Test Information Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 70: Technology/Engineering

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 16%, Sub area 3 22%, Sub area 4 22%, 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 Engineering Design 01–03 20%
2 Materials, Tools, and Manufacturing 04–05 16%
3 Technological Systems 06–09 22%
4 Energy and Power Technologies 10–13 22%
80%
Open-Response
5 Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
Engineering Design 14 10%
Technological Systems and Energy and Power Systems 15 10%
20%

 

Subarea 1–Engineering Design

0001—Apply knowledge of connections between engineering, technology, mathematics, and natural sciences.

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0002—Apply knowledge of engineering design in developing technological solutions to problems within given specifications.

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0003—Apply knowledge of technology and engineering in social contexts.

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Subarea 2–Materials, Tools, and Manufacturing

0004—Apply knowledge of the selection and safe use of appropriate materials, tools, equipment, and machines in technology and engineering.

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0005—Apply knowledge of manufacturing processes used to create products that meet stated requirements.

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Subarea 3–Technological Systems

0006—Apply knowledge of processes used to communicate data and information.

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0007—Apply knowledge of design factors, material selection, and constraints in building structures.

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0008—Analyze the effects of forces in construction technology.

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0009—Apply knowledge of the principles and characteristics of transportation technology.

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Subarea 4–Energy and Power Technologies

0010—Apply knowledge of fluid systems and their role in technological systems.

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0011—Apply knowledge of thermal systems and their role in technological systems.

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0012—Apply knowledge of electrical principles and components and their roles in technological systems.

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0013—Apply knowledge of basic principles of energy, work, and power and their relationship to mechanical systems.

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Subarea 5–Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

0014—Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to instruction in engineering design and manufacturing using materials and tools.

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0015—Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to instruction about a given technological system or an energy and power technology.

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