Hello everyone, this is my 1st post/thread, new member and green/naive to everything. If you are like me and perhaps were good at math as a kid but then never used much of it as you matured but then suddenly find yourself teaching in Florida and discover the hardship of finding competent math teachers in this state. A golden opportunity for those willing to put in the time needed. Now if you plan on teaching high school especially Alg II/Trig/Calculus, this thread and FTCE test is probably not for you(Try 6-12). On the flip side if Alg I, Geometry, and 5th thru 7th grade level basic math scares you, then perhaps teaching middle school level math might not be for you. If you are like me you had to start from scratch and search the internet looking for help in order to pass the exam. I have scoured the internet, gathered a lot of information, printed out the guidelines and test questions provided by the state of Florida which I will get to in this thread. The reason I am going to begin this thread is quite frankly for selfish reasons but at the same time in my own selfishness I will be helping some poor folks out there who stumble upon this thread. So understand this thread will have many posts, perhaps several in the same day as I share with you step by step what I am doing to pass this test. This is Middle School Math specific 5-9. I cannot vouch for any of the other tests. To make this easy to read, I will try and limit the information per post to something reasonable and digestible. Again, I want to stress that I have not actually taken the test but there is so much that goes into this beforehand that by sharing what i have done with all of you I actually will be re-enforcing the lessons for myself. If I can explain it to you then it only empowers me further for the test. Approx 2,000 people take the FTCE math 5-9 test per year in the state of Florida and roughly 60-65% of folks pass the 1st time but that leaves an awful lot of folks who fail. Hopefully this will help you.