State Exams

What exams do I need to take?

Exam requirements depend on when you intend to complete your degree. 

For more information, please refer to the updated information regarding the New York State Certification Exam (pdf).

What are the new teacher certification exams?

Candidates who are applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 must take and pass:

  • the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), which replaces the LAST (liberal arts and sciences test)
  • the Educating All Students Test (EAS), which replaces the ATS-W (assessment of teaching skills-written)
  • revised CSTs (Content Specialty Tests)-by subject area
  • multi-subject CST- by developmental level (ie. if you are seeking Childhood certification, you must take the childhood multi-subject CST).*
  • And the edTPA-by subject area

* Note that there are four Multi-Subject tests available for four different grade levels. Each Multi-Subject test has three parts. Part Three is shared by all four Multi-Subject tests; therefore, if you are seeking more than one Multi-Subject certificate, you need to pass Part Three only once.

More details can be found on the website for the New York State Certification exams, at:

How can candidates prepare for the new teacher certification exams?

The New York State Education Department has distributed frameworks for the new exams, as well as preparation guides. You can find these documents below and through the NYSTCE link above.

ALST Framework & Prep Guide

EAS Framework & Prep Guide

CST Multi-Subject Framework & Prep Guide

Multi-subject Early Childhood (birth-grade 2):

Multi-subject Childhood (grades 1-6):

Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) Framework & Prep Guide

School Building Leader Assessments


How do I register for the exams?

Exam registration and information is available at  

Are exams required for graduation from Bank Street?


How many students successfully complete the exams?

Annual Institution Report for the academic year 2010-2011:

Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST) – 99% pass rate
Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) – 100% pass rate.