General Knowledge Test (GK) (082)

The General Knowledge Test assesses the skills and knowledge all candidates need to begin effective careers as professional educators.

The General Knowledge Test consists of four subtests:

  • Essay Subtest (825)
  • English Language Skills (ELS) Subtest (826)
  • Reading Subtest (827)
  • Mathematics Subtest (828)

For more information about the history and development of the General Knowledge Test, see "About the FTCE/FELE: General Knowledge (GK) Test."

Registration Information

You are not required to take all four subtests of this exam for your first attempt. You can split the subtests into two appointments of two subtests each, four appointments of a single subtest each, or any other combination desired.

When registering, you must create a separate registration for each testing appointment. For example, to split the subtests into two appointments, you must create two registrations, each with two subtests.

The subtests selected on a registration cannot be changed. If you have a current registration but want to change the subtests to be given in a single testing appointment, you will need to cancel your current registration and create one or more new registrations with the desired combination of subtests.

GRE scores or attainment of a master’s or higher level degree may be accepted as a means for satisfying the mastery of the General Knowledge requirement. Read more Link opens in a new window.

Format Computer-based test (CBT);
Essay Subtest: 1 essay
ELS Subtest: approximately 30 multiple-choice questions
Reading Subtest: approximately 30 multiple-choice questions
Mathematics Subtest: approximately 35 multiple-choice questions
Read more about taking an essay test Link opens pop-up window.
Testing Time Essay Subtest: 50 minutes
ELS Subtest: 40 minutes
Reading Subtest: 55 minutes
Mathematics Subtest: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Your total appointment time will be longer than the testing time shown above. See Your Test Appointment for more information.
If you take all four subtests in a single session, you will receive a 15-minute break. Review the break policy Link opens pop-up window for more information.
Test Dates By appointment, year round. You will schedule your test during registration, based on available dates.
Test Sites CBT sites are located throughout Florida and nationwide. Locate a test center Link opens in a new window.
Passing Score Essay Subtest: At least 8 out of 12 points
ELS, Reading, and Mathematics Subtests: a scaled score of at least 200 per subtest
Examinees must pass all four subtests to pass the GK.
Reference Materials Provided for This Test A mathematics reference sheet is provided with your test.
An on-screen four-function calculator will be provided during the test. Examinees may not bring their own calculator.
Test Fee $32.50 (one subtest)
$65 (two subtests)
$97.50 (three subtests)
$130 (four subtests)
Score Reporting Official score reports for the multiple-choice-only subtests/sections are typically provided immediately after testing. However, on-site reporting may not be available for tests being redeveloped or revised. See On-site Reporting Link opens pop-up window for current information.
All score reports are released within 4 weeks of testing. Review information about score report dates Link opens pop-up window.
Testing Policies When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies.
Please read them now.
Resources View the content resource materials available for this test.

Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect an examinee's score.