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A candidate's performance on a test is evaluated against an established standard. Each test has its own qualifying score, or passing score, set by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.

To provide consistency in reporting scores across tests, the scores are converted to a common scale. The converted scores are called scaled scores. The scaled score is a conversion of the number of points achieved on the test to a score in a range of 100 to 300, with a scaled score of 240 representing the qualifying, or passing, score. A candidate must achieve a total test scaled score of 240 or higher to pass a test. There is no expiration date associated with passing scores for the MTEL.