NES Test Registration Information

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You have researched the NES tests, and you know which one you need to take. But now you have to register. How do you register for an exam, and what does the exam cost? Do you need an ID for the test? Can you bring a calculator to the test? We will answer all your questions about NES registration.

In this article, we will give you details and tips about registration. We will let you know if you have access to a formula sheet and a calculator for your specific exam. This article will answer your questions about what happens if you fail an exam and whether you can retake it. We will give you lots of tips for registering for an exam, and after you’ve read this article, you will be fully prepared to get registered. Then you can begin studying for your exam.

Let’s get started.

How Do You Register for an NES Exam?

Registering for the NES exam is different for each state. Some states have you register on the NES website, while others send you to a state website. Here is how to register for a test:

  1. Go here and choose your state.
  2. Create an account with NES: You will need to create a password and enter personal information such as email, social security number, address, and birthdate.
  3. Register: Once you make your account, you are ready to register for an NES exam. Fill out the registration form and pay the test fee.
  4. Schedule the test: Select your test name and enter your zip code. It will give you a list of testing locations near you.

Once you register and pay for a test, you have one year to take the test. If you don’t take the test within that year, you will lose your test fee.

How Much Does it Cost to Register for an NES Exam?

Most NES exams cost $95, but there are a couple of exceptions. The Essential Academic Skills has four subtests, and you can take just one subtest or any combination of the four. The fees are $50 for one subtest, $75 for two subtests, $100 for three subtests, and $125 for all four subtests. The elementary Education test is also divided into two subtests. It costs $50 to take one subtest and $95 to take both.

You must use a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card to pay for the test when you register. If you don’t have a credit card or debit card, you can contact NES customer service to find out how to pay with a check.

It’s possible to get a fee waiver. To be eligible for a fee waiver, you must:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • currently be receiving financial aid
  • meet particular income eligibility guidelines

For more information about getting a fee waiver, visit the NES website here.

What Kind of ID Do You Need for the NES Test?

You do need an ID to take an NES exam. If you do not have a proper ID when you show up to the testing center, you won’t be allowed to enter, and you will be considered absent. This means that you won’t get a credit or a refund for the test fee. There are a few types of IDs that are unacceptable. These include student IDs, credit cards, social security cards, and international driver’s licenses.

The ID must be government-issued, with a picture, and match the name you registered. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • State ID
  • National ID
  • Military ID
  • Alien registration card

Also, if you have recently changed your name and the name on your ID doesn’t match the name you registered with, you must bring official documentation, such as an original marriage certificate or an original court order.

Your digital signature will be recorded at the testing site as well as either a palm scan or a digital picture. This is just to make sure it is indeed you who is taking the test. If you decline these, you won’t be allowed to test, and you won’t receive a refund or credit.

What are Some Day-of-Test Tips for an NES Test?

The day of the test has arrived, and you have put in countless hours studying. We have some tips to make sure you are successful:

  • Make sure to go to bed early the night before.
  • Plan out your route to the testing facility and take traffic into account so you don’t arrive late.
  • Have a good meal before the test. The last thing you want is to worry about being hungry during the test.
  • Make sure you have gathered items needed for the test.
  • Dress in layers. You never know what the temperature in the testing room will be.
  • Get to the test site early. If you are late, you won’t be allowed in.
  • Most important of all: RELAX! Being nervous will not help your test performance.

Dr. Kristy Mulkey offers a quick video containing more day-of and day-before tips!

Do You Get a Formula Sheet for an NES Exam?

You are not allowed to bring any notes into the exam room. However, several NES exams provide you with an on-screen formula sheet. Below are the exams with provided formula sheets and a link to the formula sheet:

Most of the science and chemistry exams also include an on-screen periodic table.

Do You Get a Calculator for an NES Exam?

You can’t bring a calculator to the testing center to use. However, some NES exams provide you with an on-screen calculator. These include:

  • Middle Grades Mathematics
  • Middle Grades General Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Physics

What Happens if You Fail an NES Exam?

If you fail an NES exam, you can retake it. You can retake an NES exam as many times as you need to. However, you will have to pay the test fees each time. If you can avoid retaking an NES exam, that is probably for the best. One way to ensure that you pass with flying colors is to invest in a great study guide and take a practice test. The practice test will show you where you need to focus your studying. The study guide will save you time because gathering information has been done for you. Check out this quick video from 240 CEO Scott Rozell explaining how the study guides are created. Go here for a test-aligned study guide and practice test.

How Long Do You Have to Wait Before You Can Retake an NES Exam?

If you want to retake an NES exam, you must wait 30 days from the original test date. If the exam you take is all multiple-choice, you will know your score as soon as you finish. You will get your official score report two weeks after you take the test. Once you know you want to retake an exam, you will have to register and pay the test fees again. Then schedule the retake exam at least 30 days past the original testing date.

If you want to avoid retaking an exam, or if you know you need to retake an exam, consider using a study guide and practice test. You can find test prep resources and practice tests for the most popular NES exams here. Check out “How To Prepare For (And Pass) The NES” for more preparation information.

Are There Any Other Registration Details to Know?

Certain NES exams are now available for online proctoring. This would allow you to take your test remotely from home, school, or work. Check the NES website for more information and to see if this option is offered for your exam.

Once you have registered and paid the fees for an NES test, you have one year to take an exam. If you schedule an exam and you want to change the date, you can do that by visiting your NES account. The latest you can change your test date is 24 hours before your exam. If you need to change which test you registered for, you must first withdraw your registration from the first exam, then register for the new exam.

You can withdraw your registration for an exam as long as it is at least 24 hours before the exam. To do this, you just need to visit your NES account and submit a withdrawal request. If you withdraw your registration, you can get a refund.

Once you register for your exam, consider investing in a great study guide and a practice test. A study guide aligned with your particular exam will save you time because someone else did the work of gathering the information. It could also potentially save you money since with a study guide you’re more likely to pass the NES exam the first time. Visit here to find study guides and practice tests for the most popular NES exams. Keep in mind that reliable study guides will be aligned with your specific NES exam and may come with a pass guarantee.

Check out all of our free NES study resources now!

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About the author: Kari Wasmer

Kari is a microscopist at an environmental testing company, but her passion is science education. She has experience writing and editing science textbooks and loves helping educators understand how to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In her free time, she enjoys gardening with her young daughters, sewing, and knitting.