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Exam News

GRE no longer required for certified teachers with master’s

As of December 13, 2017, certified teachers who already hold a graduate degree are exempted from the GRE admission requirement for CUNY’s graduate-level teacher and educational leader programs.

NYSED implements safety nets for EAS and CST

The EAS safety net has been extended until 2018, and a CST safety net is also in place.

NYSED extends edTPA safety net.

Students must take the edTPA! The Regents enacted a process for candidates who do not pass the edTPA to take the ATS-W for certification.  Safety nets are extended through June 30, 2018.

Preparation Guides for the New Content Specialty Tests Posted

New York State has released preparation guides for the new Content Specialty Tests. The first administration of the new exams began in fall 2014 and new exams continue to roll out.

Overview of the New Certification Examinations

New York State Education Department requires that candidates applying for NYS Initial Certification on or after May 1st, 2014 complete exams which are listed below. Several of these are computer-based tests. After you sort through all this new information, CUNY has created a study tip sheet just for you called 5 Steps to Prep!


edTPA is a performance assessment that requires candidates to submit authentic artifacts (e.g., lesson plans, video clips of instruction, student work samples) selected from a 3-5 lesson segment of instruction. Candidates’ evidence is evaluated across five scoring components of teaching: Planning, Instruction, Assessment, Analysis of Teaching, and Academic Language.

Procedures and Requirements

  • Register on edTPA website
  • Fee $300
  • Minimum Passing Scores: Elementary Ed/49, All other handbook areas/41, World/Classical Langauges/35

Preparation Aids


The CSTs (except those for languages other than English) consist of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CSTs for languages other than English include recorded listening and/or speaking components and writing components. CSTs measure knowledge and skills in the content area of the candidate’s field of certification.

Procedures and Requirements

  • Register on NYSTCE website
  • Fee $119 computer based, $79 paper based
  • Minimum Passing Score: current CSTs 220 (score range 100-300), revised CSTs 520 (Score range 400-600)

Preparation Aids


The Educating All Students test consists of selected-response items and constructed-response items. Each constructed-response item will share scenario-based stimulus material with several selected-response items. The EAS test measures the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to teach all students – diverse student populations, English language learners, students with disabilities – effectively in New York State public schools.

Procedures and Requirements

Preparation Aids