The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) are administered to individuals seeking professional accreditation in the state of Massachusetts. Anyone seeking employment as a teacher, teaching assistant, or other educator is required to pass one or more MTEL assessments.
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These examinations are aligned with the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Regulations, Massachusetts licensure regulations, and the student standards for Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Adult Basic Education Curriculum Frameworks. The MTEL
Communication and Literacy Skills Test focuses on reading and writing. It includes multiple-choice, short-answer items (mainly focusing on sentence revision), and two open-response assignments.
The open-response assignments require the student to summarize a written passage and compose a brief essay. Many prospective teachers in the state of Massachusetts are required to take the Communication and Literary Skills Test along with a subject matter test in their areas of expertise.
The MTEL Academic (PreK-12) subject matter tests include both multiple-choice and open-response items. One exception is the General Curriculum test, which has two subjects (one of which is mathematics and the other of which is language arts, history, social science, or science and technology/engineering).
These subject matter tests are designed to ensure that teachers have the requisite knowledge and skill to teach specific content at a specific grade level. Pedagogical issues are not included in the subject matter examinations.
The MTEL Vocational Technical Literacy Skills Test includes multiple-choice questions related to reading and short-answer, essay, and multiple-choice questions related to grammar and the mechanics of writing.
Finally, the MTEL Adult Basic Education test is composed of multiple-choice and open-response items in essay or problem-solving. This exam focuses on English language arts, ESL, mathematics, history and social science, and science.
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Here are the recommended steps you should take in using our modular test prep system for the MTEL:
Take the self assessment module quizzes below (make notes of your scores and remember which revealed significant gaps in your learning):
- Basic Algebra
- Intermediate Algebra
- Advanced Algebra
- Averages and Rounding
- Estimation and Sequences
- Fractions and Square Roots
- Basic Math
- Intermediate Math
- Advanced Mathematics
- Author's Purpose
- Basic Grammar
- Intermediate Grammar
- Advanced Grammar
- Percents and Ratios
- Reading for the Main Idea
- Basic Reading Comprehension
- Intermediate Reading Comprehension
- Advanced Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Correction
- Sentence Correction 2
- Science Passage