Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by MiamiMathMan, Jul 18, 2014.
Apr 20, 2017
They provide u with a calc. No reference sheet in florida
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
Hey so it was cancelled because he only had 5 teachers sign up . It was this website http://www.gohacademy.com/florida-ftce-workshops
Apr 28, 2017
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:
- 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)
- 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.
May 10, 2017
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.
Jun 3, 2017
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!
Jun 18, 2018
Could you please send me the link? Thank you so much! I'm preparing to take my exams!
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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