To teach chemistry in the New York State public school system an educator must understand the process of applying chemistry concepts to be an effective problem solver and be skilled in the history of scientific ideas and how they relate to other scientific disciplines. The chemistry teacher must also know how to apply technology to access and transfer information. The NYSTCE Chemistry exam measures whether you have the qualifications to teach according to New York State Academic Standards.
The NYSTCE Chemistry exam consists of approximately ninety multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question. The test is broken down as follows: 19 percent of the exam is on the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry; 16 percent of the exam is on Matter and Atomic Structure; another 16 percent is on Energy, Chemical Bonds, and Molecular Structure; Chemical Reactions comprise another 16 percent of the exam; Stoichiometry and Solutions comprise 13 percent of the exam; Interactions of Chemistry and the Environment comprise 10 percent of the exam; and the constructed-response question on the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry accounts for 10 percent of the exam.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014