About Online Proctoring

Online proctoring is now available: Test remotely, including from home!

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of online proctoring for select tests in the MTEL program. Online proctoring allows you to take your test securely from your home, school, or business. With just a simple check-in process—involving ID verification, face-matching technology, and a live greeter—you can test without having to travel to a test center.

Phased rollout of online proctoring availability

The following select MTEL tests* will become available for online proctoring, in addition to continuing to be available via computer-based testing at test centers.

Online proctoring will be available for each test for a one-week window each month. Once a test has been launched online, it will be available in subsequent testing windows moving forward.

* Note: Due to technical requirements, certain MTEL tests may not be offered via online proctoring and will continue to be available via computer-based testing only. For example, tests that require the use of a scanner and tests that include an audio component cannot be administered via online proctoring.

Phase 1 tests: Registration opens October 6, 2020

  • Communication and Literacy Skills
  • Sheltered English Immersion
  • English as a Second Language

Phase 2 tests: Registration opens November 2, 2020

  • History
  • Physical Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Visual Art
  • Health/Family and Consumer Sciences

Phase 3 tests: Registration opens December 1, 2020

  • Vocational Technical Literacy Skills
  • Middle School Humanities
  • Theater
  • Business
  • Latin and Classical Humanities

Phase 4 tests: Registration opens January 4, 2021

  • Political Science/Political Philosophy
  • Dance
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Speech
  • Academically Advanced
  • Bilingual Education

Phase 5 test: Registration opens January 19, 2021

  • Foundations of Reading

Phase 6 test: Registration opens April 27, 2021

  • English

Phase 7 test: Registration opens July 20, 2021

  • Essential Academic Skills Subtests I and II

Phase 8 tests: Registration opens August 31, 2021

  • MoGEA
    • Reading Comprehension and Interpretation subtest (866)
    • Writing subtest (867)
  • WEST–B
    • Reading subtest (895)
    • Writing subtest (896)

Phase 9 tests: Registration opens October 12, 2021

  • CASA
    • Reading subtest (801)
    • Writing subtest (803)
  • Digital Literacy and Computer Science

Phase 10 test: Registration opens July 19, 2022

  • Reading Specialist (062)—first test administration 9/19/2022

Can I Test Remotely?

Many candidates are eligible for remote testing. Review the following steps to determine if online proctoring is right for you.

Step #1: Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment

You provide your own equipment for testing. You must have access to the following:

  • Required—a desktop or a laptop; tablets and touch screens cannot be used for your exam
  • Required—a single monitor; extra monitors are not allowed; you need to remove them from the testing room, if possible, or unplug them
  • Required if using an external monitor with a laptop—you must have an external mouse, keyboard, and webcam and the lid of your laptop must be closed
  • Recommended—a personal computer rather than a work computer, which may have additional security that can interfere with your testing session

Review the complete system and testing environment requirements PDF Document

Step #2: Take the System Test

Take the system test before you register link opens in a new window. This will determine if your equipment is eligible for online proctoring.

Step #3: Review the Policies and Guidelines

Review the testing policies and what to expect on the day of the test on this website. If you are able to comply with these policies and guidelines, you may register for online proctoring.

Registration Is Now Open

If you passed the system test, you may now register to test via online proctoring. Select your test for detailed scheduling information.

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