NYSTCE Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) Practice Test (095)

If you want to be a teaching assistant in New York, you need certification to show that you’ve mastered the reading, writing, math, and instructional support skills necessary to succeed. The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Test is the exam you’ll need to pass. It’s a challenging and comprehensive test that requires a strong study guide to help candidates navigate the exam. Here’s a synopsis of what you can expect, and an excellent guide to help you prepare.

The test has a designation number of 905.

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How long do candidates have to complete the NYSTCE Assessment of Teaching Assistant test?

The computer-based test has a three-hour test time.

When can I take the test? Is there a fee?

Candidates can take the test year-round, Monday through Saturday. The test is not available on certain holidays.

There is a $71 exam fee, and candidates have one year to take the exam.

What’s on the test?

The test examines candidate’s skills in reading, writing, math and instructional support. A synopsis of each section is below.


  • Understand the meaning of general vocabulary words could include identifying synonyms or antonyms for words
  • Understand the stated main idea of a reading passage could include introductory and summary statement passage recognition
  • Understand the sequence of ideas in a reading passage could include the ability to identify cause-and-effect relationships as described in a passage
  • Interpret textual and graphic information could include the ability to recognize fact from fiction


  • Understand the standard use of verbs could include subject-verb agreement questions
  • Understand the standard use of pronouns and modifiers could include questions on pronoun and antecedent agreement
  • Understand standard sentence structure and punctuation could include understanding the difference between complete sentences and sentence fragments
  • Understand the standard use of capitalization and spelling could include questions about the proper use of capitalization at the start of a sentence, and in proper words and titles


  • Understand number concepts could include questions on rounding, and weights and measures
  • Understand the addition and subtraction of whole numbers could test how to use addition and subtraction to solve everyday life problems.
  • Understand multiplication and division of whole numbers tests multiplication and division problems
  • Understand operations involving fractions, decimals, and percents involves problem solving

Instructional Support

  • Understand classroom instruction related to reading could include helping students with their approach to reading
  • Understand classroom instruction related to writing could include how to draft, edit and proofread written work
  • Understand classroom instruction related to mathematics could include relating math to situations that happen every day

What are the test day rules regarding identification and items allowed in the testing center?

Make sure to arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled test time. Any candidate who arrives more than 15 minutes late may not be allowed to take the test. Bring a valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Your identification must include a photo, and the name on your ID must match the name on your test registration documents. Electronics and personal items are prohibited in the test room and will either have to be placed in a locker at the test center and left in your vehicle. Prohibited items include cellphones, jewelry, watches and wallets.

What’s the test passing score? What if I fail?

The test has a passing score of 220. Any candidate who fails can take the test as often as needed but will have to pay additional test fees.

This is where an outstanding study guide comes in. No candidate wants to go into the testing center unprepared. Mometrix offers two ways to help you prepare. Our excellent study guide walks you through everything you need to know about the NYSTCE Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills test.

What questions can you expect? What are the test-taking pitfalls? Our study guide answers all that, and more. We also offer an excellent set of flashcards that you can take anywhere, and study whenever you have just a few minutes to review the questions you’re going to face.