FTCE GKT Review Session
Test-taking hints
GKT information
Sample questions
Misc. information about the test
Eat before the test. Recommend: protein and fruit
Get at least 8 hours of sleep before the test.
Set your alarm and hav...
Read the answers before you look at the question.
Read question.
Come up with the answer in your head before
looking at...
Don't keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the
right one, unless you misread the question. Choose o...
 The General Knowledge test consists of four subtests: Essay,
English Language Skills, Reading, and Mathematics. Click on...
This subtest consists of an essay component that tests
competencies and skills including, but not limited to, the
followin...
The General Knowledge Essay subtest and several
other tests require the writing of an essay. The essay
must be an origina...
♦ Determine the purpose for writing.
♦ Formulate a thesis or statement of
main idea.
♦ Organize ideas and details effectiv...
♦ Demonstrate a mature command of
language.
♦ Avoid inappropriate use of slang, jargon,
and clichés.
♦ Use a variety of se...
For your essay, you will choose between two topics. The 50
minutes allotted for this section of the exam includes time
to...
SCORE of 6
 The 6 essay is notably effective.
 The main idea is clearly established and fully developed with specific de...
SCORE of 6
 The 6 essay is notably effective.
 The main idea is clearly established and fully developed with specific de...
CHANGE FROM LAST SUMMER:
 Topics are related to school –
 Constructivism has been popular in the past few years. Analyze...
Using both Active and Passive Voice
Not using Consistent Person (1st person or 3rd
person)
Not using Consistent Tense (...
Use either Active or Passive Voice
Use Consistent Person (1st person or 3rd person)
Using Consistent Tense (staying in ...
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
SKILLS
This subtest consists of multiple-choice questions that test
competencies and skills including, bu...
* DIRECTIONS: Choose the sentence that has no errors in structure.
A. The book taught me how to change the faucet and conn...
READING
This subtest consists of multiple-choice questions
that test competencies and skills including, but not
limited to...
With the accession of Elizabeth 1 to the throne, a new age approached. The
Renaissance, a spirit which had kindled the fir...
Literal Comprehension:
1. Which sentence best states the main idea of this
passage?
A) The Renaissance was the rebirth of ...
2. According to the passage, what might have
caused the Renaissance not to have spread
through England?
A) Mary or Edward ...
MATHEMATICS
This subtest consists of multiple-choice questions
that test competencies and skills including, but not
limite...
Categories of the
Competencies
# of test items
Number Sense, Concepts,
and Operations
8
Measurement (customary
or metric u...
Learning Liaisons – offers real-time virtual classes as well as
video-on-demand recordings of sessions. $30-$55 (one time ...
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This review session was uploaded Nov. 3, 2015 and contains test taking hints as well as some content notes on the FTCE General Knowledge Test. All material was used from the http://www.fl.nesinc.com/testPage.asp?test=GK website. Note: Tests are edited and updated regularly. Please check with the State of Florida Department of Education website to verify that the contents of this slideshow is the most up-to-date information.

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  • http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce/ftcedesc.asp
  • The General Knowledge Essay subtest and several other tests require the writing of an essay. The essay must be an original essay, composed and organized when you select the essay topic. The intent of the essay test component is to show that you can, in the time allotted, compose and write an original essay that completely addresses the topic in an effective, well-organized manner, with good grammar and spelling, as described in the rubric in the Department's Test Preparation Guide for the test requiring an essay. An examinee who memorizes an essay from another source and presents it during a test administration as an original essay is not demonstrating that he or she can compose and write an acceptable essay. Presenting such a pre-prepared essay at a test administration is considered cheating. If an essay is identified by the essay raters as being pre-prepared, the essay and all tests taken that day by the examinee will be invalidated, and no scores will be received. In addition, the incident will be reported to the Department's Bureau of Professional Practices Services.
