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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?
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 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 http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/MA13_testdates.asp. 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 periodfor 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 www.mtel.nesinc.com 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
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9013
Telephone: 413-256-2892 or (866) 565-4894
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
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
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
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 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 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.