NYSTCE Social Studies CST (005) Test Information

New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE Social Studies)

The New York State Teacher Certification Examination series are exams designed by New York State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). NYSTCE subject tests are designed to test candidates wishing certification to enter the New York educator system. The tests are required by all candidates who want to teach various subjects in New York public schools. The NYSTCE Social Studies test is test if candidates posses the needed knowledge and skills to teach social studies in the New York public educator system.

NYSTCE Registration – All Subject Areas

The NYSTCE social studies test is administered by Pearson Education, Inc. The test can be taken all year round except on Sundays and some public holidays.

Social Studies (CST 005) Exam Content


Economics                                                      12%
History                                                            35%
Geography                                                      15%
Social Studies Skills                                       12%
Civics, Citizenship and Government             16%
History: Constructed response                       10%


Test Format

The NYSTCE Social Studies test is administered as a computer based exam. It consists of 90 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response question. The main exam is timed for 4 hours. Results are presented in scale form and candidates would require a score of at least 220 to pass the test. Statement of results would be mailed 3 to 5 weeks after taking the test.

Tips for taking a computer based exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies Practice Tests

NYSCE Social Studies Practice Test Questions! Practice questions prepared by a dedicated team of experts! Includes: World History, US History, Economics, Geography, Social Studies concepts and methods, Civics and Government – Everything you need for NYSTCE prep!

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