What Do I Expect On The Various MTEL Exams?

For the most part the exams are constructed as about 70% multiple-choice type questions, and about 30% constructed answers. The tests involving languages other than English have more constructed-response questions, and the writing exams of course focus on writing. Musical performance and art are also exceptions.

The day of the test, the morning session starts at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. The afternoon session starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 7:15 p.m. If you are late you may not be admitted and will be considered absent. You will not be entitled to any refunds. To be allowed admission to the test site you must have your admission ticket, and you will be asked to submit to having a thumbprint taken. You should also bring sharpened pencils with erasers and a state issued form of identification. If your name has changed, bring official proof of a name change such as a marriage license or divorce decree. If you don't have an acceptable identification, you may fill out a form under penalty of perjury that you are who you claim to be. You then have 13 days to provide acceptable proof of identification or your test scores will be voided.

Wear comfortable clothes and quiet shoes so as to make yourself as comfortable as possible, and to avoid unnecessary noise distractions. You may bring water only in clear bottles that have had the label removed. During the test the water must be stored under your desk. No electronic devices are allowed, including cell phones and calculators. You may not bring in scratch paper or other aids such as highlighters. No totes of any sort are allowed either. Try to make arrangements to either leave your purse in your car, or only bring what you can carry in a pocket.

Test Anxiety

The MTEL exams are a very important part of becoming an educator. Feeling anxiety before any important test is common, but unless you deal with the stress, it can have devastating results on test scores. There are some basic steps you can take to reduce your anxiety, and use the remaining stress to help you rather than hinder you. The first step is to decide you will do well on the test. If you don't feel confident, repeat to yourself over and over that you WILL do well on the test. With a positive mindset you are ready to study. Review the material that will be covered, and focus on studying the areas you feel weakest in. Study regularly, and put the time in, but don't focus so much on studying that you burnout. Take time to exercise at least half an hour a day. It will keep your body strong, while giving your brain a chance to process all the information you are asking it to retain. Review the sample questions and information on what to expect on the day of the test. Know where you are going, and plan to get there a little early so you don't have to stress over traffic, or time, or directions the day of the test. Finally, make sure to get a good night's sleep the day before the test so you are feeling fresh.

Even taking all these steps, you will feel some nervousness on test day. That's OK. Some stress will make you more alert, and will help you stay focused. When you get the test, take a deep breath, and tell yourself you will do well. Then get started!


Last Updated: 05/19/2014