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Test Information Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 64: General Science

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 20%, Sub area 2 20%, Sub area 3 20%, Sub area 4 20%, and Sub area 5 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 Technology / Engineering 01–03 20%
2 Earth and Space Science 04–07 20%
3 Life Science 08–11 20%
4 Physical Science 12–16 20%
80%
Open-Response
5 Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
Key Concepts in Earth and Space Science, Life Science, or Physical Science 17 10%
Application of the Principles of Science Practices for Earth and Space Science, Life Science, or Physical Science 18 10%
20%

Subarea 1–Technology / Engineering

Objective 0001: Apply knowledge of engineering design.
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Objective 0002: Demonstrate knowledge of tools, materials, and manufacturing.
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Objective 0003: Demonstrate knowledge of technological systems.
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Subarea 2–Earth and Space Science

Objective 0004: Demonstrate knowledge of the components of the solar system and universe and their interactions.
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Objective 0005: Apply knowledge of Earth's geosphere, geologic history, and processes.
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Objective 0006: Demonstrate knowledge of Earth's hydrosphere, atmosphere, weather, and climate.
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Objective 0007: Demonstrate knowledge of natural resources, natural hazards, and human impacts on the environment.
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Subarea 3–Life Science

Objective 0008: Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics and processes of living organisms.
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Objective 0009: Apply knowledge of the characteristics of populations, communities, ecosystems, and biomes.
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Objective 0010: Apply principles related to the inheritance of characteristics.
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Objective 0011: Demonstrate knowledge of principles related to the theory of biological evolution.
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Subarea 4–Physical Science

Objective 0012: Apply knowledge of the structure and properties of matter.
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Objective 0013: Apply knowledge of the states of matter, particle motion, and heat.
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Objective 0014: Apply knowledge of different forms of energy and the conservation of energy.
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Objective 0015: Apply knowledge of the concepts of force, motion, work, and power.
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Objective 0016: Apply knowledge of the characteristics and properties of waves, electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetism.
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Subarea 5–Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

Objective 0017: Prepare an organized, developed analysis of a topic related to key concepts in Earth and Space Science, Life Science, or Physical Science.
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Objective 0018: Prepare an organized, developed analysis of a topic related to key concepts in Earth and Space Science, Life Science, or Physical Science that emphasizes the application of the principles of science practices.
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