The National Evaluation Series exam, also known as NES exam, is a series of exams that are used for those who wish to become a teacher.
The NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam is a computer-based exam that contains 100 multiple choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment.
The exam is 3 hours long and costs $95 to register for the exam.
The NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam consists of three content domains:
- Student Development and Learning
- Understanding the processes of human development, the variations in student development and understanding how to apply this knowledge to instructional environments and experience that will promote all students’ learning and development.
- Understanding the learning processes, factors that can affect student learning and performance, as well as how to apply this knowledge to instructional environments and experiences.
- Understanding student diversity and how to provide learning opportunities and environments that are responsive to student differences, promoting students’ learning and fostering students’ appreciation of and respect for diversity.
- Assessment, Instruction, and the Learning Environment
- Understand the assessment instruments and practices, as well as the relationship between assessment and instruction. Understand how to use assessment to guide instruction and monitor students’ learning progress.
- Understand the principles and procedures of curricular and instructional planning as well as how to use effective planning to design instruction that promotes all students’ learning and achievement
- Understand the principles and practices associated with various instructional approaches and how to apply these principles and practices in order to promote all students’ achievement of instructional goals.
- Understand the principles and practices of motivation and communication as well as how to apply these principles and practices that can effectively promote students’ active engagement and learning.
- Understand how to structure and manage the classroom to establish a safe, inclusive, and positive environment that is organized and productive; fosters excellence; and promotes learning, appropriate behavior, and effective work habits.
- The Professional Environment
- Understand how to establish partnerships and collaborate effectively with families, colleagues, and members of the community to enhance and support student learning.
- Understand roles and expectations for professional educators such as legal and ethical guidelines and strategies for continuous professional growth and self-reflection.
The passing score for the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam is 222. You will receive your score within four weeks of testing.
The test dates for the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam is year round and can be made by appointment. Testing sites are located nationwide.
NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary Practice Questions
1.In child motor and language development, which of the following is more likely to indicate a developmental delay than a developmental disorder?
a. Skills that differ in form
b. Skills that differ in quality
c. Skills that differ in arriving
d. Skills that differ in function
2. What is relevant to problems that ELL children who also have LDs experience in our school systems?
a. Not enough suitable assessment instruments are available.
b. Not enough trained assessors are available to test children.
c. Not enough of all of these combined contribute to problems.
d. Not enough special educators with ESL and disability training.
3. For developmentally appropriate instruction of young children, which essential aspects should educators consider?
a. The child’s age is more important than individual child growth patterns.
b. The child’s individual growth patterns supersede any cultural influences.
c. Cultural influences are more significant than age or growth patterns.
d. Age, individual growth patterns, and cultural influences are all essential.
- C: When children’s motor or language skills develop differently in their form (a), quality (b), and/or function (d) than is typical, they are more likely to have some developmental disorder. When children’s motor or language skills develop with typical form, quality, and/or function but differ in how soon they arrive (c)—i.e., they emerge and/or develop later and/or more slowly than is typical—they are more likely to have some developmental delay.
2. C: Included among the problems experienced in our school systems by ELL children who also have LDs are a lack of appropriate and culturally and linguistically relevant assessment instruments (a); a shortage of assessors trained (b) in testing ELL children with LDs; and also a shortage of special educators with training in teaching to meet student needs related to both language and disabilities concurrently (d).
3. D: Experts in early childhood education identify child age (a), individual child growth patterns (b), and cultural influences (c) as three main, essential aspects for educators to consider in the assessment methods, classrooms, and instructional techniques they use in order to establish developmentally appropriate instructional practices.