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- Fully assess your starting knowledge
- Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, so you can focus your study effectively.
We’re here to help you get in the classroom! Start your journey by taking our free NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading practice test.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to study. Our guides are aligned to the exact standards of the official NES exam and structured so you build on the concepts you need to know. Use the “search” feature to see where any particular standard appears within the guide.
Study Guides are organized into learning modules and then smaller sections that include instructional content and videos, flash cards, and quizzes. Explanations are provided for each of the choices, so you understand why an answer is correct.
Each study guide comes equipped with full-length practice tests. Full of authentic and test-aligned questions, these practice tests mimic the test day experience to ensure you arrive on test day ready to pass!
45 selected response questions with a 1 hour and 15 minute time limit.
$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
To take the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading (001) exam, you must present an original, government-issued, valid (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.
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.
220 is the national passing score. Be sure to check your state’s certification page to check for your that state’s passing score.
With over 60 years of combined teaching experience and advanced degrees, our education experts work countless hours to methodically evaluate the content and condense it down to test-aligned study guides guaranteed to help you pass.
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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.
To pass the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading (001) 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.
The full test takes 1 hours and 15 minutes, but expect to be at the testing site longer. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to get checked in.
A scaled scored is given immediately after the exam, however a score reports will be received within two weeks after the exam.
You can use the the following NES pdf to learn more about what to expect on test day!