  • 2 scorers, average score of 4
  • The following is hyperlinked to the title, but I listed them here in case the link is broken. http://www.ju.edu/soe/Pages/FTCE-Study-Guides.aspx
    A
    Conceptual and organizational skills
    1 Identify logical order in a written passage.
    2 Identify irrelevant sentences.
    B
    Word choice skills
    1 Choose the appropriate word or expression in context.
    2 Recognize commonly confused or misused words or phrases.
    3 Recognize diction and tone appropriate to a given audience.
    C
    Sentence structure skills
    1 Recognize correct placement of modifiers.
    2 Recognize parallelism, including parallel expressions for parallel ideas.
    3 Recognize fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences.
    D
    Grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation skills
    1 Identify standard verb forms.
    2 Identify inappropriate shifts in verb tense.
    3 Identify agreement between subject and verb.
    4 Identify agreement between pronoun and antecedent.
    5 Identify inappropriate pronoun shifts.
    6 Identify clear pronoun references.
    7 Identify proper case forms.
    8 Identify the correct use of adjectives and adverbs.
    9 Identify appropriate comparative and superlative degree forms.
    10 Identify standard spelling.
    11 Identify standard punctuation.
    12 Identify standard capitalization.

  • A
    D
  • (The following is hyperlinked in the title, in case the hyper link does not work) http://www.ju.edu/soe/Pages/FTCE-Study-Guides.aspx
    GK READING Guide
    TYPES OF QUESTIONS
    Author’s Purpose
    Does the author intend to inform, persuade, or simply entertain?
    The author of Aesop’s fables wrote those to explain and advise readers about life situations.
    Main Ideas
    The overall primary idea the author is trying to convey.
    The main idea of Little Red Riding Hood might be to be cautious in a dangerous world.
    Supporting Details
    Details that help to explain and convey the main idea.
    Supporting details of Little Red Riding Hood include the location (forest), the protagonist (Little Red) and the antagonist (The Big Bad Wolf).
    Word & Phrase Meanings
    Understanding the underlying meaning of certain words or phrases.
    Include multiple definitions of words and phrases.
    For example “chill out” means “relax”, “cut it out” means “stop”, etc.
    Identify Patterns of Organization
    Separating supporting points from main ideas is an important reading skill.
    The organization of the supporting details will help you understand how an author thinks.
    Facts vs. Opinions
    Fact ………... An event that has occurred or a claim supported by science, research, etc.
    Opinion ….. A claim that the author makes from his own thinking or feelings.
    Recognize Bias
    Similar to opinion, in this case the author “takes a position”.
    For example, “The United States is the best country in the world.”
    Validity of Arguments
    Do arguments have any factual, concrete backing … or are they based on opinion or bias?
    (See above.)
    Recognize Tone
    What is the overall mood of the story? How does it make you feel?
    For example, the tone of “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe is dark and eerie, whereas the tone of
    “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss is whimsical and silly.
    Relationships of Sentences
    How two or more sentences relate to each other.
    For example: 1. Mary is a small child. 2. Mary has dark hair.
    These two sentences relate because they both describe Mary.
    Draw Logical Conclusions
    What could you infer about what the author presents?
    For example: If the author was to say, “I went outside when it was raining without an umbrella.”
    You could draw a logical conclusion (infer) that the author (or the character) got wet.
  • From HH Publishing sample test site (see last slide for info to log in)
  • http://www.ju.edu/soe/Pages/FTCE-Study-Guides.aspx
  • Answer Key
    1. B 2. C “John” is the antecedent of the pronoun “him” in “Mary saw John and thanked him.” 3. A 4. D 5. B
  • GKT test information guide

    1. 1. FTCE GKT Review Session
    2. 2. Test-taking hints GKT information Sample questions Misc. information about the test
    3. 3. Eat before the test. Recommend: protein and fruit Get at least 8 hours of sleep before the test. Set your alarm and have a backup alarm set as well. Try to show up at least 15 minutes before the test will start. Go to the restroom before walking into the exam room. Dress comfortably for the test. You may want to take several layers of clothes so that you can adjust to the temperature of the room.
    4. 4. Read the answers before you look at the question. Read question. Come up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible answers. Eliminate answers you know aren't right. Usually one per question is obviously incorrect. (outlier) Read all the choices before choosing your answer. Since there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an answer.
