The NES, or the National Evaluation Series Certification is a series of tests that provide certifications for entry-level teachers. The NES exams are based on a variety of subjects including math, basic reading, art, and English as a second language.
The Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills exam is one of the testing options for those who wish to become a teacher in Minnesota. This exam measures the individual’s competencies and knowledge of the basic academic skills which includes reading, writing, and math.
The Reading subtest of the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills exam contains 45 multiple-choice questions and are timed for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Writing subtest contains 36 multiple-choice questions and 1 written assignment. This section is timed for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The Math subtest contains 45 multiple-choice questions and you are given 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete it.
Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills Practice Questions
1. Miguel buys a loaf of bread at the grocery store for $4.25. He also buys two bottles of soda at $2.15 each, a chocolate bar for $1.90, a bottle of shampoo for $5.25, and three magazines at $1.50 each. How much did he spend in all?
2. Choose the underlined word or phrase that is unnecessary in the context of the passage.
The company said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries that resulted from the problem. A spokesperson said the company was working on a fix for repairing the problem. Customers will be notified to bring their vehicle to a dealership for an inspection.
a. or injuries
d. to a dealership
3. Choose the most appropriate word or phrase to complete the sentence.
The tourists tried to make the best of things despite the ___________ weather.
1.C: Add the numbers together, noting that there are two sodas and three magazines: $4.25 + 2 × $2.15 + $1.90 + $5.25 + 3 × $1.50 = $4.25 + $4.30 + $1.90 + $5.25 + $4.50 = $20.20.
2.C: The sentence states that the company is working on a fix for the problem. The word “fix” means “to repair.” Since both words convey the same meaning, it follows that the latter word is not necessary.
3. B: Inclement weather is rough, severe, or stormy weather. The context of the sentence suggests that the weather is bad, so tourists are forced to make the best of the situation. Balmy weather is pleasant and warm, so this choice does not appear appropriate. Weather seldom is described as “ugly,” and Choice D, “insipid,” does not make sense.