FTCE K-6 Exam

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  1. Einstein223

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    Hello! I am studying for the FTCE K-6 exam and having a difficult time since they changed it in May of this year and there are no current study guides. I know how the test has changed and what the new competencies are but having a hard time finding resources to study. Any help or recommendations are greatly appreciated!!!
     
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    Which competencies have you most concerned?
     
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    Took it October this year and passed firs time. I utilized Cliff Notes. I thought it was rather tough but Cliff Notes helped with formatting. The test was more about applying the information i.e. math, where the student went wrong in their computation as opposed to merely knowing how to compute.
     
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    TeacherGroupie- Honestly all of them, I just don't feel very prepared because this is not what my primary training is in. The field I am qualified to teach is either not offered or there are no jobs available so I am having to change subject areas rather quickly and without the proper training that I would be more comfortable with. I had hoped I would be ok using study guides until I can get back in school but since there aren't any current ones, I feel even more under prepared!!

    teach2014- I am using Cliff Notes as well, even though it is the older version. Congratulations on passing. Hopefully it will help me as well. Thanks for the info!!
     
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    Einstein223, hugs. If you give me some idea what content has you concerned, I can probably offer some guidance that will help.

    If there's a Costco in striking distance, you might see whether it carries the DK/Smithsonian Knowledge Encyclopedia among kids' books for the gifting season. It's not so helpful on math, but there's a fine big illustrated section on science concepts and a pretty good look at history.
     
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    Thanks so much for the tip, I am going to look for the book right now!! I am just feeling overwhelmed and underprepared! Not to mention the amount of pressure I am under to pass it. It is a lot of information to remember and most of it is content I haven't studied since I was in school myself. Math is probably the area of most concern since it has always been my least favorite subject. My main concern with social sciences is trying to remember all the dates.
    Thanks so much for your help :)
     
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    For history, recall that history is story, first and foremost. If you can make sense of the sequence of events, the dates will be much easier to keep track of (and, on many elementary teacher tests, knowing the date to the nearest quarter century and knowing what else was happening will suffice: the big US relocation of the 1930s was the Dust Bowl rather than the Trail of Tears, because that was FROM Oklahoma, not TO Oklahoma, it is part of the story of the Great Depression, and it wasn't primarily a relocation of Native Americans). The Web is beginning to bloom with quick cheeky videos on history, and you'll find a number of them if you rummage a bit around Richard Byrne's blog Free Technology for Teachers, www.freetech4teachers.com.

    For math, try the quick videos on Khan Academy - I can never remember whether that's .com or .org or .net, so you get to Google that: they're sequenced and build on one another, which is handier than it sounds, so I recommend starting more basic than you think you need. Use the list of competencies to help you figure out where to stop.
     
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    Thank you!! You have been very helpful and I appreciate the resources and tips. I'll be looking into all of them. I don't have a Costco membership but I did find the DK Encyclopedia on amazon! Thanks again!
     
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    You're welcome.

    Another important tip is to get in the habit of finding uses for what you're studying. Do math with things in your environment: this is easiest with measurement but possible with everything else (I once devised an exercise that involved deriving a linear equation from the menu at a fast-food restaurant). Look for science as you cook (cooking is chemistry: consider the egg) or walk (forces and friction!) or garden. Think about sneaky ways in which the history you're studying sheds light on what's going on in the world today (oh, and another pro tip is listening to NPR as you drive). Treat medical-waiting-room magazines as chances to practice reading comprehension, grammar, and art/media analysis... If you find what looks like a neat connection, bring it here and we can talk about it.
     
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    I passed all 4 sections of the FTCE K-6 Exam!!! Thank you all so much for your help and suggestions!!! Now I just need to pass the Professional Educator Exam...any recommendations for a study guide for that exam? TIA!!
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    I took the K-6 SAE today and passed. However, I have to say that what I thought was on the test- and what I studied- very little of it was on the exam. For example, the Science and Social Science subtests had very little actual science and history/political subject matter - it was more about teaching concepts/methodologies. I was really thrown for a loop.
     
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    Thank you!!
     
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    I agree and that is why I was so worried about this exam because I wasn't sure what to prepare for. Congratulations!
     
