Test Selection

The following NYSTCE tests are available on computer:

Test Name and Code Test Length* Important Notes
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) (202) 3 hours, 30 minutes Available starting September 23, 2013. Do not register for this test if you are applying for a certificate on or before April 30, 2014, and will meet the certification requirements on or before April 30, 2014. See "Who Is Required to Take the Tests?" for more information.
Educating All Students (EAS) (201) 2 hours, 15 minutes Available starting September 23, 2013. Do not register for this test if you are applying for a certificate on or before April 30, 2014, and will meet the certification requirements on or before April 30, 2014. See "Who Is Required to Take the Tests?" for more information.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) (001) 4 hours Do not register for this test if you are applying for a certificate on or after May 1, 2014. See "Who Is Required to Take the Tests?" for more information.
Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W) (090) 4 hours Do not register for this test if you are applying for a certificate on or after May 1, 2014. See "Who Is Required to Take the Tests?" for more information.
Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W) (091) 4 hours Do not register for this test if you are applying for a certificate on or after May 1, 2014. See "Who Is Required to Take the Tests?" for more information.
Biology CST (006) 4 hours Available starting May 5, 2014; registration is now open.
Chemistry CST (007) 4 hours Available starting May 5, 2014; registration is now open. An on-screen scientific calculator is available during testing. See "On-Screen Scientific Calculator" below.
Earth Science CST (008) 4 hours Available starting May 5, 2014; registration is now open.
English Language Arts CST (003) 4 hours The revised version of this test will be available beginning Fall 2014.**
English to Speakers of Other Languages CST (022) 4 hours Available starting May 5, 2014; registration is now open.
Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST) (002) through Summer 2014 4 hours Do not register for this test if you are not seeking initial certification as a multi-subject educator (birth–grade 9).
Physics CST (009) 4 hours Available starting May 5, 2014; registration is now open. An on-screen scientific calculator is available during testing. See "On-Screen Scientific Calculator" below. This test includes one or more assignments that allow you to handwrite and scan responses. See scanning instructions and the hand-draw tutorial video for information on how to use a response sheet for handwritten responses. (The instructions will be available during testing.)
Social Studies CST (005) 4 hours
Students with Disabilities CST (060) 4 hours
Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (080) 4 hours Available starting May 5, 2014; registration is now open.
Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) (095) 3 hours

*In addition to the testing time, 15 minutes is provided to complete a nondisclosure agreement and a tutorial.
**Candidates taking this test will be administered either the original version of the test or the revised version of the test, depending on their test date.

On-Screen Scientific Calculator

Examinees taking Chemistry (007) and Physics (009) will be provided with an on-screen scientific calculator during the test administration. The on-screen scientific calculator is similar to the Texas Instruments TI-30Xs. An On-Screen Calculator Preview is available for examinees on the NYSTCE website. Directions for use will not be provided at the test site. You may not use your own calculator or calculator manual for these tests.

Test Sessions

Test sessions for computer-based testing are by appointment and are scheduled by examinees, and the earliest a test appointment may be scheduled for is 8:00 a.m. (see "Internet Registration" for information about test scheduling). You must report to the test center 30 minutes before your scheduled testing time to be signed in.

Register carefully. Once you have registered, you may not change your test selection unless you withdraw your registration and register again. Since test fees are only partially refunded, candidates who withdraw and then reregister effectively incur additional registration costs. (See "Changing Your Registration" for more information.)