Test for Teaching Assistant Certification

The NYSTCE include the Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS). The ATAS is available only on computer (see "Computer-Based Testing" for more information).

Individuals seeking a Level I, Level II, Level III, or Pre-Professional New York State teaching assistant certificate are required to achieve a qualifying score on the ATAS. Progression from one level to another does not require that an individual retake the ATAS. The purpose of this test is to help ensure that certified teaching assistants (also referred to as paraprofessionals) have the knowledge and skills that are important for the job of a teaching assistant in New York State public schools.

Test Test Description
Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) The ATAS consists of multiple-choice questions in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and instructional support.

A preparation guide for the ATAS is available to view or download (at no charge) by selecting "Prepare" on the NYSTCE website. The preparation guide contains information about the test, the test objectives, and sample test questions.

All NYSTCE tests may include questions that will not count toward candidates' scores. These questions are placed on the test to collect information about how well they perform under actual testing conditions.