MTEL General Curriculum Practice Test

The General Curriculum exam is a subtest requirement of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) program. Each test in the MTEL program is aligned with licensure regulations within the state of Massachusetts and is one of the two tests you must pass to obtain teacher licensure.


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Test design

The General Curriculum test consists of two subtests, Mathematics and Multi-subject. The Mathematics subtest consists of 45 multiple-choice questions and one open response assignment. The Multi-subject subtest consists of 55 multiple-choice questions and one open response assignment.

You must pass both subtests with a score of at least 240 to pass the General Curriculum test.

Registration and cost

There are two options for registering for the General Curriculum test:

  • Take both subtests in one testing session – $139.00
    • You are allowed four hours for both subtests.
  • Register for both subtests but take them on separate test dates – $94.00 per subtest
    • Each subtest incurs a separate charge.
    • You will have four hours for each subtest.

You will save money if you take both subtests within one four-hour period, but if you need the comfort of more time to complete the assessments, it would be beneficial, if not more expensive, to take them in individually.

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Your results are based on the number of correct answers in the multiple-choice section plus the score you received for the open-response questions. It is then converted to a scale that will range from 100 to 300. To pass each subtest, you must obtain a score of 240. Should you fail to complete the open response item, you will not receive any points for that section.

Your results will include whether you met the qualifying score, and your general performance on each section of the subtest. Your total score will be displayed if you did not meet the qualifying score.

The results of your exam are reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and will be automatically added to your licensure file once you apply for your teaching license. If you indicate a Massachusetts educator program at registration, your results will be transmitted to that program.

Registration, dates and delivery method

You will register online for the General Curriculum test. Registration cost depends on whether you take both subtests in one four-hour testing period or break up the subtests into two different testing periods. Payment can be made via MasterCard, Visa or debit card (with the MasterCard or Visa logo). Should you not have access to this form of payment, arrangements may be made to pay via check.

The test is delivered via computer-based test (CBT) and appointments to take the exam can be scheduled Monday through Saturday, some holidays excluded. Options are available for military personnel to utilize military base test centers with proper military identification and authorization.

When you register, make sure you use the name as shown on your identification. Should the names not match, you could be denied entry into the exam, and you will forfeit your registration fee.

Test Day

Plan to arrive at the testing facility 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Your digital signature will be taken, and a digital photograph and/or palm scan may be taken. If you wear glasses, you may be asked to remove them for a visual inspection. You will also have to present one form of government-issued identification, and it must show the name you used to register for the test.

After your identification has been verified, you’ll be assigned to your station, and provided with a felt pen and a note booklet. You are not allowed to bring in any item to the testing room, and it is strongly recommended that you leave all personal items at home or locked in your car. At the conclusion of the exam, you will return all materials provided back to the test administrator.

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