FTCE Math 5-9: A journey from start to finish

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  1. BicoastalBabe

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    I am using study dot com also. I have been using it since October on and off. I haven't retaken the test yet so I'm unsure if I will be successful. However, I remember a lot of questions from the 2 times I've taken the test so I'm hopeful.
     
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  2. AngelTrovab

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    I just got my results . I scored a 188 , the first time I took it I received a score of 145 . So my score is improving . Maybe the next time I will pass . I found a workshop , it's $150 but it's specifically for this test . I'm thinking about taking it , I just need 12 more points !!
     
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    Hey Angel,
    I'm just seeing your response. I don't have any alerts for this website so I sometimes forget to check it. I wish there was a study group or something. I need to just hurry up and study and put this test behind me.There are so many math positions open in my county and I already work in the front office of school.
     
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  4. MrsFlorida

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    I passed the test last year and I used this website - it is the course that teachers take to refresh their knowledge of the 5-9 exam. It is from the state and it includes everything you need to know on the test.
    pdportal dot florida hyphen ese dot org
     
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  5. AngelTrovab

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    You are amazing ! I will study from this !!! Thank you !!!!
     
  6. BicoastalBabe

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    Hi AngelTrovab,

    How has the studying been going? I am following Mrs.Florida's advice and using the portal. Have you passed the test yet?
     
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  7. BicoastalBabe

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    Please see the comment above that I wrote for you. :)
     
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  8. AngelTrovab

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    I am very discouraged to be honest but I do study. I signed up for a seminar / review class just for the test. The class is march 18th for 8 hours . I will re test after the review in hopes it will get me my 12 points More I need to pass . I am so amazed there is no help out there for us from the district . My friend said they are so desperate they are offering sign on bonuses for teachers . Why no help out there ? Ugh
     
  9. AngelTrovab

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    I replied ! I think I have to reply to you for you to see !
     
  10. sophomorehope16

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    Which districts in FL are you referring to? I passed math 6-12 subject area and can't even find a job.
     
  11. sophomorehope16

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    Which county do you work for? I passed my subject area math 6-12 and can't even find a teaching job.
     
  12. AngelTrovab

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    Hi ! I live in Palm beach county . Really ? Do you know anyone ? Have you reached out to recruiters ?
     
  13. sophomorehope16

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    I tried but I guess my chances are slim to none here in Duval due to mid year resignation, taught in 2015 from oct-dec, it's a bad experience. Can't get a teaching job unless I leave this sucky place. I tried Clay but I get the same cold treatment. I feel like my skills and efforts are futile.
     
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    Yes that's a very small school district ! Go to Miami Dade .
     
  15. AngelTrovab

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    Any tips on studying for the exam ? I attempted the 6-12 twice and failed miserably by 20 points . I attempted the 5-9 failed by only 12 points .
     
  16. sophomorehope16

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    I cannot move anywhere for financial reasons. Maybe next school year...
     
  17. sophomorehope16

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    If you have the REA, use it and add more resource books that you can find from the bibliographical sources found on the test guide for math 5-9 in FLDOE's website. It can be overwhelming. But if you are really passionate about your subject, you'll do whatever it takes.
     
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    Angel, hi, I was wondering what the name of the workshop is that you're taking, I would gladly pay to be able to pass this test the first time? Thank you.
     
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    Does anyone know if they are still using that Texas Instrument 30 calculator for this test?
     
  20. Oneonly54

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    Hello can I have the linked u used please
     
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    They provide u with a calc. No reference sheet in florida
     
  22. AngelTrovab

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    Hello ! I would love the link and any advice you can give . I signed up to take it Again . I tried to PM you and it won't let me . Please help :)
     
  23. AngelTrovab

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    Hey so it was cancelled because he only had 5 teachers sign up :(. It was this website http://www.gohacademy.com/florida-ftce-workshops
     
  24. Oneonly54

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    Bpayoute12@icloud.com
     
  25. sasssage

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    Hi there, I just passed the FTCE 5-9 yesterday, first time. This forum helped me A LOT in figuring out what to study, and I promised myself that if I passed, I'd make sure to post here with help.

    This is what I did:
    - I studied from the Sharon Wynne FTCE Math 5-9 book.
    - I used the following website and took the course on math 5-9 (I'm going to type it out because I can't post links):
    http COLON SLASH SLASH pdportal DOT florida DASH ese DOT org SLASH
    - If I didn't understand a concept, I just googled how to do it (I used Khan Academy mostly, but there are lots of others).
    - I purchased a Texas Instruments TI-30X iis to practice with, as this is the one you use on the test.
    - I did NOT do online practice tests- the ones I found (such as from examedge) are way harder than the test and very discouraging. I only did practice tests through the book and portal.
    - I did NOT use the Mometrix "Secrets" study guide. It's only an outline, no details, and goes more in depth than it needs to.

