General Knowledge Test (GKT)

Prior to July 1, 2002, the required basic skills test for teacher certification was the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST). Beginning July 1, 2002, the required basic skills test for teacher certification is the General Knowledge Test (GKT). The GKT is a basic skills achievement test containing four subtests: Essay, English Language Skills, Reading, and Mathematics.

Description of Subtests

For a description of the GKT subtests, please visit the “Program Overview” page of the FTCE Website.

Transition from CLAST to the GKT

A student who has questions about the GKT should consult his or her academic advisor before registering for the test. An applicant for a Florida Educator's Certificate should consult his or her Official Statement of Status of Eligibility, local school district certification office, or the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Certification to ensure registration for the appropriate test.

If a candidate failed one or more CLAST subtests and did not retake and pass the subtest(s) before July 1, 2002, the candidate must register for and pass the appropriate corresponding subtest(s) of the General Knowledge Test. Any section of the CLAST not passed before July 1, 2002 cannot be retaken for certification credit; the Bureau of Educator Certification has no authority to accept a CLAST subtest taken after that date.

Regular Administration

The FTCE is now entirely computer-based and offered at Pearson testing centers located throughout Florida and the United States, which can be viewed at the “Test Sites” page of the FTCE Website.

Registration for the tests is online.  Please visit the FTCE’s “Registration” page.

Examinees with a Disability

There are no provisions for waiving the GKT for requirement  for those with documented disabilities.  However, applicants with a documented disability may seek alternative means for taking the GKT.  For more information, visit Registering for Alternative Testing Arrangements

Retaking the GKT

For the subtest(s) not passed, you may reapply to retake the exam no earlier than 31 calendar days after your original test date.  A new registration and retake fee are required to take a test or subtest.

Score Reports

Official Math, English language skills, and reading scores will be released on the Tuesday after 10:00 p.m. eastern time approximately 3 weeks after the test date.  Unofficial test scores are also available at the test sites.  Essay scores will be released on the Tuesday after 10:00 p.m. eastern time approximately 6 weeks after the test date.  Unofficial test scores will not be available, but examinees can receive a “Receipt of Completion.”

Original passing scores are automatically sent to the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Certification and Nova Southeastern University.

On-ine application for certification in Florida can be completed at the Department of Education.

Additional information regarding the FTCE can be obtained by visiting their Website.