NYSTCE Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood Grade 1–6 (221/222/245)

The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) are designed to test educators’ knowledge and skills with established statewide education standards. The Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1 – Grade 6), Fields 221/225/245 exam ensures teacher candidates for grades 1 through 6 have the required level of knowledge and skills to successfully perform the responsibilities of an educator in the state of New York.

 

How many subject areas are on the NYSTCE Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1- Grade 6) test?

The Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1 – Grade 6) exam consists of three parts:

  • Part One: Literacy and English Arts
  • Part Two: Mathematics
  • Part Three: Arts and Sciences

To obtain certification, you must pass all three parts. Each part is administered separately or one after the other in one testing appointment block. The exams are computer-based tests delivered at Pearson-Vue Testing Centers. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday year-round at centers located throughout New York and Nationwide. Testing centers are also available on select military bases. Tests are not administered on holidays. You can take one or all three parts in a single test appointment. To take one test per appointment, select only the exam you want to take in a single registration. For each additional test, complete another exam registration. To register for all three in one testing session, select all three parts.

How is the exam structured?

You can take one or all three parts in a single test appointment. To take one test per appointment, select only the exam you want to take in a single registration. For each additional test, complete another exam registration. To register for all three in one testing session, select all three parts.

Do all the test have the same number of questions and test times?

Part One

Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts exam consists of 40 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question. You have two hours to complete Part One. Subjects are divided into four sub-categories including:

  • Knowledge of literacy and language arts: 17 selected-response questions focus on language and literacy development, literacy assessment principles and practices, and literary processes.
  • Instruction in foundational literacy skills: 17 selected-response questions focused on developing needed skills, including decoding and text comprehension.
  • Instruction in English Language Arts: 6 selected-response questions examining your understanding of reading literature and informational text and instruction in writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Analysis, synthesis, and application: 1 constructed-response question requiring your ability to use literary assessment data to plan instruction.

Part Two

Part Two: Mathematics consists of 40 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question in the following sub-categories:

  • Number and operations: The three selected-response questions focus on whole numbers, fractions, and algebraic thinking.
  • Ratios and proportional relationships: 15 selected-response questions centered on multiplication and division, ratios and rates, and the connections between them.
  • Algebra, measurement, geometry, and data: 17 selected-response questions examine your ability to work with algebraic expressions.
  • Instruction in mathematics: 5 selected-response questions dealing with the concept of numbers, operations, and algebraic thinking.
  • Analysis, synthesis, and application: The one constructed-response question is used to assess your ability to identify and understand the strengths and weaknesses of your students.

An on-screen calculator is available during this exam, and a formula sheet is provided.

Part Three

Part Three: Arts and Sciences contain 40 selected-response questions. The questions are divided into three sub-categories:

  • Science and technology: 16 questions examine your knowledge and understanding of the themes that connect math, science, and technology.
  • Social Studies: 16 questions covering economic and political systems, citizenship responsibilities, and historical turning points in New York, the United States, and the world.
  • Fine Arts, health and fitness, family and consumer science, and career development: 8 questions cover health-related concepts, child development, and familial and interpersonal relationships.

Can I take all three portions of the test on the same day?

Yes. In that case, you would have 5 hours and 30 minutes -including breaks – to finish the test. Your registration is active for one calendar year from the time the testing fee is paid. If you do not schedule your testing date within the allowed timeframe, you forfeit your registration and price and have to re-register and pay the associated fees again. The Literacy and English Arts and Mathematics fee is $59.00. The registration fee for Arts and Sciences is $43.00. If you take all three in one appointment, the cost is $161.00.

Can I bring my own calculator and use it when taking the math test?

No. Candidates will have access to an on-screen calculator.

What is the exam’s passing score?

Candidates must score at least 520 on all three parts of the exam to pass.

What are the content areas on the NYSTCE Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1- Grade 6) test?

Educators are assessed in the following categories and competencies:

Literacy and English Language Arts

  • Knowledge of Literacy & Language Arts focuses on language and literacy development, literacy assessment principles and practices, and literary processes
  • Instruction in Foundational Literacy Skills focuses on developing various skills, including decoding and text comprehension
  • Instruction in English Language Arts focuses on reading literature and informational text, and instruction in writing and speaking and listening
  • Analysis, Synthesis, and Application focuses on how to use literary assessment data to plan instruction

Mathematics:

  • Numbers and operations includes whole numbers, fractions, and algebraic thinking
  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships and Number Systems focuses on multiplication and division, and ratios and rates, and the connections between them.
  • Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, and Data includes the teacher’s ability to work with algebraic expressions
  • Instruction in Mathematics focuses on the concept of numbers, operations, and algebraic thinking
  • Analysis, Synthesis, and Application assesses the teacher’s ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of students

Arts and Sciences:

  • Science and Technology includes math, science and technology and the themes that connect them.
  • Social Studies includes economic and political systems, citizenship responsibilities, and historical turning points in New York State, the United States and the World.
  • Fine Arts, Health and Fitness, Family and Consumer Science, and Career Development contains several topics that include health-related concepts, child development, and family and interpersonal relationships.

On what days can I take the test?

Candidates may take the exam Monday through Saturday, year-round, except for certain holidays.

Where are the testing centers located?

New York uses a private company to deliver the test to candidates. The company has offices at multiple locations throughout the state and the country.

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