NYSTCE Gifted Education

The NYSTCE Gifted Education test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on the test indicates that you are qualified to teach students that are considered gifted in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

Foundations of Gifted Education and Professional Practice (13% of the exam)
Development and Characteristics of Students Who Are Gifted and Talented (13%)
Assessment, Evaluation, and Differentiated Education Plans (14%)
Learning Environments, Social Interactions, and Communication (13%)
Planning and Instruction (14%)
Gifted Services and Collaboration (13%)
Analysis, Synthesis, and Application (20%)

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

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NYSTCE Gifted Education Practice Questions

1. Which of the following statements about gifted children is NOT true?
A: Gifted children have fewer problems than other children.
B: The intellectual and emotional development of gifted children may not be concurrent.
C: Gifted children are more likely to be afraid of failure.
D: Gifted children are prone to boredom.

2. Giving students a broad selection of subject matter encourages _____ thinking.
A: iconoclastic
B: repetitious
C: divergent
D: conversant

3. Who asserted that gifted children are likely to exhibit high levels of psychomotor energy?
A: Piaget
B: Dabrowski
C: Erikson
D: Montessori

4. Which of the following is NOT typically greater among students who score above average on standardized tests?
A: Social adjustment
B: Poise
C: Organization
D: Physical size

5. What is the best assessment vehicle for students’ creative writing?
A: Portfolios
B: Pop quizzes
C: Recitations
D: Interviews

Answer Key

1. A. Being gifted can, indeed, create a whole new array of problems for children.
2. C. Gifted students should be given as much freedom with their curriculum as possible.
3. B. Dabrowski identified five areas of common overexcitability in gifted children: psychomotor, sensual, emotional, intellectual, and imaginational.
4. C. Academically advanced students also tend to be more physically and socially developed than their peers.
5. A. A writing portfolio is a way for students to take a holistic look at their coursework.