Test Information Guide

Overview and Test Objectives: DRAFT
Field 65: Middle School Mathematics

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT); 100 multiple-choice questions, 2 open-response items
Time 4 hours (does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial)
Passing Score 240

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge of the subject matter contained in the test objectives for each field. The MTEL are aligned with the Massachusetts educator licensure regulations and, as applicable, with the standards in the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks.

The test objectives specify the content to be covered on the test and are organized by major content subareas. The chart below shows the approximate percentage of the total test score derived from each of the subareas.

The test assesses a candidate's proficiency and depth of understanding of the subject at the level required for a baccalaureate major according to Massachusetts standards. Candidates are typically nearing completion of or have completed their undergraduate work when they take the test.

Pie chart of approximate test weighting.

Sub area I 20%, Sub area II 30%, Sub area III 20%, Sub area IV 10%, and Sub area V 20%.

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subareas Range of Objectives Approximate Test Weighting*
Multiple-Choice
I Number System and Quantity 01–02 20%
II Algebra, Functions, and Modeling 03–07 30%
III Geometry and Measurement 08–11 20%
IV Statistics and Probability 12–13 10%
80%
Open-Response**
V Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
Mathematics Curriculum Framework: Concepts and Skills 14 10%
Statistics, Probability, and Algebra 15 10%
20%

*Final decisions regarding the proportion of the multiple-choice and open-response sections of the test will be made by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. If the proportions of the multiple-choice and open-response sections change, the proportions for the multiple-choice sections for each subarea will remain relative to the proportions indicated above.

**The open-response items may relate to topics covered in any of the subareas.

Subarea I–Number System and Quantity

0001: Apply the structure and properties of number systems.

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0002: Use rational numbers, ratios, and proportional relationships.

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Subarea II–Algebra, Functions, and Modeling

0003: Use patterns to model and solve problems.

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0004: Apply algebraic techniques to expressions and equations.

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0005: Demonstrate knowledge of relations and functions.

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0006: Apply the properties of linear relations and functions.

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0007: Apply the principles and properties of nonlinear relations and functions.

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Subarea III–Geometry and Measurement

0008: Apply principles, concepts, and procedures related to measurement.

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0009: Apply the principles of Euclidean geometry and proof.

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0010: Apply properties of two- and three-dimensional figures.

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0011: Apply the principles and properties of coordinate and transformational geometries.

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Subarea IV–Statistics and Probability

0012: Understand the principles, techniques, and applications of statistics.

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0013: Understand the principles of probability.

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Subarea V–Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

0014: Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic cited from the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework grades 5–8.

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0015: Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to one or more of the following: statistics, probability, and algebra.

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