The NYSTCE Biology exam has the objective of measuring your knowledge of biology to see that it accords with the New York State Academic Standards. The New York State biology teacher must be skilled in problem solving and understand the development of ideas in biology along with its connections to science, mathematics, and technology. A biology teacher must also understand what is involved in scientific inquiry.
The NYSTCE Biology exam consists of approximately ninety multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response assignment. Several areas of biology are covered in the test: 17 percent of the test is in the area of Foundations of Scientific Inquiry; another 17 percent is in the area of Cell Biology and Biochemistry; 15 percent of the test is in the area of Genetics and Evolution; 12 percent is in the area of Biological Unity and Diversity and Life Processes; 17 percent is in the area of Human Biology; 12 percent of the test is in the area of Ecology; and the constructed-response (written) part of the test in Foundations of Scientific Inquiry accounts for 10 percent.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014