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Understanding The Structure Of The NES

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Are you preparing for an NES exam and want to know how many questions are on the test? You have come to the right place. The answer is that it varies. You’re probably also wondering what types of questions are on the NES exam, and whether there are any essay questions. We’ll help you figure it out.

In this article, we will break down the number and type of questions for the most popular exams. We’ll explain the different types of questions and even tell you how they’re scored. There are a few tips thrown in here and there for the best ways to study for an NES exam. We will also point you toward some excellent study resources for the exams.

Keep reading to get the answers you need.

How many questions are on the NES?

The number of questions on an NES exam varies by test. Below is a table showing the amount and type of questions on the most popular exams:

What kinds of questions are on the NES?

The majority of NES exams consist of multiple-choice questions, but some exams also include a written assignment. In both of the Assessment of Professional Knowledge exams, there is a written case study and a written work product. The Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing also includes a written assignment.

To prepare for these types of questions, make sure to take a practice test aligned with the NES test you are going to take. (You can find practice tests here.) When doing the written portion of the practice test, focus on organizing your thoughts before you start writing. Doing this will help you make your response as clear and concise as possible.

Are there any essay questions on the NES?

In both of the Assessment of Professional Knowledge exams, there is a written case study and a written work product. The case study falls under the Assessment, Construction, and the Learning Environment content domain and is worth 10% of your score. The work product written assignment falls under the Professional Environment content domain and is worth 10% of your score.

The Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing also has a written assignment. The written assignment portion of the test is worth 25% of your score.

In all these written assignments, you will be assigned a topic to write about. Take your time organizing a response and communicate your message to the specified audience. The written assignments will be scored on a scale from one to four, with four being the highest. You can also score a U, which means the response is unrelated, unreadable, or not in English. If you don’t respond, you will get a score of B.

More information related to answering constructed-response questions like these is available here.

What are the best resources for studying for the NES?

Studying for an NES exam can seem scary. To start, you might want to read all about your particular test on the NES website here. When you click on which exam you plan to take, you can see testing tips and sample questions, as well as information on how the test is organized and structured.

Also, look into using a high-quality study guide and practice test. Taking a practice test early on in your test preparation can help you figure out your weaknesses and pinpoint the areas in which you need to focus your studying. Having a great study guide will save you a lot of time. An excellent study guide aligned with your specific test will practically guarantee a passing score (and some study guides, like those from 240 Tutoring, even come with a pass guarantee). To find a study guide and practice test for your NES exam, visit here.

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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.