FAQ FOR MTEL

What are the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)?

The MTEL are tests of communication, literacy, and subject-matter knowledge for prospective teachers. The tests are designed to ensure Massachusetts educators can communicate well with students, parents, and other educators, and that they are knowledgeable about the subject they teach.

Who is required to take the MTEL?

Anyone who wants to teach in Massachusetts must take the MTEL. All teachers must take at least two tests: 1) the Communication and Literacy Skills test and 2) any relevant subject matter test.

What knowledge does the MTEL measure?

The MTEL: Communication and Literacy Skills test consists of two subtests: reading and writing. The reading subtest contains multiple-choice questions that assess comprehension skills, while the writing subtest contains mostly multiple-choice questions that assess writing skills, such as your ability to establish a main idea, construct grammatically correct sentences, and spell properly. The writing subtest also contains two short essay questions.

Academic Subject Matter tests consist of multiple-choice question and open-response questions that measure a teacher’s knowledge in the subject he wishes to teach. See the MTEL Test Selection site (www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA15_testselection.asp) for a complete list of all Academic Subject Matter tests.

How can I prepare for the MTEL?

Start by reviewing the test objectives, which you can find for each test at www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA_testobjectives.asp. The MTEL website also offers free test information booklets, practice tests, and a test preparation video to help candidates prepare for the tests.

You also may want to consider purchasing study materials, such as guides or flash cards devoted to the specific MTEL tests you need to take. The best study guides will cover both the content of the test you must pass, as well as specific test-taking strategies to increase your chances of success.

Where can I take the tests?

The MTEL is offered in different locations around Massachusetts depending on whether you want to take the paper-based test or the computer-based test. For paper-based MTEL locations, go to www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA15_TestSites.asp?PageType=PBT.

There are many more locations in which you can take the computer-based MTEL, which are offered at Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States and many other places around the globe. For Massachusetts, national, and international locations for the computer-based MTEL, go to www.pearsonvue.com/mtel.

When can I take the tests?

The MTEL is offered on different dates depending on whether you want to take the paper-based test or the computer-based test. For paper-based MTEL test dates, go to www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA15_TestDates.asp?PageType=PBT.

Computer-based MTEL test dates are available only during specific time periods and these vary depending on location. Go to www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA15_TestDates.asp?PageType=CBT for computer-based MTEL test dates.

Can I take the MTEL on the computer?

Yes. The computer-based MTEL is offered at Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States and many other places around the globe. For Massachusetts, national, and international locations for the computer-based MTEL, go to www.pearsonvue.com/mtel.

What is the cost of taking the MTEL?

All MTEL test takers must pay a $30 test processing fee. After that, test fees are:

  • Communications and Literacy test: Reading subtest—$30
  • Communications and Literacy test: Writer subtest—$40
  • Subject-Area tests—$100 each

 

There is an additional $25 charge to take the MTEL on the computer. You also can register late for a test, though it will cost you an additional $30 to do so.

How do I register for the MTEL?

There are three ways to register for the MTEL: Internet, U.S. mail, or telephone. To register online or obtain information about registering via mail or telephone, visit the MTEL registration page at www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA_TOC.asp?TOC=Register.

When will I get my MTEL scores?

Scores are released about one month after the testing date. When you register online, you can have your scores sent to you by e-mail. Otherwise they will be sent to you through the mail.

For specific score release dates, go to the test date pages for either the paper-based MTEL or the computer-based MTEL: www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA15_testdates.asp.

Who will see my MTEL scores?

Your test scores will be reported to you, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and any school you selected when you registered.

What if I don’t pass the MTEL tests?

If you didn’t devote considerable time to preparing for the MTEL the first time, it is a good idea to invest in dedicated study guides before retaking any exams.

What if I passed one of the MTEL exams, but not others?

You may retake any MTEL test that you don’t pass. Once you obtain a passing score on a subtest, you do not have to take it again and only need to register to take the subtest you didn’t pass. If you took a computer-based test, however, you must wait sixty days before retaking the same test on the computer.

Last Updated: 05/19/2014