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FTCE Social Science 6-12

The Most Complete Subject Review
Everything you need to know for the FTCE Social Science 6-12 exam, prepared by a leading specialist in teacher education. Comprehensive review chapters ...

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FTCE Social Science 6-12

The Most Complete Subject Review
Everything you need to know for the FTCE Social Science 6-12 exam, prepared by a leading specialist in teacher education. Comprehensive review chapters cover all the subjects and skills tested on the exam.

The Best Practice Exams Available
2 practice exams based on the official FTCE Social Science 6-12 test – balanced to include every topic and type of question you can expect on the actual FTCE exam.

Total Explanations of Questions & Answers
Each practice exam comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but explain why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared on test day!

Proven Test Prep Methods
REA’s focused FTCE Social Science content and practical advice have helped millions succeed on their exams. With our step-by-step plan, you can score high on the FTCE and get certified to teach in Florida!

Federal Guidelines for NCLB Compliance
You can expect that candidates with NCLB-compliant credentials will enjoy preferential status in hiring. This means you need to pass the FTCE. Maximize your exam performance and master the FTCE with the unrivaled certification expertise that only REA can offer.

Get the World’s Most Advanced FTCE Software
REA’s FTCE Social Science TestWare combines a realistic test environment with the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available. With every practice test you take, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence for the real exam. Automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of questions that give you trouble now, so you’ll succeed on the FTCE!


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738608082
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Series: FTCE Teacher Certification Test Prep
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 467,104
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Cynthia Metcalf is Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in Middle Eastern history, South Asian history, and World History. She also serves as a senior thesis advisor for history majors and as a freshman advisor and freshman seminar instructor for incoming students. In addition to teaching in a brick and mortar institution, Dr. Metcalf also teaches online as an Adjunct Instructor in History for Baker College Online. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia.

She received several major fellowships to conduct her research from the Social Science Research Council, American Research Center in Egypt, American Institute of Maghrebi Studies, and the United States Information Agency Documentation of Cultural Properties Program. Dr. Metcalf received her M.A. in South Asian History and her B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Virginia. Currently Dr. Metcalf is revising her dissertation manuscript and contributing entries to the Dictionary of African Bibliography.

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About This Book and TestWare®

REA’s comprehensive guide to Florida’s FTCE Social Science 6–12 Test is designed
to assist you in preparing to take the FTCE required for teaching social sciences in grades
6–12. To enhance your chances of success in this important step toward your career as a
teacher in Florida schools, this test guide along with REA’s exclusive TestWare® software:

• presents an accurate and complete overview of the FTCE Social Science 6–12;
• identifies all of the important information and how it’s represented on the exam;
• provides a comprehensive review of every competency and skill;
• presents sample questions in the actual test format;
• suggests tips and strategies for successfully completing standardized tests like this FTCE exam;
• provides diagnostic tools to identify areas of strength and weakness;
• provides two full-length practice tests based on the most recently administered FTCE;
• replicates the format of the official exam, including levels of difficulty;
• provides the correct answer and detailed explanations for each question on the practice tests, which enables you to identify correct answers and understand why they are correct and, just as important,
why the other answers are incorrect.

This guide is based on the best research and resources. The editors considered the
most recent test administrations and professional standards. They also researched information
from the Florida Department of Education, professional journals, textbooks, and
educators in the field. This guide includes the best test-preparation materials based on the
latest information available. Nonetheless, it is always wise to check for any late updates
from the test administrator.

Practice Tests 1 and 2 are included in two formats: in printed form in this book and in
TestWare® format on the enclosed CD. We recommend that you begin your preparation
by first taking the computerized version of your test since the only format for Florida’s
entire series of teacher certification exams is computerized. The software provides the
added benefits of enforced timed conditions and instantaneous, accurate scoring, making
it easier to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.

About the Test
Since 1980, the state of Florida has used the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations
as a requirement for teacher certification. In 1986, the legislature added the
requirement to pass a test in the content area in which the teacher desires to be certified.
The purpose of this preparation guide is to help you successfully prepare for the test by
providing you with a clear overview of what content is considered essential in the social
science curricula for grades 6–12. The guide is not designed to be an all-inclusive source
for social science content. The practice tests assume that you have some foundation of
knowledge in social science; therefore, not all questions have been drawn from the review

There are two versions of the social science test in Florida. Be sure you are registered
for the proper test. The version for grades 5–9 is what you should take if you want to be a
middle school teacher. The version for grades 6–12 requires greater depth of knowledge.
This guide is designed to prepare you for the grades 6–12 test.

As of December 2009, all FTCE/FELE tests are available on computer, and as of
January 2010, paper-based testing (PBT) is no longer available. A list of computer-based
tests currently available is posted on the FTCE/FELE contractor website:
To find a list of test sites, visit www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_testsites.asp.

Below are the competencies used as the basis for the FTCE Social Science grades
6–12 examination, as well as the approximate percentage of the total test that each competency
accounts for. These competencies represent the knowledge that teams of teachers,
subject area specialists, and district-level educators have determined to be important for
beginning teachers. This book contains a thorough review of these competencies, as well
as the specific skills that demonstrate mastery of each area.

Competencies                                                           Percentage
1. Knowledge of Geography                                         10%
2. Knowledge of Economics                                         15%
3. Knowledge of Political Science                                 15%
4. Knowledge of World History                                    25%
5. Knowledge of U.S. History                                       25%
6. Knowledge of Social Science and its Methodology   10%

The test has approximately 120 questions and you will have 2.5 hours to take it.

