NES Elementary Education Practice Test

If you need help studying for the NES Elementary Education test or just want some more information about what the test is like, you’ve come to the right place!

Click below to take a free NES Elementary Education practice test!

What’s on the Test?

Questions: 150
Time limit: 3 hours and 15 minutes

The NES Elementary Education exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions and is timed at 3 hours and 15 minutes.

The exam is split into two subtests, which are taken in separate testing sessions (but can be taken on the same day if you’d like).

75 questions | 1 hour and 30 minutes

There are two content domains in the first subtest:

Reading and English Language Arts (62%)

  • Basics of language growth and early literacy
  • Progress in phonics, spelling, word analysis, and reading fluency
  • Skills for understanding reading material and building vocabulary
  • Various types of texts and visuals, including literary, persuasive, functional, and informational
  • Techniques, strategies, and rules for writing and speaking effectively

Social Studies (38%)

  • Basic principles of government and economics
  • Core ideas and significant events in US and world history
  • Essential geography concepts and social studies research methods

75 questions | 1 hour and 45 minutes

There are three content domains in the second subtest:

Mathematics (50%)

  • Concepts of counting, arithmetic operations, and number awareness
  • Problem-solving skills and logical mathematical thinking
  • Mathematical communication and representation techniques
  • Analyzing data
  • Fundamental principles of algebra, functions, and patterns
  • Basic concepts of geometry and measurement techniques

Science (38%)

  • Basic principles of life sciences
  • Core concepts of Earth, space, and physical sciences
  • Understanding the essence of science
  • Methods of scientific investigation

The Arts, Health, and Fitness (12%)

  • Essential components of the arts
  • Core principles of health and physical fitness

How to Register

To get started with the registration process, you’ll need to create an NES account on their website. You can then register for the exam via your account.

The testing fee is $85 for each subtest. If you’re taking the exam at a testing center, you have the option to take both subtests on the same day, which you can do for $165 total.

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How the Exam is Scored

The NES Elementary Education test is scored using a scaled scoring method. Here’s how it works:

For every question you answer correctly, you get one point added to your raw score. At the end of the test, your final raw score will be converted to a scaled score. This scaled score will range somewhere between 100 and 300.

You will need a scaled score of at least 220 on each subtest to pass the exam.

The reason your raw score is converted to a scaled score is because everyone that takes the test is given a slightly different set of questions. Since everyone has a different arrangement of questions, and because some questions are harder than others, converting your raw score to a scaled score ensures a more even playing field.



How many questions are on the NES Elementary Education test?


The full test contains 150 multiple-choice questions.


How long is the NES Elementary Education test?


The full test is timed at 3 hours and 15 minutes.


How much does the NES Elementary Education test cost?


The testing fee is $85 for each subtest.