    5. 5. Don't keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the right one, unless you misread the question. Choose one letter and stick with it. On "All of the above" and "None of the above" choices, if you are certain one of the statements is true don't choose "None of the above" or one of the statements are false don't choose "All of the above". On a question with an "All of the above" choice, if you see that at least two correct statements, then "All of the above" is probably the answer. A positive choice is more likely to be true than a negative one. Usually the correct answer is the choice with the most information (or the longest).
    6. 6.  The General Knowledge test consists of four subtests: Essay, English Language Skills, Reading, and Mathematics. Click on a link below for more information about each subtest.  Essay (50 minutes)  English Language Skills (40 minutes)  Reading (55 minutes)  Mathematics (100 minutes)  Subtests may be registered for and taken separately, if desired. They are available in computer-based format. The total testing time for all subtests is approximately four hours.  Taking the entire test, including time for the administration of the test, requires arrival at 8:00 A.M. and departure at about 1:15 P.M. Subtests may be registered for and taken separately, if desired. No other test may be taken that day.  Each question will contain four response options, and you will indicate your answer by selecting A, B, C, or D.
    7. 7. This subtest consists of an essay component that tests competencies and skills including, but not limited to, the following:  formulating a thesis or statement of main idea;  organizing ideas and details effectively;  using effective transitions; and  using a variety of sentence patterns effectively.
    8. 8. The General Knowledge Essay subtest and several other tests require the writing of an essay. The essay must be an original essay, composed and organized when you select the essay topic. The intent of the essay test component is to show that you can, in the time allotted, compose and write an original essay that completely addresses the topic in an effective, well- organized manner, with good grammar and spelling, as described in the rubric in the Department's Test Preparation Guide.
    9. 9. ♦ Determine the purpose for writing. ♦ Formulate a thesis or statement of main idea. ♦ Organize ideas and details effectively. ♦ Provide adequate, relevant supporting material. ♦ Use effective transitions.
    10. 10. ♦ Demonstrate a mature command of language. ♦ Avoid inappropriate use of slang, jargon, and clichés. ♦ Use a variety of sentence patterns effectively. ♦ Maintain consistent point of view. ♦ Observe the conventions of standard American English.
    11. 11. For your essay, you will choose between two topics. The 50 minutes allotted for this section of the exam includes time to prepare, write, and edit your essay. Your work will be scored holistically by two judges. The personal views you express will not be an issue; however, the skill with which you express those views, the logic of your arguments, and the degree to which you support your position will be very important in the scoring. Your essay will be scored both on substance and on the composition skills demonstrated.
    12. 12. SCORE of 6  The 6 essay is notably effective.  The main idea is clearly established and fully developed with specific details and examples.  Organization is notably logical and coherent.  Focus is consistently maintained.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are varied and effective.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics are few and insignificant. SCORE of 5  The 5 essay is mostly effective.  The main idea is established and mostly developed with specific details and examples.  Organization is mostly logical and coherent.  Focus is mostly maintained.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are mostly varied and effective.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics are few and mostly insignificant. SCORE of 4  The 4 essay is adequate.  The main idea is stated and adequately developed with some specific details and examples.  Organization is adequately logical and coherent.  Focus is adequately maintained.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are somewhat varied and effective.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics may be present, butdo not interfere with communication.
    13. 13. SCORE of 6  The 6 essay is notably effective.  The main idea is clearly established and fully developed with specific details and examples.  Organization is notably logical and coherent.  Focus is consistently maintained.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are varied and effective.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics are few and insignificant. SCORE of 5  The 5 essay is mostly effective.  The main idea is established and mostly developed with specific details and examples.  Organization is mostly logical and coherent.  Focus is mostly maintained.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are mostly varied and effective.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics are few and mostly insignificant. SCORE of 4  The 4 essay is adequate.  The main idea is stated and adequately developed with some specific details and examples.  Organization is adequately logical and coherent.  Focus is adequately maintained.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are somewhat varied and effective.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics may be present, butdo not interfere with communication. TARGE T
    14. 14. CHANGE FROM LAST SUMMER:  Topics are related to school –  Constructivism has been popular in the past few years. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using constructivism in elementary school.
