Important notice concerning testing in areas affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus):

Updated February 14, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and in accordance with local government guidance, Pearson VUE is temporarily closing its mainland China testing centers and suspending exam delivery through our third-party mainland China test center network.

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are seeking candidates who meet the qualifications indicated below to participate in a field test of items that may appear on future NYSTCE test forms. Field test participants will receive incentives upon verification of participation.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation

Participants may only take field tests for which they are qualified. To be qualified to take this field test, participants must meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a junior, senior or graduate student enrolled or recently enrolled in an education preparation program in New York.

Educator preparation faculty are not eligible to participate in the field test.

Current Field Test Opportunities

Field Test Registration Code Field Test Design Field Test Availability Session Timing and Other Important Details
NYSTCE Biology PTNY960 2 Constructed-Response Assignments (Essays) Schedule appointments beginning: 1/6/20

Appointments available on/after: 1/21/20
2 hours, 15 minutes
(includes 10-minute tutorial & 5-minute survey)
NYSTCE Chemistry PTNY961 2 Constructed-Response Assignments (Essays) Schedule appointments beginning: 1/6/20

Appointments available on/after: 1/21/20
2 hours, 15 minutes
(includes 10-minute tutorial & 5-minute survey)

Scientific Calculator available during exam (built-in to exam
NYSTCE Earth Science PTNY962 2 Constructed-Response Assignments (Essays) Schedule appointments beginning: 1/6/20

Appointments available on/after: 1/21/20
2 hours, 15 minutes
(includes 10-minute tutorial & 5-minute survey)
NYSTCE Physics PTNY963 2 Constructed-Response Assignments (Essays) Schedule appointments beginning: 1/6/20

Appointments available on/after: 1/21/20
2 hours, 15 minutes
(includes 10-minute tutorial & 5-minute survey)

Scientific Calculator available during exam (built-in to exam delivery)
NYSTCE Music PTNY165 40 Multiple-Choice Questions

1 Constructed-Response Assignment (Essay)
Schedule appointments beginning: 1/21/20

Appointments available on/after: 2/3/20
2 hours, 15 minutes
(includes 10-minute tutorial & 5-minute survey)

Field Test includes audio/media requiring headphones (provided at test center)
NYSTCE Theater PTNY166 40 Multiple-Choice Questions

1 Constructed-Response Assignment (Essay)
Schedule appointments beginning: 1/21/20

Appointments available on/after: 2/3/20
2 hours, 15 minutes
(includes 10-minute tutorial & 5-minute survey)
NYSTCE Visual Arts PTNY167 40 Multiple-Choice Questions

1 Constructed-Response Assignment (Essay)
Schedule appointments beginning: 1/21/20

Appointments available on/after: 2/3/20
2 hours, 15 minutes
(includes 10-minute tutorial & 5-minute survey)

Eligible participants may complete up to two (2) field test forms. The second registration can only be scheduled after the first field test session is completed (consecutive field test appointments are not available).

Field test results will be analyzed as group data only and will be kept confidential. Score information will not be provided to participants or institutions.

If you have any questions about this field test, please email NYSTCEfieldtest@pearson.com.

*Field test vouchers are only for the NYSTCE program and cannot be used for edTPA.

**Incentives will be distributed 6–8 weeks after the close of the field test window.

Advantages of Participating

You will have the opportunity to view and respond to test items that may appear on future versions of NYSTCE exams. Participants who register for and complete a field test can choose to receive a $100 NYSTCE voucher to be applied to future test fees OR one $50 Barnes and Noble e-Gift Card.

Other advantages of field test participation include:

  • providing input into the test that will be taken by future educators,
  • gauging professional knowledge by taking actual test items, and
  • gaining practical testing experience.

Scheduling Information

After you schedule a field test appointment, Pearson VUE will email you a confirmation listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of your test center, and directions to the test center.

If you are unable to keep a field test appointment, please cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled test time.

Last updated 2020-02-17