What are the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)?
New York state requires a series of examinations for certification. The tests measure knowledge and skills in the liberal arts and sciences, in teaching theory and practice, and in the content area of the specific subject being taught. The three tests most school teachers must take are:
Who is required to take the NYSTCE?
Most people who want to teach in New York must earn a passing score on the NYSTCE tests to fulfill teacher certification requirements.
What knowledge does the NYSTCE measure?
The NYSTCE measures knowledge and skills in:
How can I prepare for the NYSTCE?
The NYSTCE website (www.nystce.nesinc.com) offers test preparation guides and practice tests to help candidates prepare for the tests. You also may want to consider purchasing study materials such as guides or flash cards devoted to the specific NYSTCE tests you need to pass. The best study guides will cover both the content of the test and offer specific test-taking strategies to increase your chances of success.
Where can I take the tests?
The NYSTCE is offered in different locations around New York depending on whether you want to take the paper-based test or the computer-based test. For paper-based NYSTCE locations, go to www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY16_testsites.asp?pagetype=PBT.
There are many more locations in which you can take the computer-based NYSTCE, which are offered at Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States and many other places around the world. For New York, national, and international locations for the computer-based NYSTCE, go to www.pearsonvue.com/nystce.
When can I take the tests?
The NYSTCE is offered on different dates depending on whether you want to take the paper-based test or the computer-based test. The paper-based tests are offered six months a year, about every other month. You can find paper-based NYSTCE test dates at www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY16_testdates.asp.
Computer-based NYSTCE testing is available Monday through Saturday. Because test appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited, you may not be able to schedule a test appointment less than a week in advance.
Can I take the NYSTCE on the computer?
Yes. The computer-based NYSTCE is offered at Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States and many other places around the globe. For New York, national, and international locations and dates for the computer-based NYSTCE, go to www.pearsonvue.com/nystce.
What is the cost of taking the NYSTCE?
To take the NYSTCE on paper, the cost is $79 per test. Computer-based testing is considerably more expensive at $149 per test.
How do I register for the NYSTCE?
There are three ways to register for the NYSTCE: Internet, U.S. mail, or telephone. To register online or obtain information about registering via mail or telephone, visit the NYSTCE registration page at www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_toc.asp?showtoc=REGISTER.
When will I get my NYSTCE scores?
Scores are released about one month after the testing date. When you register online, you can elect to have your scores sent to you by e-mail. Otherwise, they will be sent to you through the mail.
For specific score release dates, go to the test date pages for either the paper-based NYSTCE or the computer-based NYSTCE: www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY16_testdates.asp.
Who will see my NYSTCE scores?
Your test scores will be reported to you, the New York State Education Department, and any school you selected when you registered.
What if I don’t pass a NYSTCE test?
If you did not devote much time to preparing for the NYSTCE, it is probably a good idea to invest in dedicated study guides the second time around.
What if I pass one of the tests, but not others?
You may retake any NYSTCE test as often as necessary until you pass, but you must reregister and pay registration fees again to retake a test. You may not take the same computer-based test more than once in any thirty-day period. You also may not retake a test you have already passed to obtain a higher score.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014