    15. 15. Using both Active and Passive Voice Not using Consistent Person (1st person or 3rd person) Not using Consistent Tense (staying in past, present or future) Not having Subject/Verb Agreement Not having Sentence Variety Not using Transition Words
    16. 16. Use either Active or Passive Voice Use Consistent Person (1st person or 3rd person) Using Consistent Tense (staying in past, present or future) Always hav Subject/Verb Agreement Always have Sentence Variety – sentences with 3- 10 words in length. Use Transition Words liberally “First,” “Then,” “Finally,” etc.
    17. 17. ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS This subtest consists of multiple-choice questions that test competencies and skills including, but not limited to, the following: conceptual and organizational skills; word choice skills; sentence structure skills; and grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation skills.
    18. 18. * DIRECTIONS: Choose the sentence that has no errors in structure. A. The book taught me how to change the faucet and connect the water supply. B. The book taught me how to change the faucet and connecting the water supply. C. The book taught me about changing the faucet and to connect the water supply. • DIRECTIONS: Choose the option that corrects an error in the underlined portion(s). If no error exists, choose "No change is necessary." • If none of these positions appeals to you, don't despair, there will always be tomorrow's help-wanted ads to investigate. A. despair there B. despair. There C. despair; there, D. No change is necessary.
    19. 19. READING This subtest consists of multiple-choice questions that test competencies and skills including, but not limited to, the following: literal comprehension; and inferential comprehension.
    20. 20. With the accession of Elizabeth 1 to the throne, a new age approached. The Renaissance, a spirit which had kindled the fires of learning in other countries, spread to England with its vibrant, intellectual queen to assist it rather than to contain or extinguish it. With Mary or sickly Edward and his protector and governor, Edward Seymour, the spirit of the Renaissance might never have spread to a receptive assemblage of subjects, and England might have continued its stifling asceticism and unproductive civil strife. Elizabeth brought not only her remarkable leadership to the throne, but also her intense desire to unify and help her people. Her education allowed her to appreciate the vitality of the times and to capitalize on it. Rather than resisting the restless individualism of the age, she nurtured it by her own unique example. The people had a woman to idolize and emulate — someone who led by ability rather than by force. And the people followed her out of gratitude and love. Writers praised Elizabeth in prose, drama, and verse, and the Queen and her subjects delighted in reading the literary homage.
    21. 21. Literal Comprehension: 1. Which sentence best states the main idea of this passage? A) The Renaissance was the rebirth of intellectual growth. B) Queen Elizabeth I helped to encourage a new age of literary brilliance. C) Writers praised Queen Elizabeth I in prose, drama, and verse. D) Queen Elizabeth I’s reign was one of great leadership.
    22. 22. 2. According to the passage, what might have caused the Renaissance not to have spread through England? A) Mary or Edward had reigned. B) Elizabeth had not tried to read. C) people followed any leader. D) people had not tried to follow Elizabeth’s example.
    23. 23. MATHEMATICS This subtest consists of multiple-choice questions that test competencies and skills including, but not limited to, the following: measurement (using customary or metric units); geometry and spatial sense; algebraic thinking; and data analysis and probability. You will be given a Mathematics Reference Sheet with information on it to use. (Found in the General Knowledge Guide handout)
    24. 24. Categories of the Competencies # of test items Number Sense, Concepts, and Operations 8 Measurement (customary or metric units) 10 Geometry and Spatial Sense 9 Algebraic Thinking 9 Data Analysis and Probability 9
    25. 25. Learning Liaisons – offers real-time virtual classes as well as video-on-demand recordings of sessions. $30-$55 (one time use or month long access). Workshops and resources. http://www.thelearningliaisons.com/index.php/our-topics/ftce ThinktimeInc - $39.95 for one practice test and “Knowledge Notes” http://thinktimeinc.com/pricing/ Math: 1. Khan Academy (free): https://www.khanacademy.org/ 2. Harcourt Publishing Co (free): http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/AlcovaES/online_textbooks.htm 3. Proportion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmwg40b7B9E (all prices are as of 11.3.15 and will probably change as time passes.)

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