Teachers in the state of New York desiring the Multi-Subject teacher certification must pass the NYSTCE Multi-Subject exam for the grade level they wish to teach. There are four NYSTCE Multi-Subject exams for four different grade levels.
- Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth–Grade 2) (Test Codes 211/212/245)
- Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) (Test Codes 221/222/245)
- Multi-Subject: Teachers of Middle Childhood (Grade 5–Grade 9) (Test Codes 231/232/245)
- Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) (Test Codes 241/242/245)
There are three parts to each of the four Multi-Subject tests. Each part must be registered for and taken individually. Part Three is the same test for all four grade levels; therefore, if you are desiring Multi-Subject certification in more than one grade level, you only need to complete and pass Part Three once. A passing score of 520 must be achieved on all three parts of the computer-based test in order to receive this certification.
Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (211/221/231/241) is the same format for all four grade levels but has age appropriate content for each one. This part consists of 40 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question. The four areas of competency on all four tests are Knowledge of Literacy and Language Arts; Instruction in Foundational Literacy Skills; Instruction in English Language Arts; and Analysis, Syntheses, and Application. The Analysis, Syntheses, and Application contains the one constructed-response question. The selected-response questions combine for 70% of your total score and the one constructed-response question is 30% of your total score. You will have 2 hours to complete this test.
Part Two: Mathematics (212/222/232/242) is formatted differently for all four grade levels but they all are comprised of 40 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question in the Analysis, Syntheses, and Application section. On all four exams, the selected-response questions combine for 80% and the one constructed-response question accounts for 20% of the total test score. Reference materials provided include mathematical definitions and formulas appropriate for each grade level exam. You can locate these reference materials on the NYSTCE website. A calculator is not allowed for the Early Childhood and Childhood levels. The Middle Childhood and Secondary Teachers exams require you to bring an approved graphing calculator for this test. The NYSTCE website provides a list of approved calculators. The Early Childhood test includes five areas of competency: Number and Operations; Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Measurement, Geometry, and Data; Instruction in Mathematics; Analysis, Syntheses, and Application. The Childhood exam for grades one through six also include five areas of competency: Number and Operations; Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Measurement, Geometry, and Data; Instruction in Mathematics; Analysis, Syntheses, and Application. The Middle Childhood test includes four areas of competency: Number and Quantity; Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Statistics; Analysis, Synthesis, and Application. The Secondary Teachers exam includes four areas of competency: Number Systems, Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Statistics; Analysis, Synthesis, and Application. You will have 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete this test.
Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245) is the same test for all four grade levels. It is comprised of 40 selected-response questions. The three areas of competency are Science and Technology (40%); Social Studies (40%); and Fine Arts, Health and Fitness, Family and Consumer Science, and Career Development (20%). You will have one hour to complete this test.
If a passing score is not achieved on any of the three parts, there is a waiting period to retake it. There is a 60 day waiting period for Part One and Part Two. Part Three requires a 30 day waiting period before attempting the test again. The NYSTCE Multi-Subject practice test developed by Mometrix covers the same material as the actual test and provides answers and detailed explanations of those answers so that you can clearly understand which questions you missed and why you missed them. Mometrix, the world’s #1 test preparation company will prepare you for success on the NYSTCE Multi-Subject exam.
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1. Write 78.4% as a decimal.
2. Which eighteenth-century composer wrote The Marriage of Figaro?
3. Who unified Italy as the leader of the Red Shirts?
4. What is extracted when a leaf is boiled in alcohol?
5. Correct the underlined part of the following sentence: Nothing would appease him but that I buy him a replacement.
B: when that
D: Correct as is
1. D. Each percentage point represents one-hundredth of a single unit.
2. C. The Marriage of Figaro was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the opera, a servant hoodwinks his ignoble employer.
3. B. Guiseppe Garibaldi (1807-82) is generally credited with unifying modern Italy.
4. A. Chlorophyll is found in the chloroplasts of all plants and it can be extracted by boiling a leaf in alcohol.
5. D. In this case, “but that” is an acceptable replacement for “except that”.
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NYSTCE Series - New York State Teacher Certification Examination: The NYSTCE series is a group of exams created by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that are designed to determine whether or not an individual has the knowledge necessary to be an entry-level educator in the New York public school system. These exams assess an individual's general and specific teaching skills and are required in order to become a certified educator within the state of New York. The NYSTCE series includes a wide-range of exams related to specific educational topics as well as exams related to specific careers within the educational system. NYSTCE exams cover specific topics such as art, dance, computer science, chemistry, English as a second language, English language arts, health, history, journalism, mathematics, music, physical science, social studies, and other similar topics. There are also specific exams within some of these topics intended for individuals interested in teaching certain grade levels. Certain NYSTCE exams also cover specific professional positions within the educational system such as exams for becoming a principal, reading specialist, school counselor, and superintendent.
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Each NYSTCE exam usually consists of somewhere between 90 - 150 multiple-choice questions, but some tests also include essays, short open-ended responses, and other similar types of questions. The exam-taker will have five hours to complete each exam session and each exam has one or two sessions depending on the exam. Most exams are only one session. Each exam is scored on a scale of 100 - 300 with 240 set as the minimum score considered as passing for the exam. To register for the exam, you must receive approval from an educator preparation program, have received an approved teaching certificate from an in-state or out-of-state authority, or have earned at least a bachelor's degree in a field related to education for grades 8 - 12 from an approved program. In order to take the exam with a bachelor's degree or higher, you must apply to receive a temporary teaching certificate from the SBEC. If you meet one of these three requirements, you can register with ETS online, by phone, or by mail. The registration fee for any exam (except for the superintendent exam) is $82. The registration fee for the superintendent exam is $164. The exact NYSTCE exams that are required in order to become a certified educator within the New York school system varies depending on the specific type of position that you are interested in pursuing. There may also be other exams and fees that are required in addition to those associated with the NYSTCE exams in order to be certified in the particular position that you are pursuing.
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Last Updated: 02/20/2018