The NYSTCE English to Speakers of Other Languages exam tests the knowledge and skill of those who wish to be qualified to teach English to those students who are nonnative speakers. Passing this test qualifies a person to do this in line with the academic standards of the state of New York and to teach in the state's public school system. These teachers must have the skills to promote a student's progress in the English language as their second language. They must be effective in providing appropriate learning experiences through various methods of teaching.
The NYSTCE English to Speakers of Other Languages exam is comprised of approximately ninety multiple-choice questions in the subareas of Developing English Language Proficiency across the Curriculum-34 percent of the exam; Foundations of ESOL Instruction-28 percent of the exam; and the ESOL Program-28 percent of the exam. There is also one constructed-response question in the area of Developing English Language Proficiency across the Curriculum, which accounts for another 10 percent of the exam.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014