NYSTCE Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written

The NYSTCE Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach grades 5 – 12 in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Student Development and Learning (25% of the exam); Instruction and Assessment (38%); the Professional Environment (17%); and an Instruction and Assessment constructed-response question (20%). The test consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written Practice Questions

1. What is the primary factor that a teacher should consider before issuing a homework assignment?
A: The difficulty of the subject
B: The assignment’s effect on learning
C: The length of the school day
D: The age of the student

2. According to which theory of education is it necessary for a student to grasp the entirety of a concept?
A: Gestalt theory
B: Social learning theory
C: Structural learning theory
D: Constructivism

3. Which of the following is NOT an example of informal assessment?
A: An observation checklist
B: A chapter test
C: Anecdotal observations
D: A teacher/student conference

4. Who promoted the idea that behavior is based on rewards and reinforcement?
A: Freud
B: Erikson
C: Darwin
D: Skinner

5. Which of the following best describes standardized testing?
A: Subject-referenced
B: Criterion-referenced
C: Norm-referenced
D: Data-referenced

Answer Key

1. B. In other words, homework should only be assigned to the extent that it improves learning outcomes.
2. A. According to gestalt theory, crucial concepts cannot be broken down into smaller parts without sacrificing meaning.
3. B. Informal assessment enables teachers to adjust their methods depending on the progress made by the class.
4. D. Skinner asserted that the only way to accurately measure behavior is by observing overt phenomena.
5. C. A student’s performance on a standardized test is compared to the scores of similar students.