FTCE General Knowledge Exam
Hello, Teaching Certification candidates! I want to update you on my experience with the second of three FTCE exams. I took the General Knowledge Exam today. Overall, I feel confident that I passed. This exam tests English, Reading, Writing, and Math. I would describe the math skills as a cumulative review of math topics covered in 8th through 10th grade. Those subjects would be Algebra I and II, Geometry, Statistics and basic mathematics including fractions. One excellent bonus is that the exam includes two resource sheets with metric conversions, formulas for quadratic equations (i.e., slope, distance between two points), and geometric formulas like area, volume, Pythagorean Theorem, and circumference. You also get a four function calculator to use during the exam!
The Reading Comprehension consists of 4 or 5 reading samples accompanied by 8-10 questions for each. The kinds of questions asked were very similar, if not identical, in each reading passage. Questions addressed main idea, tone, bias, inference, and argument validation.
The English Language Skills section covered misspellings, sentence structure, punctuation, and subject-verb agreement.
The Essay section was very straightforward. You have 50 minutes to write a 4-5 paragraph essay on one of two topics given. The topics are very general, so you shouldn't have any trouble thinking up something to write about.
I spent exactly one week studying for the exam using the REA FTCE General Knowledge prep course. I highly recommend this study guide!! The questions presented in the review sections and the practice tests were harder than the actual exam. I completed two practice tests and all of the review material. Math is my weakest subject, so I spent more time refreshing my memory on polynomials and geometry than the English stuff. However, I do recommend reviewing the English Language Skills section even if you think that is an area of strength for you.
The exam takes 3 1/2 hours to complete. If you can take it via computer, do it. It's easier to type an essay than write it out, and you find out whether you pass right after it's over. I didn't have that luxury, so I will have to wait several weeks for my results. Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any questions!
4/19/2014 08:41:36 am
Hi. Just read your blog about the GK test. I have been studying for several weeks. I have heard that the reading sub-test is VERY difficult, even after studying. My question is: how did you find that part of the test? And, can you offer any suggestions for the reading sub-test?
10/28/2015 12:32:03 am
Does anyone have any answers for ftce gk reading. It had an article about e- waste , Mississippi bridge, comparing two articles of the day of the dead and a recipe, drama Ancient Greece , graffitti and I don't remember what else. Please anyone remember ?
11/10/2015 02:01:27 pm
Oh my gosh. I just took the test for the third time and flunked again. I am so upset. What is wrong with me? I am a straight A student and flunked a General knowledge exam. Help
11/18/2015 04:56:48 pm
Alys the other one was about elevator music. I took it today and I'm wondering if you found any information about the Reading. I've been taking this rest since May of last year and still have not passed. I have a 7 on the essay and 195 on Reading. After today's test I'm not sure what I'll get on reading it just seemed harder.
12/1/2015 12:26:38 pm
I have taken the math and reading 7 times, and cannot seem to pass. can anyone help with the reading please. i am so frustrated and discouraged.
12/12/2015 02:27:27 pm
There was also a passage about animal's cognitive thinking and music becoming passive listening.
1/5/2016 08:55:38 am
To pass the reading section, I would suggest timing yourself and practicing using the reading portion of the SAT or ACT study guide. The reading passages from the GK study guide does not seem to reflect the level of difficulty as on the actual exam.
3/23/2016 10:02:06 pm
any luck... I had those passages today and did not pass after the fourth time and am about to lose my job.
3/27/2016 09:58:52 am
Hello. I know you took these exams a while ago but did u get any feedback or materials? Thank you.
4/24/2016 11:29:22 am
Hi, Alysa I understand your frustration, I hope you have passed the exam. I have presented the exam six times and I haven't passed. I didn't fine the articles neither, did you find them?
5/20/2016 07:52:03 pm
same passages and did not pass for the 4th time either.
6/3/2016 12:25:03 pm
Has anyone ever found reading passages online?
6/17/2016 10:38:23 am
I am now joining the blog and I am also have a very difficult time passing the reading and the essay part I have taken the GK fro a total of 8 times and I final passed the math and the English I am also on the edge of losing my job this test is very difficulit
11/3/2015 07:00:17 pm
I can't pass reading and math I don't know what to do
11/30/2015 05:53:16 am
Im the same here I have passed everything except the reading and the math.. Sucks, make you feel illiterate, especially when you have a college law degree.
1/25/2016 05:31:49 pm
I'm so upset upset about this exam. So far I've taken it twice and failed. The only part I managed to pass was the essay. I've taken a certification exam in NY and passed it the first time I took it. I can't believe how a test like this is dictating people's lives and future. I'm surprised that no one has filed a class action lawsuit against FTCE. In NY they finally did because they changed the exam last year and no one was passing it. People were failing left and right so they decided to compensate in a multitude of ways depending on your situation.
3/17/2016 12:38:08 pm
I passed all GK but reading several years ago. I am preparing to pass the reading test in a couple of weeks, thank you for the feedback. I am still interest in more information, if possible.
4/11/2016 05:44:19 pm
I am on the same situation and it is driving me crazy. I study every day I really need some help
5/16/2016 12:04:16 pm
Jamie Dangler of United University Professions informed me that her association had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for Pearson’s contract to assess incoming teachers. The initial response was a copy of a contract that was 75% redacted. They tried again and most of the redactions were gone. They were shocked to learn that the state pays Pearson nothing to develop or administer the exams; Pearson profits when students fail and take the exam repeatedly.
5/23/2016 07:38:20 pm
I took the Reading for the 4th time and did not pass. The passage regarding the Greek and Roman theatre has been the 1st passage 2 times, and it just boggles my mind. I have not gotten the actual results yet from this last time, but hopefully I did better with all the studying and coaching that I have been getting.I also had the e-waste and graffiti and cave paintings : ( Good luck everyone. Don't give up, I am not, until I have to..
6/17/2016 10:47:20 am
based on the knowledge that I have been able to conclude that their are at least 6 different versions of the test and the stories / passages are remaining the same I don't know if you have passed or not hopefully this helps
12/4/2015 10:58:43 pm
Im still looking for those passages online and I cant find them at all. has anyone found any of these that are on the reading sub test>?
12/10/2015 12:01:38 pm
Hi Alysa. I've been looking for the passages to with no luck yet. If I come across anything I will let you know
3/27/2016 10:01:36 am
Hello. I know this did you ever have any luck finding any of the passages or get positive feedback for these exams? Thanks.
1/4/2016 08:46:23 am
Roger- (I know this question is an older one but still hoping it will help some people). I took the GK exam in November 2015. Passed everything except for the essay. The reading sub-test is very difficult. I have always had a difficult time with reading comprehension and this was almost like reading Greek to me. Nonetheless, as others have said, there is no way you will have time to read (and comprehend) the entire passage and then tackle the questions. Instead, read the question (and the answers) for the passage first. Then once you know what they are looking for, skim the passage trying to deduce what the answer might be. Also look for keywords. Hope this helps.
3/6/2016 03:42:37 pm
5/11/2016 04:10:47 pm
I also passed everything except the essay. I'm an English teacher and I passed my subject area including the essay. Everything seems arbitrary. It's expensive and irritating.
5/11/2016 08:16:44 pm
Sarah I know exactly how you feel. I just found out last night I failed the Essay portion again. I don't understand how I keep failing. I am scoring a 7 which I know an 8 is passing, but dang. This is my last one to pass before I can get certified.
6/15/2016 07:47:59 pm
Ashley, your reply sounds like my story. I have now taken and "not passed" the essay portion of the GK exam three times. The last two times I have received a score of 7, missing a passing score by one point. I also have no clue what I am doing wrong. From what I understand, the score verification process will only tell you what the two scorers gave you, not what specifically you need to work on. Has anyone ever paid the $75 to go through this process? It seems like such a scam.
6/17/2016 05:10:02 pm
I am as ready as my last 4 times to retake the essay portion tomorrow. I passed everything else (1st attempt). In the middle of my confusion I paid $75 for revision!!! I was wasting my money and my time but I didn't know. The process of that is to go to the center, sit and write an explanation letter of why do you think you should have more points !!!!! My advice: don't do it, put $75 more and retake it !!!!
1/12/2016 04:59:09 pm
3/27/2016 10:02:33 am
did u have any luck finding the passages?
5/19/2016 06:37:08 pm
3/6/2016 04:05:22 pm
3/21/2016 08:45:11 pm
thanks Bekah I will be taking the math and ELS portions on April 15 this will be my last attempt since my deadline is the end of April I have taken it 4 times already and I'm still struggling. I appreciate the offer of prayers cause right now a miracle is what its going to take for me to pass.
3/31/2016 02:39:25 pm
Hi, I took the reading test today but I did not pass, i found it very hard, If you go next mouth, could you please tell about the passages ? Thanks,good luck
4/12/2016 05:43:18 pm
Let's complain about this exam!
6/14/2016 01:49:02 pm
3/14/2016 11:38:06 am
4/3/2016 02:56:42 pm
Hi, I will take in a few days reading and essay. Please,please give information about those tests, what passages may be coming and what topics in the essay ?...Thanks!
4/12/2016 05:41:07 pm
David C. LaJeunesse, Chief
4/14/2016 07:42:20 pm
In addition to registering our concerns with Mr. LaJaunesse I think we should contact our local legislatures to complain about the process and the expense.
4/19/2016 08:14:48 pm
I think we should all get together and file a law suit. They are making too difficult to pass. I hear it every day. I will lose my job by June 30th if I don't pass it.
4/30/2016 09:36:00 pm
I just took the GK test today. I had previously passed all the K-6 Elementary exams, and I think the other portions of the exam went well. I was blown away to diacover that I hadn't passed reading. I was 99th percentile in the language pirtik of the GRE! How could I not pass this exam?? I felt rushed and like the questions were very unclear. I didn't have time to read any of the 5 passages in their entirely. I will definitely be fing a complaint.
4/14/2016 08:27:42 pm
Hi! I have a concern. I find this blog amazing and very helpful and encouraging, but I Made a comment somewhere in the blog and I'm having problems finding the answers. I'm getting them in my email, but I can't even find my comment, neither the answers in here..:(.. I have taken the test 4 times and can't pass the essay and reading, The reading I find it very hard because for me, all the answers could be right.. Only we can use the elimination strategy with one answer, the rest are very similar, that's one cons. I haven't been able to do this because I'm not a fast reader, but if you are, reading the questions first to know what you are going to focus on when reading the texts might help.
4/15/2016 05:31:27 am
4/20/2016 07:53:26 am
This may not come out right, but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one struggling with the General Knowledge Exam. My problem is the math portion. I've passed everything else, including the Professional and my subject area: social studies. I've taken the math portion 6 times and plan to take it again. I was terminated from my job July 2014 because I've had trouble with the math. Otherwise my evaluations were great and my principal wanted to keep me. He was forced by the district to dismiss me. This is simply not right. I don't even teach math! If there is something we can do, I'd love to know.
5/12/2016 07:30:45 pm
Does anyone know the May essay topics. I am taking the test May 19th and have already taken this test 7 times. Please help, I need to pass!!! :0(
5/13/2016 06:52:08 am
Hi AJ did you state you took the GRE? if so do you have study guide for that? Or study guide for the GK math, reading , and or language? What was the stories?
5/17/2016 12:41:28 pm
I am taking my Essay towards the end of May. Any knowledge of the prompts would greatly be appreciated. Thanks. Anyone having problems with the math section what helped me was knowing that the answer is there and to skip the harder questions and come back to them.
5/21/2016 07:38:30 pm
Does anyone have the essay topics for this month May 2016, I take the test in 3 days and im really worried about the essay.
5/23/2016 07:44:31 am
I take the test May 31st so I do not know the essay topics sorry :(. But I have seen that one about plagiarism may appear.
5/7/2016 06:46:03 pm
I just had and didn't pass it. There were horrible texts about diabtetes melitus and and the scheme with the missed words from the text. I think it's illegal to charge for exams.I definitely agree with others to write a petition.
5/9/2016 05:18:45 pm
Do you remember the essay prompts? Thank you. You will pass next time!!!
5/12/2016 07:35:03 pm
Gita, What were your writing prompts?
5/18/2016 07:05:35 pm
Gina, Do you remember the essay prompts? Thank you.
6/6/2016 05:58:04 pm
Does anyone no what prompts are for June?
5/16/2016 09:28:28 am
I finally passed the reading after trying for the 8th time! I cannot begin to explain how happy I feel! DO NOT GIVE UP!
5/16/2016 10:03:00 am
5/19/2016 12:18:04 pm
please I will take reading this month. what are the topics on the reading test.
5/23/2016 04:57:23 pm
I'm taking the reading gk test for the 3rd time this Thursday, May 26th anything on the passages or insight. It has been 20 years since I have been in school and don't remember reading ever being this hard!
Clara A Barlow
5/24/2016 10:12:13 am
I have failed the essay part of the GK 4 times. I lost my job because I could not pass the four parts of the test. I will be happy to sign the petition.
5/26/2016 03:05:14 pm
I just took GK reading for the 4th time too! What was something in your preparation that you did differently before taking the passing test!
6/15/2016 08:00:34 pm
I gladly signed the petition. I too have lost my job because I haven't passed the GK essay portion for the third time. I missed it twice by one point! I teach kindergarten. How often do I write or teach essays?!
4/19/2014 11:01:04 pm
I found the reading sub-test to be easier than the practice tests I took. If you take enough practice tests, you will start to see the same types of questions pop up. The same goes for the Professional Exam. Pay attention to what they consider to be the "right" answers. Read the questions first, skim the answers, and then go through the text and find those answers in the reading.
5/17/2016 11:06:28 am
10/29/2015 07:03:01 pm
11/19/2015 06:04:58 pm
I had the same question and I answered it and remembered right at the end to list the disadvantages.
12/28/2015 07:22:56 am
I had the same essay topic and I did not pass.
1/8/2016 07:49:39 pm
I also chose this prompt for my essay portion. I failed with a 6/12. I am devastated because I felt confident with my response to the essay prompt. I do not understand why I failed.
2/12/2016 09:12:10 pm
2/27/2016 05:51:26 pm
What's up with these exams. They make someone feel so dumb.
4/14/2016 07:44:31 pm
The thing that really bothers me is that I have to pay $75 to find out what I need work on and then pay another $150 to take the test again.
4/18/2016 07:57:20 pm
Terri, Requesting a review is a big mistake; they never provide a reason for your score.
12/10/2015 11:59:16 am
Thanks for the tips @ Melissa. I've taken the reading 3 time and have not passed. I studied and everything. Feel discouraged at time. Would anyone like to form a study group or something and maybe we can pass this thing with each others support
1/26/2016 01:44:53 pm
Have you passed Reading yet? I just took it two days ago for the fourth time and haven't passed!
1/27/2016 02:03:23 pm
I took the GK test today, I passed all sections except the English Language part. Any advice!!!!! On the sentence structure I am having a hard time with these! URH!!!!!
2/28/2016 08:16:51 pm
Hello Bekah have you retaken the GK?
3/6/2016 03:45:26 pm
I'm retaking the reading for the 4th time in April. Pray for me guys.
4/20/2016 08:11:34 am
Hello, I've seen some of you are really in trouble with reading. Well, I passed it in my first attempt. I had to study Reading comprehension for my Master Degree;I picked that communicative skill per se. My piece of advice is very similar to one posted before. Read the answers first and try to figure out the key words inside the statements, they will give you the clue of what and where to search in the text. I don't consider either that you have to read the whole passage, just skim the reading and scan for the information according to the words you consider are the key ones. Wish you luck next time!
4/20/2016 07:49:40 pm
Where did you find the practice test from? I know when I took the subject area it was noting like the test. Thanks
4/25/2016 05:45:18 pm
where did you get the practice test from?
5/23/2016 04:04:57 pm
Hi Eneda, could you send math materials you used to pass to firstname.lastname@example.org? Thanks.
5/13/2016 06:58:54 am
Hi Melissa do you study guides for either of those exams? Prof. and Gk? what was the passages?
7/25/2014 01:51:23 pm
I am currently waiting on my essay score. I read you notes just now and feel panicked. My concern is the I wrote a 6 paragraph essay. An intro 4 body paragraphs and a conclusion. My body paragraphs were two pros and two cons for benefits and drawbacks for online schools. Waiting for this score is torture. I have a teaching job as long as I passed all sections of the gkt. I'm only waiting on the essay.
8/11/2014 02:59:54 pm
Did you get your results for your essay?
7/29/2015 12:02:00 am
I know you pain I'm going through this right now!
8/6/2015 12:29:48 pm
For those who passed the essay...
4/22/2016 08:07:21 am
I passed everything but the math portion. Did not provide a title for my essay question. What I did find out is that you should complete your essay before time runs out. They take points off if time expires. I stopped typing 5 mins before time ran out.
8/7/2014 04:14:20 am
Do anybody have the questions and answers to the Gk
3/27/2016 10:05:33 am
hello. Did u ever have any luck with the got exam?
3/31/2016 01:36:35 pm
Hi, can I help you?
8/15/2014 02:38:22 am
Any suggestions!!!!! I have taken the FTCE GKT 4 times. I passed the reading and math the first time. but I can't pass the ELS or Eassy Part.. its super hard.. I am taking it on monday again. I have tried everything… Any Suggestions Please.. i have a job waiting for me to pass...
8/15/2014 05:11:36 am
On the essay part, pick a topic you feel confident talking about. Make sure you address all the things the question asks you to address. First paragraph should say what you are going to discuss. The next 2-3 paragraphs should discuss your topic. Avoid slang and cliché phrases. Spelling is important! ! That paragraph should summarize what you talked about.
6/17/2016 11:41:17 am
Thanks Melissa I wish I would have find this blog a loooooong time ago this has been very beneficial
10/14/2014 01:10:16 am
I am so really frustrated. "
11/30/2015 05:55:13 am
The Essay is mainly Structure and Grammar if you do well with those two parts you will pass.
12/23/2015 01:02:30 am
I Finally passed the essay on the fifth try! I wrote only four paragraphs. It asked for 2 strategies to solve the lack of budget and teachers for mentoring. This time I included personal experiences. I also took the advice from this blog and started planning it during the choosing period. It gave me a couple extra minutes. Don't give up!!
12/23/2015 10:56:47 am
CONGRATS Lynn! What a great news for the holidays. I wish I could say the same for myself. :( Was the prompt a repeated prompt for you?
3/24/2016 01:40:47 pm
What strategies did you come up with?
6/14/2016 10:53:40 pm
Hi, I took the test today and had the same writing prompt. The last post from Lynn was from December and It's now June, they refresh every 6 months I'm assuming???
5/13/2016 08:17:25 am
I feel the same, I am waiting for may score on June 10 2016. I took essay part of GK several times. I don't know what more to do. I pass everything subject area, professional. I am ready to teach Math 6-12 in Orlando Area.
5/21/2016 08:21:32 pm
@Kein, do you remember the essay topics for May? I take the essay portion in 3 days and this would help so much.
6/10/2016 08:56:37 pm
What were the prompts for the essay you took?
Pass the Essay
6/13/2016 07:02:06 pm
Appeal within 30 days of receiving your non-passing score. I did and won the appeal. So did my co-worker.
12/15/2014 07:53:51 am
I took the GKT Essay 3 times and I cannot pass it. I pass my other three tests. It's exhausting do not know what to do with this. I'm going to take the test for the fourth time this Friday, any idea. Please!
12/15/2014 10:47:57 am
There is a basic formula for these kinds of essays. Introductory paragraph, 2-3 paragraphs of what you're talking about, and a conclusive paragraph to wrap up what you wrote about. Be sure you choose a topic that is comfortable for you. Spelling and grammar are very important. If you would like to write a practice essay and email it to me in the next day or so, it would give me a better idea of what you can work on.
12/2/2015 02:22:03 pm
Did you pass? I'm taking my exam for the 4th time next week. My prompts were parental involvement, obesity then costs and benefits of reading/Internet as a pastime. So frustrating. :(
12/23/2015 10:49:00 pm
Yes, I had had the same essay question a few tests ago. Also, I found it more productive to not write much on my whiteboard except to plan. I found typing to be faster than copying from the whiteboard. I made spelling corrections as I went along instead of going back at the end. Every essay question I have had I have seen on this blog. Go through the blog and write down all the essay questions people are posting. Make sure you include a personal connection or experience as well as a call for action in your last sentences. You never know..changes may be made after January on the tests that will help. I actually called to ask if they were panning to make any changes but the woman I spoke to had no knowledge of it. Let's keep our fingers crossed!!
4/19/2016 08:17:20 pm
The intro needs to be with a good hook. Like begin with a question and end it with the topic. Then start your body with whatever it is they want you to write about.
12/18/2014 05:28:54 am
Can you write just 4 paragraphs on the GKT?
12/18/2014 06:17:23 am
Yes. As long as you're covering the topic properly with good grammar and sentence structure, you should be fine. That's the best I can offer. I've never graded a GKT, just took the exam. :)
12/28/2014 03:24:11 am
I need help with the General Knowledge English part. I passed the math, reading and essay. I really need to pass this test.
1/1/2015 08:13:02 am
What have you been using to study for that section so far?
