NYSTCE Chemistry (161) Practice Test

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The New York State Teacher Certification Exams program (NYSTCE) was designed for teachers in New York State to ensure proficiency in specific educational areas. The NYSTCE Chemistry exam is designed for prospective chemistry teachers in the state of New York.

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NYSTCE Chemistry Exam Outline

The NYSTCE Chemistry exam contains 90 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question, and you will be given a time limit of 3 hours and 15 minutes.

The exam is split into five competencies:

  1. Structure of Matter (22 questions)
  2. Properties of Matter (22 questions)
  3. Chemical Reactions (23 questions)
  4. Energy (23 questions)
  5. Pedagogical Content Knowledge (1 question)

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NYSTCE Chemistry Exam Registration

To register for the NYSTCE Chemistry (161) exam, you will need to create an NYSTCE account online and complete the registration process there. It is recommended that you complete the registration process at least 30 days before you take the exam.

During this process, you will be asked some questions about your educational history, as well as your current education level, first language, matriculation status, and the education code for the NYC Department of Education program type you are associated with.

The examination fee is $122.

Test Day

You should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes early to allow time for the check-in process. Once you arrive, you will be asked to sign in and provide a valid form of government-issued photo ID. Along with your ID, you are also required to bring your own graphing calculator, as one will not be provided for you.

Before the exam begins, you will be asked to place all personal items in a locker outside the testing room, or you may be asked to leave them in your car.

Once the test begins, you will be allowed to take breaks. However, the timer will not be stopped during your break, so use your break time carefully.

How the NYSTCE Chemistry Exam is Scored

Your total NYSTCE Chemistry score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly, which is then reported as a numerical figure in the range of 400-600. To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of 520.

You should receive your test results roughly 2-4 weeks after taking the exam. When you receive your score report, you will see your total score, your pass/fail status, and your scores for each subarea of the test.

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How many questions are on the NYSTCE Chemistry exam?


There are 91 questions on the exam.


How long is the NYSTCE Chemistry exam?


The time limit for the exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes.


What is the passing score for the NYSTCE Chemistry exam?


To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 520.


How much does the NYSTCE Chemistry exam cost?


The examination fee is $122.

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: October 24, 2023

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