NYSTCE Family and Consumer Sciences

The NYSTCE Family and Consumer Sciences 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 family and consumer sciences in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

Nutrition, Food, and Wellness (10% of the exam)
Human Development (10%)
Family Studies and Parenting (10%)
Interpersonal and Family Relationships and Community Connections (10%)
Education and Early Childhood (10%)
Textiles and Design (10%)
Consumer Skills and Resource Management (10%)
Workplace Skills and Careers (10%)

The test consists of approximately 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Family and Consumer Sciences Practice Questions

1. According to the general adaptation syndrome theory of stress, the human body tends towards _____.
A: exhaustion
B: improvement
C: anxiety
D: homeostasis

2. Which kind of food-borne infection is associated with improper canning?
A: Salmonella
B: E. Coli
C: Botulism
D: Influenza

3. Which of the following is the most important consideration for a first-time homebuyer with small children?
A: Proximity to elementary schools
B: Cost
C: Neighborhood safety
D: Availability of social services

4. About how many calories does an average male consume every day?
A: 1000
B: 1700
C: 2600
D: 3900

5. Which of the following substances can be flushed down the toilet without endangering the environment?
A: Pesticides
B: Transmission fluid
C: Oil paint
D: Antifreeze

Answer Key

1. D. Homeostasis is the physiological state of balance.
2. C. Botulism is extremely rare, but extremely dangerous.
3. C. Child safety must always be the top priority for a parent.
4. A. The average male consumes approximately 1000 calories every day while the average female consumes about 2000 calories every day.
5. D. As long as the toilet is connected to a sewer system, it is safe to flush antifreeze.