11/18/2015 11:58:11 am
Can you email some tips as well
12/2/2015 04:59:28 am
I have taken the english 7 times already can not seem to pass it. I need help please.
9/6/2015 08:18:56 pm
I can help you. I passed it last week. Please email me directly.
10/18/2015 07:58:59 pm
I would like to know what you use or what you did to pass your Ftce GK.
10/19/2015 07:21:13 pm
Can you help me with the math gk please
10/20/2015 03:43:55 pm
My wife has taken the the reading portion 5 times and can not pass it, I am looking for someone who has passed it to talk with her, can you please help?
11/11/2015 09:46:46 am
11/27/2015 01:13:11 am
Please advise. I flunked the reading portion twice. I remember the answers were so similar.
12/29/2015 10:48:10 am
I have my temporary for K-12 Physical Education. Looking to take GKT. I have been studying. Thanks
Janie **Help!** FTCE GK ELS and Reading
1/20/2016 03:26:52 am
Hi Mark, Hope you are still available to help! I have just received my results for Reading and ELS and I still can not pass. I am scheduled to take the test again in the next two weeks. I may not be able to get my Professional Certification.
3/4/2016 01:07:08 pm
I cannot pass the GK ELS
4/15/2016 02:20:57 pm
5/1/2016 11:37:21 am
Hi I know it has been a year but I was wondering if you still had some useful tips, tricks, study guides, etc. regarding the FTCE ELS test
5/4/2016 05:51:56 am
HI! I seen your comment about passing the GK. I was wondering if you had any tips in helping me to pass it, thanks!
1/1/2015 08:39:02 am
I have been using Rea second edition.
MELISSA PARK VOSHELL
1/3/2015 09:20:37 am
Unfortunately, there are no magic formulas for this section. However, the more practice tests you take, the more your chances will increase of seeing the same TYPES of questions on the real test. Are there certain concepts that give you more trouble than others? Punctuation, grammar, etc.?
1/3/2015 01:16:39 pm
Modifiers and grammar. I made 196 on the test the first time I took it in April of last year.. I think the test have got harder because I made a 188 on the last time I took it..Do you know where I can get practice tests from?
MELISSA PARK VOSHELL
1/4/2015 10:52:43 am
Practice tests are included in most, if not all, the exam study guides (REA, Cliff's Notes, etc). I think if you Google practice exams, you might find different sites with test questions you can practice with.
1/22/2015 12:24:02 pm
Thank you so much for this informative blog! I took the GKT today and I am a bit dissapointed with the results. I feel I passed the essay section.
1/22/2015 01:20:01 pm
Congrats on doing well on the essay part! That's usually the section most people have trouble with. Good luck with passing the other sections.
5/18/2015 10:23:55 am
2/12/2016 07:37:33 pm
Hi Dali, do you remember the 2 prompts they gave you? What city did you take the essay?
1/27/2015 10:07:04 pm
I am taking the FTCE for the first time in about 2 weeks. My biggest challenge is usually math. That and all things considered, what advice would anyone have for some one in my situation
1/28/2015 03:48:55 am
Take as many practice tests as you can. But don't study for the first practice test. That way you can see the areas in math that need extra attention.
2/27/2015 02:21:59 am
Where I can find essay prompts to practice FTCE-GK- essat sub-test?
2/27/2015 01:23:31 am
I want to do an essay test in a few weeks .What are the themes of the essays that people doing recently?
2/27/2015 04:29:37 am
I honestly don't know. I do know the topics are pretty general so it should be relatively easy to pick a topic and tailor it to something you're comfortable talking about.
2/28/2016 08:18:41 pm
4/21/2015 05:14:37 am
I am an English major. I graduated with honors from the University of Florida. I have written 15 page papers for doctors. I passed everything BUT the essay. I was confident that I passed the essay portion of the test and was very upset and depressed when I learned that I did not.I just took the essay again and the prompts were this time very confusing and hard to respond to with a traditional essay, especially in 50 minutes. I fear that I have failed the essay again. The state of Florida has now taken almost $500 from me. This whole ordeal makes me want to stop teaching. I have had my own class for three years. It's all very sad and discouraging.
4/21/2015 01:20:39 pm
I understand your frustration. I already had a few years of teaching under my belt, as well when I went through the certification process. I believe the exam has changed since I last took it, so the essay requirements might be different now. You might try searching for someone who has taken it and passed it within the last year and ask for their advice. You never know, you may have passed this time around.
5/12/2015 01:36:34 pm
5/12/2015 01:39:56 pm
I have just found out that I will have to take the essay test for a fourth time and I feel that I can't study any more than I already have. What is even more frustrating is the fact that on January 1st of this year they decided to change the passing grade for the essay from 6 to 8. The first two attempts I had scored a 6, and the third a 7. At this point I think I'm would be better off teaching at a private school, it would be less stress and I can stop giving the state my money for these pointless exams.
MELISSA PARK VOSHELL
5/12/2015 01:49:22 pm
I feel you. I really do. If you decide to try a fifth time, I'd be happy to look at a sample of your writing and give you some feedback. Just let me know.
9/15/2015 06:23:14 am
Same here - I also scored a 6,6,7. Waiting on the results of my 4th try. This is so incredibly frustrating. I feel your pain.
12/2/2015 02:24:14 pm
Did you pass?
9/6/2015 08:21:44 pm
10/24/2015 02:46:10 pm
I've taken gk math several times without success. It's not really the concepts I struggle with it is the wording. It is so confusing to me. Any suggestions.
11/10/2015 08:15:50 am
I passed all 3 parts except reading. Do you have any suggestions on how to pass? I've then it 3 times and I've bought books and still nothing.
11/16/2015 06:56:20 pm
Mark can you help me. Ehay study guides should I get to study?
11/18/2015 12:04:51 pm
Mark can you email me. I need some help
11/24/2015 11:14:32 am
11/26/2015 01:11:36 pm
Mark can you please help me with the essay portion
12/3/2015 12:26:35 pm
Yolanda K. Evans
12/29/2015 10:45:42 pm
Hello, If any information i can get would be greatly appreciated. I need to study for GK test and needs great study materials. Do you know where I can locate some please and thanks. I really need to pass this test. I can't enroll in Bachelor program until i pass test by feb 2016.
1/11/2016 09:40:48 pm
Please help need to know what type of questions I need to study for all 4 sub test or I need good study guides to help me out.
1/12/2016 03:31:44 pm
1/16/2016 07:20:48 am
Mark please contact me about the 4 tests....help
2/15/2016 04:48:48 pm
2/19/2016 12:08:38 pm
Hello. Can you please give me some feedback on the ftce. What I should concentrate on in the math and English/reading. I'd really appreciate it. PLease email me. Thanks.
5/1/2016 11:43:03 am
6/16/2016 02:34:35 pm
Mark, I would like your help if you are still available. I passed ELS and Math and will be retaking Reading and Essay in a week.
6/17/2016 12:12:26 pm
hi mark I am in need of passing the reading and essay part of the exam please please email me if you are able to help email@example.com thanks in advance
2/17/2016 01:56:29 pm
Same thing happened to me. I also have an English major and have been teaching English for 15 years already. Graduated with Honors from my University in Cuba (studied there to be an English teacher). Worked at a Medicall University for more than 10 years teaching English to doctors and dentists. When I came to this country I inmediately started the steps to certification because I wanted to continue teaching. I took the General Knowledge last January and passed everything on the first try BUT the Essay. I was also confident that I had passed and was terribly dissapointed yesterday to find out that I didn't pass, got 6 points. I am so depressed right now. I already have a teaching job and I am going to lose it if I don't pass the Essay. The FLDOE gave me till July to pass the GK test. I can understand your frustration.
2/17/2016 03:53:06 pm
My deadline is April 29...then I'm out of a job...so depressing
3/3/2016 07:14:53 am
Hola Meisy, yo tambien soy cubano y estoy intentando pasr el gk, el 29 de febrero hice ELS and Math y las pase, pero un he hecho todavia reading and the essay. Si vas este mes me pudieras ayudar con los prompts del essay que te salgan? Si puedes escribeme a mi email, please, gracias
3/8/2016 09:14:16 am
Gracias meisy por tus advices los tendre muy en cuenta saludos.
3/8/2016 09:48:12 am
Thanks you Meisy yo vi lo q me respondio y voy a tomar su consejo en el test tendre en cuenta lo d tiempo en casa estoy leyendo y practicando mucho for improve my reading skills thansks again
3/8/2016 05:22:11 pm
Hola Meisy, primero agradecerte por tus oportunos comentarios. Ahora mismo estoy tomando el subtest General Knowledge y me estoy preparando para presentarme a Reading And Essay en este mes de marzo, por favor si fueras tan amable y me aconsejaras en estos temas y que pudiera servirme como preparacion
3/30/2016 08:57:25 pm
Hola! Me podrías ayudar con el math sub test y language arts?
4/7/2016 01:54:46 pm
4/7/2016 02:05:12 pm
Hello, I am Cuban too and reading your situation I see my own. I got 6 points as well; the worst thing was that I was really confident about what I did. Please, some advice would be well received, I am taking it this month again. Sincerely, Walny.
4/12/2016 05:49:00 pm
Let's complain! This is ridiculous!
5/11/2016 10:24:12 pm
I'm in the same boat. I am stunned that I passed the English subject area exam/essay without passing the General Knowledge essay.
5/12/2016 07:48:08 pm
I am going through the same thing...taken the essay test again May 19th. I am not giving up... If anyone has taken the essay test in May... Can you please post the writing prompts.
6/6/2016 12:16:02 am
Pass the Essay!
6/13/2016 07:00:28 pm
I would encourage any and everyone who has taken the essay portion and not passed to APPEAL. I believe you have to request the appeal within 30 days of receiving your score. At the appeal appointment, you will be shown your essay and provided an opportunity to "argue" for the extra point. You'll have 50 minutes to make your point (using a computer) while viewing your essay. Use very specific language from the rubric to compare your essay with that. You will NOT be allowed to take any notes with you so it is extremely important to KNOW the scoring rubric as you'll need this info to argue being awarded any extra points. I'd taken the test multiple times and receive the same exact score each time. A co-worker who appealed and won suggested that I do this. It worked! Trust me. Pearson is not counting on many appeals. If you appeal and are not awarded the extra points, you can appeal again. The second appeal will actually occur before a panel of individuals. Pearson does not want this, as they do not want to be exposed. So please, please, please appeal!
4/4/2016 05:09:11 pm
Hi Jorge, I'm sorry to hear about that! Do you remember any of the topics that you were asked to write about? I'm a Spanish teacher trying to pass the essay:_(
4/17/2016 07:36:01 pm
Jorge, I am also a recent graduate with an english degree. I just took the english 6-12 certification test and failed the essay. I am so depressed because I thought I surely had passed it. I am scheduled to take the essay again this friday. Have you found any good websites that may help?
5/26/2016 01:18:16 pm
Did you get a response? I failed it too. Lots of scenarios and I just didn't know the correct answers. I was off by 22 points.
5/12/2015 11:34:55 pm
I would really appreciate it if you could give me some feedback on my writing. I will be taking the essay for a the third time next week. The first time, I didn't give sufficient examples and REALLY underestimated the test. The second time I freaked out and almost had a breakdown. The prompts were SUPER confusing and hard to organize into an essay. I have one last chance, and then I will lose my temporary teaching certificate and my teaching job. No pressure. lol
5/13/2015 04:23:16 am
Class Action Lawsuit
10/27/2015 09:32:27 pm
I think we should all ban together and file a class action lawsuit. A one billion dollar suit was recently filed against the LA County school district. I'll soon be making my third attempt at passing the essay exam. If you look on the site, the rubric for passing the essay exam only includes 6 points not 8 (even though the minimum score to pass is 8). Also, if you call to ask about how the exams is scored, you receive varying answers. I've even ben told that my final score was a combined total of two judges. Really?! Meaning, two judges could have scored me at a 3 and a 4? I think it's all about the money.
11/14/2015 11:54:55 am
I agree. This is getting ridiculous. They say the essay questions are general, but the last two essay tests I took were very wordy and specific. The most frustrating part is that they do not give you any feedback, so you have no idea what you did wrong. It is so subjective.
1/16/2016 07:26:29 am
I think this is a money making scheme, also. We are learning for the test and will never use this $%!+....I am on my 3rd attempt. They are ripping us off. I got a 7 on my last essay, one point off?....ARE YOU KIDDING ME....now I have to spend more money....WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!! I'm all for a class action law suit, too.
2/3/2016 04:18:24 pm
Agreed. Where do we start?
2/17/2016 06:14:02 am
I think you are right on the issue. It's all about making 701Million a year.
2/20/2016 09:48:09 am
I have taken the Middle Grades Science test twice...at $200 (1st time) and $220 (recently the 2nd time)
Pass the Essay!
6/13/2016 07:11:03 pm
I received a 7 on the essay 3 times. Your score is a combined total score of two raters. In my case, one rater scored my essay a 4, the other scored it a 3. The two scores comprised my total score of 7. After speaking with a co-worker friend of mine who failed, appealed and won, I decided to do the same. Afterall, I had nothing to lose. So I memorized the rubric, appealed, proved I met the standards according to their rubric and won the appeal. I would advise anyway in this situation to do the same.
12/3/2015 12:27:22 pm
3/3/2016 07:45:26 am
Hi Eddie. I am actually going for the Essay again this Saturday. So, wish me some luck. I am currently working as an ESOL Reading teacher and it is too stressing to think that I might lose my job because of the Essay. The topics I have seen in this website are too far away from our Cuban reality. YO SOLO LLEVO DOS ANOS EN ESTE PAIS, there are so many things from the American way of living that I don't know yet. We don't have taxes or insurances or online University degree programs in Cuba. But, I'll keep trying till the end. Voy para el segundo intento el sabado. Si me envias tu email te comento los prompts q me salgan en mi test. Guapea tu tambien, los cubanos somos duros. GOOD LUCK.
3/3/2016 08:01:31 am
3/3/2016 11:07:29 am
Hi Adam. Thank you for your advice. This time I have been researching about the topics most people are posting on this website. I have been writing Essays and the Reading coach in my school has been checking them. She says there is nothing wrong with my grammar and Essay structure. I guess the thing I didn't do the first time was to include any anecdotal experience, so maybe the judges believed that my evidence was not enough. I followed all the steps to write an essay, made sure my thesis statement was clear in the introduction, supported with evidence in the second and third paragraphs, came back to my initial thesis in the conclusion, BUT I didn't use any statistical analysis or anecdote or anything like that to support the evidences. I am just guessing. There is no way to know what went wrong. Thank you for sharing.
3/3/2016 06:13:05 pm
Hola Meisy, Te quiero desear mucha suerte este sábado en el examen del essay, como decimos nosotros los cubanos, "no es fácil"
3/4/2016 07:30:35 am
Que bueno oir a alguien de mi pais, me hace sentir aliviado y feliz, gracias por contestarme. Yo tambien llevo un ano y medio aqui y todavia me siento confused, pero como tu dices los cubanos somos una roca dura de roer. A mi me que da por hacer este mes Reading and Essay. Te deseo lo mejor en tu test el sabado, my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3/5/2016 04:19:37 pm
Hola Meisy, como te fue en el test hoy? Dios quiera y hayas salido bien, bueno tal vez no la haz hecho todavia. Cuando puedas me escribes a mi correo email@example.com para saber los prompts que te salieron, thanks you
3/8/2016 09:56:16 am
Una ultima pregunta no recuerdas los textos o articulos q t salieron, hace mucho examinastes, tu examen fue en la florida. Quiciera tener algun hint me preocupa el no pass saludos
3/21/2016 12:27:46 pm
Me y si me pudiera decir los te mas q te salieron en el essay. Please ...gracias
3/25/2016 08:59:47 am
@ When did you pass the essay part?
3/31/2016 01:54:43 pm
Hi Meisy, how have you been? Como te fue en essay, have you gotten the score yet? I took reading subtest today but I did not pass, and I need to wait for essay score. Gracias por tu ayuda.
3/9/2016 11:51:11 am
Hi Zoily, as I've said before el Reading es una prueba bien "challenging" principalmente por el tiempo q es "too tight". Yo te recomiendo q no pierdas tiempo leyendo los pasajes completos, just skim through the text and go straight to the questions, te van a preguntar mayormente por main idea, author's purpose, similarities, differences etc. En mi prueba los dos primeros pasajes eran un solo texto pero los otros dos eran dos "different pieces of articles" en cada pasaje mayormente para compararlos, pedian common purpose, similar information, etc. Si te detienes a leer carefully no te va a dar tiempo, por eso te digo, just skim, get the idea and focus on the questions. Yo lo hice de esa manera y la aprobe en el primer intento. Te deseo suerte en tu prueba.
3/21/2016 02:58:43 pm
Hola meysi si fueras tan amable de decirme los topic q the salieron el dia 3 ...te deseo que lo pasaras..gracias
3/22/2016 09:45:37 am
Hola Mari. Los prompts q me salieron en el essay fueron:
4/6/2016 01:19:34 pm
Hi Eddie, NOPE, NOTHING, NADA, I don't have my Essay results yet. It's been five weeks already. It is SOOO stressing. I am so sorry about your Reading, try again, you will pass it. Next time try just to skim through the test and go straight to the questions, you'll save time doing it. Keep trying, I am sure you will pass :)
4/12/2016 05:53:09 pm
Let's flood his mailbox!
4/13/2016 10:21:10 am
Hi everyone. I got my Essay results last night and I PASSED!!!! I can't believe I am done with the General Knowledge. I passed everything else on my first try and the Essay on the second try. The only thing I did different this time on my Essay was to include personal experiences. For all the ones that still have to pass it, just keep trying and don't give up. Good luck!!! I hope to read good news from many people soon.
5/15/2015 01:45:43 am
Hello...I recently took the GKT and did not pass the reading or essay portion. The reading portion was only difficult because the passages are long and the questions are in depth making it really difficult to answer 40 in 40 min. I got a 190 out of 200, and was not able to answer 2 passages worth of question as I ran out of time. I am confident that I will pass if I can answer all the question... Any strategies to help me to answer all the questions?
5/21/2015 04:47:27 am
I had the same topics, and I didn't pass. I want retake it next month. I like to know if you took it already.
5/21/2015 02:24:50 pm
Hi Ashley, I have not retaken it yet...I'm scheduled for first week in June. Yeah those topics were ridiculous. I took the test in St Pete
5/22/2015 02:11:49 am
I had my test in Lakeland and yes the topic was ridiculous. I want to retake on June 12. I want to send you my email please let me know if it is ok.
5/22/2015 07:39:52 am
Yes Ashley that would be fine to give me your email.
5/22/2015 09:44:18 am
Hi Tiffany, and thank you my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
5/29/2015 12:35:00 am
Hi Tiffany, do you have a date for you test?
5/29/2015 01:52:59 am
Ashley, I take mine again on the 5th
5/29/2015 02:15:28 am
I am going to take mine again on June 12. Do you have any extra resources?
9/10/2015 06:22:00 pm
I also had those topics and failed with a 7
6/6/2015 08:11:17 am
Did you take the test today?
6/6/2015 08:44:30 am
No, I took the May 21. The reading test had a delayed score report
6/6/2015 09:25:39 am
I need to pass the essay essay :(
6/8/2015 12:02:34 am
6/8/2015 12:30:36 am
Ok and I am sorry for you reading test let me know if anything that I could help you.
6/9/2015 01:31:52 pm
Anyone lives in St. Petersburg and wants to do a study group at a nearby library?
ROBERTO LUIS SOTERO
6/6/2016 07:23:27 am
Hello, please I need the essays prompts for this month.
12/3/2015 12:29:04 pm
Did you get any pros and cons prompts?
1/14/2016 04:31:03 pm
What are the advantages and disadvantages of parental involvement in schools.
1/16/2016 06:38:50 pm
Higher education is becoming more expensive. Because of this people are enrolling in less expensive online degree programs. What are the advantages and disadvantages of online degree programs?
6/14/2016 03:27:53 pm
Yes the online degree prompt were the exact one that I had as well for my 4th essay. I took my essay portion in May. I used all of the tips and techniques advised as well as anything I gained from reading "Writing Essays For Dummies". I even included a personal experience. After all of this combined I still managed to receive a 7. That is the exact score I received on my essay try # 3. Does anyone have the name and contact info of the lawyer working on this? I really can not afford to keep paying $150.00 every time. It is very frustrating when you do so well in the courses and your ready to teach, but something so simple as 1 point is holding us back!
3/4/2016 07:15:13 am
Hola Sofia. It's good to know that we all support each other. Of course I will publish the Essay prompts, but if you send me your email I'll send them to you. Para el Reading te voy a dar un consejo, el gran reto de esa prueba es el tiempo, no leas todo el texto antes de contestar las preguntas, just skim through the text just to have an idea of what it is about, then focus on the questions, that way you'll save time. I did it like that and it worked out, I passed it on my first try!!! Yo pertenezco al distrito de Pinellas, ya llevo un tiempo dentro del sistema de Educacion, trate de "colarme " en cuanto pude. A los 3 meses de estar viviendo en el pais cogi una plaza de Asistente Bilingue en una Middle School para coger experiencia y despues q tuve la Eligibilty del FDOE empece a buscar trabajo como profesora. Desde Agosto 2015 estoy trabajando como ESOL Reading teacher en una Middle. My Temporary Certification is for ESOL and ENGLISH. I am still a BEGINNER in this country (that how we call our new ESOL students). I've been living here for only two years and 5 months!!! It is still difficult to adjust. Good luck to you too.
