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Resources and Guides

There are numerous ways to prepare for the FTCE/GKT tests. USF offers both face-to-face and online test preparation. Additionally, there are various self-study options. We understand that preparing and taking the FTCE/GKT exams can be stressful, so USF offers services for test anxiety that are available at the USF Counseling Center.


Test Information Guides are provided by the Florida Department of Education for self-study test preparation. These guides include a practice test, which allows you to utilize your score to determine what areas you need to study. Visit the Florida Department of Education website to learn more about the percentage of correct questions needed to pass each exam.

Test Preparation

There are numerous options for preparing for the FTCE/GKT exams. The USF Academic Success Center offers support for students preparing for several major standardized tests. To schedule an appointment for the first time, please visit the Tutoring Center in LIB 206 and a staff member will work with your schedule to find a tutor and an appointment time that fits your needs.

For private one-on-one tutoring preparation, please contact the USF Academic Success Center.

Need help but can't make it to campus to meet with a tutor? Try Smarthinking, an online tutoring service available for USF students.

Online Test Preparation

The Florida Center for Instructional Technology offers online, self-paced test prep courses that are specifically designed to help prepare you to take the Professional Education and the General Knowledge: Reading, Math, English Language Skills and Essay subtests on the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Each course contains a study guide, two practice exams, and additional practice questions for each competency and every skill tested on the FTCE Professional Education and General Knowledge Test.

To learn more about these online modules, visit the iTeach website

Writing Assistance at USF

USF students preparing for the FTCE are encouraged to practice sample essay topics, and then schedule an appointment with the USF Writing Studio

Contact the College of Education's Student Academic Services Office at edu-advise@usf.edu for more information or to speak to an advisor about what test preparation options are best for you.