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Preparing for Certification Exams

The NY Teacher Certification Examinations

NY State Teacher Certification Examinations are routinely offered throughout the year. Details about the certification exams including test dates and registration information can be found at www.nystce.nesinc.com. Fingerprinting is now a requirement for all examinees and will be conducted onsite.  
 

Preparing for the Examinations

The NY Teacher Certification Examinations

Below is a collection of resources to help you prepare for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. The examinations required of all teacher candidates include:

(1) Academic Literacy & Skills Test (ALST),
(2) Educating All Students (EAS), and
(3) Content Specialty Test (CST) in the specific area of certification.

Initial certification students are also required to complete an edTPA, the teacher performance assessment portfolio, which is generally completed during student teaching. In addition, students pursuing some certification types are required to take additional tests [for example Bilingual students are required to take the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA). For specific requirements see www.nysed.gov].

The resources below will help students prepare for the ALST and the EAS tests. Additional resources for the CSTs will be added later. The resources include: (a) web-links and other online materials, (b) downloadable handouts and power-points, and (c) workshops offered by the School of Education.

WEBLINKS TO LEARN ABOUT THE ALST AND EAS TESTS

Weblinks for the ALST and EAS tests

Exam Preparation Resources from CUNY portal

www.cuny.edu/academics/programs/teachered/examsupport.html

NYSTCE Certification Examination Website

www.nystce.nesinc.com

NYSTCE Computer-Based Testing Tutorial

www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_CBTTutorial.asp

NYSTCE Computer-Based Practice Tests
[each practice test has a fee of $29.95]

www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PracticeTests.asp

DOWNLOADABLE HANDOUTS TO PREPARE FOR
THE ALST (ACADEMIC LITERACY & SKILLS TEST) 

Academic Literacy and Skills Test

DOWNLOADABLE HANDOUTS

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[Link to Download]

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Description

Test Design and Frameworks

Source: New York State Teacher Certification Examination Inc.

Review the test frameworks carefully to know what are the performance indicators expected on this test.

Preparing for the ALST-PP

Source:Andrew Ratner & Gail Buffalo, School of Education, CCNY

Powerpoint presentation on the ALST writing assignment.

Three (3) samples of practice tests

Source:Andrew Ratner & Gail Buffalo, School of Education, CCNY

Writing samples for practice.

Writing Evidence-Based Claims

Source: Engaged NY website, presented by CUNY Office

Writing samples

ALST Brochure

Source: Learning & Technology Resource Center, School of Education at CCNY

A brief guide about the ALST and when to take this test.

NYSTCE Study Guide: Reading Sample Questions

Source: New York State Teacher Certification Examination Inc.

Provides sample questions with annotated answers.

Regents ELA Sample Items

Source: New York State Teacher Certification Examination Inc.

Provide sample ELA materials useful for ALST review.

NYSTCE Study Guide: Writing Sample Questions

Source: New York State Teacher Certification Examination Inc.

Provides sample questions for response type (writing) questions.

 DOWNLOADABLE HANDOUTS TO PREPARE FOR

THE EAS (EDUCATING ALL STUDENTS) TEST

Education All Students (EAS)Test

DOWNLOADABLE HANDOUTS

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[Link to Download]

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Prepared By

Description

Test Design and Frameworks
 

Source: New York State Teacher Certification Examination Inc.

Review the test frameworks carefully to know what are the performance indicators expected on this test.

EAS Study Guide
 

Source: New York State Teacher Certification Examination Inc.

Provides sample questions with annotated answers.

NYSTCE Educating All Students Study Guide
 

Source: Teaching Fellows Office, New York City

A collection of helpful links and recommended resources for each component of the EAS test.

EAS Test Taking Strategies

Source: CUNY Teacher Ed Office

Powerpoint presentation on the EAS test.

EAS Study Guide Template
 

Source: CUNY Teacher Ed Office

Preparation material for the EAS test.

EAS Writing Rubric
 

Source: New York State Teacher Certification Examination Inc.

Review rubric criteria for writing expectations on the constructed response item.

EAS Brochure
 

Source: Learning & Technology Resource Center, School of Education at CCNY

A brief guide about the EAS and when to take this test.

Downloadable PDF to Prepare for the CST: Multisubject -
Part II Mathematics

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[Link to Download]

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CST: Multi-Subject  Presentation.pptx Source: Laura Gellert, Asst. Professor, School of Education, City College of New York Reviews problems and competencies presented in the Mathematics (Part II) section of the CST: Multisubject test. 

 

Blackboard: How to Access Test Preparation Resources

NY State Teacher Certification Exam Support for
CUNY Teacher Education Candidates

BLACKBOARD Organization Name: NY State Teacher Certification Exams Support

Organization Description:

This organization is designed to support teacher candidates in their preparation for the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE). This organization contains publicly available materials from NY State, as well as preparation materials designed by Hunter College School of Education faculty. As of Spring 2014, materials are available for the Educating All Students (EAS) exam and the Academic Literacy Skills Test. Additional support will be provided as the NYSTCE are updated.

Enrollment:

Open to all CUNY students, with enrollment code.

How to enroll:

1.Log in to Blackboard. (If you have never used Blackboard before, you will need to set up an account – which you can do right on this site).

2.From the home page, the first page that appears after login, look for 'Organization Search' on the left.

3.Enter 'NY State Teacher Certification Exams Support' in the search box. Click GO.

4.Scroll down to see the 'NY State Teacher Certification Exams Support' Organization.

5.Click the gray down arrow under the organization ID in blue. Click ENROLL.

6.This will bring you to the Self Enrollment page. In the box for Access Code, enter HUNTER.

7.Click Submit.

8.On the next Self Enrollment screen, click OK.

9.Prep materials are organized by exam in the green box on the left.

CUNY Faculty Development Project funded via MOU with New York State Education Department through a Race to the Top award.

CCNY WORKSHOPS FOR THE ALST and EAS TESTS

The Learning & Technology Resource Center conducts workshops to prepare candidates for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. The workshops are conducted each semester for specific exams. See the schedule below for current workshops offered. Note: Currently enrolled CCNY students (including CWE students and CCNY alumni) are eligible to take these free workshops at the City College of New York.
https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/ltrcenter/certification_exams#overlay=node/201...
Participants should review the 'Test Design Framework' for the ALST (click here for: ALST Test Design & Frameworks) and the test examplars (click here for: Reading Test Examplar and Writing test examplar), to identify which areas pose the most difficulty for them. They should use this information to sign up for the review session(s) that would be most helpful. Participants may sign up for one or more review sessions.

Test Preparation Schedule
[ALST, EAS, CST REVIEW]

Current Schedule: Click here

The Academic Literacy and Skills Test (ALST)- TEST REVIEW SESSIONS - Register Online!

Educating All Students (EAS) - TEST REVIEW SESSIONS - Register Online!

CST (Multi-Subject) Part II: Mathematics - Register Online!

Currently enrolled CCNY students (including CWE students), and recent CCNY graduates, are eligible to register for one or more session. Participants should select the session(s) that best suit their needs.