NYSTCE Earth Science

The NYSTCE Earth Science test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach curriculum related to the earth sciences in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (25% of the exam); Space Systems (18%); Atmospheric Systems (22%); Geological Systems (14%); Water Systems (11%); and a Geological Systems constructed-response question (10%). The test consists of approximately 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Science: Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology

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NYSTCE Earth Science Practice Questions

1. Which bonds are common to substances with low boiling points?
A: Metallic
B: Covalent
C: Chemical
D: Ionic

2. What type of cloud has a flat bottom and a thick, rippling body?
A: Nimbus
B: Stratus
C: Cumulus
D: Cirrus

3. What is the name of the process through which magma deposits turns into minerals?
A: Crystallization
B: Evaporation
C: Precipitation
D: Condensation

4. Which of the following is most closely related to the volume of a sound?
A: Wavelength
B: Frequency
C: Amplitude
D: Pitch

5. What is the most abundant element in the crust of the Earth?
A: Oxygen
B: Carbon
C: Iron
D: Nitrogen

Answer Key

1. B. In a covalent bond, multiple atoms share some valence electrons. These bonds are common to substances with low boiling points
2. C. Cumulus clouds are caused by the rise of unstable air masses. These clouds are characterized by their flat bottoms and thick, rippling bodies.
3. A. In crystallization, the molecular structure of the magma becomes organized.
4. D. The pitch is generally considered as the “highness” or “lowness” of a sound. The pitch of a sound can depend on several different factors including the sound’s frequency.
5. A. The crust is the outermost layer of the Earth. The soil that makes up this upper layer typically contains a large amount of oxygen.