The NYSTCE Social Studies exam tests a person's knowledge of history and the social sciences such as government and geography. The person who passes this exam should be able to analyze, model, and organize social studies data and recognize the application of the social studies to other academic disciplines. Passing this exam qualifies them to teach in the New York State public school system and demonstrates that their knowledge is in compliance with the New York State Academic Standards.
The NYSTCE Social Studies exam is comprised of approximately ninety multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question. The subareas tested include Geography, which accounts for 15 percent of the exam; Civics, Citizenship, and Government, which accounts for another 16 percent of the exam; History-35 percent of the exam; Economics-12 percent; and Social Studies Skills, which accounts for 12 percent of the exam. The constructed-response question is in the area of History and accounts for the final 10 percent of the exam.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014