Polk County Public Schools offers free assistance for teachers preparing for the FTCE General Knowledge Test.
Throughout the year, the Office of Professional Development schedules face to face review classes for the Math, English and Essay portions of the FTCE General Knowledge Test. Classes are free for district employees and some charter school participants; the cost for those out of district is $100.
Classes fill up quickly. Watch the district weekly email or contact Lauri Christopher at email@example.com for more information.
An online class is available for those preparing for the FTCE General Knowledge Reading sub test. This self-paced class is offered at no charge to district employees and some charter school participants. Those interested must first take a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/FTCEreading. After completing the essay survey, they participants will be issued instructions on how to access the class.
The Florida Department of Education Provides videos with test taking hints and tricks and advice on how to study/what to study for the FTCE Teacher Exams. You can find those recordings here: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_prepPrepVideo.asp
If you require testing accomdations due to a disability you can find information here: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_AltArrangements.asp
It is important that you review the information about the FTCE General Knowledge Test provided by the testing contractor Pearson and the FLDOE. The Test Information Guide provides a sample test and a table with the Competencies and Skills tested. Additionally the Bibliography in the back of this booklet provides the sources for all of the questions on the General Knowledge Test. The General Knowledge Test Information this site provides complete information about the reading, math, English and essay General Knowledge sub tests. You can also register to take the test on that site.
Polk County Schools provides free face to face review and intensive instruction classes for district employees and some charter school participants for three of the General Knowledge Test sub-tests.
Advanced Essay~ Flyer GK Essay Jan./Feb 2018 Offering, Flyer GK Essay Review Mar 2018 Offering Watch for More Offerings During Spring 2018
Reading~ A four month access licence is available for on online Reading Course provided through Townsend Press. Complete the Survey in order to be issued access.
A free Moodle site is set up with resources to help prepare for the General Knowledge Test linked here: http://moodle.polk-fl.net/course/view.php?id=26986
Try these study suggestions based upon feedback from district employees who successfully passed the General Knowledge Test.
Some Subject Area Test study books are available for PCSB employees to borrow from the Professional Library Located at the Jim Miles Center. Contact Lindsay Persohn Senior Coordinator of Library Media Services for more information about available books.
Free study information and study guides are available from the testing contractor web site. Each study guide includes a Table of Competencies and Skills Tested, and a list of all resources used to create each test. Find your subject area test on the list linked here: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/tests.asp
We suggest textbooks to study and prepare for the subject area tests. The PCSB Surplus Property Warehouse located on Route 60 in Bartow is open on Thursdays during the school day. They have discarded textbooks for all subjects and is a good resource for finding free study materials.
Subject Areas We Currently Provide Study Materials for:
Elementary Education Subject Area~Moodle Study Materials: http://moodle.polk-fl.net/course/view.php?id=27188
Elementary Education Subject Area~ Free PDA study site provided by FLDOE: http://www.fl-pda.org/independent/courses/elementary/index.htm
Engineering and Technology Subject Area~ Sign up for study course in NetConnect Course #11275 Section #50541
Some Professional Education Test study books are available for PCSB employees to borrow from the Professional Library and Professional Development Located at the Jim Miles Center. Contact Lindsay Persohn Senior Coordinator of Library Media Services or Lauri Christopher, ACE Coordinator for more information.
Free study information and study guides are available from the testing contractor web site. Each study guide includes a Table of Competencies and Skills Tested, and a list of all resources used to create each test. Find more information about the Professional Education Test here: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/tests.asp
A Moodle Site set up with study materials provided by the ACE Program is located here: http://moodle.polk-fl.net/course/view.php?id=153
For employees whom English is their second language and need to practice their English language skills to be ready to take the FTCE review classes and FTCE teacher tests, the district offers English Language Classes at a reduced cost for employees at the East Area Adult School. View flyers for more information here: English Flyer, Spanish Flyer, Haitian Creole Flyer
Learning Liaisons~ Free and fee based online study resources to help you prepare for the FTCE Teacher Tests.
Polk State College~ Fee based online study workshops.
University of Phoenix~ Complimentary FTCE study workshops
University of Central Florida~Fee based workshops offered both in person and online
Study.com~ Fee based website with study materials available for all three teacher certification exams
Professional Development Alternatives~ Free study modules for some of the FTCE Subject Area Exams
University of South Florida~Fee based study classes for FTCE General Knowledge Test