Free ATAS Test (95) NYSTCE Teacher Assistant Practice Prep

On this page, you will find info about the NYSTCE Teacher Assistant ATAS Test(95), practice questions, outline, registration, score, and passing tips, Let’s begin.


What Is the Teaching Assistant Skills(ATAS) Assessment?

The ATAS is a 100-question computer-based test, lasting 3 hours and 15 minutes, and consists of four subareas that address the skills and knowledge that teaching assistants are expected to possess Reading, Writing, Math, and Instructional Support.

A teaching assistant (paraprofessional or paraeducator) assists a classroom teacher in a variety of ways. Teaching assistants must possess basic skills in the core subject areas in order to fulfill their roles. Additionally, teaching assistants provide teachers with focused instructional aid.

Please note that JobTestPrep’s PrepPack provides excellent comprehensive practice for every type of ATAS 95 question that could be asked on the actual test. Using our teachers' aide practice resources and study guides will significantly improve your chances of acing the Teaching Assistant Skills test, ensuring that you are listed among the top candidates for the position.

Free Online Teacher Assistant Exam(NYSTCE) Practice Questions

The following questions are samples of the ones you may encounter on the actual exam. Test yourself by answering them.

Reading Question Vocabulary

INQUIRY means the same as:

A. Trial.

B. Investigation.

C. Interpret.

D. Report.

E. Doubt.


The correct answer is (B)- Investigation

An inquiry is defined as an investigation into an incident, as well as seeking for truth, information ‎or knowledge.

Reading Question - Verbal Reasoning

Zynga, the gaming giant behind Facebook phenomena such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, and Frontierville, grows one thing advertisers want: mass reach. Zynga has 250 million people playing its games - and interacting with marketers' ads. It is building a media giant out of tiny transactions from millions of people buying seeds, sheep, tractors, weapons, skill points, and other virtual goods.

The company has a tortured history with advertising, but over the past year, it has perfected a different kind of advertising that appeals to brands: ads that pay consumers for their attention. The network behind Zynga's ads - SVNetwork - has integrated its system over the course of the past year into Zynga's stable of games, allowing marketers to buy "engagement ads." All of those ads follow a pretty simple formula: ask a player if they'd like to earn some currency or points to do something like watch a movie trailer, play a game, quiz, or some other brand-related activity, and then share it on Facebook.

The company has placed more than 100 campaigns in Zynga games over the past year, charging from 60 cents to $1.60 for each engagement. Ultimately, those will be priced through auction, so advertisers can bid on an engagement with, say, a mom aged 25 to 34. "We based our whole idea on one philosophy: Brand ads are only valuable when they have a consumer's undivided attention. And the only way to do that is to get them to volunteer it," said a company spokesman.

There's nothing new about rewarding people for engaging with ads. Usually, the trade-off is implicit, such as watching eight minutes of TV ads to get 22 minutes of programming. What's making Zynga work well for brands is its sheer scale - there's no need to concoct an offer relevant to every audience or website. The nearly 250 million people playing Zynga games around the world each month pretty much want one thing: to get better at the game.

What does an "engagement ad" mean?

A. An ad that is of special interest to a target audience.

B. An ad the consumer engages in.

C. An ad that actually pays the consumer.

D. An ad that appears while the consumer is engrossed in playing a game.


The question is harder than it seems because the answer covers about three paragraphs in the passage (2-4). The idea of the "engagement ad" is that the consumer chooses to watch the ad. It does this because the consumer gets something she really wants in return: the addition of precious points to her game score, or as the passage calls it, to get better at the game. When a consumer chooses to watch an ad, as opposed to having an ad pop up that the consumer did not ask for, the consumer gives her undivided attention to the product advertised (she really "engages" with the product) and that results in sales.

Therefore, the correct answer is C.

And while they're showing results that compare favorably with a standard banner click-through, the next question marketers have is why. Are consumers clicking because they want something or are they getting something memorable or valuable from the experience?

Writing Question - Sentence Completion

____ the current system, children are first ____ at the age of seven.

A. Under, assesed.

B. Under, processed.

C. Unders, assessment.

D. Underneath, assessment.

E. None of these.


The correct answer is E. Under the current system, children are first assessed at the age of seven.

