NYSTCE Multiple Subject Practice Test
The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) are criterion-referenced tests designed to measure an applicant’s knowledge and skill and determine whether they meet the standards as set by the state to successfully perform their required duties as an educator in New York State public schools. The questions within the examinations help identify candidates that have achieved mastery to a level sufficient to receive certification. There are four Multi-Subject tests:
- Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth–Grade 2) Exam
- Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) Exam
- Teachers of Middle Childhood (Grade 5–Grade 9) Exam
- Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) Exam
Each of these computer-based test (CBT) contains three parts:
Part One: Literacy and Language Arts
For Part One, candidates are given two hours to answer 40 selected-response items and one constructed-response item. Questions cover the following competencies: Knowledge of Literacy and Language Arts; Instruction in Foundational Literacy Skills; Instruction in English Language Arts; Analysis, Synthesis and Application.
Part Two: Mathematics
For Part Two, candidates are given two hours and 15 minutes to answer 40 selected-response items and one constructed-response item. Questions cover the following competencies: Number and Operations; Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Measurement, Geometry and Data; Instruction in Mathematics; Analysis, Synthesis and Application.
Part Three: Arts and Sciences
For Part Three, candidates are given one hour to answer 40 selected-response questions. Questions cover the following competencies: Science and Technology; Social Studies; Fine Arts, Health and Fitness; Family and Consumer Science and Career Development.
If you elect to take all three Parts together, you are given five hours and 30 minutes to complete the examination, with a 15-minute break in-between Parts One and Two. In order to receive certification in any of these fields, you must take and pass all three parts of the respective examination. A minimum passing score of 520 for each part is required. Your performance is evaluated against established standards, not in relation to the performance of other candidates. Upon completion of the exam, you will receive a preliminary score report. These scores are not an acceptable substitute for the official score report, which will be received on the designated score report date following successful completion of your examination.
To see examples of concepts you may encounter during the exam, try our Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) Subject Test, Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) Subject Test, Teachers of Middle Childhood (Grade 5–Grade 9) Subject Test or Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) Subject Test.
Test appointments are available year-round, by appointment Monday through Saturday. When you register, you may select a testing site located in New York State and nationwide. Upon registering for the exam, you agree to abide by all testing rules and policies.
- Part One: $65
- Part Two: $65
- Part Three: $49
- All Three Parts Together: $179
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by Enoch Morrison
Last Updated: 02/20/2018
The Day of the Test
Reporting to the Test Site
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For Nursing Mothers
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Calculator Information for Math and Science Tests
Refer to the chart below for calculator information for your test or test part:
* Calculator is provided on-screen during the test.
** You must bring your own graphing calculator. Select your test below for more information, including a list of approved calculator models:
The following are prohibited at the test site:
- Smoking and the use of all tobacco products
- Visitors, including relatives, children, and friends
- Weapons of any kind
DO NOT bring any unauthorized aids or prohibited items, listed below, with you to the test site. If you do bring any of these items, you will be required to leave them in a designated area outside the testing room in a secure area or in your vehicle. You will be asked to empty and turn out all pockets to ensure nothing is in them before you enter the testing room.
Any personal items that you bring to the test center must be stored in a locker or other area designated by the test administrator outside the testing room during the test. This includes jewelry, watches, wallets, and purses, in addition to the prohibited materials listed below. Some test centers do not have individual lockers, and locked storage may be limited. See the test administrator regarding the storage of any personal items. You will not be allowed to access these items during the test.
Note: If you are taking both parts of an assessment in a nine-hour two-test session with a scheduled lunch break, you may bring a snack or lunch to eat during the break. Any food you bring must be stored in a locker outside the testing room during the test and consumed outside the testing room during the break.
- Cell phones
- Electronic communication devices, visual or audio recording or listening devices, or any device with an on/off option, including, but not limited to, MP3 players, PDAs, tablets, computers, CD players, removable storage devices, calculator watches, clocks or watches with alarms, spellcheckers, etc.
- Eyeglasses with communication and recording devices; note that during the check-in process you may be asked to remove any pair of eyeglasses for a visual inspection, but the test center proctor will not touch or otherwise handle your glasses
- Calculators [except as noted for Mathematics CST, Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12), Multi-Subject: Teachers of Middle Childhood (Grade 5–Grade 9), and Safety Net Mathematics CST] and calculator manuals (on-screen calculators are automatically provided for tests that allow them)
- Handwritten or printed materials, such as dictionaries, notebooks, scratch paper, textbooks, etc.
- Packages and bags of any kind, such as backpacks, briefcases, etc.
- Hats or headwear, except for those being worn for religious or medical purposes
- Food and drink, including chewing gum
- Unauthorized aids, such as slide rules, rulers, translation aids, highlighters, etc.
- Unauthorized medical devices, such as Epinephrine injections, etc., unless prior approval has been obtained (refer to "Registering for Alternative Testing Arrangements" for more information)
Violation of test site rules, including the possession or use of prohibited materials during a test administration, may result in the voiding of your scores.
The Test Session
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You will be monitored at all times by video and audio recording. If you leave the testing room at any time during the test (e.g., to take a restroom break), your identification will be checked and/or your palm scan will be taken when you leave and when you re-enter the testing room.
During testing, you may take restroom breaks. Any time that you take for restroom breaks is considered part of the available testing time. You may not leave the testing facility or room in which you have been seated for any purpose (other than to use the restroom, as permitted) until you have been officially dismissed by a test administrator. During the test administration, you may not communicate with other examinees or any unauthorized persons in any way, either in person or by using any communication device.
The test center at which you take your test(s) may administer a variety of tests, including those for other professional licenses. Please be aware that other individuals at the test center may be taking tests that have rules, policies, and other terms and conditions that may be different from those that apply to the test that you will be taking.
Dismissal from the test. When you have completed testing or when the test session ends, whichever occurs first, you will be dismissed from the test. Once you have been officially dismissed, you must leave the testing facility.
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