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  • Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, so you can focus your study effectively.

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Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the NES Essential Academic Skills exam and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

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NES Essential Academic Skills Exam at a Glance:
SubtestsQuestionsTime
Subtest I: Reading (001)45 multiple-choice questions1 hour and 15 minutes
Subtest II: Writing (002)36 multiple-choice questions and 1 written assignment1 hour and 30 minutes
Subtest III: Mathematics (003)45 multiple-choice questions1 hour and 15 minutes

NES Essential Academic Skills Quick Facts

Cost

$50 for one Essential Academic Skills subtest
$75 for any two Essential Academic Skills subtests
$100 for any three Essential Academic Skills subtests
$125 for all four Essential Academic Skills subtests

What to Bring

To take the NES Essential Academic Skills exam, you must present an originalgovernment-issuedvalid (non-expired) identification that has your photograph, full name, and signature. Make sure to bring the ID with you on the day of the test to the testing center. For most test-takers, a valid driver’s license or United States Passport is a valid ID.

Dates and Locations

NES assessments are offered by appointment only throughout the year, You can use this link to search for dates and test centers for your exam.

Scoring

220 is the national passing score. Be sure to check your state’s certification page to check for your that state’s passing score.

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NES Essential Academic Skills FAQs

Do I get a break during the NES Essential Academic Skills exam?

Break policies vary depending on the exam you are taking. If your exam includes a scheduled break, instructions will appear on the computer screen at the appropriate time and will indicate how long of a break is allowed.

How do I pass the NES Essential Academic Skills test?

To pass the NES Essential Academic Skills exam, you must first understand what is on the exam and what you will be expected to know. Once you identify areas of weakness, you can begin targeting those areas with instructional content and practice questions.

How long will the NES Essential Academic Skills exam?

The full test takes 4 hours, but expect to be at the testing site longer. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to get checked in.

When will I receive my score report for the NES Essential Academic Skills exam?

A scaled scored is given immediately after the exam, however a score reports will be received within two weeks after the exam.

What should expect on test day for my NES Essential Academic Skills exam?

You can use the the following NES pdf to learn more about what to expect on test day!