CTEL Registration Information

Registering for the CTEL Exam

Individuals who want to be certified to teach English learners must pass all 3 subtests that make up the CTEL (California Teacher of English Learners) exam. You can register for these subtests online through the CTC exams website.

Step 1: Create an Account

Anyone who needs to take the CTEL must first create an account on the CTC exams website. These accounts require you to provide personal information, such as your name and address. You must also set up a password for access to your account.

Step 2: Log On and Register

Once you have an account on the CTC exams website, you can log on at any time and register for exams you need to take, including the CTEL test. You must opt to register, select the CTEL and pay for the test or subtest that you wish to register for.

Accepted Payment Methods

VISA or MasterCard credit cards can be used to pay for your test fees. You may also use a bank or check card if it displays the VISA or MasterCard logo.

Step 3: Find Available Testing Sites and Times

The CTC exams website provides a link to an app on the Pearson VUE website. This app allows you to provide an address, city or zip code and locate test sites near the given location.

There is also an app on the Pearson VUE website that allows you to check test time availability. You must select the exam and then choose up to 3 test sites. Once you do this, you will be able to see which days the chosen test sites have space for you to take the CTEL test or a CTEL subtest.

Step 4: Determine If You Need Accommodations

Alternative testing arrangements may be offered to individuals who have disabilities or medical needs. The CTC exams website provides information about the reasons individuals may qualify for testing accommodations and how to apply. You should thoroughly review this information, and if you feel you may qualify, you'll need to apply before scheduling your CTEL test or subtest.

Step 5: Schedule Your CTEL Test

You must schedule a test time to secure your spot. Log on to your account on the CTC exams website and opt to schedule a test. Pick the CTEL or CTEL subtest you want to take and follow the prompts to choose the date, time and location.

Scheduling With Accommodations

If you have applied for accommodations, it can take a few weeks to receive confirmation that your application has been approved. Once you receive this, you can log on to your account online. You will be provided with specific instructions for scheduling your test or subtest. This may involve following prompts online to complete the scheduling process or scheduling your test by phone.

Rescheduling Your Test

You can change your scheduled test times without incurring additional fees if you do so at least 24 hours prior to when you were originally scheduled to take the test.

Refund Policy

Test fees may be refunded in some situations. You must withdraw within the year that your registration is valid. A withdrawal request can be submitted through your online account.

If you had a test scheduled, you must cancel your testing appointment and then submit the withdrawal request at least 24 hours before you were scheduled to take your test.

CTEL Test Resources

Once you register for your CTEL test or subtest, it is a good idea to access reputable study materials that can be used to review material for your test. The study guides listed here allow you to work at your own pace and provide dozens of lessons that are designed to help you cover all the information you will be tested on.

Get an idea of what the California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) exam is used for, who is required to take it and what each of the CTEL subtests focuses on.

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