Who Administers the Test?
The Florida Department of Education develops this test. Subject area knowledge
tested on the FTCE Social Science 6–12 examination was identified and validated by
committees of content specialists from the state of Florida. Public school teachers made
up the majority of the committee members, but the committees also included district
supervisors and college faculty. Selection of committee members was based on recommendations
by professional associations, experts, and teachers’ unions. Development
of the appropriate content and difficulty levels of the exam involved literature review,
teacher interviews, beta tests, and professional judgment. Testing services, including test
administrations, for the FTCE are provided by the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson
Education, Inc.

Can I Retake the Test?
If you do not achieve a passing grade on the FTCE, don’t panic. The test can be taken
again after 31 days, so you can seriously work on improving your score in preparation for
your next FTCE. A score on the FTCE that does not match your expectations does not
mean that you should change your plans about teaching.

When Should the FTCE Be Taken?
Florida law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional
knowledge, and the content area in which they choose to specialize. If you’ve graduated from
a Florida state-approved teacher preparation program and made the decision to teach Social
Science 6–12, you need to begin the process by applying for a Florida Temporary Certificate
in that subject. The Bureau of Educator Certification will evaluate your eligibility only in
the subject(s) you request on your application form. The Temporary Certificate is valid for
three school years, which allows you time to complete the certification tests while teaching

For high school graduates and out-of-state educators, the Bureau of Educator Certification will provide you with official information about which test(s) to take to complete
requirements for the professional certificate. The FTCE is usually administered four times
a year in several locations throughout Florida. The usual testing day is Saturday, but the
test may be taken on an alternate day if a conflict exists, such as a religious obligation.

Special accommodations also can be made for applicants who are visually impaired,
hearing impaired, physically disabled, or specific learning disabled.

To receive information on upcoming administrations of the FTCE, you should consult
the FTCE Registration Bulletin, which can be obtained by contacting:

Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: (413) 256-2893

Website: www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce
or www.fl.nesinc.com

Bureau of Educator Certification: www.fldoe.org/edcert

The FTCE Registration Bulletin also includes information regarding test retakes and
score reports.

Is There a Registration Fee?
To take the FTCE, you must pay a registration fee. You may pay by personal check,
money order, cashier’s check, or Visa or MasterCard. Cash is not accepted. Utilize the
contact information above for any questions.

How To Use This Book and Testware®

How Do I Begin Studying?
1. Review the organization of this test preparation guide.

2. To best utilize your study time, follow our FTCE Independent Study
Schedule. The schedule is based on a six-week program but can be condensed
to four weeks if necessary by combining a few weekly periods.

3. Take the first Practice Test on CD-ROM and study the competencies that
your scores indicate need further review.

4. Review the format of the FTCE.

5. Review the test-taking advice and suggestions presented later in this chapter.

6. Pay attention to the information about competencies and skills, content, and topics on the test.

7. Spend time reviewing topics that stand out as needing more study.

8. Take the second Practice Test on CD-ROM, review the explanations to your answers carefully, and study the competencies that your scores indicate need further review.

9. Follow the suggestions at the end of this chapter for the day before and the day of the test.

When Should I Start Studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the FTCE. The earlier you begin, the more
time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective
way to study, since it does not allow you the time to think about the content, review
the competencies, and take the practice tests. It is important, however, to review the material
one last time on the night before the test administration.

It is very important for you to choose the time and place for studying that works
best for you. Some individuals may set aside a certain number of hours every morning
to study, while others may choose to study at night before going to sleep. Other people
may study during the day, while waiting in line, or while eating lunch. Only you can
determine when and where your study time will be most effective. Be consistent and use
your time wisely. Work out a study routine and stick to it.


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Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: Introduction 
About This Book and TestWare® 
About the Test 
How to Use This Book and TestWare® 
FTCE Study Schedule 

CHAPTER 2: What is Geography? 
Competency 1.1 
Competency 1.2 
Competency 1.3 
Competency 1.4 

CHAPTER 3: What is Economics? 
Competency 2.1 
Competency 2.2 
Competency 2.3 
Competency 2.4 
Competency 2.5 
Competency 2.6 
Competency 2.7 

CHAPTER 4: What is Political Science? 
Competency 3.1 
Competency 3.2 
Competency 3.3 
Competency 3.4 
Competency 3.5 
Competency 3.6 
Competency 3.7 

CHAPTER 5: What is History? 
Competency 4.1 
Competency 4.2 
Competency 4.3 
Competency 4.4 
Competency 4.5 
Competency 4.6 
Competency 4.7 
Competency 4.8 
Competency 4.9 
Competency 4.10 
Competency 4.11 
Competency 4.12 
Competency 4.13 
CHAPTER 6: What is United States History? 
Competency 5.1 
Competency 5.2 
Competency 5.3 
Competency 5.4 
Competency 5.5 
Competency 5.6 
Competency 5.7 
Competency 5.8 
Competency 5.9 
Competency 5.10 
Competency 5.11
Competency 5.12
Competency 5.13
Competency 5.14
Competency 5.15
Competency 5.16
CHAPTER 7: What is Social Science? 
Competency 6.1 
Competency 6.2 
Competency 6.3 
Competency 6.4 
Competency 6.5 
Competency 6.6 

Practice Test 1 
Answer Key 
Progress Chart 
Detailed Explanations of Answers 

Practice Test 2
Answer Key
Progress Chart
Detailed Explanations of Answers


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