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)

Note: Beginning July 1, 2014, new applicants for an initial Florida Educator’s Certificate may no longer use a passing score on the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) earned prior to July 1, 2002, to satisfy the General Knowledge (GK) requirement. Read more.

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
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Time Essay Subtest: 50 minutes
ELS Subtest: 40 minutes
Reading Subtest: 40 minutes
Mathematics Subtest: 1 hour and 40 minutes
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.
An on-screen calculator is provided. 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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