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    I need help in getting the right study guide for the FTCE k-6 can any one PLEASE HELP ME
     
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    I have taken the test several times I keep missing by points. Can any one tell me what study guide I need to pass the ftce k-6
     
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    I'm in need of help passing the ftce. I have no time to waste. Just took it and did not pass. I'm feeling it was the math and some of the reading / language arts. Lots of questions about ways to assessment students. Please help I have one more chance in May.
     
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    If you fail a subsection in the FTCE, check out our score report and there will be a page with the competences broken down and tell you what you had trouble with. Remember, a passing mark is about 70% (I am unable to post URLs but if you want to see the score yourself search for FTCE maximum minimum to pull up the pdf). Hope the knowledge helps a few of you and don't give up!!!
     
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    I am having a hard time passing math too. I will not have my job as an access teacher if I do not pass it. I even lost points for not being certified in k-6 on my observation. I could have been highly effective. Any suggestions I have used cliffnotes and flashcards.
     
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    For math, try Khan Academy, www.khanacademy.org. Each short video explains a math concept, visually and verbally; you can watch the video as many times as you like, and each video links to both practice questions and the video that covers the next concept. Use the list of competencies to help you figure out what content you need and where to stop.
     
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    Congratulations! Which resources and study guides were helpful to you? I'm taking the SAE k6 this week. Any tips and sugggestions?
     
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    What did you study to pass the FTCE K-6 math. I'm having difficulty with that...I have passed all the other sections.
     
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    hI,
    I JUST FOUND THIS POST. I GRADUATED MAY1ST WITH A 4.0 AND CANT PASS THE READING OR SCIENCE SECTIONS OF THE SAE. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
    tHE PROFESSIONAL TEST IS OK IF YOU REMEMBER THAT THERE IS MORE THAN 24 HOURS IN A DAY. I CAN GIVE YOU MORE HELP IF YOU MESSAGE ME.
     
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    I can definitely share some info on how I passed the reading and Science. How do I send email messages
     
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    Hello everyone! I am aware that this thread is old but I am in desperate need of help on the FTCE Elemetary Education K-6 exam. Is there anyone who can help me? I have been teaching for nearly three months and the state refuses to pay me as a full-time teacher until I receive my letter of eligibility and in order to do that I need to pass this test. Is anyone has a study guide that would be incredible! Here is how I scored the first time I took the exam:
    Elementary Ed K-6 Subtest 1: Lang Arts and Reading 185
    Elementary Ed K-6 Subtest 2: Social Science 176
    Elementary Ed K-6 Subtest 3: Science 151
    Elementary Ed K-6 Subtest 4: Mathematics 154

    I obviously didn't pass but I studied from a book that I lost faith in and I have been studying online resources now but some of the links on here no longer work and neither does the one on my school's website. My university only have workshops from speakers who have "taken the exam" nothing really that I can work on so I see it as a waste of valuable teaching time. I am set to retake this test in a little over a week. Is there anyone that can please reply and give me some help? I REALLY need it and I need to pass this exam so that I can get paid the money I deserve for all of those long hours I am putting in. Otherwise they will only pay me as a part-time teacher which is NOT FAIR at all! PLEASE HELP! Also, I passed the GKE with the exception of the Math portion but not by much. I'm hoping that I have even better luck on this exam.
     
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    I truly feel your pain....I have passed all sections except for the MATH...really sucks because there are no resources to help with this test.
     
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    Thanks... going to check it out
     
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    In need of help passing the FTCE. I already passed the math components but miss the other subets by a few points. I tried a study guide and that did not help. What are some other resources or things you've seen that can help? This is my only and last chance to pass this test
     
  35. Deeg Gee

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    I am having trouble finding info on what to study and it's so much material..

    if anyone has taken the new version ( since 2015) and has tips on best topics to study and what I'll see most on the test... I'll give you the biggest Reddit hug ever.

    For example.. the study guide says "know the body's systems" I hear questions on the circulatory system are common but just anything like that to narrow this heap of elementary stuff down would be so awesomee. Thank you all!
     
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    Hi,
    One website that helped me tremendously is tinyowlteaching dot com. It's a blog with many valuable resources that will definitely help you. Scroll down to 2015, 2016, and 2017 info. There's valuable resources and sample questions.

     
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    question. how were you able to get a teaching job without your SOE? I want to teach, but I havent applied at any public schools because I know I at least need that.
     

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