NYSTCE Health Education

The NYSTCE Health Education 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 health in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

Health Promotion (16% of the exam)
Risk Reduction (16%)
Personal and Social Health Skills (16%)
Health Literacy Skills (16%)
Health Education Program Planning (16%)
Pedagogical Content Knowledge (20%)

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

NYSTCE Health Education Practice Questions

1. The chemicals that initiate and regulate body functions are known as _____.
A: hormones
B: bloods
C: biles
D: glands

2. Which of the following is the body’s main source of energy?
A: Proteins
B: Fats
C: Carbohydrates
D: Electrolytes

3. Which of the following is NOT a principle of conditioning?
A: Overload
B: Specificity
C: Definition
D: Progression

4. Which part of the eye controls the amount of light that enters?
A: Retina
B: Iris
C: Cornea
D: Glaucoma

5. Which of the following is NOT a depressant?
A: Hypnotics
B: Barbiturates
C: Tranquilizers
D: Hallucinogens

Answer Key

1. A. Hormones are produced by body tissues and introduced to the bloodstream where they are transported throughout the body.
2. C. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. Carbohydrates include substances such as sugars, starches, celluloses, and gums.
3. C. In conditioning, overload is the practice of attempting to lift extremely heavy weights; specificity is concentration on limited muscle groups; and progression is the orderly sequencing of exercises for maximum effect.
4. B. The iris is placed between the cornea and the lens, and is partially bisected by the pupil.
5. D. Hallucinogens primarily affect perception, but they can actually stimulate the central nervous system as well.