NYSTCE Physical Education

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

Individual Growth and Development (18% of the exam)
Health-Related Fitness (22%)
Movement Concepts, Skills, and Activities (22%)
Physical Education Curriculum and Pedagogy (18%)
Pedagogical Content Knowledge (20%)

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

NYSTCE Physical Education Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a type of joint?
A: Fixed
B: Hinge
C: Switch
D: Ball and socket

2. What is the name for a combination of walking and running in which one leg is always in front of the other?
A: Crawl
B: Slide
C: Skip
D: Gallop

3. Which of the following is a field game?
A: Softball
B: Jai alai
C: Badminton
D: Croquet

4. Which of the following is NOT a result of cardiovascular fitness?
A: Lower HDL cholesterol levels
B: Lower LDL cholesterol levels
C: Lower heart rate
D: Lower blood pressure

5. Which type of muscle is the most common in the human body?
A: Cardiac
B: Skeletal
C: Smooth
D: Rough

Answer Key

1. C. Examples of the three types of joints are the skull (fixed), wrist (hinge), and hip (ball and socket).
2. D. Skipping is similar to galloping except that it is a combination of running and jumping in which the legs alternate position.
3. A. Jai alai and badminton are court games, and croquet is considered a target game.
4. A. Cardiovascular fitness does not reduce an individual’s HDL cholesterol level. In fact, it actually leads to high levels of this beneficial form of cholesterol.
5. B. Skeletal muscles are typically voluntary, which means that they only act upon command.