3/4/2016 09:30:43 am
Hi Eddie, don't worry, I'll share the prompts I get this Saturday. Let's hope I get some "easy" topics
3/5/2016 12:13:53 pm
3/7/2016 05:02:39 pm
Hola Meisy la felicito por lo rapido q ha logrado entrar al sistema de educacion y por tanto esfuerzo qme imagino haya echo. Yo soy otra cubana mas q deseo unirme a este grupo para cooperar en lo q pueda ayudando y pidiendo ayuda a su vez. A mi me falta pasar reading and essay y tratando d salir adelante si pudiera compartirme alguna experiencia sobre reading pienso examinar el 14 d marzo. Se lo agradeceria mucho saludos
4/19/2016 08:52:42 pm
to pass the reading you need to skim over the passages. Usually you find the answers on the first and last sentences of every paragraph. Usually the main idea is on the first paragraph. This passages are too long and you are wasting your time reading all of it.
5/18/2015 10:28:34 am
I had to retake the essay portion today and I think I did great. Is it mandatory to include personal experience I'm the essay. I chose to write about the advantages and disadvantages of parental involvement in schools.
MELISSA PARK VOSHELL
5/18/2015 10:32:42 am
Yes! I think personal experience helps a lot. Good luck on your score.
5/18/2015 12:29:25 pm
Thanks! I was extremely nervous but I was able to finish it. Can't wait to pass all of them. This is very stressful.
6/1/2015 12:23:55 pm
I am starting to think Pearson is stealing our money big time!!! This is getting ridiculous.
6/2/2015 12:54:57 am
Did you receive your score?
4/24/2016 05:17:43 pm
5/21/2015 04:42:19 am
Where you took the essay?
4/28/2016 03:16:49 pm
I passed the essay on the first try. If you anyone wants to send me their essay to proof it for them my email is email@example.com
5/29/2015 01:53:39 am
Dali, what topics did you have to choose from?
3/8/2016 08:14:04 am
Hola Laritza. El Reading es una prueba bien "challenging" principalmente por el tiempo q es "too tight". Yo te recomiendo q no pierdas tiempo leyendo los pasajes completos, just skim through the text and go straight to the questions, te van a preguntar mayormente por main idea, author's purpose, similarities, differences etc. Al menos en mi prueba los dos primeros pasajes eran un solo texto pero los otros dos eran dos "different pieces of articles" en cada pasaje basicamente para compararlos, pedian common purpose, similar information, etc. Si te detienes a leer carefully no te va a dar tiempo, por eso te digo, just skim, get the idea and focus on the questions. Yo lo hice de esa manera y la aprobe en el primer intento. Te deseo suerte en tu prueba.
6/12/2016 06:41:25 pm
5/21/2015 10:03:41 pm
I took the GKT yesterday and felt pretty confident about my essay. The only issue is that my paragraphs may be too short. I have to wait 5 weeks for the scores on my Essay and Reading. I did pass the Math and English portion.
5/22/2015 07:41:14 am
Tiffany G....What were your topic choices?
9/6/2015 08:31:16 pm
6/5/2015 05:34:23 am
I am so discouraged. I just found out that I have failed the Reading GKT for the 6th time. I am graduating with honors and passed the other GKT sections, professional test, and subject area tests on the first try. I can't start my internship until I pass this reading. I don't know what to do and don't want this to keep me from my degree or the profession I have dreamed of my whole life. I need some HELP!
6/5/2015 06:04:30 am
Maybe you can take one of your practice exams to an English teacher in your area and go over the questions you got wrong. Maybe there are certain types of questions that are holding you back.
6/5/2015 08:44:07 am
Just found out that I did not pass the reading as well.
6/6/2015 02:41:34 pm
Hello everyone, I came across this website last night when I was studying last minute for my GKT in which I took this morning. Unfortunately, I did not pass the Reading section, but I was able to pass the Math and English portions. The essay topics were completely out of left field, in which my 2 topics to choose from were: 1. Advantages and disadvantages on choosing a major upon entering college, and 2. Pros and cons of having vending machines in schools. I chose the first topic, but with myself being a horrible essay writer, I have to admit I struggled to prepare a well written essay in the time given. The Math and English portions were both fairly easy in my opinion, but that's only because those have been my strong subjects throughout my education. The Reading section on the other hand is the complete opposite. If anyone has any websites or resources that could benefit me in passing the Reading section, I would greatly appreciate it.
6/8/2015 12:01:00 am
6/9/2015 01:15:51 pm
Just found out that I didn't pass my essay. This is so frustrating and expensive!
6/10/2015 12:15:30 pm
my essay questions were...1. should graduating students be required to do community service to graduate? 2. something about computers in class...?
12/3/2015 12:32:55 pm
Was it disadvantages and advantages question for the community service one?
11/2/2015 07:55:49 am
I took it about a week ago and these were my two topics. I chose the vending machines. I did not pass the math and I am waiting on the score for the essay.
12/2/2015 02:27:11 pm
Was this your first time taking the essay?
6/9/2015 02:04:59 pm
6/9/2015 03:15:07 pm
6/9/2015 04:04:09 pm
Sorry to hear that Dai
6/9/2015 11:08:13 pm
6/9/2015 11:20:31 pm
I am totally with you. Please contact me 321-443-4053
6/10/2015 11:57:43 pm
12/8/2015 03:55:15 pm
I agree something needs to be done. I've studied for at least 2 months and aced all of the practice tests but did not pass the FTCE. Something is not adding up. I'm on board.........Please email me
6/10/2015 01:59:44 am
we need to do something immediately!
6/17/2015 07:25:33 pm
I agree..... Something is not right! It really makes a person not want to teach. I do not understand why we have to take a GKT,,,,,, did we not go to college for 4 years?????? It should just be the subject area and the professional. They really really need to discontinue this test. They are losing a lot of Great Teachers! I guess money is all that count to them... money from teachers who are being paid nickels.
7/1/2015 10:37:50 am
I'm in the same boat. I have been accepted into the UF Early Childhood Ed program with the requirement of passing the fgkt by Fall. I've signed a year lease and Im really starting to freak that Im not going to qualify because of this test. Since I've been a child, reading and writing has been my strong subjects. I've failed the reading portion twice and currently waiting on my last writing score. Something has to be wrong. I thought I had definitely passed the reading portion the last time I took the test. Any suggestions for me as I have my last attempt at this horrible test??
7/18/2015 10:39:14 am
I need advice/help! I took the FTCE-GK-Reading section today and did not pass. I studied from the 2nd edition Cliff Notes book and scored 36 out of 40 on all 3 practice tests. I also took the official praxis test in LA & passed. The reading passage questions compared 2 passages or paragraphs with one another, than asked questions about them. Cliff notes nor the official FtCE download does not have a similar questions at all. I'm baffled, where do I find these sample question...? Please Help; I was so confidant before the exam! PS...Does anyone think the location or day the exam is scheduled makes a difference? I'm wondering if they are randomly generated or chosen by the testers? Coni
12/27/2015 01:10:17 pm
I am so over this exam. I have spent all year trying to pass and have only passed the English. I think it is a money making conspiracy.
6/9/2015 11:13:41 pm
can anybody who has passed the reading and the essay give me any suggestions. Do not know what else to do in order to pass them. Thanks!
7/28/2015 07:51:37 am
I'm in the same boat, I've failed the Reading twice, this is ridiculous, I have a Masters from George Mason. The questions are written to waste your time trying to figure out what it is that they are asking for.. If anyone has suggestions please help... I can help with the Math.,
10/10/2015 12:46:06 pm
Hi will you please send me the math and reading portion where to practice although i already practice cliff notes but reading is hard too many questions. Not enough time!
11/9/2015 05:51:38 pm
Please forward any study material for math to my email address
11/10/2015 12:25:20 pm
Hi Shawn can you please send me your practice test for gkt math please please! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
11/25/2015 11:13:14 pm
hi Shawn we can trade..........your math for my english..............passed it on the first round. it was a breeze, but math............im suffering in that area............send me an email outside of this blog
5/6/2016 06:52:02 am
Hi Shawn can you email me your practice math you did to pass the math portion on the test
5/21/2016 12:12:27 pm
Hi, Can you send me your study information for math? Thx.
6/10/2015 05:25:23 am
6/19/2015 01:48:10 pm
Now I am a bit concern that I only wrote 4 paragraphs ( but each containing 5 sentences of more ) :( . Do you remember the minimum word count by any chance? Thanks Ela!
6/10/2015 05:08:07 am
Thank you for replying in a timely manner!!! As for the ELS portion, it is all about paying attention to details because the test makers assemble those questions in a way that only the ones who slow down and fully pay attention would get the answer correct. As for the reading, the only way to pass this part is to go straight to the questions then scheme through the passage. P.S DO NOT TRY TO READ THE WHOLE PASSAGE BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME
6/10/2015 09:29:52 am
Thanks Josh and Ela! I hope your suggestions will help me pass!
12/28/2015 06:55:23 am
I took the GK test in 11/2015 and passed all sections except for the essay. Josh is correct- the only way you will get through the reading portion is to read the question FIRST, then skim through the passage looking for the answer.
6/17/2015 07:28:38 pm
I will love help with math.... have study notes?
7/20/2015 06:57:52 am
I can help you with the math. Send me your email. Did you pass the reading? In still struggling with that. I already took it 3 times
9/6/2015 08:39:34 pm
Hi Tarra! Did you get help with Math? I need some help/notes. Thank you.
11/9/2015 05:53:32 pm
Can you forward the math study guide to me as well
11/23/2015 01:27:36 pm
Please email me w any Math study guides/tips for GKT in FL. Thank you so much!!!
5/6/2016 06:54:26 am
Hi Stephanie do you still practice math you can help me with?
MELISSA PARK VOSHELL
6/10/2015 05:48:28 am
I am happy to proofread any practice essays. Please send your attachment to email@example.com. I'm so glad my blog has inspired so much conversation and support regarding the FTCE exams. Good luck, everyone!
6/16/2015 06:28:21 am
3/21/2016 08:33:17 am
3/21/2016 11:43:49 am
You can also submit your essays to Tutor.com or Brainfuse.com for a review, as long as you have a library card (for any county in FL).
6/10/2015 08:53:26 am
Thank you for your advice. I have done what you suggested in the past and I have not been able to pass those 2 sections. I have taken multiple practice test and do very well and have time left over. On the actual exam I fail these sections and never have enough time to finish the reading comp exam. I try and guess with just a few minutes left just to get anything down. This doesnt help me either. Im at the point where I would rather write 100 essays than retake ELS and Reading for the 4th time. I dont want to give up either I just dont know what to study anymore???
6/11/2015 12:11:21 pm
Thank you so much for this blog and the offer to proofread essays, I might take you up on your generous offer!
12/2/2015 02:29:15 pm
For your latter topic, was it pros and cons of requiring community service before graduation? Thank you so much!
12/3/2015 12:35:31 pm
Was the community service requirement an advantage/disadvantage prompt? THANK YOU SO MUCH
12/28/2015 06:57:48 am
I took the exam in November 2015. One of my essay topics was the advantages and disadvantages of online learning. I do not recall the other topic.
6/10/2015 10:05:33 am
Going on my 5th time for the reading portion of the GKT! Someone please help!
12/29/2015 07:44:44 pm
Passed it by reading the questions first.
6/10/2015 10:32:33 am
6/17/2015 07:32:02 pm
I would Love to be part of that. Enough Is Enough! Lets Do It!
11/10/2015 09:52:15 pm
Hello, I am with you! I have tried to pass the reading part of the FTCE exam and still not able to pass. We really need to get together and do something.
4/19/2016 09:04:53 pm
I just wrote a complaint letter to the Department of Education. Everyone should do it.
6/10/2015 11:34:21 pm
Is anyone willing to tutor in ELS and reading comp? i can help put out with the essay.
9/6/2015 08:40:43 pm
I can help tutor with the ELS parts.I just passed it.
10/27/2015 09:29:43 am
I just failed the English portion for the 4th time. Do you know of any other study materials besides the study book?
11/6/2015 04:32:57 pm
I need help to pass the essay
2/24/2016 09:48:19 am
5/11/2016 06:57:02 am
Anyone have a study guide for Primary prek3 exam? if so please email me.
4/19/2016 09:06:21 pm
I passed my ELS but I did not pass my essay, maybe we can help each other.
6/10/2015 11:59:32 pm
Has anyone once they got their non-passing score done the score verification? I am curious if its worth it, but again seeing how many of us are failing both the reading and essay it may be something to look into.
6/11/2015 01:57:20 am
Hi Tifanny! It sounds good, but they charge you $75 for a verification. Were you able to call me? I sent an email to the FDOE and FTCE as well.
7/11/2015 02:06:16 pm
I went to the score verification today for my essay. RIPOFF!!!! all they did was show me a screenshot of my original essay there were no comments no proof of grammatical errors nothing. so in the comment box I defended my essay and then I made a formal complaint against such a waste of money and time
8/5/2015 01:56:39 am
Holly, have you heard anything yet regarding the score verification? I am about to request one for my essay portion. I passed all other subtests and got a 6 on my essay (which would have been a passing score until January 2015). I guess now I know how the kids felt when the passing scores on FCAT kept going up every year! Only at least they don't have a job depending on it. I thought I'd try the verification process because when I look at the scoring criteria, I can't see anything I wrote falling below the score of 4. The only area I think I may have fallen at all is:...adequately developed with some specific details and examples. My topic was the "lack of teacher mentors and funding, blah, blah." 50 minutes is seriously not enough time to ADEQUATELY (in their eyes) develop any subject, let alone the two I had to pick from. It would have been better if we got to choose from maybe 5 or more prompts. Then maybe at least one prompt might relate to something we have sufficient knowledge in and experience with to "adequately develop with specific details and examples!" The main reason I was going to try the verification was the cost; it's half the price of taking a retest. And whose dumb idea is it to have to pay $150 to retake ONE section when the original test was $130??? I am beyond frustrated:( I think I would do well on an essay with the prompt of "The General Knowledge Test Essay; Good Judge of Writing Ability, or Subjective, Money Grubbing Exercise in Frustration?"
11/28/2015 07:19:46 pm
I did the verification and just wasted the $75. You can't see where they took the points off, just simply state why you think it should be reconsidered. Taking the essay part for the third time.
11/30/2015 08:02:28 pm
Hey can you let me know if they reconsidered it and gave you extra points ? I keep getting 6's and 7's. And I would have to drive like 5'hours to get a score verification session anyway. I was thinking of do it but not if its a waste of money. I'll just keep practicing my writing before I retake it a 5th time :(
6/11/2015 12:56:21 am
How long did it take you all to find out the score from the essay portion of the test? I'm at a standstill with hiring because I'm waiting on this score! Lol
6/11/2015 02:21:38 am
Bullocks! That's a long time. 😩but thank you!
12/28/2015 07:00:14 am
It took 7 weeks to receive my essay score. Now I have to take it again, and then wait another 7 weeks to see if I passed. Aargh!!
6/11/2015 12:15:53 pm
BTW, I called to see if I could somehow expedite the results of the essay (I was even willing to pay) since my job is on the line, and they said NO. I also called the FDOE to see if I could get an extension of the GKT 1 year requirement and the lady that helped me said she didn't know of any extensions... Does anyone know if that is a possibility?
6/12/2015 08:32:38 am
I took the test today. I also did not pass the reading section and I won't receive my essay score for a while. My deadline to take the test by was July 1, 2015. I called the DOE and they told me I have until 2017, but that the deadline is with the county/your employer so I need to talk to them. Of course Hillsborough county offices are closed on Fridays in the summer. I emailed someone there, so I will see what they say.
6/12/2015 09:10:21 am
Interesting. I called them also and the mentioned the same thing to me. That is up to the district to decide. Calling the district on Monday. Let's think positive!!
6/12/2015 09:51:22 am
Natalie, your temporary certificate probably expires in 2017, but in order to keep your temporary certificate, you need to pass the GKT within 1 year of hiring. Even so, many districts have their cutoff dates at the end of June-July for hiring purposes...
6/28/2015 08:52:50 am
I have take passed all areas but the math . I have taken the tear four times now. will they give longer than a year to pass if people have issues passing a certain test?
7/28/2015 06:33:06 am
I'm in the same boat. I've passed all sections of the GKT except for the Reading.. It's really frustrating because there aren't adequate study materials or enough time for this test.. Any help I can give i'lol be happy to share.. I had tough questions I felt for the Reading, the Bridge questions, Graffiti Art, E waste, and one on the Veterans..
9/10/2015 06:44:25 pm
do you mind telling me what your district decided? I'm in a similar situation
6/12/2015 09:59:50 am
M Stella... Well I am already working as a teacher in a charter school, so technically I am already hired. Now I don't know what is going to happen though.
6/11/2015 12:48:12 pm
6/12/2015 10:32:01 am
Ela, I took it the first time March 2015. Passed only ELS. Second time was May 19, studied my as* off, since I'm very bad at math, and passed both reading and math. I used Khan Academy and Tec Math channel and they helped a lot. I also went to my local library and reserved FTCE study guides, XAM online was good. A friend used it for English and it helped him pass. They sell those at B&N, but they should have a lot of free resources at your local library (I'm in Lee County).
6/16/2015 11:03:46 am
Hi M Stella, how was you essay topic?
11/25/2015 11:16:05 pm
hi can you email me outside of this blog, i really need some help with the math portion
6/19/2015 01:15:53 pm
I wrote a 4 paragraph essay. Do you remember how many words you need to write? Thank!
6/19/2015 10:02:39 pm
Hi Dali!! How was the test topics? I am hopping this time you did good. I still practicing for my test.
6/19/2015 11:53:15 pm
6/20/2015 02:25:58 am
Dali it is really good topic. I think you did great this time!
9/29/2015 08:24:44 pm
I have a Mac software that has all the practice tests for the GKE, it helped me VERY MUCH. I can't seem to pass the essay however, after passing all the others in one shot.If you (or anyone) still needs help and have passed the essay i would welcome the assistance in exchange for the practice test. It gives you the answers and explanations.
11/9/2015 08:04:30 pm
Hey Daniel, i have passed the essay portion but not the others. I just dont know what to study for. I can help you with your essay part if you have any information on the other parts. Math especially. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. so any questions on the essay, i would be glad to help.
1/10/2016 06:08:43 pm
Daniel, Can you tell me what Mac software you used? I really need to pass this test to keep my job.
1/17/2016 07:57:28 pm
Where did you get the Mac software from for the GKT?It would be great to study with.
2/28/2016 08:34:44 pm
Hello Daniel. I have only passed the math part. But I was so close into getting an 8.
5/21/2016 12:20:46 pm
Hi, I need to pass math to keep my job. I have one last try. Can you send the math practice to email@example.com? Thx.
5/26/2016 06:54:39 pm
Daniel can u email me the reading passages. Tfrantn@gmail.com
6/13/2015 09:38:33 am
Thank you for the advice. I will keep trying to pass those 2 sections. Im not even that great at math and I passed that part my first try. So its just the ELS and reading.
6/16/2015 03:31:16 am
6/16/2015 06:26:51 am
Those are great news!! I rescheduled my reading test for July 1st. Yay!! :)))
6/17/2015 07:15:37 am
6/17/2015 02:09:37 pm
It seems like the Essay score comes up in less than 3 weeks. It has been like that for me. About for you guys?
12/28/2015 07:04:15 am
It took 7 weeks for me to receive the results of my essay (I did not pass). I passed every other subtest on the first attempt.
6/19/2015 01:26:48 am
This is GREAT news!!! This test held me up from interning this fall, but hopefully I can pass with the extra time. Wish me luck on my 7th try in July!!!
8/3/2015 09:53:09 am
I am in the same situation. I just took the GK reading today for the 6th time and fail. I'm extremely frustrated. Did you ever pass your test?
6/28/2015 09:33:41 am
I wonder if they will go back and let everyone who failed it take it again with the newly added additional time. That is great; just great! They are taking advantage of people and it sounds like you could have a class action lawsuit in the works. Teachers, who have experienced this challenge, should unite and speak up for a more fair approach to this system. This test has nothing to do with ensuring you are a better teacher. Ask that to the countless teachers arrested for crimes, who have actually passed the good ol' test. They would benefit for requiring specific classes, and if they want to make money (of course), then charge for the classes. Classes to actually make a difference in education. Teaching tools to make your classes interesting. Teaching how to reach students, who are giving up or who come from circumstances where they do not value education. We need to unite and make a difference. The education of our future is not something to take for granted.
8/5/2015 02:15:16 am
I am sure they will not go back and let people have retakes. I recently scored a 6 on my essay, which used to be a passing score. At least people have a better chance to pass the reading now; I wish I could say the same for the essay!
