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New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

Computer-Based Testing Tutorials

These tutorials can give you a sense of what you will see when you take your test at a Pearson Professional Center.

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Tutorials for all NYSTCE tests

CBT Test Features

Review NYSTCE CBT test features PDF document to see features designed to help you navigate through your computer-based test.

CBT Tutorial

Preview the on-screen tutorial that you will see before you begin your test. This tutorial includes information about how to navigate through a test, how to select your answers, and how to end the test.

Downloadable Interactive CBT Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how to navigate through the test, how to indicate answers, and how to use the features of a computer-based test. You will have opportunities to try out typing in an essay box, using the on-screen calculator, and entering special characters.

Note: This tutorial must be downloaded to a PC-compatible computer.

Downloading the Interactive Tutorial:

  1. Click the following link and select "Save" in the pop-up dialog box:
  2. Choose a location to save the file. This is the installation file that will enable you to download and save the tutorial.

    The download process takes approximately 2 minutes, depending on the connection speed.
  3. When the download is complete, navigate to the location where you've chosen to save the file, and double-click on the zip file to open it.
  4. Inside the zip file, you will see "Evaluation Systems Tutorial.msi". Double-click to open, and select "Run" in the pop-up dialog box to run the installer.
  5. You will now see a "wizard" that will walk you through the process of installing the tutorial.
  6. When the wizard is complete, you will see the following icon on your desktop, which you can double-click to access the tutorial:
    tutorial desktop icon

Highlighting and StrikethroughTutorial

Highlighting and strikethrough tools are available during the test. The Highlighting and Strikethrough Tutorial demonstrates how to use these tools.

Instructions/tutorials for NYSTCE tests with math/science features

On-Screen Calculator Preview

An on-screen scientific or four-function calculator is available for some NYSTCE tests.

Click here for more information about how to use the on-screen calculators PDF document.

Some NYSTCE tests require you to bring your own graphing calculator. For information on which tests use the on-screen scientific calculator, use the on-screen four-function calculator, or require you to bring your own graphing calculator, see "The Day of the Test."

Scanning Instructions

The NYSTCE Physics test allows you to handwrite or draw written responses, and then scan them into the computer using a scanner provided at your workstation. Click the links below to review the scanning process.

Tutorials/videos for LOTE, BEA, and ASL tests

The Content Specialty Tests in Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Bilingual Education Assessments (BEAs), and the American Sign Language (ASL) test have unique test features. Read the information below that includes links to tutorials and videos to learn about these features.

Speaking

Some tests in the NYSTCE program include one or more assignments that require you to record a spoken response. Refer to the interactive tutorial for information on how to use the audio capture feature.

Review the preparation materials for your test to see if your test includes one or more speaking assignments.

American Sign Language

The NYSTCE ASL test includes two expressive production assignments and receptive comprehension questions. Refer to the ASL study guide for information on

Character Selector

Some tests in the NYSTCE program allow you to type your response in the target language using the character selector feature.

Test-specific character selector tutorial videos are available for review and practice. Review the preparation materials for your test to see if your test includes the character selector feature.

Input Method Editor (IME)

Some tests in the NYSTCE program allow you to type your response in the target language using Input Method Editor (IME) technology.

For test specific instructions provided during your test, review the preparation materials for your test.

Scanning Instructions

Some NYSTCE tests allow you to handwrite or draw written responses, and then scan them into the computer using a scanner provided at your workstation. Click the links below to review the scanning process.

For information on which tests use the hand-draw feature, see "Tests."