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About This Book and Testware®
REA’s The Best Teachers’ Test Preparation for the Massachusetts MTEL English (07) Test with TestWare® on CD is a comprehensive guide designed to assist you in preparing to take this exam, which is a requirement to teach English in Massachusetts.
To help you succeed in this important step toward your career in teaching English in Massachusetts schools, this test prep features the following:
An accurate and complete overview of the Massachusetts MTEL English (07) test
The information you need to know about the exam
A targeted review of each subarea
Tips and strategies for successfully completing standardized tests
Diagnostic tools to identify areas of strength and weakness
Two full-length, true-to-format practice tests based on the most recently administered Massachusetts MTEL English (07) test
Detailed explanations for each practice test answer. These allow you to identify correct answers and understand not only why they are correct but also why the other answer choices are incorrect.
When creating this test prep, the author and editors considered the most recent test administrations and professional standards. They also researched information from the Massachusetts Department of Education, professional journals, textbooks, and educators. The result is the best MTEL test preparation materials based on the latest information available.
About the MTEL English (07) Test
The purpose of the MTEL English (07) test is to assess prospective teachers’ knowledge and skills as applicable to being awarded a license to teach English in Massachusetts.
About Test Selection
The MTEL English test is given during the afternoon test session. Test sessions are four hours in length. To obtain the most current dates for the test, visit the MTEL Web site: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA12_testdates.asp
What Does the Test Cover?
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator License Test Information Booklet states, “The English test is designed to assess the candidate’s proficiency and depth of understanding of the subject at the level required for a baccalaureate major, according to Massachusetts standards.” The following table lists the objectives used as the basis for the MTEL English (07) test and the approximate number of questions in each subarea. A thorough review of all the specific objectives is the focus of this book.
Who Administers the Test?
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) program was initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which has contracted with the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson to assist in the development and administration of the MTEL.
For additional information you can contact:
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9013
Web site: www.mtel.nesinc.com
Telephone: (413) 256-2892
(866) 565-4894 (toll free)
Operators are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern standard time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Automated Information System is available 24 hours daily.
How to Use This Book and Testware®
When Should I Start Studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the MTEL English (07) test. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study because it does not allow you the time you need to think about the content, review the subareas, and take the practice tests.
What Do the Review Sections Cover?
The targeted review in this book is designed to help you sharpen the basic skills you need to approach the MTEL English (07) test, as well as provide strategies for attacking the questions.
Each teaching area included in the MTEL English (07) test is examined in a separate chapter. The skills required for all subareas are extensively discussed to optimize your understanding of what the examination covers.
Your schooling has taught you most of the information you need to answer the questions on the test. The English classes you took should have provided you with the knowledge needed to pass the MTEL English (07) test. The review sections in this book are designed to help you fit the information you have acquired into the competencies specified on the MTEL. Going over your class notes and textbooks together with the reviews provided here will give you an excellent springboard for passing the examination.
Studying for the MTEL English (07)
Choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some people set aside a certain number of hours every morning to study, while others prefer to study at night before going to sleep. Other people study off and on during the dayfor instance, while waiting for a bus or during a lunch break. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. Be consistent and use your time efficiently. Work out a study routine and stick to it.
When you take the practice tests, simulate the conditions of the actual test as closely as possible. Turn off your television and radio, and sit down at a table in a quiet room, free from distraction. On completing a practice test, score it and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the question and explanation, and by studying the review in this guide until you are confident that you have mastered the material.
Keep track of your scores so you can gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. Give extra attention to the reviews that cover your areas of difficulty, so you can build your skills in those areas. Many have found the use of study or note cards very helpful for this review.
Although you may not be familiar with tests like the MTEL, this book will acquaint you with this type of exam and help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. By following the seven suggestions listed here, you can become more relaxed about taking the MTEL, as well as other tests.
Tip 1. Become comfortable with the format of the MTEL. When you are practicing, stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test only once, you will boost your chances of doing well, and you will be able to sit down for the actual MTEL with much more confidence.
Tip 2. Read all the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions.
Tip 3. Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate as many of the answer choices as possible. If you can eliminate two answer choices, you have given yourself a better chance of getting the item correct, because only two choices are left from which to make your guess. Do not leave an answer blank; it is better to guess than not to answer a question on the MTEL test because you are not penalized for wrong answers.
Tip 4. Place a question mark in your answer booklet next to the answers you guessed, and then recheck them later if you have time.
Tip 5. Work quickly and steadily. You will have four hours to complete the test. Taking the practice tests in this book will help you learn to budget your precious time.
Tip 6. Learn the directions and format of the test. This not only will save you time on test day but also will help you avoid anxiety (and the mistakes caused by being anxious).
Tip 7. When taking the multiple-choice portion of the test, be sure that the answer oval you fill in corresponds to the number of the question in the test booklet. The multiple-choice test is graded by machine, and marking one answer in the wrong place can throw off your answer key and your score. Be extremely careful.