NES Middle Grades Mathematics (203) Practice Test

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The NES Middle Grades Mathematics exam is used to assess the readiness of prospective teachers who wish to teach mathematics in schools that follow the NES standards.

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Exam Outline

The NES Middle Grades Mathematics exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions, and you will be given a 5-hour time limit.

The exam is split into four content domains.

I. Number Sense and Operations (17%)

The questions in this domain cover the following:

  • Relationships between subsets of real numbers
  • The role of place value
  • Using estimation
  • Translating between different representations of numbers
  • Number theory concepts
  • Relational and operational properties
  • Conventional and alternative algorithms
  • Problems involving integers, decimals, and fractions
  • Problems involving ratios, proportions, and percents

II. Algebra and Functions (33%)

The questions in this domain cover the following:

  • Patterns, functions, and relations
  • Algebraic techniques and applications
  • Linear relations and applications
  • Nonlinear relations
  • Concepts of calculus

III. Measurement and Geometry (25%)

The questions in this domain cover the following:

  • Measurement principles, procedures, and applications
  • Euclidean geometry in two and three dimensions
  • Coordinate and transformational geometry

IV. Statistics, Probability, and Discrete Mathematics (25%)

The questions in this domain cover the following:

  • Principles and techniques of statistics
  • Probability and techniques for determining probability
  • Principles of discrete mathematics

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To register for the NES Middle Grades Mathematics 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 $95.

Test 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.

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 Middle Grades Mathematics 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 Middle Grades Mathematics exam?


There are 150 multiple-choice questions on the exam.


How long is the NES Middle Grades Mathematics exam?


The time limit for the exam is 5 hours.


What is the passing score for the NES Middle Grades Mathematics exam?


To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 220.


How much does the NES Middle Grades Mathematics exam cost?


The examination fee is $95.

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: January 4, 2024