4/19/2016 09:17:22 pm
I am thinking about calling a lawyer ti file a suit but I would need everyone to be on board.
6/16/2015 12:31:31 pm
6/16/2015 11:50:48 pm
Best of luck to you as well!!! 👍🏼
6/17/2015 12:44:33 am
Those are great news for the Reading test, I'm convinced the problem is just too much material and little time. 5 or 10 more minutes will surely do the difference!
6/17/2015 01:16:23 am
Good Luck MStella, and I will praying for you. I think that my problem is the thesis statement too. I had to reschedule mine test because I want to do more practice.
6/17/2015 01:23:53 am
I am practicing my thesis statement and conclusion as well. I am taking my essay test tomorrow. Pray for me guys!! I am also praying for you guys. LET'S DO THIS!!!
6/17/2015 01:29:48 am
Sure Dali, praying for you. Good Luck
6/19/2015 04:30:26 am
How was the test, topics? I really hope you did good ad you passed this time! I'll be taking mine today!
6/18/2015 08:03:21 am
Good luck MStella!!
6/19/2015 10:07:44 pm
12/28/2015 07:08:16 am
Ela, I included all of those elements (talked about the topic, included examples and wrote in a proper essay format- introduction/body/conclusion, and used good vocab.) but I still did not pass the essay. I have taken several other FTCE exams, many much more difficult than this, and this is the first and only one I did not pass on the first attempt. Can you offer any other advice as to what they are looking for? Any resources I can read, either online or otherwise? I'm not sure what I did wrong so I don't even know what to do differently next time! Thank you in advance :)
6/21/2015 12:50:10 am
6/22/2015 10:29:30 am
6/17/2015 02:02:12 pm
If anyone is familiar with this -- http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/05/15/former-florida-teacher-working-to-expose-the-truth-about-the-evil-education-system/ you will notice that this doesn't happen to students alone but to aspiring teachers like us as well. There is a 30% failure rate added to any exams administered by Pearson, a company related to the foundation of Jeb Bush. This guy has a lot of money and Pearson is his ally. At the rate these things are going, it's scary that professionals are being milked at for every couple of hundred dollars they spent to take these crazy exams plus the number of retakes they have to do it. It's a grand money-making scheme that is certainly not going away if we don't do anything now. The future of the children and our future as educators are on the line. This has got to stop. Something must be done. Online petitions and probably the streets are calling for us to stand against this ridiculous tests. Common sense, the more people will fail and retake these tests, the more money Pearson is making, they are making money out of our failures.
6/25/2015 10:10:15 am
I Strongly Agree With Everything you stated! So True!
6/18/2015 05:52:18 am
6/18/2015 10:26:42 am
lots of effect and affect
6/19/2015 04:53:24 am
Thanks :). I am praying i pass.
6/19/2015 11:55:14 pm
6/18/2015 12:08:53 pm
MELISSA PARK VOSHELL
6/18/2015 12:51:56 pm
Cliff Notes publishes study guides and REA does, too.
11/27/2015 05:01:28 am
Hi melissa if i send you an essay do you think you can take a look at it. Littlea1012@hotmail.com
6/20/2015 08:02:49 am
I'm sorry if I'm touching on this and it has been said many times in this feed but I need help! I passed the GK Math, ElS, and Essay the first time I took them in March. I have since taken the Reading two more times and not passed with a 195 each time. I have taken so many practice tests and do so well. I don't know what to do. Also, I have been teaching just this year will I not be able to work this coming school year if I don't pass? Does anyone know? Thank you for any advice, knowledge or help you an provide!!!
6/21/2015 03:26:06 pm
6/27/2015 08:54:14 am
When was it posted that they were going to add 15 minutes to the test???
7/28/2015 02:00:04 pm
7/28/2015 03:10:10 pm
Hello, I thought that I was going to be "forced" to leave my job (after 3 attempts I haven't passed the Essay part) this October at the end of my 1st year at OCPS. The certification specialist told me that they really encourage people to pass it in the 1st year, but there is kind of a loophole and I really have until June 2016 (another year) to pass the test. Verify with the certification specialist at your county, just in case. I hope this helps. I will be taking the Essay part again in September, hopefully I will pass this time.
7/28/2015 09:18:40 pm
That's interesting to know because I lost my job this July with ocps due to not being able to pass the math section within the first year of teaching. I was told by certification and union there was nothing that could be done until I pass this test.
7/30/2015 06:17:14 pm
Did you call the certification specialist? Well that's what he told me, he actually encouraged me to take the test on September instead of this July to have time to prepare better with less stress and pressure. Email me and I will give you the number of the specific person I talked to. If he is mistaken, then I'm out of a job too! firstname.lastname@example.org
6/22/2015 05:16:14 am
Does anyone remember the passages they had on the gkt reading test? I've had some of the same passages each time I retake it.
6/22/2015 07:40:22 am
I had a passage about a bridge being built and the writer pretty much didnt think the guy deserved any credit, i had a passage about diabetes, comparing 2 different art forms, also a passage about elivator music. Thats all i rememeber. All the questions are much more difficult and lengthy. I will be taking this part and ELS for the 4th time :(.
6/23/2015 10:08:47 am
Hi Ela, I remember those passages and I can help you. I passed the reading section, but I did not pass the essay.
7/18/2015 10:45:53 am
I had one about the bridge builder 2.,Montreal grafatti compared w/ mmoa., elevator music compared w/ popular jz n others.,
2/29/2016 07:32:02 pm
7/28/2015 02:02:20 pm
I had the one about the Bridge, Graffiti Art, E waste, and one on Veterans.
8/5/2015 02:09:28 am
I had the same passages as most people. When I got to the one about graffiti I was almost out of time so I ended up Christmas treeing all the rest. I thought for sure I failed that subtest, but by some miracle I passed it. I did take it after July 1st, which I am sure is the only reason I didn't fail. If I had had only 40 minutes, I would not have passed. Unfortunately I did not pass the essay. For those of you who have been close to passing the reading, I don't think you will have any trouble now that the time has been lengthened. Good luck to all!
6/23/2015 02:49:31 am
I had a passage about the bridge and diabetes retinopathy. I remember my comparing stories were about graffiti art. My last story was something about old people helping in a community, but I didn't really have time to finish that one. Ive started to take notes of what I can remember each time I take it, especially the vocab questions. I have taken it so many times that I almost have It memorized.
6/23/2015 12:02:36 pm
Thanks. I know what you mean. I hope the extra 15 minutes help you pass. I am just over this exam. After 4 years of college its frustrating that this exam is so hard to pass. Im praying I pass this time too.
6/23/2015 12:05:33 pm
6/23/2015 10:45:10 pm
Hi Ela, I am living in Orlando.
6/24/2015 12:17:54 am
6/24/2015 01:00:33 am
Ela and Dali good morning! I read the questions first. I passed the reading section first time, but I am struggling with the essay😪.
6/24/2015 06:55:28 am
6/24/2015 07:24:22 am
Hi Ela, yes we can use Skype and I want to take my test July 7.
7/7/2015 05:45:15 am
Hi Ashley, I notice you had the same passages as I keep getting. Would you mind emailing me and maybe we can Skype? Silace83@gmail.com. I take the test for the 4th time next week and could really use some help! Thanks!
7/7/2015 09:07:08 am
Hi Silace, yes I can email you all the information. I hope help you pass the test.
7/28/2015 02:04:12 pm
6/23/2015 02:13:20 pm
Hello, ladies. I am in the same boat. I passed all my GK tests but the reading. I retook it today and failed. I would have scheduled it for July 1st but it had to be done by 6/30. I live in St. Pete myself, and I am a 6th grade school counselor. I love my job, but so upset over this. The passages I had death with e-waste, drama and theater throughout history, graffiti and cave paintings. I am open to helping any of you. But I fear that I will no longer have a job. I am calling administration tomorrow. Sending love and prayers to all of you. This just sucks.
6/24/2015 10:23:56 am
6/27/2015 08:59:45 am
I just took it and had the same four passages. I can't imagine what I could have done differently going into the test. I have prepared so much and have taken it 6 times now. Today, I received an unofficial NOT PASS score report and am frustrated that I was not sent an email or told about the additional 15 minutes being added on July 1st.
6/24/2015 02:26:18 am
Have any of you taken these issues to Pearson or FLDOE?
6/24/2015 10:36:16 am
6/28/2015 09:18:23 am
I have contacted both the FLDOE and Pearson, not to mention the union President. I honestly think we have a class action lawsuit option within reach. How can they administer a test, but provide no real guide to study? We do not want them to give us the test questions, but we do need a guide to go by. The test has been updated to align with the new FSA approach, which some Math teachers are having a problem teaching. There are numerous sources profiting from this. If you google "FTCE" online, you will find a wide range of "companies" profiting from this test. Promising you will pass, but have no where near what you need to study to pass. The testing company, Pearson, says the online materials to study are updated, but they are not. The money is in you failing, so the more times you fail, the more money they make. Hence, it is not in their best interest to make this entire process any easier, but instead, make it harder. Again, we don't ask for them to give us the test, but provide a study guide for us to study and prepare. Not to mention, most people taking these tests will never teach math, for example. So, we learn all this math to take a test for a subject we will never teach. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to require a class that you have to pay for and teach tools teachers can actually use in the classroom, rather than asking people holding degrees to take a test that has nothing to do with making you a better teacher? Does anyone know a good lawyer?
7/11/2015 02:15:07 pm
AMEN!! seems like the union would want to get involved... hmmm
4/11/2016 09:06:59 pm
I would LOVE to start a class action suit against Pearson Vue. Please read this and contact me at email@example.com
6/24/2015 10:33:06 am
6/24/2015 11:24:53 am
Hi Ela, I have an I pad and Skype doesn't work in my I pad. I have FaceTime.
6/25/2015 06:58:59 am
6/25/2015 09:46:36 am
Hi Ela, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org, I will try Skype on my iPhone also.
6/25/2015 04:02:53 am
I am so frustrated! I just took my GK math portion for the 3rd time and failed it! I am horrible with math and need any suggestions out there. Please help!! 8(
As a graduate who majored in math, the best advice I can give you is to practice, but do not try to memorize the formulas but instead try to make sure you understand concepts. This math portion had me even thinking a bit more in depth. This shouldn't be considered general knowledge math to others.
6/26/2015 07:31:24 am
AMEN JOSH!! This is NOT general knowledge. I feel horrible, but I do want to thank you for the advice!!
7/28/2015 02:10:40 pm
7/28/2015 09:21:58 pm
Hi Shawn, can you help me out as well? I tried the prep courses at ucf but they mainly focused on strategies to passed the test.I didn't know there is actually a prep for the math concepts. Thanks !
7/30/2015 10:10:28 pm
Hello Shawn I just came across your message. Can you please tell me exactly what I need to do to get ahold of that teacher? I have been so bummed with this whole thing but at the same time I can't give up! They did already tell me at school that I will be placed on sub position and obviously sub pay until I pass this test! :(
8/4/2015 02:08:11 am
8/4/2015 03:31:46 am
HI Magi! I am in need of help to pass the math test also. I would appreciate your help.
8/5/2015 03:37:19 pm
I pass the ELS after 3 attempts. Math and reading very difficult. Essay only 5. Can you help me with the question you have to study. Thanks
8/14/2015 07:33:38 am
Hi Josh, please help me out with the math questions. I passed everything except the math portion. I took it for the fourth time today and failed it. Tks
8/20/2015 11:04:47 am
Hi I am new here. I have ONLY passed the essay portion. Is there anyway that you can possibly get me some practice questions?
9/19/2015 09:19:37 am
Hi, I am having a lot of problems in passing this test. I will be very happy if you are willing to share the math questions with me. Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it !!!!!
10/18/2015 08:34:57 pm
11/2/2015 08:15:21 am
Can you help me with something related to Math? Maybe that teacher has some notes or ideas she can share. I did not pass it and I took the test about a week ago. I passed English and Reading. I am waiting on the essay. My e-mail is: email@example.com Thank you.
11/10/2015 12:29:09 pm
Please I need the math practice test . Whoever has materials and the practice test please email it to me I really really need it!
11/16/2015 08:20:49 pm
11/18/2015 01:01:26 pm
I can do with some help. firstname.lastname@example.org
1/10/2016 06:22:09 pm
Hi Magi, Is there anyway you would be willing to give me the practice questions for the math? My email is email@example.com
2/10/2016 04:35:27 pm
2/10/2016 04:48:59 pm
To everyone struggling with the math portion:
4/30/2016 11:13:15 pm
Hi Shawn, I've left my email address on a couple of your other posts. My email Jett4400@gmail.com. I was wondering if I could get the study guide and the teacher's information from UCF. I need to get my job back. Thank you!
4/30/2016 11:14:40 pm
Hi Shawn, correction on my email address: It's firstname.lastname@example.org. May I have the teacher from UCF information, as well as the Study guide material? Thanks!
6/25/2015 01:38:30 pm
Hi! I just found this website. I am an new teacher I was teaching 1st grade in Polk County for the first time this past year. I am not fully certified yet therefor, I can't continue to teach until I pass my GK Math. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I have failed it 6 times. Today was my 6th try. I managed to stop crying a while ago and try to do something about it. I love teaching and can't imagine doing anything else. I'm great at it, I just get anxiety attacks with the math. Any advice? I already spent money on a class, I also paid for online tests…Please help me, this sounds silly but my heart hurts right now, I really felt like I was going to pass this time around. - Estela Nunez
6/25/2015 10:32:06 pm
Hi Estela! I am in the same boat but I have to do the essay😪. I have a friend that she had the same problem. I don't recomend Clift notes for gk math. Rea is better book and have more word problems.
4/22/2016 07:38:10 pm
What is REA? I have been looking for materials to study.
6/25/2015 11:34:44 pm
6/30/2015 01:18:37 am
6/26/2015 07:38:06 am
Oh Estela...I completely feel your pain! I feel horrible because I have practically spent my whole summer studying and I still can not pass that test. All of the others were a breeze to me, but the MATH...ugh! When its all said and done, we can't give up Estela! We've come too far to quit now. Hang in there as I will do the same over here!
7/7/2015 05:39:18 pm
Estela, don't give up! I passed the math part the 1st time, just because I used to be a math tutor and my subject area is science (that relates to math). If there is any question you have on specific math problems, email me. I'm not an expert, but if I can help, I will be more than happy to do so. I'm struggling with the essay. I already took it 3 times and i got 7, 6 & 6. How do I keep getting worst, when I think I'm doing better? I don't know what else to do to pass this next July 18th. I totally understand the feeling. This doesn't make sense, I passed the Professional knowledge and I'm not an education mayor, but I have to write an essay for the forth time! Let me know if I can help: email@example.com
7/29/2015 12:48:23 am
I find this extremely weird because I keep reading people are failing with the same scores a 7 and 6, 6. I have failed three times first a 6 second a 6 and third a 7. This is bizarre and not to mention they typically send out the results in 18 days even though they advertise 6 weeks for the essay but this time I was told I will not receive my result until August 4th when I took my test on June 22nd....mhmm something is up! Pearson is playing us
7/10/2015 02:17:26 pm
Kahn academy website was the most helpful to me. I reviewed every concept w them for a month n passed the math. Also.. I got some tutoring. I have to cliffs notes study guide if u would like... Im in polk county as well. I still need to pass the reading. Im taking it again soon for the 3rd time.
11/16/2015 08:40:53 pm
Hi Denise, all the materials that you have for the general knowledge test that you can share whit me I would appreciate it, I Need to pass the exam.
7/15/2015 08:00:33 am
Hi, I am in the same boat. I have taken the math portion 5 times and needed to pass it within the first year of teaching. I was not able to do it in time and now I am jobless. I am also 8 months pregnant, so I understand your frustration and anxiety. I've spent a lot of money but like you, I can't imagine doing something else. I have come too far to give up and I hope you don't give up either.
7/15/2015 08:21:18 am
Ivonne - I just took the math for the 4th time and have not passed. I too was not able to renew my contract. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9/26/2015 03:00:44 pm
7/28/2015 02:12:29 pm
11/14/2015 10:10:22 pm
Hi Shawn, I have been studying and I am having trouble with the math can you help me out by sending me some math practice tests or suggestions on what I can get to help me study for the math portion? Can you send the info that can help me pass the math portion of the test? email@example.com
11/29/2015 05:53:58 pm
Hi I have taken the GKT for the 4th time on this weekend. Each time I have walked out with 4 papers and 3 of them saying "Not Pass". Then when I receive essay score its a 6 for the last 3 times, but I await for the scoring on this fourth attempt.
1/10/2016 06:27:14 pm
Shawn, Is there anyway you can send me your notes from the UCF tutor firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
4/22/2016 07:40:18 pm
Hello Shawn can you provide the tutors information to me? I want to pass this thing like everyone else. email@example.com
8/14/2015 03:09:02 pm
11/14/2015 10:06:06 pm
Hi Becca, Can you send the info that can help me pass the math portion of the test? firstname.lastname@example.org
6/27/2015 09:05:47 am
I just took the Reading portion for the 6th time today and received an unofficial NOT PASS score report. I passed the other three sections the first time and do not understand why I am having such a hard time with the reading section. A huge frustration is that I was not informed of the additional 15 minutes being added to the exam on July 1st. If I had been notified at all, I obviously would have waited the four days to take it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what else to do in preparation for this exam or experiencing the same frustration??
6/29/2015 07:06:47 am
I have to re take the ELS section for the 4th time and very hesitant about taking the 5-9 English does anyone have any suggestions?
7/1/2015 01:00:04 pm
Dali in regards to the Math I can honestly tell you thats not one of my strong subjects and I passed. I watched youtube videos and did practice questions from the FTCE GK Cliffnotes book. Hope this helps :). Let me know if you have any other questions.
7/1/2015 02:39:20 pm
Thanks Ela!!! 😉
7/2/2015 03:24:01 am
7/7/2015 12:54:09 am
7/6/2015 04:06:01 am
Very interesting website...well it should come as no surprise to any of you that this is nothing more than political payback...it is sad that the Union hasn't been brought in to fight this...I teach math, and guess which one part that I didn't pass...this thing is a joke, but there's nothing you can do about it...Hillsborough County is now providing a class titled "GK Math Test Course"...this is a one day class that lasts SEVEN HOURS...I'm going to take it before I spend anymore of those $150 donations to the political cronies up in Tallansaty...good luck to you all, my heart goes out to those of you just starting out...remember this the next time you go to the voting booth
7/6/2015 04:38:36 am
7/6/2015 05:50:30 am
I used the ftce app on my phone to study for the gkt.. only $10 and i passed reading, math, and english the first time.. still waiting on essay result though. But a lot of the questions and reading examples in the app were actually on the test so it was great!
7/7/2015 12:44:21 am
i have the same app and NONE of the reading passages nor questions are similar to the GKT.
3/7/2016 08:08:30 am
7/6/2015 06:16:48 am
I FINALLY passed the Reading portion of the GKT today. Lucky 7 I guess because that is how many times it took me to pass it. This was all that was holding me up from reaching my dreams. A big weight is lifted off of my shoulders. :)
7/6/2015 11:36:36 pm
I passed that one on the 1st try. Actually, I passed everything the 1st try except the Reading GKT. It took 7 times!!!
7/7/2015 06:05:55 pm
I recommend you to do the practice test on their website. Review the philosophies (Piaget, skinner, self-fulfillment, etc) & types of assessments (formal, summative, diagnostic, etc.). Questions are more about hypothetical situations and what would be your next course of action. Remember, students are your responsibility, therefore you don't send them to an administrator, councelor, etc., chose the answer where you deal with the issue - IT'S ALL ON YOU! That's the test approach. Except for abuse, then an administrator should be involved. Calling parents is always in the options, evade that option as much as possible (is all on you, remember!). Which option benefits the students. A few of "how to promote analytical thinking", I refer to the cognitive domains for that one (synthesis) whichever option was to "create" something. I don't know if I got specific ones correct, but I passed the test today on my 1st try (I'm not an Ed mayor). I just noticed that is not what we know that happens in the classroom, but instead the ideal situation.
7/29/2015 12:50:46 am
7/7/2015 05:26:49 am
7/7/2015 09:12:27 am
Just found put I failed the reading again for the second time and I have to wait for my essay scores!
7/7/2015 10:10:12 am
I'm sorry to hear that Tiffany. Are you studying anything for reading? What strategies are you using?
7/7/2015 10:38:56 pm
11/16/2015 09:05:18 pm
I am sorry to hear that Silace, I hope you have passed the exam all ready. I you have any resources that you can share with me I would really appreciate it. I had been presented the test many times and I haven't passed yed.
7/7/2015 03:09:30 pm
So I just got my results today for the essay and missed it by one. I was formally a journalism major and always a great writer. So needless to say I was completely shocked and embarrassed. So I'm taking it again tomorrow. And my job is literally on the line, because by the time I get my results, which take 6 weeks, that will put me in the second day if pre panning. So not sure if they can even wait or hold my position. I have never felt so sick to my stomach.
