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Course SummaryAll the information you need to know to get a great score on the NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examinations) Earth Science exam is provided in the fun video and text lessons in this course. Quizzes are provided to test your knowledge of topics like the solar systems, minerals and more.
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About This Course
This study guide covers all the topics you need to know to prepare for the NYSTCE Earth Science test. The lessons get you ready for questions on all fields of science that deal with the planet Earth, including geology, hydrology and meteorology. The comprehensive materials present the information through easy-to-follow videos and transcripts so you are prepared to pass the exam and earn New York teacher certification. Utilize this study guide course on any tablet, computer or computer 24 hours a day to study at your convenience.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
Here you'll find lessons and chapters aligned with all of the subjects you'll need to understand in order to do well on exam day. As you prepare for the NYSTCE Earth Science exam, you'll review lessons on the history of Earth science, the structure of the Earth and Newton's laws, among many other subjects. After you finish this course, you should be prepared to:
- Discuss the characteristics of the planets in the solar system
- Detail the theories and parts of the universe
- Outline the atmospheric cycle, clouds and precipitation
- Define weather forecasting and conditions
- Explain the concept of climate change
- Identify rocks and minerals
- Describe tectonic plates and erosion
- Understand how to measure the characteristics of stars
- Outline geologic dating and time
- Detail the Earth's tectonic plates
- Explain the basics of coastal hazards
- Discuss air movement and distribution
In this professionally written test prep course, you'll find 32 chapters made up of a total of 274 lessons you can work through at your own pace. To make sure you've understood what you've learned, we've also included chapter tests and lesson quizzes you can use to assess your knowledge and readiness.
NYSTCE Earth Science Exam Information
The NYSTCE is a computer-based exam that is used to measure the knowledge and skills of teaching certification applicants in New York State; both general and content specialty tests (CSTs) are available. The Earth Science CST is available year round.
- Number of Questions: 91 questions
- Question Type: 90 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question
- Time Limit: Four hours
- Exam Cost: $134
NYSTCE Earth Science Exam Breakdown
|NYSTCE Earth Science Concept||Percent of the NYSTCE Earth Science Exam Score||Chapter Lessons|
|Foundations of Scientific Inquiry||25%||14|
|Geological Systems Constructed-Response Assignment||10%||25|
Preparing & Registering for the NYSTCE Earth Science Exam
Prepare for the earth science exam with the hundreds of videos in this chapter. The study guide is broken down into multiple chapters that you can complete at your own pace. Each chapter includes videos taught by experienced instructors as well as multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter test that helps assess your comprehension. You can also complete the practice final exam at any point to gauge if you are ready for test day or see what areas need extra review.
You can register for the earth science test online at the NYSTCE website. It's recommended to register at least 30 days in advance since registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll need to select a testing center and date, as well as set up an account that includes your contact information. On test day, you'll need to present a government-issued ID that includes your photo and signature.
Scoring the NYSTCE Earth Science Exam
Your score report will include a test status which indicates if you passed or did not pass. The minimum passing score for the earth science exam is 220. Scores are released six times a year, typically every other month beginning in February. The scores can be accessed online.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
These questions test your general understanding of the relationships between math, science and technology as well as your abilities to gather and interpret scientific data. Additionally, you should be able to understand the historical and contemporary context of the earth sciences and their application to the everyday life, such as assessing and predicting hazards like earthquakes, volcanoes and tornadoes. Additional questions cover the creation of mathematical models used in earth sciences, types of natural resources, and equipment and materials used in earth science investigations. This subcontent area makes up about 25% of the test questions.
The space questions on this test assess your knowledge of the structure, features and movements of the Earth, moon and sun. You should also be prepared to answer questions on the organization of the solar system, motions and life cycles of stars, and the technology used to study space systems. The origin of the universe, Milky Way Galaxy and solar system may be covered as well. Space systems questions comprise 18% of the test.
These questions check your understanding of the composition and properties of the Earth's atmosphere. You should be able to identify the physical properties of water as well as know the stages of cloud formation and precipitation. Additional test questions are designed to ensure you're familiar with weather systems and forecasting as well as the effects of energy transfers. Pollution and the effects of human activities on the global climate are also covered within this subsection, which makes up 22% of the Earth Science CST test.
Geological systems questions take up 14% of this test. These questions cover rocks and minerals, including their formation process and characteristics; you should be able to answer questions on classifying rocks as sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic. Other questions test your knowledge of the structure of the Earth, its crustal movements, and the weathering and erosion processes.
To be successful on these questions, you should have a good understanding of how water moves through the hydrologic cycle and be able to analyze local water budgets. The movement patterns of water on and below the surface are also covered as is the composition and properties of the Earth's oceans. These questions comprise 11% of the test questions.
Geological Systems: Constructed Response
This final subsection is the exam's constructed-response question and makes up the final 10% of the exam. You'll be given a question and asked to write a 150-300 word response. These questions are from the geological systems content area. This section makes up 10% of the test.
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