NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge Elementary Practice Test

 The NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam intended for prospective elementary teachers in multiple states across the United States. The purpose of the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam is to ensure potential teachers can adequately demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in multiple instructional areas. The NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam is used by some states, including California, to fulfill the testing requirement for the teacher credentialing internship options. States such as Arizona and New Mexico use the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam for initial teacher certification. Make sure to check with your state’s education website to ensure you are taking the right NES exam for your teaching goals.  

NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge Elementary Practice Test

How do I register to take the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam?

In order to sit for the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam, you will need to register for the test via the NES website. The exam is offered year-round, by appointment only. Testing centers are available across the United States. Check the Pearson VUE website, accessible via the NES website, for further details regarding testing dates and centers. Additionally, make sure to check with your teacher preparation education program to ensure you have met any additional criteria for testing and licensure.  

What fees are associated with the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam?

The NES exam costs $95, payable via credit or debit card during online registration. If you need to pay by check, contact Evaluation Systems directly. Your exam registration will remain valid for one year. If you allow your registration to lapse and do not take the exam during this time period, you will not receive a refund. So, make sure to plan accordingly.

What is a passing score for the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam?

The national benchmark score for the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam is 220; however, some states have different score requirements. To find the necessary passing score in your state, visit the NES website. If you do not pass the NES exam on your first attempt, you can retake it; however, you must wait at least 30 days before completing the registration process again. In terms of score reporting, your official score report will be available within four weeks of your testing date.

What does the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam cover?

The NES exam is a computer-based test (CBT) consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 written assignment based on a case study, and 1 written assignment based on a work product. You will be allotted a total of 3 hours to complete the exam. The NES exam is divided into three content domains, each covering specific competency ranges. The content domains, competency ranges, and approximate weighted percentages are as follows:

  • Student development and learning: multiple-choice; competencies 0001-0003; approximately 24% of total test score
    • Covering: knowledge of processes in human development, specifically with regard to early childhood/elementary; developmental milestones and variation; application of knowledge to instructional environment; factors that affect student learning; student diversity and responsive learning opportunities; promotion of student learning through the instructional environment, etc.
  • Assessment, instruction, and the learning environment: multiple-choice and case study; 0004-0008; approx. 40% and 10% respectively
    • Covering: assessment instruments, practices, and use; effective curricular and instructional planning procedures; various instructional approaches; achievement of instructional goals; motivation and communication; managing, structuring, and establishing an inclusive classroom; fostering excellence and promotion of learning, etc.
  • Professional environment: multiple-choice and work product; 0009-0010; approx. 16% and 10% respectively
    • Covering: collaboration and partnership with colleagues, families, and the community; roles and expectations of professional educators; ethical and legal guidelines; professional development, growth, and self-reflection, etc.

Test Preparation

Now that you have a better understanding of the overall content, structure, and expectations of the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam, it’s time for preparation. The best method of ensuring you pass the NES exam on your first attempt is to thoroughly prepare using comprehensive study materials. Mometrix Test Preparation’s NES Certification Test Secrets study guide contains just the comprehensive content you need.  

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: June 10, 2019