Registration for computer-based testing (CBT) is available on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You should try to register as early as possible before your desired test date. Due to the amount of time required to process a CBT registration, you may not be able to schedule an appointment to test if you register within three calendar days of the day on which you plan to take the test. Test appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that individuals who take a computer-based test/subtest must wait 45 days before retaking the same test/subtest.
See "Alternative Testing Arrangements" if you wish to request alternative testing arrangements.
Before you register. Please review the "Registration Checklist" to ensure that you have all of the information you need to complete the registration process. Because of laws protecting confidentiality and privacy, only you may register yourself for a test. Be sure to have available your email address, social security number, and credit card information (number, expiration date, and name of cardholder). You may wish to review the "Educational Background Questions" to prepare answers to the questions you will be asked during registration.
If you do not have a U.S. social security number, you should request an identification number from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Send your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a Canadian resident, you may not use your social insurance number to register. You must request an identification number from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as described above.
Because your test results will be sent directly to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education according to your social security number or Department-issued identification number, failure to record this number correctly may delay the issuance of your license. Any discrepancies between your name as it appears on your MTEL registration and on your licensure application may also delay the issuance of your license.
Payment. Payment must be made at the time of registration using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) or a debit or check card that carries the VISA or MasterCard logo and that can be used without the entry of a personal identification number (PIN). Bank cards without the VISA or MasterCard logo cannot be accepted. Additional fees apply for computer-based testing. See "Test Fees and Payment Policies" for complete information about registration fees and payment policies.
How to register. Registration for computer-based testing is a two-part process with a registration step and a scheduling step.
Registering for the test. To register, select "Register Now" on the MTEL website and follow the instructions provided. You will be asked to provide your personal and payment information. If you don't have an account, you will be prompted to create one. See "About My Account" for information about creating and using an account. Be sure to have available your email address, social security number, and credit card information (number, expiration date, and name of cardholder). Enter your name as it appears on your government-issued identification that you plan to use for admittance to the test center.
Acknowledgment of registration and Authorization to Test. After you have completed the registration process, Evaluation Systems will send you an email acknowledging that you have submitted a registration. Within one business day, Evaluation Systems will email you an Authorization to Test. This Authorization to Test allows you to schedule a test appointment.
Your Authorization to Test is valid for one year from the date of issue. If you do not schedule a test appointment and take your test within one year, or withdraw your registration within one year, your authorization will expire, and you will receive no refund or credit of any kind.
Scheduling your test. Follow the instructions on your Authorization to Test to schedule your test appointment. After you schedule your appointment, you will be sent an email confirming your appointment and providing the address and phone number of the test center, as well as directions to the test center.