The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) have been implemented as a part of the teacher certification process in the State of Florida. The FTCE Art K-12 exam is specific to teaching candidates who wish to enter the teaching field as art teachers in grade levels K-12. The FTCE Art K-12 exam ensures teaching candidates meet the highest standards so as to ensure Florida students receive a highly effective, quality education.
The FTCE Art K-12 exam is only one part of the certification process for potential Florida teachers, so make sure to check with the Florida Department of Education website, as well as your teaching certification education program, to ensure you meet all credentialing requirements.
Registration and Testing Location
Register for your exam on the Florida Department of Education website and pay the required testing fees. Once your application is approved you can schedule a test at any Pearson VUE testing center in Florida or nationwide.
How much does the FTCE Art K-12 exam cost?
The FTCE Art K-12 exam must be paid with a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card and will cost $200 for your first attempt and $220 for exam retakes.
What does the FTCE Art K-12 exam cover?
The FTCE Art K-12 exam is a computer-based test (CBT) consisting of approximately 110 multiple-choice questions. While you will notice that your testing window is longer than the time provided for the exam, the total testing time allotted to answer questions on the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
In terms of exam content, the FTCE Art K-12 exam will cover several competencies and skills. Each competency area is weighted in terms of its percentage of total test questions. The competency areas, skills covered, and approximate weighted percentages are as follows:
Knowledge of two-dimensional art processes, approximately 15% of questions
Demonstrate knowledge of materials, processes, tools, and characteristics of two-dimensional art, i.e., painting, drawing, printmaking; application of knowledge pertaining to media, safety procedures, and proper use of hazardous substances and equipment.
Knowledge of three-dimensional art processes, approximately 15% of questions
Demonstrate knowledge of materials, processes, tools, and characteristics of three-dimensional art, i.e., ceramics, sculpture, mixed media; application of knowledge pertaining to media, safety procedures, and proper use of hazardous substances and equipment.
Knowledge of digital arts processes, approximately 15% of questions
Demonstrate knowledge of materials, processes, tools, and characteristics of digital art, i.e., photography, graphic design; application of knowledge pertaining to media, safety procedures, and proper use of hazardous substances and equipment.
Knowledge of art history and culture, approximately 15% of questions
Demonstrate knowledge of art movements, periods, styles, genres, major artists, and major works; analysis of the role of art in world cultures and throughout history.
Knowledge of art criticism, approximately 15% of questions
Application of the critical process of analysis, description, evaluation, and interpretation of art; knowledge of aesthetic theories, principles, and inspiration.
Knowledge of pedagogy and art education, approximately 15% of questions
Analysis of historical, social, and philosophical art education foundations; application of theories regarding child development, curriculum; application of ethics, equity, fairness, and appropriate methods of evaluation and assessment.
Knowledge of present-day applications of art and connections, approximately 10% of questions
Analysis of interconnectedness between art and other disciplines; career opportunities in art; analysis of real-world art applications.
What can I expect on test day?
Arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes prior to your exam appointment. If you arrive late to your exam, you may not be allowed to test and your registration fees will be forfeit. Bring with you two forms of current, valid ID. Personal items are not allowed in the testing center and may be kept in a provided secured location for the duration of your exam.
Can I take a break during the exam?
Yes, but taking breaks during the exam eats into your available testing time, so make sure to plan accordingly.
What is the passing score for the FTCE Art K-12 exam?
The passing score for the FTCE Art K-12 is scaled; you must score at least 200 to pass. Score reports will be available as pass/non-pass immediately after you finish the exam, and official score reports will be available within 4 weeks of your test date. As aforementioned, if you need to retake the exam, you can do so; however, you will be assessed a $220 fee every time you have to retake the exam.
How Can I Prepare for the FTCE Art K-12 Exam?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!