Test Information Guide

Overview and Test Objectives: DRAFT
Field 69: Physics

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 1 30%, Sub area 2 20%, Sub area 3 23%, Sub area 4 12%, Sub area 5 17%, Sub area 6 20%.

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subareas Range of Objectives Approximate Test Weighting*
Multiple-Choice
1 Matter and Its Interactions 01–02 11%
2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions 03–05 17%
3 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions in Fields and Circuits 06–09 23%
4 Energy 10–11 12%
5 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer 12–14 17%
80%
Open-Response
6 Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
Key Scientific Concepts 15 10%
Application of Science and Engineering Practices 16 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.

 

Subarea 1–Matter and Its Interactions

0001—Apply knowledge of atomic and nuclear physics.

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0002—Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of modern physics.

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Subarea 2–Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

0003—Apply knowledge of kinematics to interpret motion.

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0004—Apply knowledge of forces and Newton's laws.

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0005—Apply knowledge of linear momentum, angular momentum, and rotational dynamics.

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Subarea 3–Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions in Fields and Circuits

0006—Apply knowledge of gravitational forces and circular motion.

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0007—Apply knowledge of electrostatics, electric fields, and electric potential.

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0008—Apply knowledge of magnetic fields and electromagnetism.

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0009—Apply knowledge of electric circuits.

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Subarea 4–Energy

0010—Apply knowledge of energy, power, and the conservation of energy.

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0011—Apply knowledge of the basic laws of thermodynamics and the kinetic molecular theory.

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Subarea 5–Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

0012—Apply knowledge of simple harmonic motion and wave properties and characteristics.

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0013—Apply knowledge of wave interactions and phenomena.

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0014—Apply knowledge of electromagnetic waves and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Subarea 6–Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

0015—Prepare an organized, developed analysis of a key topic in physics related to Matter and Its Interactions, Energy, or Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer.

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0016—Prepare an organized, developed analysis of a key topic in physics related to Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions or Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions in Fields and Circuits that emphasizes the application of science and engineering practices in a classroom setting.

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