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Test Fees and Payment Policies

NYSTCE Fees for Paper-Based Testing

Test Registration Fees
Content Specialty Test (CST) $79
Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST) (effective through April 2014) $79
Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) $79
Late registration $30
Emergency registration $70
Additional Service Fees
Change of registration $20
Additional copy of test results (per copy) $20
Test rescoring $30
Fee to clear an account (for example, due to a disputed credit card charge) $20

NYSTCE Fees for Computer-Based Testing

Test Registration Fees
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) $131
Educating All Students (EAS) $102
Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) $119
Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W) $119
Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST) (effective May 2014 and on) $119
Content Specialty Test (CST) through April 2014 $119
Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) $79
Additional Service Fees
Additional copy of test results (per copy) $20
Fee to clear an account (for example, due to a disputed credit card charge) $20

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Paper-based testing. If after registering for the NYSTCE you wish to withdraw from one or more tests for which you have registered, you must submit your request by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on the late registration deadline. Refer to "Changing Your Registration" for information about how to withdraw from a test.

If you withdraw by the late registration deadline, you will receive a partial refund in the amount of $40 for withdrawing from the CQST, a CST, or a BEA.

If you registered during the late registration period, the late registration fee will not be refunded. Refunds will be issued approximately five weeks after the test date.

You may not withdraw your registration or receive a refund if you register during the emergency registration period. If you are absent from the test, you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. (See the absentee policy in "Reporting to the Test Site.")

Computer-based testing. If after registering for a test you wish to withdraw your registration, you may do so according to the following procedure:

If you have not yet scheduled your test: Submit a withdrawal request through your account.

If you have already scheduled your test:

  1. First, cancel your test appointment at least 24 hours before your scheduled testing time. To cancel your appointment, log in to your account, click "Reschedule," and follow the instructions provided.
  2. After cancelling your test appointment, submit a withdrawal request through your account.

If you withdraw your registration before your Authorization to Test expires and before you have scheduled your test appointment or if you cancel your test appointment at least 24 hours before your scheduled testing time and then withdraw your registration, you will receive a refund:

  • $97 for withdrawing from the ALST
  • $75 for withdrawing from the EAS
  • $84 for withdrawing from the LAST, the ATS–W, the CQST, or a CST
  • $62 for withdrawing from the ATAS

Your refund will be issued by Evaluation Systems within four weeks of your request.

If you are absent from the test, you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. (See the absentee policy in "Reporting to the Test Site.")

Payment Methods

The fees for Internet registration, telephone registration, and changes to registration made on the Internet must be paid using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) or a debit or check card that carries the VISA or MasterCard logo and that can be used without the entry of a personal identification number (PIN). Bank cards without a VISA or MasterCard logo cannot be accepted. The merchant name that will appear on your credit card statement is "Eval Systems Test Fee."

The fees for services requested by U.S. mail ("Additional Service Fees" in the tables above) must be paid by personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Fees for additional copies of your test results must be paid by cashier's check or money order; personal checks are not accepted. Checks and money orders must be made payable to Evaluation Systems in U.S. dollars. Please write the last five digits of your social security number on your payment. Do not send cash.

Payment Policies

If you register to take the same test on multiple test dates and pass the test on the first test date, you will not be issued a refund for your additional registrations on the basis of your passing performance.

If you have any outstanding balance owed by you to Evaluation Systems after a test administration or ATS–P (video) submission deadline for which you were registered, all of your scores for that test date or submission deadline may be permanently voided and therefore not reported to you, to the NYSED, or to any institutions.

The following policies apply to you when you have an outstanding balance with Evaluation Systems:

If a credit card charge for an Evaluation Systems service for you is disputed:

Additionally, if a personal check submitted by you is returned by the bank: