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MTEL Results & Passing Score

Instructor: Bill Sands
MTEL tests use a scaled scoring system to determine whether or not a candidate has passed an exam. Read on for more information on this system as well as information on score reporting techniques for the MTEL assessments.

MTEL Passing Scores & Scaled Scoring

Passing standards for the MTEL exams are determined by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. Candidates will need to earn a scaled of at least 240 on the entire exam in order to pass an MTEL assessment.

Because no two exams are the same, the exact number of correct answers needed for a passing score on an MTEL exam is different for each assessment. To compensate for this discrepancy and allow quick and simple comparisons of candidates' performance on different MTEL subject examinations, test administrators use a scaled scoring system that converts a candidate's raw score (the exact number of correct answers) into a composite number. The MTEL scaled scoring system awards scores ranging 100 to 300.

MTEL tests contain subtests and candidates will receive a scaled score for each of subsection of the assessment. Scaled scores for the multiple-choice section are calculated by the total number of correct answers, while scores for the open-response prompts are determined by a candidate's answers to verbal and written prompts. Your total test score represents a combination of your performance scores for both the multiple-choice and open-response sections of the exam.

MTEL Score Reporting

Candidates who sit for any of the MTEL exams have two choices for score reporting. They can either receive an email that contains the score report, or they can go to the MTEL website and download a copy for themselves. For most tests, you should expect to wait about three weeks after your testing window closes to receive your report. However, if you took the Russian, Portuguese, German, or Italian exam, you should expect your results in about a month.

If you select the email option, your scores will be sent to you at 5:00 P.M. EST on the scheduled release date. Candidates who opt for the download option can access their scores beginning at 10:00 p.m. EST on the release date. Score reports are typically available on the site for two years.

In addition to yourself, your test scores are also sent to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and any educational institutions that you designated as recipients during the registration process.

Preparing for the MTEL Exams

If you're an aspiring teacher in Massachusetts and need to take MTEL exams, Study.com has plenty of review materials and study guides to help you feel comfortable and confident when it's time to take the test.

First and foremost, there's this MTEL Communication & Literacy Skills: Practice & Study Guide. Most candidates have to take this exam, and this course offers a comprehensive review of essential test topics. It also includes helpful study tools such as video lessons, practice exams, and interactive quizzes.

Study.com also has plenty of preparatory guides that correspond to individual subject tests under the MTEL umbrella, such as:

You can also check out additional MTEL study guides on our MTEL Courses page.

All of our courses are self-paced and mobile-friendly, so you can study when the time is right for you.

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