FTCE Pre-Exceptional Student Education K-12 is a 2.5-hour computer-based exam that consists of 120 multiple-choice questions.
For examinees with disabilities that are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and require special accommodations, you may make this request in writing. Some of these accommodations include extended testing time, a separate testing room, and Braille test.
FAQs About FTCE Exceptional Student Ed K-12
What are the competencies and topics covered on this exam?
- Knowledge of foundations of exceptional student education – 24%
- Knowledge of assessment and evaluation – 13%
- Knowledge of instructional practices in exceptional student education – 21%
- Knowledge of the positive behavioral support process – 12%
- Knowledge of multiple literacies and communication skills – 22%
- Knowledge of the transition process – 8%
Knowledge of foundations of exceptional student education
Some of the topics assessed within this competency include recognizing legislation (state and federal) that rules this education, categorizing the features of students with exceptionalities, comparing the common and uncommon development (physical, cognitive, linguistic, etc.) of K-12 students, utilizing the proper coaching methods for paraprofessionals, tutors, and volunteers, and the application of the requirements for creating IEPs, EPs, and transitional IEPs.
Knowledge of assessment and evaluation
Some of the topics assessed within this competency include figuring out the reason why various assessment types are used, and when to use them, classifying measurement concepts, determining the meaning of and applying the results of assessments, and using the results of the assessments to determine student needs.
Knowledge of instructional practices in exceptional student education
Some of the topics assessed within this competency include choosing sources of evidence-based instructional practices that are reliable, properly selecting and using instructional approaches and strategies, identifying the aspects and reasons for the core curriculum, supplemental programs, and intensive interventions, using flexible group strategies, and evaluating the aspects of specialized instruction for students with substantial disabilities.
Knowledge of the positive behavioral support process
Some of the topics assessed within this competency include selecting prevention and intervention strategies for students with major behavioral issues, distinguishing between the different concepts and models related to positive behavior support, and analyzing data to determine the best interventions for promoting positive behavior.
Knowledge of multiple literacies and communication skills
Some of the topics assessed within this competency include recognizing language development and what makes up the structure of language, pointing out the factors of communication disorders and how they affect academic achievement, and applying strategies to help students use skills related to critical thinking and metacognition.
Knowledge of the transition process
Some of the topics assessed within this competency include promoting career development programs that consider the individual needs of the students, utilizing the transition assessment results to help with determining higher education and/or career goals and outcomes, use instruction approaches that help students learn and utilize self-advocacy skills, and source methods that will assist students with living an independent life once they complete K-12 education.
What is the most convenient way to register for this exam?
Online. Payment can be made via a credit, debit, or check card.
What is the cost of the exam?
What are the testing dates and locations?
Testing for FTCE Exceptional Student Education K-12 is offered at several sites throughout Florida. There are also locations in other states that you may choose from. Additionally, you can select the date you’d like to take the exam, providing there is availability.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Arrive at the test site 30 minutes early. Tardiness can prevent you from being able to take the test.
Bring two forms of identification. One must include your name, signature, and photo. The other should have your name and signature. If you do not submit proper identification, you will not be permitted to take the test.
Items such as a calculator, cell phone, purse, briefcase, dictionary, study materials, and food/drink are prohibited from the testing area.
Can I take a break during the test?
There is no break built-in to this exam, so any breaks you take, will be counted against the time you have for actual test-taking.
What happens after I take the exam?
Before leaving the test center, you will receive an unofficial report that indicates whether you have passed or failed the exam. Within four weeks of testing, your official score report will be released.
What must I earn to pass this exam?
The minimum passing score is 200.
What happens if I do not pass the exam?
You are allowed to re-take the exam. There is no limit to how many times you can take the test, but you must wait at least 31 days between each attempt.
How Can I Prepare for the FTCE Test?
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!