How to Pass the ALST: Part 1

The ALST. It’s a test that every teaching candidate enrolled in any teacher preparatory program in New York is familiar with. ALST stands for “Academic Literacy Skills Test”, and it is the first test you have to take in the process of becoming a certified teacher in New York. I remember being a freshman and being terrified of this test, but I’m on the other side of things now, and would like to tell you that it is indeed possible to pass this test. Keep reading, because I’d like to share with you a few steps, a few specifics, for passing:

  1. Nyack Offers ALST Workshops: Go to Them

Dr. Buel, one of the professors in the Education Department at Nyack College, often holds workshops on how to pass some of the State Tests, including the ALST. This woman knows her stuff. Take advantage of these opportunities and attend her free workshops. There’s often a sign-up in the Education Lab, and watch your email for the schedule of the workshops. I can’t believe that these workshops are free too, how cool is that?

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  1. Create an Account on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations Website:

Write down your account information for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, and keep it in a secure location that you can find. You will need to use this account throughout your years in the Education Program. Also, save all your score reports in a folder on your email, because you might need to look up your scores in the future.

  1. Sign Up at The Right Time:

Have a conversation with your advisor about when is the best time for you to take the test. There are many different programs offered at Nyack, but typically you need to take it before you can officially be accepted into The School of Education and take your junior level classes.

  1. Sign Up for The Right Thing:

Once you have an account, you will need to register to take your test. This is a two-part process in which you’ll be given the okay to actually sign-up for your test after one business day. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that simply registering for a test means that you’re scheduled for one. Also, double check the test code to make sure you are registering for the right one. If you don’t know your test code, ask your professors. They would love to answer your questions.

  1. Take the Practice Test:

They offer a practice test on the same website you register for the test. The test is $29.95, and a great idea to become familiar with the format of the test, which is half the battle.

These are some of the logistical concerns about successfully passing the ALST. In my next post, I’m going to share some strategies to become a pro at studying for this thing. I wish you all the best in passing this exam. The God of galaxies unknown to us thinks you’re more valuable than sparrows and fine art. He cares about you passing the ALST. Be comforted, my friends, and keep the joy. I’ve been there too.

Ready for more?  Check out Passing the ALST Part 2!