NYSTCE Mathematics Practice Test

The New York State Teacher Certification Exams program (NYSTCE) was designed for teachers in New York State to ensure proficiency in specific educational areas. If you are seeking a teaching credential and intend on becoming a teacher or educational leader in New York State, you will need to take the NYSTCE.


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The subject or subjects you intend to teach will determine which NYSTCE test or tests you need to take. The NYSTCE Mathematics exam is designed for candidates entering the teaching field in mathematics. This is not the same exam as the multi-subject mathematics exam, as this one is intended for those who wish to teach at the middle or high school level.

What are the eligibility requirements to take the NYSTCE?

In order to sit for the NYSTCE, you must be either enrolled in a state-approved teaching credential educational program or seeking teaching certification via alternative means. When you register for the NYSTCE Mathematics test, you will be asked to agree to the NYSTCE rules of test participation and policies. You will also be asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement; you must accept the terms of this agreement in order to proceed with the test.

What fees are associated with the NYSTCE Mathematics test?

The NYSTCE Mathematics test will cost $134. You can pay by credit or debit card when you register for the exam online, and your registration is valid for one year from the date of registration. If you need to cancel your test for any reason, you must do so at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled test date. You will have to submit a withdrawal request through your online account. You will receive a partial refund within four weeks of submitting your request; however, should you fail to show up for the test and do not submit a withdrawal request, you will not receive a refund.

What is a passing score for the NYSTCE Mathematics test?

You must receive at least a 520 on the NYSTCE Mathematics test in order to pass. You will receive your official score report online by a specific score date determined by the date at which you take the exam. Should you receive an unsatisfactory score, you must wait at least 60 days before retaking the exam.

Are calculators permitted for the NYSTCE Mathematics test?

Yes, calculators are permitted; however, you must bring your own graphing calculator to the test site on your scheduled test date. Many Texas Instruments models are allowed, so check the NYSTCE website to ensure your calculator is an approved model.

What does the NYSTCE Mathematics test cover?

The NYSTCE Mathematics test consists of 90 selected-response questions (multiple choice), and one scenario-based constructed-response question (written). The selected-response questions account for 80% of your total score, while the constructed-response question accounts for 20%. You will be given 3 hours and 25 minutes (210 minutes) in which to complete the entirety of the exam. It is important that you pace yourself and answer each question to the best of your ability. The recommended timeframes include 150 minutes for the selected-response portion of the test, and 60 minutes for the constructed-response portion.

In terms of content, the NYSTCE Mathematics test covers a variety of specific knowledge areas and skills, including a focus on pedagogy in the scenario-based constructed-response section. Below are the content areas, approximate number of questions per area, and approximate percentage of your total test score:

  • Number and quantity: approximately 9 items, weighted at 8%
  • Algebra: approximately 23 items, weighted at 20%
  • Functions: approximately 19 items, weighted at 17%
  • Calculus: approximately 11 items, weighted at 10%
  • Geometry and measurement: approximately 17 items, weighted at 15%
  • Statistics and probability: approximately 11 items, weighted at 10%
  • Pedagogical content and knowledge: 1 item (constructed-response), weighted at 20%

Test Preparation

Now that you know the eligibility requirements, associated fees, and basic content of the NYSTCE Mathematics test, it’s time to begin preparing for exam day. The best means of ensuring you pass the NYSTCE on your first attempt is to use the most comprehensive test preparation materials on the market. Mometrix Test Preparation’s NYSTCE Secrets study guide is just the resource you need. In the NYSTCE Secrets study guide, you get authentic NYSTCE exam content, along with expert tips for reducing test anxiety and improving recall in order to boost your test performance.

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