The New York State Teacher Certification Exams program (NYSTCE) was designed to evaluate prospective New York State teachers’ proficiency in several key educational areas. With reference to the Educating All Students (EAS) test, prospective teachers will be assessed on their ability to effectively educate all students, including diverse student populations, English language learners, and students with disabilities. The NYSTCE EAS assesses pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills with broad teaching applicability.
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If you are seeking a teaching credential in New York State, you will need to pass the NYSTCE. The NYSTCE EAS is necessary for those who wish to take part in certain programs, such as the New York City Teaching Fellows program. Additionally, most certificate areas require passing the EAS for an initial teaching credential in New York State. Make sure to check the NYSTCE website, as well as your teacher preparation education program, to ensure you are taking the appropriate tests for your goals.
What are the eligibility requirements to take the NYSTCE EAS test?
In order to sit for the NYSTCE EAS, you need to be enrolled in a New York State-approved teacher preparation program or seeking educator certification via alternative means. When you register for the NYSTCE EAS test, you will be required to adhere to the NYSTCE rules of test participation and policies. Additionally, you must accept the terms of a nondisclosure agreement in order to move forward in the testing process.
What fees are associated with the NYSTCE EAS test?
The NYSTCE EAS test will cost $92, payable by credit or debit card when you register online. Your test registration will remain valid for one year from the date of registration. Any cancellations must occur at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled test date, and you will need to submit a withdrawal request in your online account. A partial refund will be issued within four weeks of submitting your request. If you fail submit a withdrawal request, or fail to show up on test day, you will not receive a refund.
What is a passing score for the NYSTCE EAS test?
You must earn a minimum 520 score on the NYSTCE EAS test in order to pass. The date by which your official score report will be issued online is determined by the date at which you take the exam. If you earn an unsatisfactory score, you will need to wait at least 60 days before retaking the test.
What does the NYSTCE EAS test cover?
The NYSTCE EAS test consists of 40 selected-response (multiple-choice) questions, and 3 constructed-response (written) questions. The selected-response questions account for 70% of your total test score, while the constructed responses account for 30%. You will be allotted 2 hours and 15 minutes (135 minutes) to complete the entirety of the exam. Test-takers generally spend 105 minutes on the selected-response questions, and 10 minutes per constructed-response question (30 minutes total). Make sure to pace yourself and answer each question to the best of your ability.
NYSTCE Educating All Students (EAS) Practice Test
In terms of content, the NYSTCE EAS test covers five specific competency areas. Below are the competency areas, sample topics, approximate number of questions, and approximate weighted percentages per area:
- Diverse student populations: approximately 11 selected-response items and 1 constructed response, weighted at approximately 18% and 10% respectively
- Covering appropriate strategies for enhancing knowledge in all student populations, application of research-based knowledge and strategies, and other related topics
- English language learners: approx. 11 selected-response items and 1 constructed response, weighted at approx. 18% and 10% respectively
- Covering the identification of stages of first and second language acquisition, types of bilingualism, similarities between languages, etc.
- Students with disabilities, other special learning needs: approx. 10 selected-response items and 1 constructed response, weighted at approx. 18% and 10% respectively
- Covering the demonstration of knowledge pertaining to different types of disabilities, strategies for collaborating with specialists, and other related topics
- Teacher responsibilities: approx. 5 selected-response items, weighted at approx. 8%
- Covering the application of knowledge pertaining to students’ rights, laws, policies, and regulations, etc.
- School-home relationships: approx. 5 selected-response items, weighted at approx. 8%
- Covering the identification of strategies for maintaining effective communication with parents/guardians, factors impeding communication, etc.
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