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MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure) General Curriculum: Field (03)

The Most Complete Subject Review
Everything you need to know for the MTEL General Curriculum Field (03) exam, prepared by leading specialists in teacher education. Comprehensive review chapters cover all the subjects and skills tested on the MTEL General Curriculum exam.

The Best Practice Exams Available
Two complete practice exams (each contains both subtests) based on the official MTEL General Curriculum test – balanced to include every topic and type of question you can expect on the actual MTEL.

Total Explanations of Questions & Answers
Our MTEL General Curriculum practice exams come with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but explain why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared on test day!

Proven Test-Prep Methods
REA’s focused MTEL General Curriculum content and practical advice have helped millions succeed on their exams. With our step-by-step plan, you can score high on the MTEL and get certified to teach in Massachusetts.

Federal Guidelines for NCLB Compliance
You can expect that candidates with NCLB-compliant credentials will enjoy preferential status in hiring. In Massachusetts, this means you need to pass the MTEL. Maximize your exam performance and master the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure with the unrivaled certification expertise that only REA can offer.

Get the World’s Most Advanced MTEL Software
REA’s MTEL General Curriculum TestWare combines a realistic test environment with the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available. With every practice test you take, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence for the real exam. Automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of questions that give you trouble now, so you’ll succeed on the MTEL!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738604107
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 6/11/2010
  • Series: Test Preps
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor  
Dr. Audrey Friedman is a Lynch School of Education Associate Professor and Department Chair at Boston College. She received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Boston College in 2000-2001 and the Boston Higher Education Partnership Award in 2005. 
In 2009, Dr. Friedman was named Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in recognition of her commitment to preparing the next generation of teachers. Dr. Friedman says that her “. . . most coveted award (2003) is the Mary Kaye Waldron Award, an honor awarded by undergraduates to faculty or an administrator ‘who has worked to enhance student life at Boston College.’ An elegant, crystal eagle, this symbol reminds me of just how fortunate I am that teaching is indeed an option.”  

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About This Book and TestWare® 

REA’s The Best Teachers’ Test Preparation for the MTEL General Curriculum (03)
Test is a comprehensive guide designed to assist you in preparing to take this MTEL test.
To help you to succeed in this important step toward your teaching career in Massachusetts
schools, this test guide features: 

• An accurate and complete overview of the MTEL General Curriculum (03) Test

• The information you need to know about how the exam works

• A targeted review of each subarea

• Tips and strategies for successfully completing standardized tests

• TestWare® on CD includes diagnostic tools to identify areas of strength and weakness

• Two full-length, true-to-format practice tests based on the most recently administered MTEL General Curriculum (03) Test

• Detailed explanations for each answer on the practice tests. 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 authors and editors considered the most recent test
administrations and professional standards. They also researched information from the
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, professional journals,
textbooks, and educators. The result is the best MTEL test preparation materials
based on the latest information available.

About Test Selection 
The MTEL tests are conducted during morning and afternoon test sessions. Test sessions
are four hours in length. However, the General Curriculum test is only given in the
afternoon session. The afternoon session has a reporting time of 1:00 p.m. and ends at
approximately 5:45 p.m. You may take both subtests or just one single subtest of the General
Curriculum during the four hour session. 

About the MTEL General Curriculum Test 
The purpose of the MTEL General Curriculum (03) Test is to assess the knowledge
and skills of prospective Massachusetts’ teachers. Prospective teachers are required to
take the MTEL General Curriculum Test. This test encompasses two subtests:

• The Multi-Subject subtest of language arts, history and social science, science and technology/engineering, and the integration of knowledge and understanding 

• The mathematics subtest 

How Is the MTEL General Curriculum Test Scored? 

Multiple-Choice Questions 
Scoring of the multiple-choice questions is based strictly on the number of test questions answered correctly. You do not lose any additional points for wrong answers. Each multiple-choice question counts the same toward the total score.

Open-Response Questions
Open-response questions are scored holistically by two or more qualified educators.
Scorers receive training in scoring procedures and are monitored for accuracy and consistency.
Scorers are typically teachers, administrators, arts and science faculty, teacher
education faculty, and other content specialists.

