who ever took FTCE maths 6-12?

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  1. seesee

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    who ever took FTCE maths 6-12? I would like to exchange some ideas because i am going to take it soon.

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    Hey Florida!! Miami here......I had to take the GK Math over and over....wish I could help with 6-12...the people on the message board have been helpful...I'm sure you will get some replies.

    I take the GK Math (computer test) again in 2 weeks...with me luck.
     
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    hey, thanks for your reply. what about the subject maths 6-12, did you take that before? or you are a maths graduates?
     
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    No...I'm a career changer....took the sub area 4 LA & had to take the GK.
     
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    I don't know the exam in particular. But are there questions on particular topics we can help you with?
     
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    Aliceacc,

    Thanks. I know you are education graduate, and didn't need to take any exam. my question is about the paper-pencile test and computer test. since i never took any computer test before.
     
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    I FAILED it last month. I currently teach HS Algebra I and Geometry and am 5-9 certified. I knew all the Algebra and Geometry type questions on the 6-12 exam. Problem was there was a lot of Algebra II which I haven't done in years. There were also several pre-calc and calc questions. I've never taken a calc class, so I couldn't even make an educated guess on these very complex equations. The study guide you can buy on the website is very good compared to the real thing. GOOD LUCK!! I plan to study an ALgebra II book and try again next month.
     
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    toff,

    did you take the computer test or paper-pencile test? is there any difference?

    Thanks. i am pretty confident about 6-12 maths, because i learned all of them in unversity. the difficult part for me is the english terms and education content. you know i am a chinese.

    God bless all of us hard-working people.
     
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    Seesee. I haven't taken the mathematics subject area exam, but I have taken other Florida Teacher Certification Exams, both pencil and paper and computerized.

    Some people believe that the computerized exams are harder, but the Department of Education says that they are equal in the content they test.

    The good thing about the computerized testing is that you can take the test every 31 days. The paper and pencil exams are given only a few times a year.

    I will say I thought it was harder to complete mathematics questions during computerized testing because of having to look at the screen and transfer the problem to a sheet of scratch paper, then return to the computer screen. I am not very good in math, so that may just have been a problem for me. You seem to know the subject very well and shouldn't have a problem.

    Because your first language is not English, you need to read the instructions very carefully. Also, there will be questions about instructional methods, so it's not all simply math. If you haven't already done it, make sure you download the test preparation guide from The Department of Education. It could help you with the instructional type questions you might encounter. You can purchase the guide here:

    http://www.cefe.usf.edu/orderguides.aspx

    Good luck! I'm sorry I can't be of more help. We sure need good math teachers here and I hope it goes well for you.
     
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    Thanks, frodolass.
     
  12. toff

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    I did take the computer version because I wanted my results asap. There were about 4 non-math questions on educational strategies. The one I remember was "what is the best way to immediately determine the impact of a guest speaker on your students?" multiple choice test, journal entry, true false test, or something else. I said journal entry but I don't know if that was right or wrong.

    The other big long question I remember was on the quadratic formula. A problem was given and worked out in steps. You had to determine the various errors the student made in the process.

    The other thing that I didn't expect was some questions that you needed to know formulas for, and I didn't memorize formulas. Mine was to determine the area of a square pyramid. I didn't know the formula.

    I also didn't remember the equation for standard form of a circle. There were about three questions that you needed this for.

    You need to know distance formula, midpoint formula, all the slope forms (point slope vs. standard form, etc.) I did fine on all of that.

    Good Luck!!
    Christine
     

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