All About the MoGEA
If you are prospective teacher pursing the traditional route to certification in Missouri, you'll need to complete a state-approved educator preparation program at the baccalaureate level (such as a Bachelor's of Science in Education). Before entering a prep program, you'll have to pass the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). This is a computerized test that you'll take at a testing center.
Who Is Exempt from the MoGEA?
This testing requirement may be waived if you have already completed an educator prep program or are already licensed in another state or country. It may also be waived if you are obtaining initial certification through a graduate-level program. If you have a doctorate, you may obtain initial certification by passing the Professional Knowledge: Secondary exam (Test Code 063).
To learn more about how you can become certified to teach in Missouri, or how you can transfer existing teaching credentials, check with the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education at dese.mo.gov.
MoGEA Test Content
The MoGEA assesses your working knowledge in five academic subject areas and consists of four subtests.
Each test contains 39-40 multiple-choice questions, except for the Writing test which consists of a constructed response prompt. Times allotted for each test are outlined below. You may take each test individually or the entire battery at once (about 4.5 hours, plus a 15-minute break). Individual test breakdowns are as follows.
Reading Comprehension and Interpretation
You'll have 75 minutes to complete this subtest, which will test your skills in the following areas:
- Literal Comprehension (33%)
- Inference and Interpretation (33%)
- Critical Reasoning and Evaluation (33%)
Items in this subtest typically have you read a passage and answer multiple-choice questions that ask you to identify main ideas and supporting details, make inferences and conclusions, interpret college-level writing, and use critical reasoning to evaluate a text.
This subtest also includes 75 minutes of testing time. It measures your knowledge of the following mathematics subjects:
- Numbers and Algebra (50%)
- Measurement and Geometry (25%)
- Statistics and Data Analysis (25%)
In this subtest, you will perform calculations, analyze data, and solve word problems using your reasoning skills. Note that a basic calculator and a formula sheet will be provided on the test.
Science and Social Studies
Over the course of this 60-minute test, you'll need to answer an equal percentage of questions on each of the following topics:
- Fundamental Scientific Concepts (25%)
- Science Inquiry and Literacy Skills (25%)
- Fundamental Social Studies Concepts (25%)
- Social Studies Inquiry and Literacy Skills (25%)
You'll demonstrate your knowledge of basic concepts in the fields of Earth, life, and physical science as well as history, civics, economics, and geography. This test also places some emphasis on the application of literacy and research skills used in these fields.
The writing subtest lasts for 60 minutes. It consists of a single constructed response in which you support a position through a well-composed essay. You will be given a prompt that is based on two passages that present opposing viewpoints on an education-related issue.
MoGEA Study Resources
If you're ready to dig into your review, check out the comprehensive MoGEA practice and prep courses on Study.com. Courses cover every nook and cranny of all the MoGEA subtests, with fun video lessons that may be completed at a pace that works for you and your schedule.
MoGEA Administration and Scoring
Registration for the MoGEA is open year-round and scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis. This is handled on the new Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) portal at mo.nesinc.com, which is administered by Pearson. When you register, you will select an available date, time, and preferred testing center. If you require any special accommodations for a disability, you must arrange these before scheduling your test.
After you register for the MoGEA, you will have to pay a fee. As of 2018, each subtest costs $25, or you may purchase the entire battery for $49. Note that the complete option is only available once; if you must retake a test, the individual rates apply.
The cut-off scores for passing vary from program to program. Be sure to check with your preparation program to see what you need to score on each subtest and remember that you must get a passing score on all four subtests. The MoGEA follows a score reporting schedule which you can also access at mo.nesinc.com. Generally speaking, your score report will be released within about 2-6 weeks of completing your test.