Social Science 6-12
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What’s in the Study Guide
|Domain||Number of Questions||Pages of Content|
|Political Science and Economics||47||26|
|Geography and Methodology||68||21|
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What’s on the FTCE Social Science 6-12
Taking the FTCE Social Science 6-12 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.
120 multiple-choice questions are designed for secondary-level educators to show their knowledge and skills needed to teach social science for grades 6-12. The test consists of questions about a variety of topics relating to History, Political Science and Economics, and Geography and Social Studies Methodology.
Taking the FTCE Social Science 6-12 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 secondary social science, the exam is broken 6 competencies.
What to Expect
|Questions||Time Limit (Hours)|
|Social Science 6-12||120||2 1/2|
You will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 120 questions on the Social Science 6-12 exam.
NOTE: Any time taken for breaks is considered part of your available testing time.
The FTCE Social Science 6-12 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.
Now that you know the “what” and “how”, it is time to develop a solid test-taking strategy that will maximize your preparation.
First, go through the test and answer all of the questions that you are confident about. The questions that will probably be fastest to answer are the single-answer questions. These will be direct-response questions or unfinished statements. Make sure to read all of the answer options before responding.
Stimulus-based questions are also a good place to start. Look at the chart, graph or image first, then examine the answer choices before selecting the right one. Just like with single-answer questions, though, if you don’t know the answer right away, move on and come back to it.
Once you have answered all of the questions that are easiest for you, head back to the beginning to work on the questions you skipped. (NOTE: You can mark questions you are skipping as you go so that you remember to go back to them later.)
- Just being able to recite the competencies and descriptive statements is not enough. Very little of the test will be recall; instead it will mostly focus on critical thinking and application. That’s why you should make sure you practice!