.

Scoring

You must score at least a 200 on each subtest in order to pass the FTCE Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 exam.

Learn more about the exam’s scoring in our full scoring guide. 

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FTCE Pre K-3 FAQs

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.

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