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- Available Lessons: 270
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About This Course
If you need to get ready for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Adult Basic Education exam, use the tools within this course to study the English, math, science, communication, reading and history topics you'll need to be familiar with. As you work through the course's short video lessons, you'll jog your memory of the English language, systems of the body, geometry and much more. Take short quizzes, final exams and chapter exams to test your knowledge, and use any computer or mobile device to access the course.
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Syllabus & Course Information
The course contains short lessons that cover the types of concepts that appear on the MTEL Adult Basic Education test. You'll improve your understanding of the pedagogical knowledge that's needed for teaching adults basic literacy, math, social studies and science concepts. When you're done with the course, you'll be able to:
- Identify the elements of grammar
- Summarize the writing process
- Teach students about literary genres
- Develop reading comprehension skills
- Solve algebra and geometry problems
- Analyze different types of data
- Evaluate American history to the end of the 20th century
- Analyze early world history
- Recognize major political shifts, as well as the components of American government
- Describe concepts in geography, life science and physical science
- Discuss human body systems
- Outline major scientific studies
As you work through the course, you'll work through 252 lessons that are broken into 20 chapters. The lessons are designed to be simple and to-the-point so you can quickly move through the course and remember key concepts. In addition to the lessons, you'll have access to self-assessment quizzes, printable transcripts and a helpful Ask the Expert feature.
MTEL Adult Basic Education (55) Exam Information
The purpose of the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam is to gauge the readiness of potential educators of adult basic education in the state of Massachusetts. Examinees must pass the test as part of the teacher licensure process.
- Number of Questions: 102
- Question Types: Multiple-choice and open-response
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $139
MTEL Adult Basic Education (55) Exam Breakdown
In addition to the subareas listed below, the final 15% of the exam will feature two constructed-response questions that test your ability to analyze some of the topics found throughout the test.
|MTEL Adult Basic Education Exam Concept||Percent of the MTEL Adult Basic Education Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|English Language Arts||15%||14-16||55|
|English for Speakers of Other Languages||25%||24-26||19|
|History and Social Science||10%||9-11||77|
Preparing & Registering for the MTEL Adult Basic Education (55) Exam
This course provides you with chapters full of lessons and quizzes to help you recall the concepts you need to know for your MTEL exam. We will track your progress through the course. If you need to review certain areas of the videos, you can use the video labels below them. You can easily study away from the computer by printing out the worksheets along with the quiz answers.
Registration for the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam can be done online at any time. You can also request to make special test arrangements if needed. The test is available in a computer format.
Scoring the MTEL Adult Basic Education (55) Exam
Your scores for the exam will be available online 3-4 weeks after you take it. You may also request to have them sent to you through e-mail. In order to pass the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam, you must receive a minimum score of 240. Points are received according to the number of multiple-choice questions answered correctly. Open-ended questions are scored using a rubric.
English Language Arts
Exam topics covered: Steps to compose a written piece, rules of grammar, parts of speech, English language and literature, components of literary genres and devices, ways of fostering adult literacy skills, link between reading and writing and reading comprehension methods.
What you'll study: These resources provide you with lessons about the ways of constructing writing that includes paragraphs, sentences, essays, and word organization, grammatical elements such as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions, literary genres that include prose and poetry, the definition and use of symbolism and imagery, methods for finding word definitions and ways to teach reading and comprehension skills.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Exam topics covered: Steps of language acquisition, ways of processing a second language, memorization of rules for languages, external influences on learning a second language, evaluation methods for language, utilization of phonology and morphology, semantics and sociolinguistics.
What you'll study: These Study.com resources provide you with lessons about the theories of language acquisition, learning a whole new language, definition of rote memorization, bilingual education, first language's position in the learning of a second language, metacognitive skills, other factors that influence the learning of a second language, the stages of phonological development in children, comprehending sociolinguists and the definition of morphology.
Exam topics covered: Prime numbers, number sense, fractions, ratios, word problems, definition of operations, scientific notation, decimals, absolute value, equations, utilization of algebraic symbols, functions, graphs, tables, system of equations, lines, shapes, methods of measurement, volume, congruence, Euclidean geometry, symmetry, and coordinate geometry, data collection, statistics, graphs, charts, methods for understanding data representations, comprehension of data bias and probability.
What you'll study: You can use these lessons to study prime and composite numbers, decimals, fractions, ratios, scientific notation, definition of absolute value, ways to solve problems, number sense, algebraic equations, the definition of a system of equations, tables and graphs, quadratic and exponential functions, length and weight, volume, area, congruence, Euclidean geometry, symmetry, geometry, conducting measurements, methods for gathering data, bar graphs, pie charts, ways to determine percentiles, probability of events, the utilization of data analysis for arguments and statistics.
History and Social Science
Exam topics covered: Traits of ancient civilizations, The Industrial Revolution, U.S. and political events, the Civil Rights movement, U.S. dominance, American history during the 1500s and after, the Great Depression, important people in the history of Massachusetts and the United States, the operations of the American government, United States Constitution, electoral system, United States citizenship, citizens' impact on the system of politics, characteristics of land masses, geographic regions and the utilization of maps.
What you'll study: These lessons will review the history of Native Americans and Puritans, the Articles of Confederation, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, the United States' power worldwide, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, Rosa Parks, the history of Massachusetts, early humans, the Roman republic, Catholic church, the Old World, English Enlightenment, summary of the French Revolution, World Wars I and II, industrialization, Ronald Reagan's ideas, principles and values of the American government, Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, definitions of a political party and special interest groups, process involved in U.S. citizenship, definition of geography, ways of reading a geologic map and the impact of the environment on humans.
Exam topics covered: Physical science, energy and matter, motion, living organisms, the Earth's atmosphere, functions of the human body, space, environmental impact on living things, development of a hypothesis, data collection, observations and conclusions, graphs and tables.
What you'll study: These resources will detail the properties of living things, energy of food chains, cells, evolution and adaption, definition of ecology, definition of an organ system, the nervous system, brain function, skeletal system, male and female reproductive system, physical properties, definition of heat and motion, makeup of the atmosphere, Earth's layers, and solar system, scientific observation and investigation, the definition of a scientific experiment, reading graphs and assessing scientific arguments.
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