NES English Language Arts (319) Practice Test

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The NES English Language Arts exam is used to assess the readiness of prospective English teachers who wish to teach students in elementary schools that follow the NES standards.

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Exam Outline

The NES English Language Arts exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions, and you will be given a time limit of 2.5 hours.

The exam is split evenly into two content domains.

I. Reading Comprehension and Analysis of Texts (50%)

The questions in this domain cover the following:

  • Vocabulary knowledge
  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Reading comprehension
  • Informational and argumentative text features, devices, and structures
  • Literary genres, elements, and analysis

II. Expressive and Receptive Communication (50%)

The questions in this domain cover the following:

  • Language acquisition and development
  • Listening/receptive communication
  • Speaking/expressive communication
  • Writing processes and strategies
  • Academic inquiry and research
  • Multimedia texts
  • Multimodal presentations

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To register for the NES English Language Arts exam, you must first create an online account on the NES website. You may then register for your examination appointment with Pearson VUE.

The testing fee for this exam is $119.

Test Day

On testing day, you should arrive at the Pearson VUE testing center 15-30 minutes before the exam is scheduled to begin. Once you arrive, you must sign in and present your photo ID to the proctor. You will be photographed and asked to sign a roster and other rule forms.

Personal items are not allowed in the testing room, so they should be left at home or in your car. This includes your phone and any bags, books, keys, wallets, and accessories.

Just before the exam starts, you will be given a brief tutorial on the testing system. You will also be given everything you need to work out any calculations by hand (no calculator will be provided).

How the Exam is Scored

Your NES English Language Arts score is determined using a scaled scoring method. This method takes your raw score, which is the number of questions you answered correctly, and converts it to a numerical score on a scale of 100 to 300. To pass, your final score must be at least 220.

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How many questions are on the NES English Language Arts exam?


There are 100 multiple-choice questions on the exam.


How long is the NES English Language Arts exam?


The time limit for this exam is 2.5 hours.


What is the passing score for the NES English Language Arts exam?


The national benchmark score for this exam is a scaled score of 220.


How much does the NES English Language Arts exam cost?


The examination fee is $119.

By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: June 10, 2024