NYSTCE Biology

The NYSTCE Biology test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach biology in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (17% of the exam); Cell Biology and Biochemistry (17%); Genetics and Evolution (15%); Biological Unity and Diversity and Life Processes (12%); Human Biology (17%); Ecology (12%); and a Foundations of Scientific Inquiry constructed-response question (10%). The test consists of approximately 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Biology Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is synthesized in the ribosomes?
A: Protein
B: DNA
C: Nucleoli
D: RNA

2. Which of the following structures is NOT found in a bacterial cell?
A: DNA
B: Endoplasmic reticulum
C: Cell wall
D: Ribosomes

3. Which component of aerobic respiration produces the most ATP for each molecule of glucose?
A: Glycolysis
B: Citric acid cycle
C: Lactic acid fermentation
D: Chemiosmosis

4. Which property allows water to travel through a plant?
A: Adhesion
B: High specific heat
C: Cohesion
D: High heat of fusion

5. Where does the synthesis of glucose take place?
A: Cytoplasm
B: Stroma
C: Thykaloids
D: Matrix

Answer Key

1. A. Ribosomes are located in the cytoplasm of living cells; the process through which they synthesize protein is known as translation.
2. B. The endoplasmic reticulum is responsible for the creation and transport of cellular materials.
3. D. Chemiosmosis is the movement of hydrogen ions across a cell membrane during cell respiration.
4. C. Cohesion is the attraction of water molecules to one another.
5. A. Cytoplasm is found between the cell membrane and the nuclear envelope in a living cell.