The NYSTCE exams are teacher certification examinations administered to prospective teachers in the state of New York. Typical candidates have completed an approved educator preparation program and are seeking state certification. There are no definitive stats on the number of test-takers each year, not the pass/fail rate. Every assessment other than the edTPA is scored on one of two scoring scales: a scale from 400 to 600 with a passing score of 520, or a scale from 100 to 300 with a passing score of 220.
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- Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
- American Sign Language
- Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS)
- Bilingual Education Assessment – Spanish
- Business and Marketing
- Communication and Quantitative Skills Test
- Earth Science
- EAS Educating All Students Test
- Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written
- English Language Arts
- English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Gifted Education
- Health Education
- Library Media Specialist
- Multi-Subjects 1-6
- Multi-Subjects 7-12
- Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood
- Physical Education
- School Building Leader
- School District Leader
- Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written
- Social Studies
- Students with Disabilities
- Technology Education
- Visual Arts
The edTPA is a portfolio-based assessment which candidates must submit through the edTPA website. The fee is $300. Candidates that do not succeed at first may submit a full retake for $300 or a single-task retake for $100. The ALST is a computer-based test which consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, two focused-response items, and one extended-response item. The time limit is 210 minutes. The exam fee is $131, and exam appointments are available year-round at Pearson testing centers. Candidates receive score reports approximately 3-5 weeks following the test date. The passing score is 520. The EAS exam is a computer-based test which comprises 40 selected-response items and three constructed-response items. The time limit is 135 minutes. The exam fee is $102, and exam appointments are available year-round at Pearson testing centers. Candidates receive score reports approximately 3-5 weeks following the test date. The passing score is 520. The Content Specialty Tests or (CST) vary in terms of fees, length of test, time limits, dates, etc.
The NYSTCE series has over 50 different subject exams for those who desire to teach in the state of New York. The tests vary as far as number of questions, time given, etc. Generally speaking though, the tests will contain around 90 multiple choice questions. The time to take them ranges from roughly three to four and a half hours. Testing for NYS teacher certification exams take place at Pearson Testing Centers. They are mostly computer-based. Candidates are expected to arrive at the testing center at least half an hour before their scheduled test time. A valid, government-issued, photo ID is required for admission to take the exam. You are not allowed to bring in any personal items. This includes cell phones, hats, bags, and unauthorized testing aids. The testing center does provide lockers for you to store your personal items in, but the less unnecessary items you bring, the better. Candidates with disabilities who require special testing accommodations may contact Pearson and fill out an accommodation request form to receive the accommodations they require.
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Last updated: 12/24/2018