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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 enrolled or recently enrolled in an educational leadership preparation program in New York

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

Current Field Test Opportunities

  • NYSTCE School Building Leader Part 1 (select PTNL109 when scheduling)
  • NYSTCE School Building Leader Part 2 (select PTNL110 when scheduling)

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.

Test Information

The School Building Leader Part 1 field test consists of several multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response assignments. The School Building Leader Part 2 field test consists of 2 constructed-response assignments. Both field tests are administered during a 135-minute test session. Approximately 20 minutes of the session is dedicated to the presentation of a computer-based testing tutorial and a short 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

Scheduling Information

School Building Leader field testing begins May 4, 2020. You may schedule an appointment starting April 20, 2020.

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.

*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.

Last updated 2020-05-01