NYSTCE Communication and Quantitative Skills Test

The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) were developed by the New York State Board of Education to ensure that all teachers have the knowledge and ability to provide a quality education to the children of New York. All prospective teachers desiring to obtain New York State Initial Certificates in CTE Fields – Option B are required to take the NYSTCE Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (test code 080).

The NYSTCE Communication and Quantitative Skills Test includes three subareas: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. You will have four hours to complete the 100 selected-response questions on this computer-based test. A score of 220 is required to pass.

The first subarea, Reading, assesses your knowledge of basic vocabulary words, synonyms, antonyms, and recognizing commonly misused pairs of words. You will read passages and be asked to identify the main idea, topic sentence, introductory statements, summary statements, and select an accurate restatement of the key idea. You will also be required to organize instructions into their proper order, identify cause and effect, and interpret information from various tables, graphs, and charts.

The second subarea, Writing, evaluates your knowledge and proper use of verbs (subject-verb agreement, verb tense, and consistency of verb tense), identify agreement between a pronoun and its antecedent, possessive pronouns, relative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, comparative and superlative modifiers, proper sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

The third subarea, Mathematics, covers content such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and percentages. You will also have to demonstrate your ability to use these operations to solve problems encountered in everyday life (e.g., recipes, money, grades, discounts, weights, measurements).

Mometrix, the world’s #1 test preparation company, has developed the NYSTCE Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST) practice test to prepare you for success on this exam. Our practice test covers the same material as the actual test and includes answers and detailed explanations of those answers so that you can clearly understand which questions you missed and why you missed them. This is your first step to achieving success on the NYSTCE Communication and Quantitative Skills Test.

NYSTCE Communication and Quantitative Skills Test Practice Questions

1. Find the mean of the number set 28, 25, 29, 24, and 29.
A: 24
B: 27
C: 29
D: 31

2. Find the product: -2x2(3x2 – 4x + 7)
A: 6x4 + 4x3 – 14x2
B: -6x4 – 8x3 + 14x2
C: -6x4 + 8x3 – 14x2
D: 6x4 – 8x3 – 14x2

3. Correct the underlined part of the following sentence: Dave’s brother never has and never will be reliable.
A: never had
B: not ever has
C: hardly never has
D: never has been

4. Correct the underlined part of the following sentence: Now place your hands on your hips like Darryl just did.
A: as Darryl just did.
B: like Darryl’s.
C: as Darryl just done.
D: like Darryl just done.

5. Which of the following illustrates the associative law of multiplication?
A: abc = abc
B: a + b x c = a x b + c
C: (a x b) x c = a x (b x c)
D: a x b = b x a

Answer Key

1. B. The mean of a set of numbers is the same thing as the average. To find the mean, add all of the numbers in the set together and divide the sum by the number of terms in the set.
2. C. When terms with a common variable are multiplied, the exponents for each variable are added.
3. D. In order to maintain an appropriate parallel structure, the entire verb form must be included. This means that each of the clauses in the sentence must include the verb “be” in some form so the first section of the sentence “Dave’s brother never has” should be replaced with “Dave’s brother never has been.”
4. A. The word as should be used rather than like in front of a clause.
5. C. The associative law of multiplication is that quantities can be multiplied in any order to generate the same product.