7/7/2015 11:42:20 pm
i feel you. How can you take it tomorrow again? Thought you have to wait 30 days to re take it
7/8/2015 12:42:44 am
I also found out I did not pass, I've gotten three 7's. I'm beyond frustrated, since my principal was holding my job waiting for that score. Never in my wildest dreams I thought I would lose a job I truly love because of this stupid essay test. I'm taking it again, but I possibly will lose my job since I understand that they need to secure a new teacher..
7/8/2015 12:53:43 am
With the other parts you have to wait 30 days. But it's been 6 weeks since I took my essay. So I was allowed to sign up for it. But like Stella said, who even knows if they will hold my position? This is so stressful, at the gym now working it out. I even balled to my mom on the phone this morning (great way to start a day) she said to just take one day at a time and there's always bumps in the road in life. I was like yes well this bump in the road deals with my life and career so, I don't know what to do.
7/8/2015 01:23:14 am
Sharon, I feel you. I loved my job and was even offered a position teaching AP Spanish Literature. As a matter of fact, I am taking the workshop in Miami right now. My face is swollen from so much crying last night. I already emailed my principal to let her know. I was always thinking of plan B, but expecting to pass...
7/7/2015 04:23:47 pm
I just found out that I failed the essay for the 4th time. I thought I had it this time. The first time I took the test I passed everything but the essay. They gave me a 5 back when you needed a 6 to pass. I under estimated how hard it is to fit an essay into 50 minutes. Three more times later (grades of 6,7 & 6) I feel I have hit a wall. The last topic was one I felt good about too, something about community service. I really have improved my writing, however the graders are all over the place with their scores. I'm sad because I really love my school and the staff. I have one more shot in a few days, I really wish they would tell me what I am missing. I can write practice essays until my hand falls off but without knowing what they (and only they) are looking for I feel it is hopeless.
7/7/2015 04:32:57 pm
As far as the math, this may seem silly to ask but has anyone used the guide the state provided. It is only 10 questions but that is what I used to find out what I was weak on. I remember that it was crazy close to the actual test wording of the test.
7/8/2015 01:20:49 am
7/8/2015 02:59:31 am
Did the 15 minutes make a huge difference?
7/8/2015 03:07:18 am
7/8/2015 02:00:54 am
Hi everyone, Let me tell you my experiences with this test. I am from Cuba so my first language is Spanish and my certification is to teach Spanish. I started 2 years ago with all the test. During my first year teaching, I passed all the test but not the essay portion. I lost my teacher position, and yesterday I received NOT PASS for nine times. My scores are always 7. I went to revision and nothing happened. I believe that my English was no good for the test but now when I read all these stories, I strongly believe that this test is a big business. I feel that I will stop here, I was paying a lot of money and I will lose my temporary certification in October.
7/8/2015 02:32:18 am
7/8/2015 06:43:42 am
Hi Tiffany, honestly I am not sure what to study for reading... I am struggling with this part as well. I have used all the study guides out there and none of the work is like the actual test. I am hoping the extra time now offered will help me to pass the reading portion. I am open to any suggestions. I am really struggling with math as well. My scores are 40 points off! Again, the math in the study guides does not seem to cut it. I was not able to renew my contract due to not passing this test....
7/8/2015 07:54:17 am
Ok, after reading through all of the comments I felt like I needed to reply as well.
7/8/2015 08:43:05 am
7/8/2015 09:50:55 am
There was one about the guy who designed the bridge over the Mississippi, one about art, and the last one I haven't previously read (and I cannot remember what it was about!) but it was only 2-3 questions.
7/8/2015 10:30:55 am
The passages I got were about a guy that built a bridge and then invented something else after, something about graffiti art (comparing two passages), something about diabetes... I ran out of time at this point and there was one more I can't remember. In my opinion the questions are too complex and there is not enough time given. I hope that helps.
7/8/2015 09:52:06 am
I forgot to mention that studying and using those test taking techniques helped me pass today.
7/8/2015 10:45:38 am
Hey shelbie, which test taking techniques are you referring to?
7/8/2015 10:55:40 am
7/8/2015 11:35:51 am
Got it! Thank you. I downloaded it. Wow, it's a lot of example questions. But looking over the reading, it doesn't seem to bad. The questions seem easier than the study guide review from the website. Are these questions similar to the actual test? Cause the other review I have from the FTCE site are worded differently.
7/8/2015 11:52:29 am
I think the questions that I found to be the closest to the actual test, are those that are on the FTCE website. The short sample test they have. The ones in the Cliff Notes book were also similar.
7/9/2015 05:51:45 am
Yeah, I think you may be right. Bc I downloaded the app and the reading and English parts seem too easy. The math is great tho. A lot of good examples. Thank you again for telling me about the app! 10$ was worth it. Math is my weakest, so it's good to have more examples.
7/9/2015 08:43:11 am
No problem. I wish you the best of luck!! I know how frustrating it is and how difficult.
7/10/2015 05:00:54 am
Can anyone tell me how the GKT compares to the K-6 SAE?
7/10/2015 06:13:41 am
Does it take the entire 6 weeks to get you essay score back?
7/10/2015 06:16:23 am
Hi Brittany, it took them 6 weeks to give me my score. They are not quick.
7/10/2015 07:40:48 am
Yes, it takes exactly 6 weeks. It's ridiculous. I asked Pearson is there anyway we can be notified any sooner? Call or drive somewhere in person? They said no. They are such lovely people too, I might add. Ps. I have the cliffs notes GK test prep Ed 3 and the rea FTCE GK review and they seem to have lots of examples as opposed to the study guide you print out from the site. I mean seriously, there are 10 of the grammar, 10 of the math and 2 passages. That is not enough. I've already written several emails and filled out surveys about the tests and tests review. I took the test for hearing impaired 3 times. First time I went in and was completely shocked. 130 questions and a 25 question reciew. The next time I got a 198/200. I was livid. The third time I studied my butt off and finally passed. But I let them know that first, test questions needed to be updated with the times, no one says hearing impaired anymore or uses a TTY and secondly, how poorly the review was structured. Ok, I am done. Happy Friday everyone! I've been studying for 6 hours straight, officially taking a break from math 😱
7/10/2015 07:46:20 am
Shannon, do you feel cliffs is a direct reflection of the types of problems on the math portion? I have ever other study guide except for that and the types of problems they give are not the same as the test....
7/10/2015 08:26:17 am
I'm not sure. I've never taken it. It will be my first time on Monday. But I heard that the cliffs is a good review to use. It's weird, I've heard mixed reviews. Some say the math is simple, others say hard. I have no idea what to expect. I think the hard thing for me is that there's so many different problems and concepts to study. Yes there are only 45, but still. That book is huge and lots of different types of problems. My brain is like ahhh
7/10/2015 08:33:41 am
I passed the math portion the first time around on the GK . I used the cliff notes FTCE GK book. I dont consider math a strong subject of mine, but I managed to pass. The book is good for review. These exams are not easy. I dont know what the "key or trick" to passing is, but dont give up. The questions change. There are not the same for everyone because there is a large pool of questions. If you dont pass the first time, next time around you may get easier questions. I am done with the SEA and the GK I only have the English Language Skill section left, I failed it 4 times already and dont know why or how to pass it. Gotta keep trying though.
7/11/2015 03:48:01 pm
What format did you use for the essay portion?
7/10/2015 05:04:10 pm
I just took the essay test for the 5th time. I don't think I passed. The topics are so confusing. Has anyone taken it so many times that they saw repeated topics?
7/11/2015 12:11:00 am
Tim, I just took the essay this week for the second time because I missed it by one. So frsutrsting, considering my first major was journalism. I talked to my aunt who is a retire honors English teacher of 32 years and she said 50 mins is absolutely ridiculous. They should give you 10 mins of prep where you can write a timeline and thesis and then start the actual writing. I said well thank god the 5 paragraph essay is not required. I said there's no way you could write 5 adequately in time. I wrote 4 and liked my topic better. The first one was about parent involvement and my second one was about healthy food choices in the schools. I even used good translation words like to elaborate, to begin with, in essence. I told my aunt, if I don't pass, I'm appealing it or doing something. Bc I have no idea what they are looking for then. She said The FTCE website should give examples of different essays that are 5's, 6's, 7's or 8's so we can see exactly what they are looking for!
7/11/2015 12:27:37 am
Sorry for all the typos! I was walking my dog while texting. Not a great idea :p
7/11/2015 02:52:32 am
Sounds good. I need to work on transitional devices and evidence. I am not a fast writer, every time I finish the first paragraph I have used up 20 minutes leaving almost no time to finish. I have writen plenty of papers but none have prepared me for this. I have started writing papers with an egg timer to help. I need to start making up stories that provide evidence, which was suggested by an english teacher. The topics seem to always work perfectly into a 4 paragraph essay due to the fact that they are pro/con or "give 2 reasons". I'm now asking if I can work as a temporary long-term sub until I pass, but I'm afraid they will loss hope before I do.
7/11/2015 03:36:29 am
Were they both pro/con topics? I can't imagine writing about cons for parent involvement or healthy foods. I guess parents can be demanding and healthier foods are expensive.
7/11/2015 02:19:36 pm
Tim, I took the essay portion nine times, and yes I saw repeated topics in three times. I can't pass it and my temporary certification already expired. Someone knows what other options we have in this case?
7/11/2015 03:29:29 pm
7/11/2015 03:46:15 pm
Mari, wow you took it 9 times. Bless you. You must be so patient. What did you do during that time? I'm trying to figure out my options if I don't pass. Also, after your temporary expires, what is the next step? Look for positions in private schools? Unfortunately, the language I teach isn't offered in a lot of schools :(
7/12/2015 12:11:16 am
Hi Mary, thank so much for the tips.
7/26/2015 06:29:02 am
9/26/2015 03:11:29 pm
I did the pros and cons of vending machine sin school..............nailed it the first time
12/3/2015 12:50:17 pm
Was community service an advantage/disadvantage prompt?
5/12/2016 07:14:21 pm
Mari, I am in the same boat, I am losing my position of a 2nd grade teacher in a job and school I love. I can's seem to pass the essay test that I have taken 7x's. I have received a scores of a 6 and 7 and have even wasted my $ with a score verification when I received the score of a 7. I am taking the test again on Wednesday and not giving up. If you hear or find another option please let me know. It is sad reading all of these comments, something has to change
7/11/2015 04:44:27 am
The state study guide is on it's 3rd revision and each revision has been become increasingly less helpful. I have all 3 revisions and all were pulled from the internet and not some hidden archive. It gives you more practice questions and it is the same format as the test. I even have some practice topics for the essay that you may add to and share.
7/11/2015 07:08:27 am
Are you talking about the actuall study guide review from the FTCE site? Bc if so, I thought those were horrible. There are only like 10 questions for each section. Definitely not adequate to the real test. My friend just took it yesterday and was glad she bought the cliffs notes one. Is that what you're saying? They are the same format of the test? If so, I'm shocked bc there are only two passages on that and hardly enough questions to review for.
11/16/2015 09:21:42 pm
5/13/2016 07:25:10 am
HI patty if anne send you information can you email me. email@example.com
5/13/2016 07:22:53 am
Hi Anne, Can you email me that information also. firstname.lastname@example.org
5/26/2016 07:44:52 pm
Hi Anne, cna u email me what I have email@example.com
7/12/2015 03:38:02 am
Shannon, I am working as a bilingual aide (Spanish). My certification was to teach Spanish.
7/12/2015 12:58:09 pm
I passed my k-6 SAE and all sections of the GKT except reading. I am retaking the reading section tomorrow. Any tips?
7/13/2015 10:04:18 am
Hello, I am both relieved and even more frustrated at the test to see that so many people are going through what I am experiencing. I am taking the GK essay for the third time this Thursday. My job depends on a passing score. Thus, I began an online course with study.com on how to write an essay (because apparently I can't). I have a masters degree, have published a thesis, and in general consider myself a good writer. As you can imagine, I was shocked when I saw my results. I have received scores of 7 and 6. So far the online course I am taking (free 5 day trial) is good. It reviews basic essay writing that I think the state is looking for. However, it does not offer graded practice. Would you be willing to look over an essay of mine? So I can maybe get an idea of what I need to work on? Thank you. Good luck to everybody out there
7/13/2015 11:21:45 am
Hi Sam, I am sorry to hear you are not passing this portion. I will look at your paper if you would like. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
7/13/2015 12:30:17 pm
Hi guys, so I passed my reading and English, but not my math. Which was expected bc I ran out of time. Honestly, no short break between tests to take a deep breath or sip of water is beyond absurd. My dad who works in the medical field said, a 5 min or 10 min break should be required for the body for assessments like that, but like they would ever do that for us. So yeah the math was my last part, which sucked bc my brain was literally fried after concentrating and focusing so hard on the reading. Also, I found that the English and reading were similar to the reviews online and my cliffs notes book. But not the math. There were several where I was like huh? Ps, I teach American Sign Language and I have to pass a math test to keep my job. Smh. Also, I did really on the reading, so if anyone needs some tips, let me know!
5/13/2016 07:27:10 am
Shannon can you email me the information
7/13/2015 02:13:37 pm
Hi Shannon, Congrats!! You passed reading and English. How you did with your essay? What topics did you have.
7/14/2015 01:30:47 am
Thanks Ashely. I actually had the same ones people have mentioned in here. I had this guy who built a bridge in Mississippi. And basically the them of that is, he is known for it bc it's still standing today without any problems and was very humble about it. Another one was about some stupid group in the early 1900s who tracked around like some circus group. I don't even know lol. I couldn't pronounce the word, looked Indian. Anyways, it's basically about music and culture and entertainment. Another we're two comparing each other. About old school music, like elevator music and what purpose it served and how music today has a different message from back then. Oh and something about graffiti, how its not just looked at as vandalism, but can be a form of expression in art. You have to read it fast, but carefully and figure out what the underlying message is. Read the first lines of each paragraph. Usually has a key detail. Hope this helps! Now I have to practice math, once again. Yay
7/14/2015 02:11:24 am
Shannon congratulations! For math I suggest to take the training that school districts offer. I don't know your school district but Hillsborough is offering many math workshop during Summer. For me that training was very good and I passed Math in my first time. What was your topics for the essay portion?
7/14/2015 02:22:00 am
Thank you Shannon for the tips! What was your topics for the essay?
7/28/2015 02:26:33 pm
12/28/2015 07:55:40 am
My topic for the essay was the advantages and disadvantages of online degree programs. I do not recall the other essay topic. I took the GK in 11/2015.
6/17/2016 04:58:49 pm
Hey Shannon my name is tawana and I had those passages on the state exam when I went to take the exam on June1 those exact one can you please provide me with any other tips that you may have that will help me to pass this test
7/14/2015 08:36:04 am
Hello everyone. Please add me to the list of those who have recently failed the essay portion of the GKT and are perplexed by that result. I have an undergraduate degree in engineering, additional undergraduate education credits, and a Master's degree in education. Years ago, I took and passed the CLAST - including the essay portion of that exam. Had I obtained certification at that time, my CLAST scores would have sufficed. It makes me wonder how many veteran teachers would be able to pass this current GK essay. The CLAST essay is what many current teachers would have passed.
7/14/2015 09:11:24 am
I absolutely agree with you. Even to verify and challenge the score you receive costs money ($75). This is a big business and unfortunately one of the largest names in education is behind it -Pearson. I have thought about taking this issue to the news stations but at the same time fear retribution from this major company. It's not wise to tackle a giant who holds hands with your employer. My solution - learn the format they are asking for, ace this test (somehow), build a reputation in teaching, and then compile a case against this mad method to help future teachers. It's no wonder we have trouble hiring and keeping teachers in Florida.
7/14/2015 09:50:02 am
Please, don't pay that $75 for a review because that didn't change anything. I did it because I believe that I can see my mistake in my essay to help me for the future but it's not like that. The website shows your eessay and a space to write your complaint. Then you receive a letter from the department of education that your essay was reviewed again but it didn't change the score.
7/14/2015 09:48:14 am
7/14/2015 10:25:51 am
For anyone that is struggling with math like myself, if you like, we can compare notes. I take notes of what I saw on the test to help me prepare for next time. What I can do is change the numbers in the problems (so it is not cheating). If anyone else takes these types of notes and wants to discuss them feel free to email me at email@example.com. This would really help narrow down what types of problems you will encounter and need to focus on.
7/14/2015 11:03:15 am
Silace, thank you so much for the offer to look over my essay. I emailed you two samples of my writing. If you cannot get to them tonight, no worries! I take my exam Thursday. Thank you so much!
7/14/2015 11:06:05 am
I agree with what the ladies said above. Some kind of action needs to be taken. But I understand it's a big company and can put our jobs in he jeopardy. My essay topic was evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating healthy food programs in the school.
7/15/2015 08:24:41 am
The math portion was the easiest for me. Of course, that's my subject area! Still, I had to take my time and think about exactly what the word questions were looking for. I thought it was a fairly good test of whether one could use and apply math concepts.One suggestion that I would make is to take the practice subject test for MS Math (5-9). (You could even try the Math (6-12) test as many of the easier questions will be applicable as long as it doesn't freak you out with the level of difficulty; just skip the stuff that you know is above the GK level.) I realize that this approach involves higher levels of math than are required for the GK test, but it's another set of questions to hint at how Pearson writes math problems. And never forget PEMDAS! If anyone is stuck on a math problem as you review, please ask and I will be happy to try to walk you through the solution. firstname.lastname@example.org
7/15/2015 10:40:35 am
Good luck tomorrow! And please post your essay topics!
7/16/2015 02:13:10 am
Susan, good luck!
7/16/2015 01:43:41 am
7/16/2015 03:00:24 am
After completing my first year in the classroom, I came across the "you must take the GKT to be rehired." Took it this morning. My essay topics were mentors in a classroom with lack of funding, and safe technology in the classroom. I chose the mentor process due to my personal experience with one. I am a co-teacher in a math class, and after thinking I failed, I passed. Reading I felt comfortable with the extra time. A bridge and a entertainment act were my two long passages. English I did not pass, hopefully I can take again before my school fills my spot. Any suggestions on what to study beside REA
7/16/2015 06:46:58 am
I passed everything except the English part on the GK. I have failed it 4 times!!! :(. Any suggestions??? For the essay I know there isnt a lot of time. Just write as you go, as much as possible, examples, personal expeience if applicable. Also use strong/advance vocab. There is no time for an outline or rough draft like we did in school. Make sure there is a proper introduction, 3 ore more body paragraphs, and a conclusion. It can be longer 5 or more paragraphs if you are a fast writer/typer. Good luck to you all.
7/17/2015 03:38:12 am
I did not study for the GK exam and passed everything but the essay. I am taking this bs essay (even though I earned my BS) for the third time today though. My first and second attempts were: go in there and write an intro, three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion, and you're good. I still think that is the way to do it, but I did not include anecdotal evidence. I think that is what broke my first two attempts. If you include your own experiences, no matter how stupid their topics, then you avoid the "vague generalities" they warn about. We have to write to our audience: two people in an office building waiting for the work day to be over.
7/17/2015 05:09:45 am
Hmmm... I didn't include anecdotal evidence. That's a good suggestion in case I'm up for a third time.
7/22/2015 08:21:27 am
7/21/2015 11:42:28 pm
Just received my official score for my reading I received a 195! Wow!
7/22/2015 12:38:53 am
Hey Tiffany, I passed the reading and English but not the math. Where can you find the score of your passing ones? Bc when I click on my account, it just shows my math score. I mean I know I passed the other parts, but was just curious how you can see the score. It just says pass.
7/22/2015 01:42:56 am
If you pasdon't it doesn't give you a score
7/23/2015 12:12:06 am
Can you please share what you used to study or what would be helpful. I still need to pass the reading
7/22/2015 01:44:18 am
Sorry, if you pass it doesn't give you a score
7/23/2015 12:30:44 am
Yeah, I just realized that, oh well. Thank you! I just got my score for the math, I knew I didn't pass because I ran out of time, but apparently I did worse than I thought! Haha. Oh well, been practicing like crazy now and my friend who teaches math has been tutoring me 2-3 times a week. So keeping my fingers crossed! The math was the only thing I felt that didn't match all the reviews I did. I felt like the questions were a lot harder and more complex.
7/23/2015 02:39:07 am
Math is the only section i haven't been able to pass. I have all the study guides, textbooks, online practice tests and tutoring and I STILL can't seem to pass it. I do great during tutoring, however, I think you are right, the questions seem much more complex than the ones offered in the guides. I also run out of time.
7/23/2015 12:39:21 pm
It has been interesting reading all your comments, though it confirms my fear about facing the essay test for the third time tomorrow morning. If anyone has done it during the last fifteen days and want to share topics, please.
7/24/2015 04:39:47 am
I just took the test and failed all parts (I still don't know about the essay, but it's think I did good). I thought I did good in the English part but apparently failed it. The reading was hard but I didn't think I failed it. Math is my weakest subject, therefore, I understand why I failed it. I'm so frustrated, embarrassed, and sad that I didn't pass the test. I don't know what to do.
