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North Carolina Teacher Certification Exams- Practice Tests and Information [Updated 2019]

Frequently Asked Questions: Dates, Fees, & More

What are the North Carolina exams?

The North Carolina exams include the Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum assessments. The Foundations of Reading exam assesses knowledge of reading and writing development. The General Curriculum exam assesses general content knowledge in:

  • language arts
  • history and social science
  • science and technology/engineering
  • mathematics

The Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams are created and administered by Pearson.

Who takes a North Carolina exam?

Any person seeking the following initial certifications in North Carolina must take and pass the Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum assessments:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12)

When and where do I take a North Carolina exam?

The NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams are offered year-round at various times and locations.

Click here for more information about test dates.

Click here for more information about test centers.

What are the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum test fees?

The test fee for the Foundations of Reading exam is $139.

The test fee for the General Curriculum exam is as follows:

  • Multi-Subject Subtest only: $94
  • Mathematics Subtest only: $94
  • Full test in a single session: $139

How are the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams structured?

Both the Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams are computer-based tests (CBT). Both tests contain multiple-choice questions and open-response assignments.

What do I need to bring to the test center?

You must bring one current, government-issued ID document (with your photograph and signature) in English. Make sure your name on your identification matches the name in which you registered.

How long are the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams?

The Foundations of Reading exam is 4 hours long.

The General Curriculum exam, including both subtests, is 4 hours long; however, the individual subtest session lengths are as follows:

  • Multi-Subject Subtest: 2 hours
  • Mathematics Subtest: 2.5 hours

Can I use a calculator on a North Carolina exam?

You are not allowed to use a calculator.

What are the testing policies for the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams?

You can find the testing policies for the North Carolina exams here.

How are the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams scored?

Each test or subtest is scored on a scale from 100 to 300, with passing scores of:

  • 229 for Foundations of Reading
  • 227 for each subtest of General Curriculum (you must pass both subtests)

It can take 2-3 weeks to receive your score report.

How do I pass the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams?

To pass a North Carolina exam, 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.

Can I retake the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams?

Yes, you can retake a North Carolina exam, but you have to wait 30 days in between testing sessions.

How do I register for the NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams?

You can register online for a North Carolina exam right here.

NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Study Guides and Practice Tests

You have access to very basic preparation materials through Pearson Education; however, these materials are very limited and do not address the exam content in depth (which is what you need to be successful). Take a look at those materials here.

For more thorough preparation, use trusted resources like 240Tutoring to learn and explore content, review practice questions, and take full-length practice exams.

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