Incorrect Answers

The first word must be capitalized, so you can eliminate B.
C has under spelled wrong.
You need a verb to describe what is happening to the children, so D can be eliminated.
A has assessed spelled wrong.

Math Question - Conversion

Please choose the correct answer. If none of the options is the correct answer please choose answer choice e, "N".

1/21 hogshead = ? liters

A. 79.485.

B. 7.57.

C. 11.355.

D. 30.28.

E. N



The correct answer is (C) - 11.355

The conversion needs to be done is as follows:
According to the table
1 hogshead = 63 gallons
1 gallon = 3.785 liters
Step 1 - find how many gallons are 1/21 hogshead, using the rule of 3:

1 hogshead = 63 gallons
1/21 hogshead = x gallons
x = ((1/12)*63)/1 = (1/21)*63 = 63/21 = 3
=> 1/21 hogshead = 3 gallons
Step 2 - find how many liters are 3 gallons, using the rule of 3:

1 gallon = 3.785 liters
3 gallons = x liters
x = (3*3.785)/1 = 3*3.785 = 3*3 + 3*0.7 + 3*0.08 + 3*0.005 = 9 + 2.1 + 0.24 + 0.015 = 11.1 + 0.24 + 0.015 = 11.34 + 0.015 = 11.355
=> 3 gallons = 11.355 liters
1/21 hogshead = 3 gallons = 11.355 liters
=> 1/21 hogshead = 11.355 liters

Solving tip: Multiplying with a complicated decimal can be easily solved using one of two methods:
(1) Long multiplication; e.g.:

(2) Shift the decimal mark to the right until you receive a whole number, then perform the required calculation. Shift the decimal mark a corresponding number of times to the left, in order to arrive at the correct answer. For example:

3.785 -> shift the decimal mark 3 locations to the right -> 3785
3785 x 3 = 11,355
11,355.0 -> shift the decimal mark 3 locations to the left ->11.355

Math Question - Word Problems

Research conducted on a sample of 2500 flu patients has found that 28% felt better after up to 2 days following the initial medication, 22% felt better after up to 4 days, and the rest did not feel any improvement.

How many did not benefit from the treatment?

A. 50.

B. 72.

C. 1250.

D. 500.

E. 1200.


It is evident when reading the question carefully that 50% of flu patients felt an improvement when taking the medication (28 + 22 = 50). This means that half of the patients did not feel any improvement. Note that the question refers to the number of patients that did not feel any improvement rather than the percentage - 50% of 2500 = 1250.

The answer is 1250.

ATAS Test Passing Score

A minimum score of 220 is required to pass the exam. The overall test score ranges from 100 to 300. Approximately two weeks to a month after the date of your assessment, you will receive the results of your examination.

Your grade will include your total score and a pass/fail indicator, in addition, you’ll get the scores of each of the subsections.

Your test results will be added to your certification application file by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

NYSTCE ATAS Test – Quick Overview Guide

There are 3 steps involved in earning top-level certification and becoming a New York State Certified Teacher.

Step 1: The ATAS – The test is conducted via computer and necessitates a background check before you can receive Teaching Certificate Level I.

Step 2: Certificate Level II: From the time you pass the ATAS, you will have three years to earn nine college credits while maintaining employment.

Step 3: Certificate Level III – You must complete an additional nine college credits within another three-year period.

We are going to look at the four major sections of the Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS,) which covers reading, writing, mathematics, and instructional support. Note that there are a total of 100 questions divided between the various sections.

Reading Section:

The reading section of the test will contain a total of 27 questions. The questions will be broken down into several sub-categories, which will include the following:

1: General Vocabulary Words Examples
  • Choose the right synonyms and antonyms.
  • Understanding words in various contexts.
  • Correcting words that are often misused, like “too and to” or “there and their”.
2: Reading Passages Examples
  • Find the topic sentence.
  • Primary idea.
  • Find statements that can serve as intro and summary.
3: Sequence of Ideas Examples
  • Cause and relationship throughout the text.
  • Create a set of text-based instructions in the proper order.
  • Event and steps in the right sequence as found throughout the text.
4: Interpretation and Graphs Examples
  • Pie charts, tables, line and bar graphs.
  • Identify textual information in a tabular or graphic form.
  • Discern between opinion and fact.