7/24/2015 08:59:07 am
I came across this blog myself looking for any info. that could help me pass the math and reading portion of the gke. Let me start off by saying that I originally took the test November of 2014 and I recently took the test again today (7/24). I only say that because I have heard that there are different versions and/or they update everything from time to time. As of July 1st they have extended the reading time to 55 minutes (which was definitely needed). The first time I took this test, I’ll be honest I did not study at all, for the fact that my classmates told me how “easy” it was. Boy, were they wrong. I was fortunate in the fact that I passed the essay and the English. For the math and reading, that is another story. For me, I underestimated this thing big time. Looking back at it, I realize it probably was not the smartest thing to do, but oh well, what’s done is done. On that note, I will say for the reading, the stories that were on the test the first time were the same for the second time around. The math seemed to be very similar from what I remember as well. All that said, I ended up passing both sections!! Yay!! ( im sooo relieved by all this) . Side note: to study I used the cliff’s notes GKE 2nd edition and the REA FTCE GKE 2nd edition (the one with the girl on the cover smiling) for about a 3-4 weeks. They are both good, but the explanations in the cliffs do a better job of explaining.
7/24/2015 09:09:43 am
Correction: (2nd paragraph) the REA is easier than the test
7/24/2015 09:12:37 am
7/24/2015 09:18:10 am
Loren- would you mind sending me your email address? I have a few questions. Thanks!
7/24/2015 09:29:43 am
No prob, Lorenslack@yahoo.com
7/24/2015 11:39:30 am
Loren, thank you so much for your helpful tips on the math. I passed my other section except the math. It's always been a struggle for me. So thank you again. I will review those concepts!
7/25/2015 02:32:57 am
No problem Shannon. I hope it helps. Math has always been my downfall. Just practice a lot from the reviews and do them over and over again. That is what I did and I think it really helped. I wish you the best of luck:)
7/27/2015 09:00:02 am
I have passed all the tests (GK and SAE) on the first try, with the exception of the math. I took the reading GK before the extra 15 min was added, and I was really moving quickly through the passages to finish in time. I am an English major, so that helped me.
7/27/2015 03:14:32 pm
I think it's crappy that we spend all this money on our degrees only to be told that we have to pass a test or we can't teach. I think that is just awful. The way I see it, we should have the full length of our temporary certificate to finish the General Knowledge Exam (having to pass it within your first year is ridiculous, there is so much pressure your first year) and the Professional Education Exam. But, it is what is it unfortunately.
7/27/2015 03:09:28 pm
I am having problems passing the math portion of the GKT as well. I am taking it again on the 31st of this month. I'm hoping and praying so that I can keep my job.
7/28/2015 01:21:36 am
I agree with you Lorraine and everyone else. Something has to change. If the reading part was originally 40 and it changed to 55, something must of happened. Either a lot of people complained or wrote formal letters of complaint or something. Because why would they change the time like that. I feel that math is not most people's subject area, it should have some more time allowed, but what do I know. I also have gotten a private tutor myself to help me build my basic skills. She said this not just "general" math. This is definitely upper level math concepts. It's quite ridiculous I as a language teacher need to know so many concepts. I feel like my problem is there are so many things to know and remember. It's not just basic algebra. She also said that the state should provide a better adequate review. Yes it gives you what to study and the percentage of it, but most people are visual learners when it comes to math. Show us and example of each problem, not just 10 questions, that are fairly easy. It breaks my heart that people are spending 100s of dollars on these tests and losing their job bc of an area we don't even teach. There definitely should be an extension if it's not our subject area.
7/28/2015 02:39:17 am
I agree, I think that the "practice" test they give us is a joke. The questions in my opinion are nothing like the test. They should make that practice test at least 45 questions are even 20 would be good and they need to make them more difficult. I teach ESE Pre-k and I know I will not be teaching them any of this math. We take math and language in college as well as writing papers and take exams for those classes, why can't that be good enough. I am so frustrated. I've not only spent lots of money on the test but on study guides and a tutor. I did very well with the tutor. I just think it's their way of making money.
7/28/2015 06:56:38 am
How is that everyone seems to be getting mostly the same passages? Yet there seems to be many different versions of the math test? Weird. I had a coworker of mine take it for the 4th time this week and again did not pass. And she said this version was the hardest she got. Seemed like 90% were word problems and hardly any geometry and some standard deviation that were very difficult. Smh
7/28/2015 07:54:45 am
Hi Shawn- email me at email@example.com.
7/28/2015 12:50:21 pm
I don't get why there are so many different math tests. They just don't want us remembering the questions so that we can pass. If that was the case they wouldn't make any money because we would all be passing a lot quicker.
7/29/2015 12:14:42 am
Hi Shawn, yes! I definitely would love some help with the math. I have a tutor as well, which seems to be helping some, but every time I do a sample test by myself I get stuck. I work in Orange County in Orlando. I can help you with the reading as well. I worked with my aunt who's a retired honors English teacher and she gave me lots of good strategies to look for and the underlying message. That's what the reading passages want you to do. It doesn't imply it, you have to figure out the tone by the passage. But I understand it is not easy, it critical thinking. Even tho the time increased, I still feel like there should be more time added. But what do I know. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to hear from you with any math suggestions! And I can help you with reading.
7/31/2015 06:01:52 am
7/29/2015 05:31:07 am
Hi all. I just took the GK reading for the second time on 7/25. I did not pass again even with the extra 15 min. I thought I did well and was pretty certain I would pass. I am feeling lost as far as what to study. I have used the Cliff Notes study guide, done some practice test of ftceprep.com and also used the FTCE app. I am just not sure how to study for this test and pass. I am feeling very lost and frustrated. Any suggestions are much appreciated!
7/29/2015 06:21:08 am
Amber - feel free to email me at email@example.com. I can help.
8/16/2015 12:33:32 pm
Could you help me with passing the reading part also? Pleaseeeee and thank you
5/6/2016 08:27:41 am
Si can you also help me with reading? firstname.lastname@example.org
Notify your representaives
7/30/2015 07:54:23 am
contact your state representatives...have your family members contact their representatives, contact the newspapers, contact the radio stations, contact 8 on your side...do something...why pay the equivillant of a traffic ticket every 30 days...the Union is of no help...
7/31/2015 08:31:31 pm
7/30/2015 12:27:21 pm
I am taking my essay tomorrow morning and if anyone is reading this and might shed a light on my question I'd love a reply ;)
8/5/2015 02:50:42 am
Jackie, I can't believe you didn't pass the essay! I think there should be a requirement for the people who score the essays to write a passing essay for each of the prompts. Or better yet policy makers should have to pass the same tests we teachers are required to pass. If every teacher and administrator were required to take the essay and get a passing score to keep their jobs, I bet there would be a ton of new positions on the job line! I'm not saying people are not good writers, but I just wonder how many would pass today under these circumstances.
7/30/2015 01:34:55 pm
I Have read all the comments here and just want to say wow! It's not just me who can't pass. This whole time I was thinking that there is something wrong with me. I took the Gkt the first time and did not pass any of the tests. And then I took it the 2nd time on 7/24 and still didn't pass any. But I'm currently waiting on the essay score. I hope I passed the essay. I am so fed up with this test. I wanna do my bachelors degree in early childhood education but I cant take any more classes until I pass the gkt. So I'm stuck now. This is ridiculous. And I get so depressed because I really wanna continue my bachelors in education but this test is making everything so hard. I have read that some of you have downloaded the ftce app. Is it worth it? Is it helpful?
7/30/2015 01:44:42 pm
Nomi, did you use 1st person when writing your essay? Do u mind sharing your topics?
7/30/2015 02:37:23 pm
Hey Jackie. I heard its better to write in third person. Yes I've heard the personal experiences one too, but not sure though. Instead of personal stuff, I gave an example of real world things like I used whole foods and the fresh market in mine when describing health food stores. But I would stick to third. I heard it makes it more unbiased. But hey, what do I know? Who actually reads these essays?! That's what I wanna know.
7/30/2015 03:45:01 pm
Thanks Shannon! I am so confused about this Essay exam :( I was so sure that my essay was good that when I saw my score as "not passed" I could barely believe it. This is likely my last chance to take it and receive my score in time (before fall classes start), so I want to make sure I am doing it correctly. In retrospect, all I can think of is that maybe I did not provide concrete examples to back up my statements. I wish I had taken this test last year so that my 7 would've been considered a passing grade =,(
FTCE workshops...yay or nay??
7/31/2015 01:54:26 am
What do you all think about the FTCE math workshops? Has anyone used them? I'm about to sign up for one but surely don't want to waste my time nor money if it's not worth it (I've done enough of that with Pearson)
7/31/2015 02:40:01 am
Yay or nay - I did the workshop and all they do is go over strategies! It is a waist of money. Many people get nothing from it. I don't think you will be pleased.
7/31/2015 03:00:43 am
I didn't think they were that helpful. I have practice test from the UCF campus. I can email them to you.
7/31/2015 04:45:03 am
Shawn, I would love to have a copy, thank you in advance
7/31/2015 05:28:25 am
8/3/2015 08:39:24 am
11/9/2015 04:00:14 pm
Shawn please email me the practice test I am about to die frustrated I can't stop crying I can't pass please please my email is email@example.com thank You please please I will appreciate it.
11/22/2015 03:41:56 pm
Can you please send me a copy of the practice test or sample questions you have so I can pass this test? Please firstname.lastname@example.org
7/31/2015 10:17:31 am
I took the FTCE GK today and passed everything but the math portion. I get test anxiety when it comes to math and spent way to much time at the beginning trying to perfect my answers. I ended up having to rush through the last 10-15 questions before the time was up.
7/31/2015 11:13:28 am
Rose- I have not passed the math portion either. I used the same study guide as you and didn't feel I had the same type of questions that the book provides. I run out of time as well. I have tried a few other study guides and none are effective for the test in my opinion.
7/31/2015 12:34:49 pm
Rose, I have actual test questions right off of the test, with how they are figured out. I have a practice test that will help you.
7/31/2015 05:06:00 pm
Good morning Shawn,
8/1/2015 12:06:33 am
I sent you an email Shawn. Thank you! I really need the extra test questions.
8/1/2015 06:05:35 am
8/2/2015 11:40:23 pm
8/20/2015 12:32:21 pm
Pleeease share questions
11/2/2015 08:40:59 am
Can you share those with me. I did not pass the math section. I took it this week. I passed Reading and English grammar. I am waiting on the essay, but now I am nervous with so many people not passing it. Thank you. My e-mail: email@example.com
11/9/2015 03:18:15 pm
Hey Shawn can you please email me these questions !! I have taken the math test 4 times and all the other sections I can not pass and I can't graduate or even go to prevent internship until I pass please send me this math section please please!!my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
11/23/2015 01:39:55 pm
Hi, Shawn I am Malinda I saw where you told Roseanna you had the actual questions to the test. Will, it be to much trouble to ask of you could email me a copy as well? I have taken this test 10 times and I am really frustrated. I will really appreciate it. My email address is email@example.com. thank you.
4/18/2016 09:00:34 am
Can you please email me the reading practice? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
4/30/2016 10:23:50 pm
Hi Shawn, may I please have a copy of those study questions? I was terminated from OCPS because of trouble passing that Math section. Thanks so much. Jett4400@yahoo.com
4/30/2016 11:19:34 pm
Correction on my email address: It's Jett4400@gmail.com.
5/12/2016 07:22:18 pm
5/13/2016 07:41:52 am
Shawn can you please email me that information or anybody have this information from shawn. email@example.com
6/5/2016 04:27:18 pm
Hey shawn, do u still have the math study guide with answers? Please email me. Tfrant@gmail.com
6/14/2016 12:28:46 pm
Can you please send me the actual test questions samples that you have with the method they used to solved the problem please? I take the exam next week and I need all the help I can get. Thank you!!! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
11/22/2015 03:28:57 pm
Hi Rose can you send me a copy of the test sample questions Shawn sent you? PLEASE!!! email@example.com
7/31/2015 03:15:45 pm
I just took the math portion again today and did not pass. I am at a loss. I don't know what to do or what to study for anymore. The questions on the exam are so much different then what these study guides provide. I am so frustrated that the state doesn't provide a better resource for us to study with. They really need to come up with a study guide. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly take them.
7/31/2015 05:05:53 pm
I can help you, I have questions and examples from the test.. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
8/3/2015 12:09:09 pm
8/1/2015 04:38:33 am
Just passed the math test after three tries! hoowah!!!! :-)
8/2/2015 09:13:40 am
Sorry for all who are struggling with this exam. Although I feel your pain, this is in fact general stuff that every teacher should know, regardless of the subject you may teach. The comment a few before this one lists the math concepts....xy coordinates, slope and y-intercept, mean-median-mode-range, foil, order of operations pemdas, solving for x, inequalities, basic geometry.....learn this stuff and you'll pass
2/18/2016 08:33:52 am
YOU ARE JUST SO STUPID. I AM SURE YOU DON'T EVEN PASS THE SIMPLEST EXAMINATION. ASSHOLE!!!!!!
8/2/2015 10:37:07 am
Hi spoonster, I do agree with you that yes, a teacher should write well, read well and know proper grammar. Of course, makes sense absolutely. But I have to disagree with you on the math. Is it relevant in certain subjects? Yes. I can assure you though in the subject I teach, which is a language. American Sign Language; I do not incorporate any math in my curriculum. It is a hands on visual/gestural language. In fact, my students aren't even required to have a notebook because there is not a lot of writing in ASL. And also just let you know, I have friends who teach math in the middle school and HS level and I assure you some of these questions on the math portion are not "general" then again, what is your definition of general math? Or anyone's in fact? Would that mean up to 6th grade? 8th grade? Certainly not 12th. So again, sorry if this seems abrupt, but I wanted to reassure you that some subjects can incorporate math in the classrooms, but mine does not. Unless you wanna count when we get into groups to play silent games and have silent discussions? And ps, everyone is a different type of learner out there. Some people can excel in language, while others can have trouble with numbers. We are all different. Which what makes every teacher unique in their own way!
8/2/2015 11:57:08 am
@spoonster...I'll just say that prior to Jan 1 of this year, this was a General Knowledge Test...how do I know this? Well, I just have to look around my school and see who passed it the first time!
2/18/2016 08:43:56 am
This is to whoever wrote the comment "@spoonster" (not spoonster him/herself).
2/19/2016 06:14:55 am
are you a plant for Pearson...for the FLDOE...take a look at this url and then compare it to this years results when they come out next month...FIRST-TIME EXAMINEES AND PERCENT PASSING REPORT BY FIELD (2011-2014)...they have built in an almost 40% failure rate...great that you have no issue passing the test...imagine, a math teacher not having problems with the math...shocking
2/19/2016 08:09:49 am
My comment wasn't about me passing or not passing the math sub-test. I was simply stating that the GK math subtest does not contain high school senior level AP math. It simply doesn't. And secondly, I was concurring what the original spoonster stated, in that people don't seem very willing to put in the hours required to pass the test. I gave very clear advice in exactly how to master the math portion. The rest is up to you. You just have to put in the work. I know some people aren't "math people", and that is ok, but it is something you can learn if you take the time.
2/19/2016 08:12:03 am
Adam is correct, the math on the GK math subtest is not high school senior level math. There is no trigonometry, algebra II, or calculus on this exam.
8/2/2015 11:39:23 pm
8/4/2015 03:50:23 am
Is anyone able to help me or give me advice on how to pass the English Language Section on the GK exam? I dont know why I am not passing it. I studied for this section and failed it several times. It seems so easy, but I guess I am doing something wrong to keep failing it. I used cliff notes to study, FTCE practice test and the FTCE app. I appreciate any advice. Thank you.
8/4/2015 04:57:34 am
I passed this session yesterday! The best advice I can you is to pay close attention to every aspect of the question on this ELS. In my opinion, the cliff notes is enough to pass the ELS but you have to keep practicing until you can do it in your sleep. In addition, I also used the GRE book for more practice.
8/5/2015 01:09:46 am
8/5/2015 12:32:22 pm
8/4/2015 11:59:34 am
Today I failed the Reading Section of GK for the 5th time. I have passed all other sections but have truly been stumped with this one. If any one has any thoughts or ideas PLEASE feel free to E-Mail me at Coachpierce57@yahoo.com
8/4/2015 01:13:35 pm
I got my pass notification for the GK essay just now (took it 7/1/15). This was my first attempt. I was quite nervous after reading so many comments about people getting a score of 7 several times in a row.
8/4/2015 11:13:55 pm
8/4/2015 01:33:17 pm
Frustrated as I took the GKT 4 times and still haven't passed the math or reading sections. Studied and took many practice tests. Most recently purchased another GKT study book (cliff notes). Took the reading test with additional time allotted, but still didn't pass so I can't start the bachelor degree classes until I do. Sometimes I don't know if it is worth it.
8/4/2015 01:55:35 pm
I just came across this blog after receiving my GKT essay. I have failed for the fifth time and have tried everything from books to having an English teacher review and edit my work. I am extremely frustrated and wish there was a way to get feedback so I can make the necessary corrections to help improve my score. I keep receiving scores of 6 or 7. Does anyone have advice? Thanks.
8/4/2015 02:17:23 pm
I just got my score and I passed the essay. I agree with what Sheri said. This was my second time taking it and I knew I didn't do well the first time bc I only wrote 3 paragraphs. This time I wrote 4. Pretty much the same way Sheri did and the same topic; healthy food options in the schools. First paragraph I opened with something about eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and made sure my last sentence was my thesis statement: what I was going to be writing about. Second was my advantage and gave supporting details. Third was my dis with details and 4th I summed it all up and re worded it. I also added good transition words like to elaborate, for example, in addition. In essence, furthermore. My aunt is a retired English teacher and she said to use those. But it doesn't haven't to be the standard 5. In fact, there's no way I feel anyone would have enough time to write 5. So go for 4 people. That's what I did. Good luck!
8/4/2015 02:28:55 pm
Thanks for the feedback. I have done four and I have done five paragraphs and still am unable to pass. Did you include personal experience in your essay? Thanks.
8/4/2015 02:29:58 pm
8/4/2015 02:22:40 pm
This test has definitely knocked me down more than once! Took it the first time and passed both the reading and math portion. After taking it a second time passed ELS after much studying and taking a ftce gkt workshop through (learning liaisons) and really reviewing the topics mentioned. Unfortunately I failed the essay portion for a second time & am on hold to continue courses for my bachelors until I pass. Very depressing but I hope my post makes someone else feel less alone when it comes to this test.
8/5/2015 12:44:07 am
Good to know I am not the only one. I am really struggling with the reading. I feel I have it together with the math, but still can't seem to pass. I wish there was some sort of study group or people working on the same tests that want to get together to study in my area of Volusia County.
8/5/2015 03:22:40 am
I received my scores last night as well and received a 7 for the essay portion. This is so frustrating!
8/5/2015 05:08:10 am
Well, I passed the Essay on the second try. I selected the question about use of technology/computers in the classroom.
8/5/2015 01:58:14 pm
...chose, not choose...
8/6/2015 12:33:56 pm
For those who have passed the essay portion...
8/6/2015 01:58:44 pm
No Brett. You do not need a title!
8/7/2015 01:38:12 am
Hi Shannon, Do you have any strategies that would help me pass the reading? Thanks!
pass rate prior to January 1st 2015
8/7/2015 02:03:39 am
I contacted the powers that be and inquired what the passing rate for the GKT prime to Jan 1st of this year...I was informed that it was 81% in 2014 and 80% in 2103...when I asked about this year she said those stats won't be released until 2016...I told her someone must be watching because they added time to the reading portion...so, I then asked her if this was a work in progress...I relayed to her that a math tutor told me that she teaches her AP honor students this math in their last semester and that there was nothing "general" about probably a third of the test questions...
8/7/2015 02:57:25 am
Interesting that you mention passing rate. I was wondering the same myself.
8/7/2015 03:22:49 am
Interesting you just posted this. I was talking to my brother last night, who's an attorney and asked him if he could help me write a formal complaint letter about the math section. I myself have hired a private tutor as well and conversed with over 6 math teachers in my HS and shared with them the concepts and different examples and they call said that this is not "general" math. And also, a general math test like this should not consists with so many word problems. A few yes, but over half or more than half is not accurate to a general math test. Some of them started laughing about standard deviation and percent increase. So I'm thankful you have called. I myself am going to today as well. My brother said the same thing, if the reading use to be 40 and just recently changed since July 1, that means people complained or contacted or wrote petitions. So I'm interested in what they will tell me when I call. Keep you guys posted!
8/7/2015 08:15:08 am
I was told by a local college that something needs to be done because they are not being able to accept students for the bachelor's program since many cannot pass the GKT - you're right, something needs to be done. I will be taking the math and reading next month for the 5th time.
8/9/2015 05:52:40 am
I am so happy i found this site! It helpful to see everyone's experiences with the GK test. I will be taking the GK test for the very first time later this week and I am nervous, especially about the essay portion. I feel as if I cannot fully prepare myself unless I knew what the topics were. I am hoping that I can come up with adequate points and examples on testing day!
8/9/2015 03:02:00 pm
I bought a GED math book today hoping that maybe it might help me with passing the FTCE general knowledge math portion. I just wish there were a better study guide for this test.