Scorers are trained to provide an overall judgment, not to indicate specific errors. A
score is assigned based on a scale of various levels of performance from weak to strong.
If a response is blank, unrelated to the assignment, illegible, or in a language other than
the target language, no points will be given for it.

When Will I Receive My Score Report, and What Will It Look Like?
Your scores will be mailed to you on the score date published at

Unofficial test scores are posted on the Internet at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the score
report dates listed on For each test date,
the unofficial scores are kept on the Internet for approximately two weeks. You may only
view these scores once during the posting period—for security reasons.

Can I Retake the Test?
If you wish to retake a test, you may do so at a subsequent test administration. Please consult the MTEL website at for information about test registration. The MTEL website also includes information regarding test retakes and score reports.

Who Administers the Test?
The MTEL is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary

When and Where Is the Test Given? How Long Will It Take?
The MTEL is administered five times a year at eight locations across the state, as
detailed in the MTEL Registration Bulletin. Additionally, on two of the eight test days,
the MTEL is offered at seven out-of-state locations, provided that a minimum number of
candidates register per area. To receive information on upcoming test dates and locations,
you may contact the test administrator at:

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure
Evaluation Systems
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9013
Telephone: 413-256-2892 or (866) 565-4894
Fax: 413-256-7077

The tests are scheduled to be completed within a maximum of four hours. Note that
the MTEL General Curriculum is available on all test dates but is given only during the
afternoon sessions.

How to Use This Book and TestWare®

When Should I Start Studying? 
It is never too early to start studying for the MTEL General Curriculum 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 content required in the objectives, and take the
practice tests.

What Should I Study First?
We strongly recommend that you begin your preparation with the TestWare® tests.
The software provides the added benefits of instant, accurate scoring and enforced time

What Do the Review Sections Cover?
The targeted review in this book is designed to help you sharpen the skills you need to
approach the MTEL General Curriculum Test, as well as provide strategies for attacking
the questions.

Each teaching area included in the MTEL General Curriculum Test is examined in
a separate chapter. The skills required for all areas 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 education classes you took should have provided you with the know-how to
make important decisions about situations you will face as a teacher. The review sections
in this book are designed to help you fit the information you have acquired into the objectives
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 General Curriculum Test
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 day—for 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 any 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.

How Can I Use My Study Time Efficiently?
Our study schedule allows for thorough preparation for the MTEL General
Curriculum Test. The course of study presented here is seven weeks, but you can condense or expand the timeline to suit your personal schedule. It is vital that you adhere to a
structured plan and set aside ample time each day to study. The more time you devote to
studying, the more prepared and confident you will be on the day of the test.

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Table of Contents

History and Structure of the English Language
American Literature and Other Selected Literature
Literary Genres and Techniques
Literature for Children
Writing Process and Elements of Writing

U.S. and Massachusetts History
Government and the Responsibilities of Citizens
World History

Life Science
Physical Science
Earth and Space Science
Principles and Processes of Scientific Investigations

The Assignment
The Number System and the Concept of Place Value
Integers, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, and Mixed Numbers
Operations on Numbers
Algebra as Generalized Arithmetic
The Concept of Function
Linear Functions and Linear Equations
Concepts of Measurement
Concepts of Geometry
Basic Concepts of Probability

Multi-Subject Test
Mathematics Subtest
Progress Chart Multi-Subject Subtest
Detailed Explanations of Answers Multi-Subject Subtest
Progress Chart Mathematics Subtest
Detailed Explanations of Answers Mathematics Subtest

Multi-Subject Test
Mathematics Subtest
Progress Chart Multi-Subject Subtest
Detailed Explanations of Answers Multi-Subject Subtest
Progress Chart Mathematics Subtest
Detailed Explanations of Answers Mathematics Subtest

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Worked, but not the best.

    I used this book to study for the General Curriculum Multi-Subject subtest, and I passed on the first try- but BARELY. I knew that my weakest area was in science. I studied the science chapter extensively and I still scored the lowest on that section.
    The test is so general, though, that it's hard to prepare.

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