Subject Area Exam or General Knowledge Test

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  1. DigitalDiva25

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    Hey guys, to those who took both their Subject Area Exams and General Knowledge Tests, which one did you find harder and had to take more than once?

    For the math section of the General Knowledge Test, were you able to use the calculator? Also, how was the essay section? How is essay test given?
     
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    The General Knowledge test is, if memory serves, the equivalent of other states' basic skills tests (WEST-B, CBEST) or the Praxis I/PPST series. Here's a TeacherGroupie tip: on Web sites for tests administered by Pearson (FTCE, but also MTEL, GACE, WEST-B, CBEST, ORELA, MTTC, ITTC, NYSTCE, CEOE, AEPA, PLACE, and a couple of others I don't recall right now) the page called "Test Selections) has useful information about how a test is given. In this case, see http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_TestSelection.asp. On this page appeared a surprise: as a class, basic skills tests don't tend to allow calculators (and the math involved takes that into account, with answers that tend to be in relatively round numbers except possibly for questions that are explicitly about decimals) - but GK does in fact provide a calculator, in the test software. In addition, the test includes a "reference sheet" of common formulas and the like.

    Since FTCE is now entirely computer-based, you'll be typing your essay into something sort of like the text windows we type into here on A to Z. You will be able to move words or blocks of text around, but you won't be supported with a spelling or grammar checker.
     
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    And let's move this to the Basic Skills Tests subforum.
     
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    How many questions are in each test?
     
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