Test Selection

Can't find your test? Several tests are offered on computer only; see "Test Selection for Computer-Based Tests."

The NYSTCE are conducted during morning and afternoon test sessions and are four hours in length. The morning session has a reporting time of 7:45 a.m. and ends at approximately 12:30 p.m. The afternoon session has a reporting time of 1:00 p.m. and ends at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Examinees will be assigned to one or two sessions according to the number and type of tests for which they registered. As certain tests are only offered during certain sessions, session requests cannot be honored.

The tables below list the NYSTCE paper-based tests and provide the following information:

Note: The following tables do not provide information regarding which tests are required for specific teaching certificates. Before registering for any test, please go to the New York State Education Department website at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ to see which tests are required for the certificate title you are seeking.

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)
Test Name and Code
Test Availability Important Notes
Agriculture (068)

Afternoon only
All test dates

American Sign Language (061)

Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." For video-recorded performance, wear solid-color attire that contrasts with your skin tone. Examinees who arrive late will not be admitted. Sign language interpreters will not be available unless approved before the test date; see "Registering for Alternative Testing Arrangements." Written copies of test directions are available at the test site.
Biology (006)

Morning only
October, February, & April test dates only
Will be available on computer, effective May 2014.
Blind and Visually Impaired (062)

Afternoon only
All test dates
Bring a classic Perkins Brailler to the test. It must accommodate 11" x 11.5" paper.
Business and Marketing (069)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
Cantonese (011)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Chemistry (007)
Morning only
October, February, & April test dates only
Scientific calculators are provided at the test site. See "Scientific Calculators" below for models provided. Will be available on computer, effective May 2014.
Dance (070)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (063)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
Earth Science (008)
Morning only
October, February, & April test dates only
Will be available on computer, effective May 2014.
Educational Technology Specialist (071)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (022) Afternoon only
October, February, & April test dates only
Will be available on computer, effective May 2014.
Family and Consumer Sciences (072)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
French (012)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
German (013)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Gifted Education (064)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
Greek (014)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Health Education (073)
Afternoon only
All test dates
Will be available on computer only, effective September 2014.
Hebrew (015)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Italian (016)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Japanese (017)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Latin (010)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites."
Library Media Specialist (074)
Afternoon only
All test dates
Will be available on computer only, effective September 2014.
Literacy (065)
Afternoon only
All test dates
Will be available on computer only, effective September 2014.
Mandarin (018)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Mathematics (004)
Morning only
All test dates
Bring a graphing calculator to the test. See "Approved Graphing Calculators" below for approved models. Will be available on computer only, effective September 2014.
Music (075)
Afternoon only
All test dates
This test includes a recorded component; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Physical Education (076)
Afternoon only
All test dates
Will be available on computer only, effective September 2014.
Physics (009)
Morning only
October, February, & April test dates only
Scientific calculators are provided at the test site. See "Scientific Calculators" below for models provided. Will be available on computer, effective May 2014.
Russian (019)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Spanish (020)
Morning and afternoon
All test dates
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted.
Technology Education (077)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
Theatre (078)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 
Visual Arts (079)
Afternoon only
All test dates
 

Bilingual Education Assessments (BEAs)
Test Name and Code
Test Availability Important Notes
BEA—Spanish (024)

Morning and afternoon
October, February, & July test dates only
Registration during the regular and late registration periods only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." This test includes recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted. Examinees may NOT register for more than one BEA per test date.
BEA—
Arabic (030)
Bengali (043)
Cantonese (027)
French (031)
Haitian Creole (026)
Hebrew (040)
Korean (032)
Mandarin (028)
Polish (037)
Russian (029)
Urdu (034)
Vietnamese (049)
Yiddish (041)
Morning and afternoon
October & July test dates only
Registration during the regular registration period only. Site availability is limited; see "Test Sites." These tests include recorded components; examinees who arrive late will not be admitted. Examinees may NOT register for more than one BEA per test date.
If you are seeking a bilingual education extension for a language not listed here, call Evaluation Systems at least six weeks before the regular registration deadline to request an eligibility form and a registration form. You must submit the eligibility form, along with your registration form and payment, by four weeks before the regular registration deadline. Tests may be taken at administrations in October and July only. Score reports for unlisted BEAs may be sent up to two weeks after the score report dates indicated in "Test Dates."

Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST)
Test Name and Code
Test Availability Important Notes
CQST (080)
Afternoon only
October, February, & April test dates only
Will be available on computer, effective May 2014.


Scientific Calculators

Examinees taking the Chemistry (007) and Physics (009) CSTs will be provided with one of the following models of scientific calculators at the test administration. The models distributed are subject to change; directions for use will not be provided at the test site. You may not use your own calculator or calculator manual for these tests. (These calculators may NOT be used for the Mathematics [004] CST.)

Approved Graphing Calculators

Examinees taking the Mathematics (004) CST must bring their own graphing calculator but may not bring a calculator manual. Graphing calculators will not be provided at the administration. Only the brands and models listed below may be used. Approved calculator brands and models are subject to change; if there is a change, examinees will be notified. Test administration staff will clear the memory of your calculator both before and after testing. Therefore, be sure to back up the memory on your calculator, including applications, to an external device before arriving at the test site.

Manufacturer
Approved Models
Casio Algebra FX 2.0, CFX-9850G Plus, CFX-9850Ga, CFX-9850Ga Plus, CFX-9850GB Plus, CFX-9850GB Plus-we, CFX-9850GC Plus, FX 1.0 Plus, FX-7400G, FX-7400G Plus, FX-9750G Plus
Sharp
EL-9600c, EL-9900
Texas Instruments
TI-73,TI-81, TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-83 Plus Silver, TI-84, TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver, TI-85, TI-86