The MTEL Communication Literacy Skills exam is an assessment test designed to test the reading and writing skills of entry-level educators in the state of Massachusetts.
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Exam Outline Review
The MTEL Communication Literacy Skills exam is split into two subtests, both of which must be passed in order to pass the full exam. You will be given a total time limit of 4 hours, whether you take one subtest or both subtests together.
This subtest contains 42 multiple-choice questions, which are grouped into six objectives. Each objective contains between 6 and 8 questions.
- Meaning of Words and Phrases
- Main Idea and Supporting Details
- Writer’s Purpose and Point of View
- Relationships Among Ideas
- Critical Reasoning
- Outlining, Summarizing, Graph Interpretation
This subtest contains 35 multiple-choice questions, seven sentence-correction questions, and two open-response questions, all of which are grouped into six objectives. Each objective contains anywhere from 1 to 16 questions.
- Establish and Maintain a Main Idea
- Sentence Construction, Grammar, Usage
- Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation
- Revise Sentences Containing Errors
- Summary Exercise
- Composition Exercise
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To register for the exam, you must create an online NES account via their website. Once your account has been created, you can use it to register for the exam and schedule an exam date. When you register, you will need to pay the applicable examination fee:
You should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes early on the day of your testing appointment to allow time for the check-in process. Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign in and provide at least one form of valid photo ID.
After the check-in process is complete, you will be asked to leave all personal items (cell phone, keys, wallet, bags, etc.) in a locker outside the testing area.
Once you enter the testing room, you will be given a brief tutorial on the computer-adaptive testing system before the exam begins.
How the Exam is Scored
Your MTEL score is determined by using a scaled scoring method, which means your final score is placed on a scale of 100-300.
To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 240 on each subtest.
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How many questions are on the MTEL Communication Literacy Skills exam?
There are 86 questions on the exam.
How long is the MTEL Communication Literacy Skills exam?
The time limit for the exam is 4 hours.
What is the passing score for the MTEL Communication Literacy Skills exam?
To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of at least 240 on each subtest, and you must pass both subtests to pass the exam.
How much does the MTEL Communication Literacy Skills exam cost?
The examination fee for both subtests taken together is $112.