NYSTCE Visual Arts Practice Test

The idea of a formal visual arts teacher may seem surprising to some. Visual arts have long been perceived as an intuitive subject, one that can’t be taught, but is driven purely by emotion and talent. Those who have been involved in the art world to any degree, however, know this idea couldn’t be farther from the truth.


Visual arts teachers are an important part of both formal artistic training and today’s remaining schools that still offer arts classes to its students. Formal teachers offer students the chance to learn the concepts and technical aspects involved in creating art. As an aspiring visual arts teacher, it will be your job to impart all of these ideas to your students to help them become better artists.

The state of New York requires all of its incoming teachers to take the NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examinations) before they can officially start their careers. This exam is the last step to earning your certification. It divides up by field of expertise, meaning visual arts teachers will take the NYSTCE Visual Arts exam. This exam will last approximately three hours and 15 minutes, and features 91 questions. One of these questions will be in essay (“constructed-response”) format, while the remaining 90 are multiple choice (“selected-response”). Each set of questions also features its own set of subject categories, also known as “subareas.” The constructed-response section of the test deals with Visual Arts and Culture: Constructed-Response Assignment. The selected-response section focuses on Aesthetic and Interdisciplinary Connections; Visual Arts Materials and Processes; Visual Arts and Culture; and Principles and Elements of Art and Design.

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