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Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-056-3

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FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Study Guide

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206 Interactive Practice Questions and 37 Pages of Instructional Content!

Physical Science

55 Questions with Explanations
8 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about skills and concepts related to physical science.

Earth and Space Science

47 Questions with Explanations
8 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about skills and concepts related to earth and space science.

Life Science

66 Questions with Explanations
9 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about skills and concepts related to life science.

Scientific Inquiry and Learning

38 Questions with Explanations
12 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about skills and concepts related to scientific inquiry and learning.

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What’s on the Middle Grades General Science 5-9 Exam

120 multiple-choice questions are designed for middle grades-level educators to show their knowledge and skills needed to teach general science for grades 5-9. The test consists of questions about a variety of topics relating to Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Scientific Inquiry and Learning.

Taking the FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam can be a daunting task.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything needed to teach middle grades general science, the exam is broken 9 competencies.


Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions.  The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

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The Cost of the Test is $200

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You will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 120 questions on the Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam.


Middle Grades General Science 5-9

2 hours 30 minutes

NOTE: Any time taken for breaks is considered part of your available testing time.

Subject Areas and Competencies

Physical Science

Competency 1: Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of the structure and behavior of matter

Competency 2: Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of forces and motion

Competency 3: Conceptual and quantitative knowledge of energy and its effects

Earth and Space Science

Competency 4: Knowledge of Earth and the processes that affect it

Competency 5: Knowledge of space science

Life Science

Competency 6: Knowledge of processes of life

Competency 7: Knowledge of the effects of physical and biological factors on the environment

Scientific Inquiry and Learning

Competency 8: Knowledge of the science learning environment

Competency 9: Knowledge of process skills and application of scientific inquiry

Passing Scoring

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly.  You will need to score at least a 200 to pass.

Registration and Testing

The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The FTCE Middle Grades General Science 5-9 exam is offered continuously which means you can take it whenever it is convenient for you.  However, because of that, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.

Step 1: Make Sure You Can Test

The testing requirements and timeline will vary for candidates depending on the state-approved teacher preparation programs in which they are enrolled.  There are several potential avenues a teacher candidate may take to becoming certified in Florida depending on his or her background. See the Teacher Education Program Guidelines for details, and see below for general guidance.

  • Candidates pursuing an education degree from a Florida college or university should consult with their program to determine the best time to take the exam. Typically, candidates should complete all testing prior to or at the beginning of their final term so they can begin applying for teaching positions as early as possible. Graduates of a Florida state-approved preparation program must pass all three portions of the FTCE to qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Candidates who have not passed all three portions of the exam may be granted a Temporary Certificate that allows them to teach when they complete their certification tests.
  • Candidates pursuing an education degree from an out-of-state teacher preparation program may be granted certification provided that the program is in a similar certification area as Florida programs, and that the training was completed at the same degree level required in Florida. Graduates from out-of-state programs will likely qualify for a Temporary Florida Educator’s Certificate, which allows them to begin teaching while completing certification exams.
  • Out-of-State educators must submit their credentials to the Florida Department of Education for review. There are two pathways by which an out-of-state educator may become licensed in Florida:
    • Valid Standards Certification issued by a state other than Florida: candidates must present a valid educator’s certificate that is comparable to a Florida Professional Certificate. The certificate must be issued in a subject comparable to a Florida Certification subject, and must require comparable levels of training.
    • Certification issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS): Candidates must present a valid certification from the NBPTS. The reciprocal Florida certificate will reflect the Florida subject matter considered comparable to the NBPTS subject.
  • Candidates with education degrees from countries other than the United States may apply for a Temporary Certificate so they can begin teaching while completing certification tests.

Candidates pursuing alternative certification should visit the FDOE site for guidance.

Once reviewed, candidates will be approved for testing and will receive guidance on which exams they must complete. See the Out-of-State Certified Educators page for additional information.

Candidates pursuing an education degree from an out-of-state teacher preparation program must pass the FTCE in the subject area for which they are seeking certification. This requirement may be filled through out-of-state certification credentials, however, the candidate should contact the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for more details.

Step 2: Register

Registering for the FTCE exam starts with understanding the test you need to take and the timeline for your preparation and testing dates.

  • Identify which test you need to take prior to beginning your study plan. See the FTCE preparation page to see which tests you must pass to gain certification.
  • Register for the test on the FTCE registration page. Once you are registered and know your timeline, you can work backward to create a study plan that fits within your preparation window. Test fees vary by exam, but you must have a valid payment method available in order to register.
  • Select score reporting options. During registration, you may select school districts and colleges/universities to which you would like to send your score reports. You can send additional reports at a later time, but it is more efficient to select your recipients during registration.

Step 3: Test Day Arrival and What to Bring

You must arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time. If you arrive even a few minutes late, the test site may not be able to accommodate you.  If you are not admitted, you will not receive a refund. You should allow plenty of time to arrive before the designated time, and should prepare by checking weather and traffic conditions in advance.

You must bring two valid and unexpired forms of identification printed in English. You will not be permitted to test without proper identification.

  • First ID: Must be government issued, have a clear photograph, and contain a signature. Examples include: driver’s license, state-issued ID card, United States military ID, or passport.
  • Second ID: can be another form of identification listed above, or one that has either a photo or a signature. Examples include: Social Security card, student ID, or work ID.

Online calculators are included in the testing software, so personal calculators are prohibited.

For more information about what you may or may not bring to the test center, see the FTCE Policies  for test day.

Step 4: Taking the Test

By now, you should be familiar with what to expect on the exam. All that is left to do is complete it, but that may not be as simple as it sounds once the test is in front of you.

If you feel anxious, remember 7 Reasons People Fail Their Certification Exam. If you have prepared using these tips and 240Tutoring’s study guide, you will have:

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  • Developed strategies for reducing test anxiety

Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!

Step 5: Test Scores

At the end of each test, you have the option to report or cancel your scores. If you choose to report your scores to a certification institution, you will not be able to cancel them at any point and they will become an official part of your record. If you choose to cancel your scores, you will be unable to report your scores and they will never be reinstated to your testing record. Cancellation does not result in a refund.

Except for extreme circumstances, such as severe physical illness or overwhelming anxiety, it is not recommended that you cancel your scores.

Official Score Reports

Official score reports are posted to examinee accounts on the score report date according to the score report schedule. Tests are typically available within 4-6 weeks depending on the format of the exam. For multiple-choice only exams, examinees receive an unofficial pass/non-pass status at the end of the exam.

Scores are automatically sent to the districts and institutions selected at registration. Examinees may request additional copies of score reports, if needed, and may access their score reports through their account for 60 days after the score report release data.

Understand Your Scores

You will receive an official score report after your testing date. Your score report explains your score and whether you passed or failed. Test results are reported using a scaled score.

Your raw score and percentage of correct answers on the FTCE and FELE are converted to a common measure called a scaled score. A scaled score allows multiple forms of a test to share a common minimum passing score.

Passing Scores

The minimum passing score for tests, subtests, or sections consisting of only multiple-choice questions is 200.

For additional help interpreting your scores, see this guide.

Retaking the Exam

In the event that you do not earn a passing score, you may retake the test to attempt it again. The Florida retake policy indicates that you must wait 31 days to retake any exam or part of an exam.  In order to retake the exam, you need to re-register for the exam, so do so as quickly as possible. Take action immediately to be sure you meet your certification deadlines!

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