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Passing the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test
If you’re a teacher candidate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this REA test preparation book is designed expressly with you and your needs in mind. This book will help you pass the latest version of the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test (Field 01), effective after September 1,
2009. It is composed of two subtests: reading and writing. Our book provides targeted review material for both subtests, along with three full-length practice tests. These practice tests contain the very types of questions you can expect to encounter on the actual MTEL exam. Following each of our model tests, you will find an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you
master the test material.
ABOUT THE TEST
Who takes the test and what is it used for?
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure must be taken by individuals seeking certification to teach in Massachusetts. Prospective teachers are required to take and pass two tests: a two-part test in communication and literacy skills and an additional test in the subject of the candidate’s chosen
area of certification.
Who administers the test?
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Education and Pearson Education, Inc. A comprehensive test development process was designed and implemented specifically to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the exam is appropriate.
When and where is the test given?
The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test is administered 10 times a year at various locations across the state. Specific information regarding test sites will be given upon registration for the tests. To receive information on upcoming test dates and locations, you may wish to contact
the test administrator as follows:
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure
Evaluation Systems, Pearson
30 Gatehouse Road
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9013
Telephone: (413) 256-2892 or (866) 565-4894
Fax: (413) 256-7077
Always monitor the website for the latest information and updates.
Is there a registration fee?
To take the Communication and Literacy Skills Test, you must pay a fee. A complete summary of the registration fees is included in your registration bulletin.
When will I receive my score report?
Your score report should arrive about five weeks after you take the test. No scoring information will be given via telephone or fax. Remember, the data on your score report will reflect your scaled score, not the number of questions you have answered correctly. All tests are reported on the same scale, and will not be compared to the score of any other examinees. You can view unofficial test results on the MTEL website at 5:00 p.m. on the score report days.
To receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test, you must attain a qualifying score on both the reading and writing subtests. If you do not pass one or both of the subtests, you will be able to register again for the necessary section(s).