For our first discussion topic, let's talk Teacher Certification exams. As we know, all future educators are required to take a series of exams to become a licensed teacher in New York State: The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills (AST-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST). Remember, it is essential to begin preparing for the exams as soon as possible and avoid saving them for the last minute. It is wise to complete all exams before you apply for student teaching your senior year!
All freshmen should have already registered for the LAST exam. St. John's offers various preparation courses throughout the semester, which students can sign up for in Sullivan Hall room G-06. Finally, it is important for students to inform the Dean's Office of the status of all exams and report scores as soon as they arrive.
For more information on the NYSTCE, visit http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/index.asp. The website even offers practice exam questions and helpful study guides!
Further information can be found on the St. John's website, http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/index.asp.
Tell us: Which exams have you taken? What did you think? How did you prepare for the exam and what advice do you have for students about to take it?
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