    Things I expected to be on the test, but were not:
    - Logs
    - Lns
    - Conversions (NOTE: conversions ARE on there, but you only need to know the order of kilos, centis, etc. (KHDUDCM) and how to switch from one unit to the other (you simply move the decimal left or right...you'll see that in the book). You also need to know how many cups in a quart, pint, gallon, etc. There was a lot of specific conversions in the book which I memorized, but you don't need to know.
    - I only needed to know the surface area/volume formulas for spheres--none of the other ones--despite having memorized all of the formulas.

    Things that the test focused on:
    - Techniques for problem solving (you'll find these in the beginning of the Wynne book, and in the portal link)
    - Instructional scenarios (see portal)
    - Manipulatives (such as blocks, rubber bands, etc.) to use in different situations (see portal)
    - Algebra
    - Lots of triangles (Pythagorean theorem, SAS/SSS/ASA, the 3 postulates, sin/cos/tan, the different types of triangles, etc.) Everything you need to know about triangles is in the Wynne book.
    - Area and perimeter
    - Exponents and radicals
    - Finding slopes, x and y intercepts, and identifying correct graphs

    Some things I also remember being on the test, although they weren't the bulk:
    - Probability (1 problem)
    - Scientific notation (1)
    - Switching from different units (as I mentioned above) (2)
    - I had one question that was something like, "if a figure has x vertices, y faces, and z sides, what 3d figure is it?", so know those. (1)
    - Midpoint and distance formulas (2)
    - Properties of a parallelogram (1 or 2)
    - Knowing the different transformations (1)
    - The various instructional technology tools (1)
    - Summative vs formative assessments (1)
    - Common student errors (1 or 2)
    - Factoring (2)
    - Solving a radical equation for 2 numbers and putting them on a number line (1)
    - Determining if two likes are parallel or perpendicular, based on equations (1)

    Other things I'd like to add:
    - The test doesn't ask you things like "solve x-3", rather, it asks "what would be the best method to solve x-3?" or "what kind of error is a student most likely to make when solving this problem?" There are very few questions that just want you to give them a number but if you know how to do the math problems well enough, you'll be able to answer these questions.

    - I was freaking out over the instructional scenarios, which Wynne does not cover, until I discovered the portal. The portal will basically be a review of the Wynne book until the last chapter, where it talks about instructional stuff such as- common errors, problem solving techniques, manipulatives, and technology. They will provide you links to learn these things. USE THEM. Memorize the problem solving techniques, errors, and when to use each type of manipulative.

    - All of the math is in the Wynne book, you just have to master it and understand it so you can talk about it. The portal gives you everything else.

    THANK YOU to those of you that posted, even years ago, because you really helped me. What I put here is only about MY experience and MY test (I'm sure there are many versions) so keep that in mind! Good luck.
     
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  26. PetrMishikoff

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    Some quick recommendation from someone who taught some math before - a lot of times dedicated workshop are good, but they focus on very specific math topics that shows up on tests. So for some people, while it's great to brush up on those math topics, it'd be ideal to get exposure/refresher on all the fundamentals that lead up to the test topics.

    this better prepares you for the math questions, if you understand the concept, and the background concepts, you are then able to respond when the test decide to throw you a curve ball.

    the key is to get a good grasp of the foundation math concepts that lead to the existing question - that's how you get figure out on the spot the variation of the problem.

    hope that helps. good luck guys.
     
  27. mrs_orris

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    Jun 3, 2017

    Hi!

    I took the test yesterday and did not pass. Would LOVE your input. I unfortunately let my certification expire and must take exam again..... It is definately different from 17 years ago. Planning on taking it again in two weeks. Looking forward to hearing from you!
     
  28. Jun 18, 2018

    Could you please send me the link? Thank you so much! I'm preparing to take my exams!
     
  29. Jul 11, 2018

    I probably should have posted this months ago, but thanks to this thread, and specifically sasssage's detailed post above, I took the exam in February and passed the first time. I used the pdportal course (including pre and post test) and the 2017 Sharon A. Wynne guide (in-book tests, not online). To really test my knowledge, I put sticky notes over all the answers to make a second test out of the "Rationales with Sample Questions" when I received the book so I'd have forgotten the answers by the time I reached the end. This week, finally, I got the email stating I have my Statement of Eligibility. Thank you all so much!

    Edit: I also took the advice (I believe from this thread) to write down every formula I could remember on the provided notepad right away rather than trying to recall them as they came up. I believe it really did help save time.
     
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