NYSTCE Liberal Arts and Sciences Test

The NYSTCE Liberal Arts and Sciences test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach the liberal arts and sciences in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Scientific, Mathematical, and Technological Processes (23% of the exam); Historical and Social Scientific Awareness (19%); Artistic Expression and the Humanities (19%); Communication and Research Skills (19%); and Written Analysis and Expression (20%). The NYSTCE LAST test consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Liberal Arts and Sciences Test Practice Questions

1. What physical property is defined as the ability to do work?
A: Energy
B: Torque
C: Power
D: Velocity

2. What property does the reduction of a fraction to its lowest terms illustrate?
A: Additive identity
B: Associative property
C: Multiplicative identity
D: Distributive property

3. What is the boiling point of water in degrees Kelvin?
A: 373
B: 0
C: 173
D: 100

4. Which of the following research approaches is most commonly used in sociology?
A: Content analysis
B: Participant observation
C: Historical regression
D: Case study

5. What is the least important aspect of mathematics instruction for struggling students?
A: Multiplication
B: Air-tight proof of mathematical principles
C: Exhaustive coverage of basic concepts
D: Common applications of mathematical knowledge

Answer Key

1. A. Energy can be expressed in a number of ways and can be used to describe the ability to perform work in certain scientific disciplines such as electricity and mechanics.
2. C. In other words, when both the numerator and denominator are multiplied by the same number, the ratio between the two numbers remains constant.
3. A. On the Kelvin scale, absolute zero is equal to zero degrees.
4. D. A case study is a detailed analysis of an individual phenomenon.
5. B. Students should get a firm foundation of conceptual knowledge before moving on to proofs.