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FTCE General Knowledge (082) Study Guide and Test Prep

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FTCE General Knowledge Study Guides

General Knowledge: English Language Skills


Official FTCE GK: English Language Skills study guide to help you pass your exam!

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General Knowledge: Reading


Official FTCE GK: Reading study guide to help you pass your exam!

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General Knowledge: Mathematics


Official FTCE GK: Mathematics study guide to help you pass your exam!

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General Knowledge: Essay


Official FTCE GK: Essay study guide to help you pass your exam!

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What’s in the FTCE General Knowledge Study Guide?

Diagnostic Test

  • Fully assess your starting knowledge
  • Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses
Diagnostic Test

Diagnostic Test

  • Fully assess your starting knowledge
  • Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses

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


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

Practice Test

  • 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 General Knowledge 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.

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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 General Knowledge Test at a Glance
Essay (825)1 Essay50 Minutes
English Language Skills (826)4040 Minutes
Reading (827)4055 Minutes
Mathematics (828)401 Hour, 40 Minutes
If you take all three subtests in one session, you will receive a 15 minute break.

FTCE General Knowledge Quick Facts


$130 for all 4 subtest; $32.50 (one subtest); $65 (two subtests); $97.50 (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 28 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 8 out of 12 points on the Essay Subtest to pass. For the English Language Skills, Reading, and Mathematics Subtests, you must score at least 200 points on each to pass.

When you finish taking the test, you will immediately get an unofficial pass/non-pass result based on the multiple-choice questions (unless they are experiencing score report delays). You can expect your official score within four weeks.

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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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FTCE General Knowledge FAQs

What FTCE test(s) do I need to take?

The Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC) determines your testing requirements after you apply for certification. Click here for more info.

You may be able to demonstrate mastery of General Knowledge in another way. Click here for more info.

How long will the FTCE General Knowledge test take me?

The full test itself is 245 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.

Do I get a break during the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test?

If you take all four General Knowledge subtests in a single session, you will receive a 15-minute break.

Is the FTCE General Knowledge test hard?

Yea, it’s challenging. Take a look at these passing rates from 2019:

GK Subtest 1: Essay  57%

GK Subtest 2: English Language Skills (ELS) 54%

GK Subtest 3: Reading 47%

GK Subtest 4: Mathematics 48%

Source: FTCE FELE 2019 Annual Administration and Technical Report

What can I expect when I arrive at the testing site to take the FTCE General Knowledge 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.

How do I pass the FTCE General Knowledge test?

To pass the FTCE General Knowledge 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.