Writing Section:

The reading section of the test will contain a total of 27 questions. The questions will be broken down into several sub-categories, which will include the following:

1: Verb examples
  • Verb tenses (Past, Present, and Future).
  • Subject-verb agreement (person and number).
  • Verb Endings.
2: Pronouns and modifiers examples
  • Pronouns (possessive, relative, and demonstrative).
  • Modifiers (superlative and comparative).
  • Pronoun and antecedent connection (Person, Gender, and number).
3: Punctuation and sentence structure examples
  • Run-on vs. correctly divided sentences.
  • Right and wrong punctuation.
  • Complete vs. fragmented sentences.
4: Spelling and capitalization examples
  • Find mainstream words in the proper context.
  • Proper titles, both regarding capitalization and usage.
  • Standard sentence capitalization.

Math Section:

The math section of the test will contain a total of 27 questions. The questions will be broken down into several sub-categories, which will include the following:

1: Number concepts examples
  • Corresponding weights and measures in a variety of units (quarts and pints, feet and inches, etc.).
  • Digits and place values (tenths, ones, tens, hundreds).
  • Rounding up and down numbers.
  • Measurements (distance, perimeter, height).
2: Whole numbers with examples in addition and subtraction
  • Addition.
  • Subtraction.
  • Applying principles of addition and subtraction to everyday problems.
3: Whole numbers in division and multiplication examples
  • Multiplication problems.
  • Division problems.
  • Using principles of division and multiplication for everyday problems.
4: Fractions, decimals, and percent examples
  • Fraction problems.
  • Decimal problems.
  • Percent problems.
  • Conversion problems of the above.

Instructional Support

The reading section of the test will contain a total of 19 questions. The questions will be broken down into several sub-categories, which will include the following in relation to the teacher instructing students within the classroom.

1: Reading example
  • Help students navigate instructional reading skills tools (encyclopedias, multimedia, dictionaries…).
  • Tracking students' progress for planning and instruction.
  • Expanding students’ approach to reading (summarizing or skimming).
  • Connecting students' background with your teaching style
2: Writing examples
  • Help students navigate instructional tools in relation to writing skills (library and grammar books).
  • Tracking student's progress for planning and instruction.
  • Help students beat writer’s block.
  • Proficiency in drafting, editing, and proofreading.
3: Mathematics examples
  • Math in everyday scenarios.
  • Help students navigate instructional tools concerning math skills (charts, graphs, rulers).
  • Detecting errors in all basic math disciplines.
  • Tracking students' progress for planning and instruction.

ATAS Test Registration

Creating an NYSTCE account and completing the registration process will be required in order to register for the exam.

Registration should be completed at least 30 days prior to the exam. There will be a number of questions asked regarding your educational background, including your current educational level, first language, and academic status.

What is the Cost of The NYSTCE ATAS Exam?

The exam fee is $54.

ATAS Test Appointment and Locations

The test is administered by Pearson VUE, and you can view the availability of the exam by inserting the test name in the search bar. Press the following link to see the nearest test center. If you wish to apply for alternative testing arrangements, you can find the form here.

Test Day Tips


It is recommended that you arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam.


Upon arrival, you will be required to present a valid form of photo identification. It is imperative that you bring proof of identification; if you do not and/or your identification is deemed invalid, you will not be allowed to access the testing room.

Personal items

All personal items must be placed outside the testing room.
Items of personal property include your:

  • Phone.
  • Calculator.
  • Books.
  • Notes.
  • Bag/backpack.
  • Food, highlighters.


You will be permitted to take breaks. During your break, however, the timer will not be stopped; therefore, it is imperative that you plan your time carefully.


Is the ATAS Multiple-Choice?

Yes, There are approximately 100 multiple-choice questions on the test.

Is the ATAS Exam Difficult?

The test is extensive and challenging. You'll need a strong preparation guide and practice test to help you score higher than your competitors.

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