8/9/2015 10:31:22 pm
OMG!!! I have been taking the GKT numerous of times but I can't seem to pass the English and Reading....does anybody have any suggestions?
8/10/2015 04:53:03 am
I took the GK math and essay last Friday. I failed math and need to wait 4 weeks for the results on my essay. I don't know why I keep failing math. This was my third attempt and I felt like I knew all the answers except maybe 4 questions. And that would not give me a failing grade. Please help.
8/10/2015 07:41:42 am
Hi Kevin! Sorry to hear that. I am in the same boat but I failed the essay. Did you remember your topics?
8/10/2015 09:43:38 am
My essay topic was: Teachers are evaluated on four performance levels: highly effective, effective, improvement needed, or unsatisfactory. Using these four performance level analyze the benefits and challenges of evaluating an effective teacher.
8/10/2015 11:18:35 am
Thank u Liz!
8/10/2015 11:58:35 am
Alternative Testing to the General Knowledge Test. Starting July 1, 2015, you can take the GRE to satisfy the requirements for the General Knowledge Test.
8/10/2015 02:34:06 pm
Hi Liz and everyone else,
8/13/2015 01:11:16 am
Yes this was the other topic!!! Hopes this help you guys preare for the essay portion.
A work in progress...
8/10/2015 10:52:06 pm
@ Ms. A. Thanks for the info...keep calling in about the GKT and voicing your displeasure and concern...ask them how this can be a solution, when obviously they recognize that there are issues with THEIR chosen way of testing...tell them to lower the passing scores for this year to say 180 for math, reading, language, and take the essay back to 6...this work around will still cost us money and prepare time...do not be sheep...stand up for yourselves...tell them you want to pay off your school loans and not be donating money to some corporation...they have enough of our money, what with the numerous retesting...call/write your district representatives...don't forget to have your parents and family members to also voice their displeasures...thank goodness this blog is here, because this is the only place that I've found anything concerning this issue on the net...make sure you tell them how many times you've taken retest's, how much you've contributed, how you would rather be paying off your school loans, how this is taking away money from your families, etc...the GRE is just another work around until they can fix it next year...I say BS...we've given them enough of our hard earned dollars, let alone our confidence in our test taking abilities...
8/14/2015 03:21:49 pm
@ work in progress, I totally agree with you! My friend is starting a petition and we need at least 100 signatures. Would you like to sign it? Let's stand up and do something !
8/11/2015 12:35:54 am
8/11/2015 01:16:05 am
It should go to the State Board for approval on 9/21/2015. I wonder if they will accept the scores from July 1, 2015. Here is the link to stay updated https://app1.fldoe.org/rules/default.aspx.
8/11/2015 02:50:02 am
Ms A. I'm confused. I opened up the links and i clicked on one of the documents and it kept saying October 1, 2015. What does that mean? It repeated it like 3 times. I thought June 30 was the cut off date. (Even tho the law says one year from when your started work)
8/11/2015 05:19:12 am
8/11/2015 05:22:54 am
How long does it realistically take to receive the results of the GK Essay? I know it says 4-6 weeks, but I'd like to know what some of your wait times were.
8/11/2015 06:18:38 am
I send several documents to the certification specialist in my district to see if they can give me a clear answer on the GRE stuff. I will up date you guys.
8/11/2015 06:25:13 am
@Shannon..I not sure what the October date means ( I have several people looking at all the documents and website). Maybe is more changes coming.
8/11/2015 06:30:12 am
I was referring to the FTCE General Knowledge Essay. Just wanted an idea of how long it's actually taking to score the essays. Based on the experience of those on this thread.
8/12/2015 04:38:50 am
@NG When I took it February it took almost exactly 6 weeks. I just took it on Monday so we'll see how long it takes this time.
8/11/2015 11:03:15 am
@NG - I took the essay test on July 16. I received my results on August 4. That's less than three weeks. I don't think that's typical.
8/11/2015 11:50:32 am
So we would have to take all four of the GRE or can we just take one portion of it? I just wish they never implemented these tests. They do not the measure the success of anyone!!
what area of math do you have the most problem?
8/12/2015 10:27:25 am
mine is with the algebraic reasoning portion, especially in the written problems (I guess)...this accounts for about 30% of the questions and it just kills me every time :(
8/12/2015 02:43:12 pm
Has anyone taken the reading portion this month? I will take it on the 18th. I want to know if anyone remembers what the articles were. I have taken the reading 7 times and I can't pass. Please someone help me!
8/12/2015 09:11:06 pm
I passed ALL the tests (professional, PreK, GK) EXCEPT GK Reading. Im 95% there! :( I used ftceprep.com and the questions were nothing like the test. Any areas or resources that the can use for the test? HELP!
8/13/2015 08:46:20 am
There is hope! I passed the GKT Reading after the 3rd time. I had a reading passage on the history of theater and how throughout history it has been censored, I had another passage on how animals communicate and how scientist are studying them, I had the elevator music compared to today's music, and compare the Mexican skull fiesta to substitute sugars.
8/13/2015 11:09:08 am
Hi Shawn, Do you remember any questions from any of the passages?
8/13/2015 12:05:38 pm
@ Shawn, Congrats on passing the reading. Have you taken the math?
8/20/2015 12:49:55 pm
Omg you had the sammmmme exact passages that I had. What were you methods of getting the right answers
8/13/2015 11:44:50 pm
Hi Becca and KK,
8/14/2015 02:02:06 am
Hey Shawn, Here's my email: email@example.com. Thanks!
9/1/2015 07:06:49 am
10/22/2015 06:16:58 pm
8/14/2015 07:57:50 am
Hi, please email me the math practice test also. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
8/16/2015 08:04:08 am
Hi I will emai everyone tonight that wants the Math study guide.
8/16/2015 10:31:56 am
Hey Shawn, I would like the practice exam as well. email@example.com
9/26/2015 08:11:06 pm
9/7/2015 05:20:22 pm
11/18/2015 06:07:16 pm
can you email the math study guide as well. Thanx!
9/12/2015 07:41:02 pm
Hi Shawn, I would be very grateful for a copy of your math test questions. Stephaniedreini@outlook.com
10/15/2015 04:36:59 am
I would like the practice test too.. firstname.lastname@example.org
11/9/2015 03:12:17 pm
11/21/2015 05:38:39 am
I can't pass the Math and the essay. I tried 5 times. I would like the practice test that you hAve. Thanks a lot.
12/7/2015 10:22:16 am
Please send me math practice questions...thank you sooo much! I take and English in a few weeks and I really want to pass this time.
12/17/2015 01:33:22 pm
Could you send me a practice test for the General Knowledge Reading test? Please and thank you!
2/7/2016 09:41:40 pm
If you could send me the practice test that would be awesome!
2/20/2016 08:06:44 pm
Hello. Would you mind emailing me this math test? Anything helps. Thank you. email@example.com
2/24/2016 10:11:24 pm
4/30/2016 10:05:07 pm
hi Im interested in a copy plz. Would appreciate it so much
4/30/2016 11:23:17 pm
Hi Shawn, I sent several messages because I gave the wrong e-mail address. My email address is Jett4400@gmail.com. I was requesting the study material and the teacher at UCF that teaches the math. Thanks
8/14/2015 06:24:29 am
Hey guys. So I took the math for a second time today and did not pass. But I honestly felt like I did a lot better and was bette prepared and recognized now to do certain problems. At first I was a little confused bc my test had 50 questions and I thought it was 45. And also, it was an hour and 40 and not 45. So not sure how many versions of the test there are. But was upset I got more questions and 5 mins taken away. I definitely felt time was an issue for me. I barely got any slope, not even slope intercept or distance between two lines, nothing. No sciencitif notation. Like two area ones (in word problem format) some proportions of course (word problems) about 5 or 5 inequalities with variables, that we're kind of tricky. Just a few probability. Lots of central tendency. But they were so time consuming. Literally had to write them all out to figure out if mean or mode or blah was higher. So overall, I felt better and feel like I missed it by a few bc of time.
8/19/2015 08:46:57 am
I also took the math test recently and got 50 questions. I wrote to them to inquire about it and this is their response:
8/14/2015 06:28:03 am
Sorry for the typos! Was walking and texting at the same time (clearly not a good combo)
8/14/2015 06:59:18 am
Just found this site. I'm about to take the essay for the 2nd time next week. I got a 7 before. Passed everything else. I'm just nervous because I have a hard time writting within 50 mins. I've been or acting writting essays, but just not knowing the topics stresses me out. It's so subjective and just depends who is grading it. Feeling frustrated...
9/2/2015 02:30:52 am
I have been taking the GK Essay since May 2013. I still haven't passed. Its very hard for me to write a decent essay in 50 minutes. It took me over 8 hours to write a 3.5 page paper for grad school. My temp certification is now expired so I'm working as a para making like nothing :((((((
8/14/2015 07:00:21 am
8/14/2015 07:00:30 am
I have made some phones calls to the Department of Education to see if there is anything teachers can do about this. They advise me to get some signatures from teachers that are having difficulty with the GKT. They said to at least collect 100 signatures. I am making this post to see if all of you would be willing to sign this petition?
8/15/2015 01:08:45 am
Please, I want to sing the petition and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
8/15/2015 04:22:35 am
Hi Mona, I want to sign this. My email is email@example.com
8/19/2015 08:39:04 pm
9/2/2015 02:32:20 am
I would sign!!!! Not passing this test has cost me my job!!!
1/16/2016 06:57:43 pm
I want to sign it too....firstname.lastname@example.org
5/30/2016 02:05:35 pm
I am in! My email is email@example.com
8/14/2015 07:23:19 am
Hi Mona. Can you email me? Smccormack82@gmail.com. I am very interested. I'm working with an attorney to write a formal letter. And very interested in voicing my opinion, due to me losing my job over a subject I don't even teach. Thanks Mona!
8/14/2015 02:27:51 pm
Hi Mona, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
How do we go about signing the petition???
8/14/2015 10:58:56 pm
we do we go to sign up????
8/15/2015 02:03:58 am
Really need help, PLEASE!!! If anyone can help the GK English part I would appreciate it. I cant seem to pass it took it for a 5th time!!!??? Every time i took the exam i felt i passed but then I dont. I studied several books, online practice exams, the ftce app and called the FLDOE and FTCE custm serv number- they are no help. I need to pass this to keep my job!!! Its the only thing left from the GK exam.
8/15/2015 09:47:01 am
Hello everyone that has shown interest in signing the petition. I am trying to wait to see if more teachers show interest on doing so because we will need between 50 to 100 signatures to even get them to talk about it. I think the best way do this would be setting a place and time where we could all meet somewhere. A easy and good place that I can bring all the documents and be at a place for a couple of hours waiting for teachers to come in and sign it.
8/15/2015 11:29:31 pm
I am willing and would love to sign your petition and help all of us move forward. Send me any info. email@example.com
8/16/2015 10:05:05 am
I would like to sign a letter. I can meet in a place for sign.
8/17/2015 01:22:43 am
Willing to sign; when and where...
9/2/2015 02:34:17 am
I am also willing to sign. DanielleTaylorEst.firstname.lastname@example.org
9/7/2015 05:11:48 pm
5/15/2016 09:23:58 pm
Hi, I am in same boat, I have three years of experience in math teaching in USA. all my Algebra students could pass the End of course exam. Unfortunately, after several times, I could not pass reading and essay part. Would you please give me advise, My school try keeping me but there is no way I can stay this year,
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8/16/2015 07:54:21 am
I'm sure some of you got the essay question concerning, develop two strategies that districts need to recruit mentors when funds run out, or something to that nature...well guess what? They have no clue and will probably hire an outside firm to help them out...not only did my essay not want a single solution, it wanted me to come up with TWO of them...if our elected school officials have NO CLUE, how in the heck are kids right out of college expected to come up with not ONE, but TWO ways...oh yea, and do so in 50 minutes...this PERSON VUE company is the biggest joke, but it's a huge money making joke...this entire testing needs to revamped/reworked
8/16/2015 08:06:12 am
Has anyone taken the FTCE k-6, I've passed everything except the Math, can somebody tell me what they used to study for this? Thank you
9/5/2015 09:42:15 pm
Hi Shawn, I was took the K-6 exams last year and passed all parts! I spent months studying though and I used this learning module which you can find here: http://www.fl-pda.org/. You have to register and it should still be free. It covered all subjects and was very helpful. You can also find study guides on this site: http://www.tinyowlteachings.com/2012/07/planning-to-take-ftce-sae-k-6-exam-read.html. Good luck!!
9/6/2015 07:53:19 am
Thank you so much, I passed all parts except the Math.
8/16/2015 08:33:19 am
8/16/2015 09:34:46 am
Me too, seriously so ready. I lost my position bc of the math. Along with a few other teachers in my school that were on temporary certificates too and I know a few in other schools in my county. So so very sad, especially because we all worked so hard and even hired private tutors and also received great evaluations. But that doesn't matter.
8/16/2015 11:49:03 am
8/16/2015 01:57:13 pm
Hey Becca, Orange County, in Orlando. It's sad bc 3 of my friends lost theirs as well.
8/17/2015 12:35:06 am
8/17/2015 01:00:31 am
I am so glad to have found this site with all of your comments. I passed all of the sections on the first try with the exception of the essay. I have now taken the essay 3 times in total and have still not passed. The first time I got a 6 and only wrote 3 paragraphs. The second time I wrote a full 5 paragraph essay and also got a 6. The third time I wrote a 4 paragraph essay and made up things (made up a "famous" quote and referenced a news article (which I also made up). I got the idea to do this from an SAT essay book. But I still did not pass and got a 7.
9/2/2015 02:37:53 am
I have taken the GK essay portion 4 times and still not passed. I made three 7's and the last one was a 6. I feel your pain :(
12/3/2015 01:10:22 pm
I feel your pain! I failed three times and am about to take the essay again for the 4th time next Friday.
8/17/2015 05:11:58 am
I am in the Tampa area! Where are most of you at? Also, Shannon can you let the people that lost their jobs know about it? We need as many signatures as we can get. I will be posting something soon with the date and time and a place where we can all meet to sign the petition.
8/17/2015 10:15:32 am
I am in the Tampa area too. I want to sign this because I lost my job as Spanish teacher by the essay portion after trying 9 times to pass it. Please let me know! My email again is
8/17/2015 05:40:33 am
Yes I will. I live in Orlando, but maybe we can meet somewhere in Lakeland or plant city? Let me know. And yes I'll let the people know as well. Or maybe you can give me a copy and I can have them sign it and fax it to you. We'll figure it out.
8/19/2015 08:30:20 pm
8/17/2015 07:08:23 am
I just took the essay for the second time. The first time I got a 7. Unfortunately, I don't feel good about it and think I failed again. I passed everything else one the first try.
8/20/2015 04:18:33 am
I am in the same shoes. I passed everything else on the first try except for the essay portion.
9/2/2015 02:39:05 am
ME TOO!! I passed everything the first time except the ESSAY!!!!
8/18/2015 12:37:15 am
Even though I have taken the pre-requisites to continue with Elemetary Education BS degree, I am reconsidering my career options since I am discouraged by failing the math and reading 4 times. I feel that they may lose others because of the obstacles faced with this testing and all the extra money, time waiting to pass, and stress. I need to move on with a career and this test is holding me back.
8/19/2015 03:43:40 am
Like everyone here, I got tagged on one portion of the 4 tests as well. Have taken the essay portion multiple times now and received a 6 every time.
8/19/2015 09:08:12 am
My second complete read through this entire blog and I hit on the post by Cititzens United and checked out the url they suggested: http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/05/15/former-florida-teacher-working-to-expose-the-truth-about-the-evil-education-system/
8/20/2015 09:13:35 am
Thanks Andrew for all of your information! Boy they certainly did increase the minimum passing scores needed on each test. Wish that I was ready to take the tests prior to the changes as I would have definitely passed by now. So sad for any new people like me struggling and for teachers that have lost their jobs because of these new changes.
9/2/2015 02:41:50 am
This makes me want to get up and walk out!!!! I am spending hard earned money to pass this test!!!
GED testing by Pearson VUE
8/19/2015 10:06:41 am
My friend, who teaches GED, learned today that nationwide there were over 550,000 (1/2 million to us minions) GED's awarded prior to 2014 when Pearson VUE took over...well, at the end of their first year of testing there were only 80,000 who earned their GED's...anyone want to do the math on that one...she also stated that the last speaker, who runs the program, stated that Pearson VUE is a for profit company and is not flexible, so everything has to be perfect or they will fail everything...they will not work to resolve any issues, but just ring up the ol' cash register...
8/20/2015 12:37:31 pm
Has anyone heard that they are going to change the Reading with new passages?
8/20/2015 12:58:56 pm
Hi! I passed the essay the first time. What was helpful for me was that I DIDNT click the BEGIN button until I wrote most of all of the first paragraph on the board given by the proctor(i did it quickly of course)and had the topics that I would use for the body paragraphs in mind. AFTER planning I clicked the BEGIN button that way all my time focused on making sure that first paragraph was very strong and then worked on the body. I made sure that the first paragraph wasnt boring because I was taught that you only have SECONDS to capture the readers attention so use it wisely. I made sure that the last sentence of my first paragraph had the topics that I would discuss in my body paragraphs and I had my conclusion. Make sure that each paragraph is focused on one topic and that You give examples in each paragraph. I began my first paragraph with:To begin with, wrote my thoughts and then gave examples to support my topic by saying for example. I began the Second paragraph by saying Secondly and also gave an examplesMy essay only asked for two reasons so I only had two paragraphs for my body. So I had a 4 paragraph essay.Hope this helps a little.
8/21/2015 06:37:52 am
8/21/2015 07:54:19 am
9/30/2015 06:44:57 pm
I did try this method, but my time was still running. :(
8/21/2015 03:17:51 am
9/8/2015 06:32:06 pm
Hi, Will you be willing to help me with the English? I have the cliffs notes book and got nearly every question correct on both of the practice tests. I failed it twice already. My email is email@example.com -Thanks
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8/23/2015 04:49:11 am
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I am in. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
8/23/2015 06:25:44 am
Agreed! I have contacted the state, Pearson and newspaper regarding this mess. We have to make noise and this is a reason to make some. This is not only for ourselves but for people that have already lost their position and people in the future that will lose theirs. What is going on is not right and we need to change this.
8/23/2015 08:09:26 am
Lynn, did you get any kind of answers when you called these places? I am having trouble passing the math.
8/24/2015 09:00:33 am
This is so sad and heartbreaking reading these last posts. Losing my position this summer over a math test has been the most stressful thing I've dealt with in a while. Especially since I taught American Sign Language, which incorporates absolutely no math. But that being said. I'm still gonna do this and conquer it. I've been talking to my attorney (which thankfully is my brother) and he said to definitely contact someone about this, trying to figure out exactly who. And give proof like the exact passing scores so far for this year compared to last year. Oh and how much the tests have changed. My coworker who just passed the math after the 5th time today said it once again changed. She had 55, the time before she had 45. I said two weeks ago I had 50. Ridiculous.
8/28/2015 10:06:21 am
If you are a teacher already, what tests do you still need to take? I am hearing stories about teachers being let go because they didn't pass a test, but I just don't understand what are they being made to do. I would appreciate some insight.
11/15/2015 09:00:14 pm
Can you apply for a position once you pass it?????
8/27/2015 06:56:30 am
I will be taking the reading test for the 3rd time this weekend. I feel like I am at a loss of what to study or even how to study. I didn't pass the last time by 5 points! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
8/27/2015 01:57:12 pm
HI Shannon and Amber:
8/28/2015 11:48:39 am
Thank you Priscilla for your kind words. I'm not giving up. I enjoy the language a lot, it's very beautiful and unique. And not the most religious person, more spiritual. So I have written positive affirmations all over my condo, which I read daily and try to think positive. So hoping that helps! It is hard to stay positive sometimes, knowing you lost your job over a subject you don't even teach. But thankfully, I have something to fall back on and been interpreting full time in the community for an agency.
8/29/2015 09:09:37 pm
So, if so many of us are having a hardt time with the reading, what are we doing wrong? I used ftcetestprep and the questions are nothing like the test... Are there better resources? I better testing website to help ID problem areas?
8/31/2015 11:49:25 am
This GK test is a joke. It should not be this hard. Pearson is a horrible company for education. The worst thing is they will change the scores back, but what about us. The people that lost their jobs. 40k gone
9/2/2015 02:47:58 am
Tell me about it!!!!! 40k gone ... right down the drain.
9/1/2015 08:39:29 am
I took the gkt back in June 2015 and passed both reading and math but not the English portion. I was shocked since English was always my strongest subject in school. I spent most of my energy focusing on the math portion since I am so bad at math. I passed the math even though I had no clue what half of the answers were. I thought the English portion was a breeze until I got the no passing score. I still did not get my score for the essay. I am taking the test again since I wasn't able to get into the education program this semester because of it and I'm wasting a whole semester taking classes that have nothing to do with my major. It's kind of crazy that I have to pay $150 for just one portion. No way Jose that it should be that expensive. Wish me luck...I'm not sure how to even study for the English portion and have the 3rd edition of cliffs notes...hopefully this this time I will pass. Those of you that are struggling with the reading portion...my best advice is to time yourself...and practice practice practice...I'm a very fast reader but I only had a few minutes to spare to review all my answers. I would try to answer what I knew first and then go back and try to find the answer in the section. Good luck to all!
