Methods of Preparing for FTCE





Choosing the Best Method for FTCE Prep

Test preparation refers to the process of making oneself fit for attempting the FTCE, by studying the academic subjects one will be questioned upon. For those who are unaware of the FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Examination), this certification is mandatory for teaching professionals of Florida, in order to practice teaching as a career there. The preparation process not only involves gaining and sharpening one's academic knowledge, but also fixing up a favorable date for appearing for this examination, choosing a testing center that is convenient to visit on the day of the examination, satisfying all the criterion that the testing center and the examination authorities instruct to fulfill before appearing for the test, and finally, developing effective test-taking strategies to answer the maximum number of questions correctly, in a given period of time.

The Different Approaches to the Test Preparation

There are many ways that students can adopt while preparing for the test. Let us take a look at them:

  1. Practicing Test Questions- This method involves answering the questions, and preparing, by only going through solved question papers. It is a good way of preparing, but it should be supplemented by thorough reading of the topics, as one cannot be sure that one will come across questions that he/she has practiced and not other questions, in the test.

  2. Studying All the Topics Thoroughly Without Practicing Questions- This is a good method of studying, but one should be careful to not learn things by rote, and make an effort to understand every bit of the content that he/she is studying. This preparation should be supplemented by timed practice of the test questions, as otherwise, the examinee may commit blunders in the examination hall, due to lack of practice.

  3. Studying from Test Preparation Guides- Though it is one of the mostly taken up methods of test preparation, one should not totally depend on the guides. One's studies from these guides should be supplemented by studies from authentic books on the content areas.

As one can see, studying for the test is best done by a meaningful combination of the different preparation methods and not by one single method. The preparation method described in the next section is one of the best methods that one can follow for preparing for this examination

How to Prepare for the FTCE?

Given below are a couple of tips for the test preparation. However, before reading them, one should realize that there is no short route to success and the best way to prepare for any examination is to put the correct effort. Often this requires doing hard-work in a consistent way. The tips are as follows:

  1. Study Every Part of the Syllabus Thoroughly- The FTCE is a test of the academic knowledge of teaching professionals. It has questions based on general awareness in the subjects of English Language and Mathematics, and on specific subject areas, depending upon the teaching interests of the candidates. The questions asked in this test may not be very tricky or tough, but as they are based on a wide range of sub-topics pertaining to these major content areas of the test, one needs to be equipped with exhaustive knowledge in order to attempt the questions of this examination. Hence, one should first ensure that one has studied each and every part of the prescribed syllabus, with great care, before appearing for this examination.

    The official website has given a detailed breakup of the sub-content areas of each category of the test on its Test Information Guides webpage (http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_TIGS.asp). One should ensure that he/she has studied thoroughly for all the sections mentioned for each of the general content areas (General Knowledge and Professional Education) and the appropriate Subject Areas.

    One should take the help of experts for understanding difficult content areas and also for learning effective test-taking strategies.

  2. Rehearse for This Examination- It is not enough for one to simply study the syllabus; unless one's preparation involves an environment that simulates the actual testing environment, as much as possible, one will not be able to get acquainted with the test format. Hence, any small change from what the examinee is used to, may cause anxiety or disappointment in him/her thereby adversely affecting his/her performance in this examination. The issues that may disturb an examinee may be as trivial as sitting erect on a chair for long hours, or not being allowed to smoke while appearing for this test.

    Hence one should take care to create an examination environment at home or any other place of study. One should first set a desk and chair, practice using them for study purposes, practice not using calculators while studying for this examination, take timed practice tests, and follow any other criteria that one may come across in the examination norms that are mentioned on the official webpage (http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_policies.asp).

    One of the most important factors that influence one's performance in the final examination is the degree of conversance with the testing interface. This is very important if the test is being taken online. For this, one can access online resources that simulate the testing environment, and use them for preparing for the FTCE.

Conclusion

One's preparation should be compulsorily 100 percent complete before appearing for the FTCE, as this examination has high passing scores and one cannot pass this examination without preparing for it thoroughly. The best way to prepare for this examination is to study well for it by setting realistic daily goals and achieving them. There is no short–cut for achieving genuine success in this examination and putting consistent hard work, in a result-oriented manner, is the best way to prepare for this examination.




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