This study sought to explore how competent final year student teachers of Turkish language and literature perceive themselves in terms of their content knowledge. To do this, a self-report instrument was administered to 95 students. The analysis of the data revealed that participants of this study perceive themselves fairly competent in their field. However, their perception of content knowledge competence varied from one field to another. They perceived themselves most competent in properties of Turkish language than those of Turkish literature, Old Turkish literature achieving the lowest mean score. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.