Summer Update on State Certification Tests for Graduate Students

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Tuesday July 2, 2013

Summer Update on State Certification Tests for Graduate Students

Please keep in mind that the certification exams for New York State change this Fall.  You will need to prepare yourself for the costs and dates.  There are still many unknowns, but what we do know is available on the test provider's website (  Some of the highlights have been reprinted here, along with their implications for you.

Please read everything carefully.


Important Announcement About Paper-Based Testing for Some NYSTCE Tests

Posted June 6th on the NYSTCE website:

"Effective September 1, 2013, the following NYSTCE tests will be offered only on computer at Pearson computer-based testing centers. They will no longer be offered at paper-based administrations. The last paper-based administration for these tests will be July 20, 2013. See "Test Dates" for information about registration deadlines. To find a Pearson computer-based testing center near you, go to .

  • Multi-Subject CST
  • Students with Disabilities CST"

Keep in mind that the computer-based testing is more convenient but also more expensive (Details: The ESOL CST exam will remain paper-based for now.


2013–2014 Test Dates

2013-2014 test registration has not opened yet, but now is the time to prepare.  Please note that passing scores on certification exams are required before admission to Internship/Student Teaching.  For those of you looking to complete Internship/Student Teaching in Spring 2014:

  • All Spring 2014 Interns must be prepared to register by September 13th for both the new Academic Literacy Skills Test and Educating All Students Tests, since that is the paper-based test registration deadline.  There may or may not be a computer-based option for either test--that level of registration information has not yet been released on the new tests.  The new edTPA based in Internship/Student Teaching is estimated to be $300, so please plan for that too. 
  • Spring 2014 TESOL Interns: the only paper-based test administration in the Fall for the ESOL CST requires registration by September 13th.   
  • Spring 2014 Childhood Ed/Special Ed Interns: the computer-based CST(s) must registered for by September as well so passing test scores are received in a timely fashion.

Those of you in the Additional Certification programs should only need to take the CST(s) for State certification.  You will be constructing the edTPA during Practicum as a College culminating project but will not need to officially submit it for certification purposes, as it is an initial certification requirement.  Take the CST(s) near the end of your final semester/Practicum so you are best prepared.


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