NYSTCE Chemistry

The NYSTCE Chemistry test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach chemistry in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (19% of the exam); Matter and Atomic Structure (16%); Energy, Chemical Bonds, and Molecular Structure (16%); Chemical Reactions (16%); Stoichiometry and Solutions (13%); Interactions of Chemistry and the Environment (10%); 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 Chemistry Practice Questions

1. How many bonding pairs of electrons are there in Cl2?
A: 1
B: 2
C: 4
D: 6

2. What are the columns in the Periodic Table called?
A: Series
B: Systems
C: Groups
D: Periods

3. What kind of spin do unpaired electrons in degenerate orbitals have?
A: Diagonal
B: Perpendicular
C: Opposite
D: Parallel

4. What is the SI unit of energy?
A: Kelvin
B: Joule
C: Ohm
D: Erg

5. Which of the following colors is composed of waves with the longest wavelengths?
A: Blue
B: Red
C: Yellow
D: Violet

Answer Key

1. A. A bonding electron has an orbit that extends around the entire molecule.
2. C. Each group in the Periodic Table is composed of elements with similar attributes.
3. D. Degenerate orbitals have the same energy level.
4. B. A joule is the amount of energy that is expended (equal to the work that is performed) when a one-newton force acts over a distance of one meter.
5. B. The basic spectrum in order of descending wavelength is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.