3 Books That Helped Me Pass the FTCE Middle Grades Math 5-9, the Professional Education Test

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I studied for my exam a month before I took it. This gave me time to look over the material in this book as well as two others I will mention later. A good portion of the exam is Algebra I. The practice exam is much harder than the actual test so don't stress yourself out if you don't get every sing question right. Plus the sample test in this book has 146 questions as opposed to the actual test which has about 80. Thanks to this book, I passed my test with flying colors. This book covers problem-solving and reasoning; mathematical representations; mathematical connections; number sense, concepts, and operations; algebraic thinking; data analysis and probability; geometry and spatial sense; and measurement. I bought the book used for $30 on Amazon. Click product details for more information.


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Don't take this test lightly like I did. I figured since I was an education major at one point it would be easy. Yeah right... the first time I took the Professional Education test, I failed. I went to one of my favorite websites Amazon where I bought the XAM book and there were rave reviews on this book. They were right! After studying this book from cover to cover and taking the two practice tests, I passed. This book is well organized and the practice test were actually representative of the real thing. I guarantee you will past this test if you thoroughly read the book and complete both practice tests. I paid roughly $17. It is worth every penny. Click product details for more information.



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For some reason, the math portion of this test seems to be the most troubling for language arts teachers. If you are having trouble passing this test, I recommend this book. The practice tests are representative of all three parts. The content is comprehensive and the book is very organized. Of all the books I purchased, in my opinion this one was the best. However, in order to pass the test, you must study the ENTIRE BOOK. Part I of the book has a diagnostic test. Part II covers reviews of exam subjects, including English language skills, reading, and math with sample questions and answers, and guidelines for writing the essay. Part III has two full-length practice examinations with answers and explanations. I passed this test the first time thanks to this book which I purchased used from Amazon for $7 bucks.


FTCE Preparation Resources

You can also purchase a Test Preparation Guide issued by the Florida Department of Education which can be downloaded from the FTCE Testing website for a small fee. It is a smaller guide so it you were to purchase use it in addition to the books above.

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