General Knowledge Test (GK) (082)

Important Registration Information

A new General Knowledge test will be administered beginning May 1, 2014. Registration for the new version of this test will open on March 18, 2014. The new GK test, like the current version, consists of four subtests. For either test, you may register to take any combination of subtests in one test session.

Registration for the current GK test is open through April 29, 2014. This version of the test will no longer be administered after April 30, 2014.

When registering for the GK test, please note that the current and new tests have different subtest field codes.

  • If you plan to take the GK test on or before April 30, 2014, you may register for any combination of subtests from the 821–824 series.
  • If you plan to take the GK test after April 30, 2014, you may register for any combination of subtests from the 825–828 series.
Subtest Name (Current Code)
(effective until April 30, 2014)
Subtest Name (New Code)
(effective as of May 1, 2014)
Essay Subtest (821) Essay Subtest (825)
English Language Skills (ELS) Subtest (822) English Language Skills (ELS) Subtest (826)
Reading Subtest (823) Reading Subtest (827)
Mathematics Subtest (824) Mathematics Subtest (828)

Please review the registration and testing policies Link opens pop-up window that apply to both versions of the GK test.

Note: If you took and passed all or part of the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) in Florida before July 1, 2002, you may use the parts passed on the CLAST toward certification. For any parts not passed by that date, corresponding subtests of the General Knowledge Test are required.

Format Computer-based test (CBT);
Essay Subtest: 1 essay
ELS Subtest: approximately 40 multiple-choice questions
Reading Subtest: approximately 40 multiple-choice questions
Mathematics Subtest: approximately 45 multiple-choice questions
Read more about taking an essay test.Link opens pop-up window
Time Essay Subtest: 50 minutes
ELS Subtest: 40 minutes
Reading Subtest: 40 minutes
Mathematics Subtest: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Effective May 1, 2014, examinees taking all 4 subtests will receive a 15-minute break.
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: 6 out of 12
ELS, Reading, and Mathematics Subtests: a scaled score of at least 200 per subtest
Examinees must pass all 4 subtests to pass the GK
Reference Materials Provided for This Test A mathematics reference sheet is provided. You may review it in the test information guide.
A four-function calculator is provided at the test site. Examinees may not bring their own calculator.
Test Fee First attempt:Link opens pop-up window $130 (any combination of subtests)
Retake:Link opens pop-up window $150 (any combination of subtests)
Score Reporting

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Testing Policies When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies.
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