The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: Multiple Subject 1-6 is a computer-based test that is designed to evaluate the skills and knowledge of candidates who are seeking to teach various subjects of students in these grade levels.
If you are a nursing mother or have a condition covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires special accommodations, you are welcome to submit this request in writing. Be sure to include supporting documentation. You can schedule your test once you receive confirmation that your request has been approved.
Some of the arrangements that can be accommodated include extended testing time, separate testing room, magnifier, and a Braille test.
What subjects and competencies are covered on this exam?
- Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts
- Part Two: Mathematics
- Part Three: Arts and Sciences
Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts
Literacy and English Language Arts consists of 40 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response question. You will have 2 hours to complete this part. The competencies assessed include knowledge of literacy and language arts, instruction in foundational literacy skills, instruction in English Language Arts, and analysis, synthesis, and application.
Part Two: Mathematics
Mathematics consists of 40 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response question. You will have 2.25 hours to complete this part. The competencies assessed include number and operations, ratios and proportional relationships and number systems, algebra, measurement, geometry & data, instruction in math, and analysis, synthesis, and application.
Part Three: Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences consists of 40 selected-response questions. You will have 1 hour to complete this part. The competencies assessed include science and technology, social studies, and fine arts, health & fitness, family & consumer science, and career development.
What is the most convenient way to register for this exam?
What is the cost of the exam?
The total for this exam is $179. This is $65 for Part One, $65 for Part Two, and $49 for Part Three. This fee must be paid via a VISA/MasterCard credit card, or VISA/MasterCard debit card. If you do not have a credit or debit card, you can request instructions on how to submit your payment using a check.
What are the testing dates and locations?
This exam is administered throughout the year. You can choose from testing sites in New York or in other states within the U.S., and schedule your appointment for Monday through Saturday, with the exception of certain holidays.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Arrive at the testing center 15 minutes early. This will allow you time to get checked in. Take care not to be late, as this could prevent you from being able to take the exam. Also, the fees you paid will be forfeited.
Have with you, and be ready to present a valid form of identification. This is required to take the test. It should not be temporary or expired, and must include your name, signature, and recent photo. A driver’s license or passport are examples of acceptable forms of ID.
You will be required to read and sign a non-disclosure agreement before taking the test.
For the mathematics part of the test, you will be provided with an on-screen 4-function calculator. The calculator will not and cannot be used for the other parts of the test.
Items that are prohibited from the testing area include a cell phone, study materials, purse, briefcase, and food/drink, among other things.
Can I take a break during the exam?
You are allowed a 15-minute break between Parts One and Two. For this scheduled break, the exam clock will stop while you are on break. The exam clock will not be stopped for any other breaks you take. This means you will have less time for actual test-taking.
What happens after I take the exam?
For Parts One and Two, you will not receive an unofficial score before leaving the test center, however, both will be scored and report released on the same date. For Part Three, you will receive an unofficial score before leaving the test center. Your official score report will be available on a different date.
Your score reports will be given to you, as well as the NYSED and any other institutions you designated when you registered.
What is the passing score of this exam?
The minimum passing score of this test is 520 for each part.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
You can re-register to take the exam after a 30-day waiting period. You can take it as many times as necessary to pass.
How Can I Prepare for the NYSTCE Multiple Subjects 1-6 Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!