NYSTCE Biology Practice Test

The NYSTCE Series of examinations is the New York State Teacher Certification Examination which was created by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the exams at official testing facilities. The State Board for Educator Certification designed the exams to ensure that every potential teacher in New York state has the necessary knowledge to be an entry-level educator in the New York public school system.


The NYSTCE series includes exams that relate to specific educational topics, as well as exams related to specific educational careers within the educational system. The NYSTCE Biology Exam tests for potential teaching candidates’ general and specific teaching skills. You will be allowed 4 hours to take your examination, and you will need a score of 220 to become certified as a New York Biology teacher.

You will not be allowed to take anything into the testing center with you, including cell phones or calculators. Dress comfortably and in layers. The NYSTCE Biology Examination consists of 90 selected-response questions and 1 constructed response question. You’ll want to gather your college text books and other study materials to prepare for your exam.

Mometrix designed the NYSTCE Biology Study Guide and NYSTCE Biology Practice Test to assist you in your studies so that you have a good idea of how the test will be presented. The 90 selected-response questions will cover 6 subareas of biology. The constructed-response question will be on Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. Foundations of Scientific Inquiry covers relationships and themes that connect math, science, and technology.

It also covers biological study, applications of biology and biotechnology to society. Other topics under this section include scientific inquiry, observation, experimentation, gathering data, principles of measurement, and use of equipment. Cell Biology and Biochemistry covers cell structure and function, chemistry, biochemistry, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA, RNA, genetics, cell cycle, and cell division. Genetics and Evolution covers classical and molecular genetics, evolution, and taxonomy.

The section on Biological Unity and Diversity and Life Processes will test your subject mastery on unity and diversity of life, prions, viruses, bacteria, protoctists, fungi, plants, and animals. For the section on Human Biology you will want to study all the bodily systems. The final section is Ecology, and it covers populations, communities, ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, and human ecology.

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