All About the MEGA Tests
The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, along with Pearson, has developed the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) program as a means of testing the pedagogical skills and content knowledge required of all educational professionals in the state. The MEGA program tests cover three main categories:
- Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA): A basic skills assessment that serves as an entrance exam for those enrolling in a Missouri educator preparation program.
- Missouri Educator Profile (MEP): An unscored assessment of work style and preferences, used to help educators in training understand and improve their work habits. Completion of the MEP is also required prior to entering an educator preparation program.
- Content Assessment Tests: Tests used to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills related to a specific subject area or grade range, as required for certification or endorsement.
Which Tests Will I Need to Take?
The specific tests you need to take will vary depending on your career stage and goals. For example, if you are just getting started with your training and you're taking a traditional route to certification, you'll need to pass the MoGEA to gain entry to a state-approved educator's prep program. You'll also take the MEP to assess your work habits and begin your professional development.
Towards the end of your training, you'll need to take content assessment tests. Let's say that you've decided to become certified to each elementary education. To earn that certification, you will have to pass the Elementary Education Multi-Content assessment, consisting of four subtests (English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies). For another example, if you are interested in teaching middle school math, you will have to pass the Middle School Education: Mathematics content assessment to become certified.
There are many content tests for certification in early and elementary education, middle grade core subjects, special education, K-12 subjects (such as art, music, or physical education), and secondary education subjects (grades 9-12). There are also MEGA content assessments for school counselors, administrative positions and paraprofessionals.
If you are not sure which certification you need or the tests you need to take to earn it, check with your program advisor (if you are in an educator prep program) or visit the official MEGA website at mo.nesinc.com.
MEGA Administration and Policies
All scored MEGA program tests, including the MoGEA, are computer-based tests (CBTs) that you can take at a Pearson testing center year-round. As such, the registration process is going to be similar for every MEGA program test that you take. Registration is handled online through the MEGA website, and you'll be able to schedule your test during this process. Seats are first-come, first-serve, so be sure to register for your test as soon as possible to schedule a date and location that works best for you.
If this is your first time registering for a MEGA program test, you'll first have to create an account on the MEGA website. You can also pay any testing fees through your account using a credit/debit card, a check or a voucher. Fees will vary from test to test, so be sure to look up specific information for your test(s) on the official website before proceeding.
Note: The world language MEGA content assessments must be taken within a specific testing window at one of the following testing centers: Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, Cape Girardeau or Kirksville. Not all languages and testing windows are offered at all centers. For more details, check the information page for your test on the official MEGA website.
Each test also has its own passing score and length, though many content assessments last for about 2 to 2.5 hours and have a cutoff score of 220. MEGA multiple-choice test scores are released on a schedule. Depending on when you completed your test, you can expect to get your scores within about two to six weeks.
Preparing for the MEGAs
Getting ready to tackle the MoGEA or a MEGA content assessment? The MEGA and MoGEA Study Guides you'll find on Study.com offer all the resources you need to get a great review. Try taking practice tests until you've mastered your subject or work through one of the prep courses that cover everything you'll encounter on your MEGA program test.
There are MEGA Practice & Prep Courses in many subjects and grades, including:
- MoGEA: Reading Comprehension and Interpretation, Writing, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies
- Early Childhood Education
- K-12: Health / Physical Education
- Elementary Education: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
- Middle School: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
- Secondary: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics, Business, Marketing