This exam is used by the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations to test prospective candidates for certification in several different areas. The Professional Education Test will test your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional practices and pedagogy needed for the industry. The Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC) will decide if you will need to take this exam for the specific certification you are applying for.
Who is Eligible?
As you are working towards your certification as the BEC requires, you will need to create or have an FTCE/FELE account online. This will then allow you to select and register for this specific exam. Once you have completed the registration process, you will then schedule and pay for your exam appointment.
There is a $150 fee to take your first attempt and a $170 fee for retakes. Once you register, you will have one year to schedule and take the exam.
When and Where is it Taken?
This computer-based exam can be scheduled year-round at testing locations scattered throughout the state of Florida and nationwide through Pearson VUE testing centers. A complete list of dates, times, and locations will be provided during the registration process.
Choose a testing appointment that is convenient for you. However, it is recommended that you schedule this as soon as possible since space is limited at most locations and filled on a first come, first served basis.
For those with disabilities or who may not be able to test under normal conditions, special accommodations are available. You will need to make a request for this during the registration process and as soon as possible to ensure approval. Proper documentation will need to be provided as well.
Should you need to reschedule or cancel your testing appointment, you can do so by logging into your online account anytime up until the last 24 hours before your original exam. After the last 24 hours before your scheduled exam, no changes can be made. You will be counted as a no show and will forfeit any fees paid up to that point.
After your exam is scheduled, you will be sent a confirmation email that will include the date, time, and address of your test.
What Should I Bring?
It is crucial that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to test that day and will have to re-register and schedule for another day.
You will need to bring at least two forms of identification with you on test day. One must be government-issued and contain your full name, a recognizable photo, and your signature.
The other can be another form of primary identification or one that contains your full name and photo or full name and signature. If any information is incorrect or missing, you will need to provide another form of ID or risk being turned away and not allowed to test.
Personal items are not allowed in the testing room at any testing location. These, such as but not limited to the following, must be stored in a secure and separate storage area provided:
- Cell phones and other electronic devices
- Wallets and/or purses
- Books and study materials of any kind
If you are found in the testing room with these items, you will immediately be dismissed and your scores voided.
What is Covered?
This exam is made of about 120 multiple-choice questions. You will have two hours and 30 minutes to complete them all. Your exam may also contain pre-test questions that will not be scored and are used on future exams.
The test covers eight competencies. They are listed below along with the approximate weight given on the exam.
- Instructional Design and Planning (18% of questions)
- Appropriate Student-Centered Learning Environments (15% of questions)
- Instructional Delivery and Facilitation of Subject Matter (18% of questions)
- Assessment Strategies for Student Learning (14% of questions)
- Continuous Professional Improvement (12% of questions)
- Principles of Professional Conduct (9% of questions)
- Research-based Practices for Teaching ELLs (7% of questions)
- Effective Literacy Strategies (7% of questions)
How is it Scored?
Most testing centers will give your unofficial pass/non-pass status to you immediately after your exam is complete. Official scores will be released through your FTCE/FELE account within 4 weeks of your testing date.
You must receive a scaled score of at least 200 to be considered passing. Passing scores will be reported directly to the BEC and any institution you selected during registration to receive your test scores.
If you fail, retakes are available after a 31-day waiting period. You will need to re-register and pay a fee to take the exam again.
How Can I Prepare for the FTCE Professional Education 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!