9/1/2015 01:16:34 pm
Guys I got a 6 on the essay today!!!! This is just insane. I wrote numerous essays in college and always got an A. I am lost at this point.
9/1/2015 11:09:35 pm
I called DOE yesterday, I have taken and failed the Reading portion 5 times. I was asking about the Sept 21 meeting and they told me they were looking into accepting the GRE.
9/2/2015 08:40:17 am
Hi everyone, here some information for the Math portion that I receive for my EPI curse from HCC in Tampa. Maybe can help.
9/2/2015 08:47:51 am
I failed the essay for the 6th time but my school is allowing me to stay on as a temp. I feel so dumb. I am losing my benefits and taking an $8 pay cut just because I get a 7 instead of an 8 on an essay. Its a mix of graditude and frustration.
9/6/2015 08:47:16 pm
9/7/2015 05:41:15 am
9/8/2015 11:07:05 am
We're on the same boat. I'm a substitute teacher now, no benefits, all thanks to the Essay test. Have taken it 4 times, got a 7 each time. I'm beyond frustrated... What I'll do different: I made a list of all recurring essay topics, write essays, and I'll memorize the introductions, thesis statements and conclusions...
9/2/2015 11:09:18 am
Just took the FTCE GK test, passed all three, and was surprised. I expected to pass math, but wasn't sure about the others. I found the math to be trickier, some of them requiring more than 2 steps. Reading and ELA were also tricky, but it could of also been the nerves and uncertainty (30 seconds left at the end of Reading). Essay, YIKES!!! Took the advice of post that stated to take your time when deciding...By the time I started the essay, I only had 42 minutes to plan and write. Needless to say, I ran out of time...and it was on the same topic as some other post. My brain is mush, that was a long test!
9/3/2015 06:25:40 pm
9/3/2015 07:59:21 pm
It was the one about HS requirements (community service), and I can't remember the other one…sorry!
9/7/2015 01:28:01 pm
Look at the previous comments of the blog ....They are listd there.
9/7/2015 01:08:03 pm
9/8/2015 09:43:20 am
9/7/2015 02:20:41 pm
10/6/2015 10:28:04 am
9/7/2015 12:09:46 pm
Ela, Please send me your contact info. I will be in touch.
9/7/2015 02:54:52 pm
9/8/2015 07:00:15 pm
9/9/2015 03:45:13 pm
9/8/2015 09:25:31 am
For those taking the ESSAY:
9/8/2015 03:06:59 pm
Well I took the ELS and essay tests again. I got an unofficial not pass score again. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong. I have the cliffs notes gkt 3rd edition and the questions on the test are just so complicated. I think I did a little better this time but a not pass score is very depressing. I cannot even be accepted to my major until I pass these tests. If anyone can help me in any way please email me at email@example.com
9/8/2015 03:57:14 pm
I am trying to remember some of the questions on the els that I struggled with. If someone can give me some insight, I would appreciate it. (just what I remember off the top of my head)
9/8/2015 07:05:39 pm
9/8/2015 10:31:23 pm
Hi Ela, I also thought I was good with English, but some of the questions are just complicated. I cannot believe this is considered general knowledge. The study guides they offer us are ridiculous. I wonder why they changed the test to make it harder for everyone to pass. I cannot finish my education because of this exam. It makes me sad. They tell us to go to school to get a better education...but how can I when my education depends on this one exam that I have no clue on how to pass. :(
9/8/2015 06:28:33 pm
Anyone in polk county willing to help me study for the math section of the general knowledge? Rachelmottern@gmail.com thanks
9/8/2015 07:10:03 pm
Does anyone remember any of the math questions?
9/8/2015 07:32:56 pm
9/8/2015 09:28:29 pm
Hi Mark, if you send me your email address I'll send you the practice test that have some of the exact problems.
9/10/2015 06:06:41 am
Hi Shawn, I am in the same boat with Mark I'm having a lot of trouble with the math sub test and the reading. can you please send me a copy of that practice test you're talking about please, please.
9/10/2015 09:25:17 pm
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10/19/2015 07:01:34 pm
11/27/2015 05:32:27 am
If I send you my essay, do you think you can take a lok at it?
11/27/2015 05:31:06 am
I bought the book but what helped me was this free website called khan academy
2/4/2016 03:08:11 pm
To everyone struggling with the math portion:
9/9/2015 12:44:11 pm
9/10/2015 06:16:48 am
Hi Rachel, can you send me the math information please when or if you get them from Mark. I took the math and the reading sections yesterday I taught I nailed that math part but unfortunately when I get the unofficial score it says not pass. Please I need! PLEASE HELP IS NEEDED with the math and the reading.
9/10/2015 02:56:46 pm
I need your email addresses Rachel and Nathalie
9/11/2015 07:42:10 am
Shawn thanks an advance. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
9/16/2015 09:40:30 am
Hi Shawn can you please send me the information for the math as well email@example.com
3/11/2016 05:18:42 pm
Rachel mottern can you please send me the math gk practice test?
9/10/2015 07:09:14 pm
Does anyone have advice for passing the essay portion? this will be my fourth attempt, I'v made a 6 and two 7's.
9/11/2015 04:40:07 am
Hey shawn! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
9/11/2015 07:44:40 am
Shawn my email is email@example.com
9/11/2015 09:44:52 am
I seriously need help passing the reading. I've taken it 3 times now and came closer to passing than the previous times. Can someone help please!!! I would be grateful for any assistance I can get
9/11/2015 06:11:29 pm
9/11/2015 12:22:44 pm
I am taking the Essay again tomorrow. This will be my last attempt. If I do not pass, I will be leaving the education system. Pray for me. I honestly loved teaching, I just have a really hard time starting paragraphs and transitioning. I need more than 50 minutes :(
9/11/2015 12:28:53 pm
Would you mind sharing the topics of the essay so I can put together some ideas. I have taken it 4 times and my first topic was on why should students study abroad. I've also had the advantages and disadvantages of requiring high school students to complete volunteer services as a graduation requirement, Advantages and Disadvantages of receiving your degree online.
9/13/2015 05:44:26 am
Danielle, what topics did you get yesterday?
9/14/2015 09:32:41 am
9/12/2015 07:55:46 pm
9/13/2015 05:42:56 am
Could everyone that took the Essay after July do me a huge favor and post their essay topics here? I know that there's a post much earlier that listed some topic but they have changed again. That would be sooooo helpful. I have friends who are losing their jobs for not passing the essay after taking it 4 times and some getting 6s but mostly 7s every time :(
12/3/2015 01:22:33 pm
1) parental involvement
9/13/2015 07:23:47 am
Would anyone be interested in studying for the math in a group through Skype? I think the support would be motivating and very effective. Please email me if you are interested. I am ready to start.
9/17/2015 05:09:58 pm
Mark, that sounds like a good idea!
9/13/2015 03:49:39 pm
9/21/2015 11:12:14 am
9/21/2015 11:13:34 am
please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9/14/2015 09:30:30 am
Just took the GK essay on Saturday. My topics were parental involvement or ebooks vs text books. Let's pray that I passed!!
9/14/2015 01:21:05 pm
Way off topic here guys but... has anyone here taken the Prof. Ed. test yet? I don't know what I need to be studying and really need some advice... I know the test changed in 2014... THANK YOU!!
9/14/2015 06:20:04 pm
Has anyone taken the Reading this month? I take it again for the 3rd time next Monday. Does anyone remember what the articules were for the month of September?
9/16/2015 09:55:57 am
same here I will the taking the math and reading for the third time. I haven't schedule it yet but I will by the end of next month. good luck and let me know how you did
9/16/2015 06:00:23 pm
9/17/2015 03:19:12 pm
9/16/2015 06:08:21 pm
Update on my quest...
9/19/2015 02:02:21 pm
Here's an update on my quest...out of all the newspapers, op-ed writers, Florida legislators, activist groups, teacher's union, etc...finally, I heard back from Senator Bill Nelson and the teacher's union...Senator Nelson forwarded on my letter to him to the FDOE and the teacher's union is contacting the FDOE...both are sharing the material Andrew provided a while back in his comment(s)...it seems the power-point presentation was very helpful, especially where it shows the projected failure rate(s) by not only student, but by ethnic group...
9/19/2015 04:49:53 pm
Hi Updated on my quest!
9/19/2015 09:25:53 pm
I passed everything, but I'm still waiting on the essay score.
9/19/2015 11:01:46 pm
Lucky You! Congrats Josh, you are very blessed!
9/20/2015 04:04:06 am
9/20/2015 12:34:20 pm
Hi Josh, Congrats!! Was this your first attempt? What study materials you used? books, websites, etc
9/20/2015 04:53:38 pm
9/20/2015 06:00:19 pm
K.K and Chrissy,
9/21/2015 11:20:14 am
9/21/2015 05:24:09 pm
9/21/2015 08:49:14 pm
9/24/2015 11:03:39 am
The best advice I can give is to study more word problems rather than actual equations. Do a lot of Algebra word problems.
9/24/2015 12:28:33 pm
That's right, is more about % problems, equations, mix numbers, Pemdas, and I had a lot of exercises about put numbers in order and square root operations
10/7/2015 10:38:35 pm
Thanks for your suggestions, Josh.
Something has to change
9/22/2015 12:38:47 am
Hello, I've been meaning to update about the math, however, I've been busy with a new baby. I finally passed the ma the section. I did end up losing my position, however, I was able to find employment after achieving a passing score. I wanted to share with you all what resources I used to study for the math exam. These resources were very similar to the test questions. I practiced from the cliff notes exam book, I did notice that most editions have the same math questions so don't go too crazy buying multiple editions. I did daily practice exams from that book. The FSA and FCAT 2.0 practice questions helped as well. I also found this great resource , h & h publishing company. It's 45 bucks for access to the the gkt module for the entire year. Well worth the investment. GOHmath.com offers YouTube videos of practice questions of gkt math, he goes step by step in solving the questions. I also practiced daily with khan academy. I also requested ear plugs and headphones to minimize distractions for myself during the exam. Ucf offers these accommodations. I forgot to mention that I also used a GED prep workbook. I hope this helps. I was really upset this summer when I lost my position over a dumb math test but it did end up opening many doors for me. http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/history-of-fls-statewide-assessment/fcat-2-0/sample-questions-answer-key.stml
9/22/2015 08:31:15 am
I am getting ready to take the reading portion for the 6th time. Has anyone taking it recently or have any helpful info. I have studied so much that I don't know where to turn differently to get a different result.
10/7/2015 10:40:53 pm
Does this mean that the GRE is now accepted...I think so...
9/23/2015 10:55:57 am
Does this mean that the GRE is now accepted...I think so...
9/23/2015 11:06:23 am
If so, are they not saying that this is NO LONGER a General Knowledge Test, but in fact a test to enter graduate school??? Unless of course, the scores required are not as high as those needed for graduate school...
9/23/2015 11:48:31 am
For those of you who've already taken the GRE, I mean kudos to you. But people like me, who haven't; I would stick with the GK, the GRE is much harder than the GK. Go ahead and just google for example, math sample questions from the GRE, you'll see. Yes of course I agree with everyone that these are not "general" anything. Ps, all you math strugglers out there like me, I've found that khan academy has been really helpful with a bunch of examples and concepts.
9/23/2015 04:05:33 pm
Today I retook the ELS, Math, and Essay portions, and I am happy to say that I passed both the Math and ELS (I previously passed reading during my first attempt). It is such a relief! I wanted share with you guys what study material I used....
9/23/2015 06:44:11 pm
9/24/2015 12:32:20 pm
Merise, where did you take your essay exam?...Do you remember your topics?
9/26/2015 08:01:10 pm
I finally passed my GK math exam!! I am so happy, I took that thing so many times it's embarrassing. I lost my teaching position, but thankful that my principal gave me the opportunity to work as a sub in the room for one month before having to post my position, and now they do not have to, I get my position back. Now I just have to pass my Professional Education exam. I hope I can get that done before June as that is when my temp certificate expires :(
11/24/2015 03:47:12 pm
Hi, Lorraina congrats on passing the math GKT can you please tell me what you did and forward me your practice test please if it's not too much trouble. I have taken this portion 10 times. I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
9/26/2015 08:30:07 pm
Trying to get my email to Shaun regarding the study tips for the math.
9/27/2015 12:58:02 am
9/28/2015 09:58:08 am
Hello all. I've attempted the Reading 3 times now and am trying to prep for it again = (. Does anyone have any passages that they don't mind emailing me to help me out. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I need to pass this to get my job back. The passages I can remember having are: one about a bridge, Greece and theater, elderly people, diabetes, elevator music, chataquas, graffiti and art, Mexican celebration and Day of the Dead, animals and how they think and feel. If there are any materials or passages that you know of that would help me get through this that would be great. Please help me out. email@example.com
9/29/2015 01:56:37 pm
Hey all. I'm a school social worker and still need to pass the reading and math of the gk exam. I failed both sections for the 3rd time today. I keep getting the same reading portions about the bridge, art, and the elderly population. I can't seem to figure out why I can't pass either test. As for the math, I was only stumped on a few words problems. I had questions regarding mean,mode, etc., a few triangle and angle questions, and some probability. Most were algebraic equations and inequalities. Anyone have any tips? I'm desperate at the this point to pass.
9/29/2015 08:09:19 pm
Well guys I passed my essay after the second try!!! I didn't even get to finish and was so worried but I passed!!! Unfortunately I got a 186 on the els portion and last time I got 172. I will take the test one last time and after that I'm done. If someone can help me out.
9/29/2015 08:32:38 pm
I have passed all portions of the exam in one shot except for the dreaded essay. I was given a GKE practice test software for mac, it has exams for all sections and includes timed as well as an option to give you the correct answer WITH REASONING and explanation. It was GREAT help. i am willing to share if if someone can help me with the essay.
9/29/2015 10:29:46 pm
9/29/2015 10:39:00 pm
For sure, I need to retake the essay ASAP as well, i just got my third result (6,7,6). I will send you an essay as well on one of the topics you wrote, i cant recall what mine were exactly. I know spelling gets me, and I just read up on the idea of "personal experience".
11/27/2015 05:43:56 am
Hey Daniel, I was wondering if I send you an essay, would you tell me what you think?
9/30/2015 12:53:18 am
Daniel read the post I wrote to Andrew. Hopefully it will help you with the essay. Can you help me with the ELS portion? I got a 186 and have borrowed every book that my county carries about the GKT. These books really don't help much as they don't mimic what is on the exam. I found some questions to be hard and tricky.
11/18/2015 07:22:38 pm
Haven't taken any yet just studying. I would love to get that practice test. Thanx!
9/29/2015 09:21:40 pm
I am in desperate need of help with the essay. I have taken it 3 times now, and I just don't understand what they are looking for.
9/30/2015 12:48:49 am
I passed the essay the second time around. I wrote 5 paragraphs. An introduction, 3 supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion. Restate the question in your intro and have thesis statement. I used words like furthermore and nevertheless (research transition words) I believe that was what helped me pass this time around. Also restate and summarize your main points and thesis in your conclusion. I wrote a lot of personal experience. Make sure to include personal experience in each supporting paragraph (make it up if you have to). I ran out of time and did not finish my last sentence and still passed. Good Luck!
9/30/2015 01:39:31 pm
When using personal experience, do you use the words I, or my, mine?
9/30/2015 02:38:39 pm
Yes, I wrote, When I was younger... and I remember when...
10/7/2015 10:47:07 pm
10/1/2015 08:32:04 am
I passed on my fourth and final try. The only thing I did differently was make sure to include a personal experience on my details. I only wrote 4 paragraphs. An intro and I tried to hook them in, restated the thesis with my two points. Then 2 body paragraphs and a conclusion.
9/30/2015 10:20:55 am
I finally passed the essay on the 4th try! For those also struggling with the essay, don't give up! What I believe made the difference this time was including personal experiences (making them up is fine). Good luck to everyone - I know how frustrating this is. I almost gave up myself, but glad I didn't.
10/27/2015 11:10:46 pm
9/30/2015 10:28:56 am
Also, for anyone struggling with grammar, I used an app to study called "Killer SAT Grammar" and found it extremely helpful.
9/30/2015 08:10:04 pm
Hi TL ! Congratulations, what topics you got?
9/30/2015 04:04:47 pm
How many times? and how much have you paid...
9/30/2015 05:19:47 pm
Well, I took the test the first time and passed ESL and got a 6 on the essay (cha ching $130)...took it a 2nd time and passed reading and got a 7 on the essay (cha ching $150 more)...took it a 3rd time and didn't pass anything even after taking a two day math class (cha ching another $150 down the drain)...gave up...waiting for the stats to come in for the FDOE...reply on this comment so we can get as much info together in one link as possible...hang in there people
10/2/2015 09:09:23 pm
To: How many times? and how much have you paid….
10/1/2015 08:29:17 am
I finally passed the essay!! Found out yesterday!!!
10/1/2015 09:29:02 am
Danielle congratulations !! What topic you got?
10/4/2015 06:42:02 pm
congratulations!!!! Do you have any tips for us????
10/6/2015 10:05:44 am
10/17/2015 06:03:41 am
How did you prepare for the essay portion? I have to retake the essay and reading portion soon.
10/2/2015 05:04:41 pm
I will be taking the GKT for the first time after being out of school for 15 years. Any tips for the essay would be appreciated. I am taking the exam in November.
10/3/2015 07:41:35 am
So I took the GK- English Language Skills part for the 6th time and i failed again!!! :(((((. I have
10/4/2015 07:18:34 pm
10/21/2015 07:07:33 pm
I have taken the ELS part more times than I can count and keep getting a 191. These are the thing i remeber...Assidaciouse capriciouse
10/17/2015 06:08:33 am
Here's the guy who is over these testing areas...
10/4/2015 12:13:48 pm
10/6/2015 10:17:57 am
Will be returning to take the Essay part again. Does anybody, who has taken the test recently, recall their topics?
10/7/2015 02:31:19 pm
Today I took the Essay test for the 5th time. I cannot believe I've spent $750 on this test. I passed ELS the first time, and Math and Reading the second time. I've gotten three 7's and one 6.
12/3/2015 01:29:16 pm
Did they ask for TWO strategies? Thanks!!
10/10/2015 10:39:48 am
Ok. I have taken the reading gk 6 times and have not passed it. I took it to day and still receives a "not passed". I have spend hundreds of dollars on study material and the test itself. At first I though it was the timing as I was not completing it in the time given. However I was able to complete the entire test this time. I have lost my position over the reading portion of this test. And despite how much studying I've done, I still can not pass it. This is upsetting because I passed all other parts on the first try, but after repeated attempts, I still can't pass the reading. I feel that the test is flawed.......
10/24/2015 07:08:59 am
11/2/2015 12:17:09 pm
Hi Thomas. I would like to get in touch with you. I have taken reading 7 times and I am stuck on reading just like you. I passed everything else on my 2nd try.
11/15/2015 08:53:05 pm
When you pass, can you reapply?
AMANDA M MONIZ
10/10/2015 07:19:13 pm
Hey everyone. I have passed everything but the Math and I've taken that 4 times now. My degree and subject area is in Early Childhood and I've been out of school for over 12+ years so it has been a long time since I've seen this kind of Math and Math has never been my strong suit to being with. Does anyone have any advice for me!! Good luck all!
10/11/2015 04:05:12 pm
10/13/2015 08:16:53 pm
correct me if I'm wrong, but...
10/14/2015 11:15:38 am
my understanding is that you must come within 10 points of passing...so, if it's a 200 score to pass, I think you must be at least a 190 before they will do the verification session...let us know
10/18/2015 09:03:47 pm
To my understanding the verification section just shows you the questions you got wrong but you do not get the answers. You see your response and get to dispute with them why you believe it is right, They do not tell you the right answers. You also have to wait another 30 days before you can take it again.
10/21/2015 07:11:19 pm
1/8/2016 04:41:50 pm
GKT Essay rubric from the fldoe
10/22/2015 08:34:02 am
Hello everyone! I just discovered that the public library has a website that can help adult learners with all these subjects. It's called Brainfuse, and you can access it through your library website. Online, got to online resources and then to "education & jobs," use your library card to get to site.
10/22/2015 10:52:34 am
Hey Tyler, I can help out your wife if needed for the reading part. I passed it on the first try. Also, my aunt is a retired honors English teacher, which helped a lot. I felt very confident going into it because reading is my strong point. But her tips definitely helped. I feel her pain, I have taken the math part 3 times and have gotten better each time and missed my last one by 2 points. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see a 198. I have also too lost my job because of this. So again, I feel everyone's pain. Have her email me if she likes: firstname.lastname@example.org
11/15/2015 08:52:12 pm
Can I have your help? I'm a crying mess right now :(. email@example.com
10/29/2015 11:44:33 am
Was that a Florida library- Jacksonville Public said they couldn't find any listing for Brainfuse.....