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.
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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.
NYSTCE Multiple Subject Practice 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: January 9, 2019