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Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Description of the Tests

Refer to the table below for information about types and numbers of test items on each type of test.

This table lists all MTEL tests, with the correlating number of multiple-choice or open-response items.
Test Type Test Description

Communication and Literacy Skills (01)

Reading subtest
This subtest includes 42 multiple-choice items. The multiple-choice section counts for 100 percent of the candidate's total subtest score.

Writing subtest
This subtest includes 35 multiple-choice items, seven (7) short-answer sentence correction items, and two open-response items—a summary exercise and a composition exercise. The summary exercise requires candidates to spend about 20–30 minutes to prepare an adequate response; the composition exercise requires candidates to spend about 45–60 minutes to prepare an adequate response. The multiple-choice and short-answer item section counts for 50 percent of the candidate's score, the summary exercise counts for 15 percent of the candidate's total test score, and the composition exercise counts for 35 percent of the candidate's total subtest score.

Subject Matter Tests
Academically Advanced (52)
Biology (13)
Business (19)
Chemistry (12)
Dance (46)
Early Childhood (02)
Earth Science (14)
English (07)
English as a Second Language (54)
Foundations of Reading (90)
General Science (10)
Health/Family and Consumer Sciences (21)
History (06)
Latin and Classical Humanities (15)
Mathematics (09)
Mathematics (Elementary) (53)
Mathematics (Middle School) (47)
Mathematics/Science (Middle School) (51)
Middle School Humanities (50)
Music (16)
Physical Education (22)
Physics (11)
Political Science/Political Philosophy (48)
Reading Specialist (08)
Speech (44)
Technology/Engineering (33)
Theater (45)
Visual Art (17)

These subject matter tests include 100 multiple-choice items and two open-response items requiring candidates to spend about 20–30 minutes each to prepare an adequate response. The multiple-choice section accounts for 80 percent and the open-response section counts for 20 percent of the candidate's total test score.

Subject Matter Test
General Curriculum (03)

Multi-subject subtest
This subtest includes 55 multiple-choice items and one open-response item requiring candidates to spend about 20–30 minutes to prepare an adequate response. The multiple-choice section counts for 90 percent and the open-response section counts for 10 percent of the candidate's subtest score.

Mathematics subtest
This subtest includes 45 multiple-choice items and one open-response item requiring candidates to spend about 20–30 minutes to prepare an adequate response. The multiple-choice section counts for 90 percent and the open-response section counts for 10 percent of the candidate's subtest score.

Subject Matter Test
Sheltered English Immersion (56)

This subject matter test includes 60 multiple-choice items and one open-response item consisting of five parts. The open-response item requires candidates to spend about 20–30 minutes to prepare an adequate response to each of the five parts of the assignment, for a total of about 2 ½ hours for the section. The multiple-choice section counts for 60 percent and the open-response section counts for 40 percent of the candidate's total test score.

Language Subject Matter Tests
Chinese (Mandarin) (29)
French (26)
German (27)
Italian (30)
Portuguese (32)
Russian (31)
Spanish (28)

French and Spanish
The language tests in French and Spanish include approximately 100 multiple-choice items and two open-response items, one of which requires a written response and the other an oral response. The multiple-choice items count for approximately 70 percent and the open-response items count for approximately 30 percent of the candidate's total test score.

Chinese (Mandarin), German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian
The language tests in Chinese (Mandarin), German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian include approximately 55 multiple-choice items and short-answer items and four open-response items, one of which requires an oral response. The multiple-choice items and short-answer items count for approximately 32 percent and the open-response items count for approximately 68 percent of the candidate's total test score.

Adult Basic Education (55)

This subject matter test includes 100 multiple-choice items and two open-response items requiring candidates to spend about 20–30 minutes each to prepare an adequate response. The multiple-choice section accounts for 85 percent and the open-response section counts for 15 percent of the candidate's total test score.

Vocational Technical Literacy Skills Test (91)

Reading subtest
This subtest includes 60 multiple-choice items. The multiple-choice section counts for 100 percent of the candidate's total subtest score.

Writing subtest
This subtest includes 40 multiple-choice items and two open-response items—a summary exercise and a composition exercise. The summary exercise requires candidates to spend about 20–30 minutes to prepare an adequate response; the composition exercise requires candidates to spend about 45–60 minutes to prepare an adequate response. The multiple-choice item section counts for 55 percent of the candidate's score; the summary and composition exercises count for 45 percent of the candidate's total subtest score.