NYSTCE Literacy

The NYSTCE Literacy 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 reading, writing, listening, and/or speaking in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

Foundations of Language and Literacy Development (9% of the exam)
Foundations of Literacy Instruction and Assessment (15%)
Role of the Literacy Professional (7%)
Reading & Writing: Foundational Skills (13%)
Text Complexity and Text Comprehension (14%)
Reading & Writing: Different Types of Text (10%)
Language and Vocabulary Development (12%)
Analysis, Synthesis, and Application (20%)

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

NYSTCE Literacy Practice Questions

1. What is the name for two or more adjacent consonants that combine to make a single sound without losing their separate identities?
A: Diphthong
B: Schwa
C: Phoneme
D: Consonant blend

2. What does the Dale-Chall formula measure?
A: The difficulty of a written passage
B: The literacy of a student
C: The complexity of a concept
D: The familiarity of vocabulary words

3. In which literacy method are new words and reading concepts introduced in sequence?
A: Phonics analysis
B: Basal reader
C: Programmed reading
D: Series reading

4. Which of the following is NOT one of the tools recommended by Grace Fernald?
A: Alphabet blocks
B: Writing trays
C: Tracing
D: Recitation

5. What is the name for the complex vowel sound created by two adjacent vowels?
A: Morpheme
B: Schwa
C: Phoneme
D: Diphthong

Answer Key

1. D. Two or more adjacent consonants that combine to make a single sound without losing their separate identities is known as a consonant blend. An example of a consonant blend is the ts sound in pits.
2. A. The Dale-Chall formula was the first readability index to count the number of difficult words instead of considering the relative difficulty of hard words.
3. B. Basal readers typically contain excerpts from various sources, which are sometimes edited to make them more or less difficult.
4. D. Fernald emphasized kinesthetic approaches to language acquisition.
5. D. An example of a diphthong is the oi sound in coil.