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NYSTCE Social Studies Practice Test

The NYSTCE Social Studies exam is designed for those individuals wishing to become certified to teach Social Studies in the state of New York. The test consists of all material needed to teach a Social Studies class at the primary or middle school level. The NYSTCE Social Studies test is a Computer-Based Test (CBT.) There are testing locations available all over New York and nationwide. Testing opportunities are available year-round, Monday through Saturday. Test takers must register to guarantee a seat and the testing fee is $134. The time allowed to complete the NYSTCE Social Studies test is 3 hours, with 15 minutes added on to view a CBT tutorial video and nondisclosure agreement.

The NYSTCE Social Studies exam consists of 90 selected-response questions (multiple choice, matching and/or true-false) and 1 constructed-response question (fill in the blank, short answer and/or essay.) A score of 520 or higher is considered passing and scores are released approximately 3 weeks after testing date.

There are several study aids available to help you prepare to take the NYSTCE Social Studies Test! Some of them include information on the content and framework of the test, CBT tutorials, sample questions and answer explanations for both the selected-response questions and the constructed-response question and even information explaining test scores. Does the NYSTCE Social Studies exam sound like it’s for you? Make sure to read all of the policies and procedures regarding this exam. Failure to follow all test-taking rules may result in your score being disqualified. Register today for NYSTCE Social Studies exam and impact the next generation!

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Last Updated: 02/20/2018

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The title of this post in long form is the New York State Teacher’s Certification Examination – Content Specialty Test – Social Studies: a four hour, mind-boggling exam that Ontario teachers taking their certification New York need to pass before becoming certified in Ontario.

A very strange experience writing this test! There were 90 multiple choice and one essay question. The essay question was to be 150-300 words long (I may have went over the 300 and I wonder what the repercussions of that might be). Failing that question means failing the entire exam, regardless of the score on multiple choice.

The following are links to practice tests and useful resources:


NYSEDRegents.gov –  Go through the practice exams. Many of the questions in the practice exams appeared on the CST test.

California Teacher Certification Tests – Go through the practice questions. Similar questions, reworded, appeared on NYSTCE exams.


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NYSTCE CST Social Studies 005 By Sharon Wynne

Unfortunately, I did not have any luck with passing the test after purchasing Wynne book. I passed on the 4th try by writing down the previous questions and using them as basis for my studying for future tests. Only a small portion of the questions in the book appeared reworded in the actual exam. You might consider purchasing it for mock test purposes.  Be mindful of the fact that there are 1000s of resources online that are offered for free.

Here are 3 criteria you should always look for in a study guide for your NYSTCE Social Studies test:

1. The guide must be written by writers who have painstakingly researched the topics and concepts needed to succeed on your NYSTCE Social Studies test.

2: The guide must be to-the-point, with no fluff to distract the test taker from the truly important information.

3: The guide must be guaranteed- if you don’t pass with flying colors, you get your money back- no questions asked.

How to Pass the NYSTCE social studies test

As soon as you are done the test, write down the topics of each questions – as many as you remember. Try to find the answers to those questions by consulting online resources and asking experts (professors, writers etc.) NYSTCE reuses its questions, so equip yourself with the right answer the next time you take the exam.


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