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Course SummaryIf you're looking for a way to quickly study for the NYSTCE Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), look no further than this helpful study guide course! Through a series of short lessons and assessments, you'll review and master all of the literacy concepts that appear on the exam.
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About This Course
Note: This course was discontinued in March 2017 and is no longer required to obtain an initial classroom teaching certificate.
Ensure you're prepared for questions on the NYSTCE Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) by utilizing the resources in this short course. Access entertaining video and text lessons to refresh your knowledge of how to use grammar correctly, gather information from a text, craft and structure texts, support arguments, evaluate sources and more. With each lesson is a multiple-choice quiz designed to assess your understanding of these topics. Once you've completed this course, you will have a good grasp of the following:
- Informational texts, narrative writing, inference, explicit reading and how to find the central idea
- Persuasive text, the impact of word choice, figurative language and structure in writing
- Author credibility, objective writing and how to evaluate arguments and find meaning in visual media
- Transition statements, syntax in writing, parts of an argument, the essay introduction and how to paraphrase without plagiarism
- Grammar mistakes, punctuation, capitalization rules, spelling and how to identify wrong word use
About the Exam
The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Academic Literacy Skills Test is one of four exams educators must take and pass to earn their initial teaching certificate in the state. The computer-based test (CBT) is divided into two competencies: reading and writing to sources. The reading competency consists of 40 select-response items worth 40% of the total score, and the writing to sources competency consists of two focused-response items and one extended-response item worth 60% of the total score. The exam is available year-round in New York State and across the nation, Monday through Saturday (except holidays). To pass, you must earn a minimum score of 520. Scores are typically released 3-5 weeks following the test date.
Preparing & Registering for the NYSTCE Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
This course offers the resources you need to easily and effectively study for the NYSTCE Academic Literacy Skills Test. Lessons are accessible from your computer or mobile devices anytime, day or night, enabling you to review important exam topics when convenient. Examine the lessons to brush up on your knowledge of texts, arguments, evaluation, writing and grammar, then take the short quiz with each lesson to test that knowledge. Chapter exams and a more comprehensive course exam are available to reinforce lesson concepts and gauge your readiness to take the exam. If you have questions about any lesson topic, feel free to submit them to our experts.
Exam registration for the computer-based test is available 24/7. To register, you must open an online account (you will be required to provide some personal information). This account will enable you to choose your test date and site and also share the educational institutions to which you would like your test scores sent. It is recommended that you register at least 30 days in advance of taking the test to ensure you secure the date and site you desire. On exam day, you will need to arrive 30 minutes early and bring one current, government-issued ID in English. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you could be denied admission and lose your refund. You are allowed to reschedule without penalty, however, if you do so at least 24 hours before your scheduled test time.
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