What YOU Need To Do To Register For An MTEL Exam

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Are you getting ready to take your MTEL exam but have questions about how to register? Well, you’re in luck! We’re here to help answer all of your registration questions. We’ll give you step-by-step directions on how to register and how much each MTEL exam costs. We’ll also cover any other registration details you might need to know. We’ll go over what to expect the day of your exam and give you test tips, including information about what kind of ID you’ll need. We’ll also let you know whether you’re able to use a calculator or formula sheet on the day of your exam. The MTEL exam is difficult, so we’ll also go over what happens if you fail, including whether you can retake your exam and how long you’ll have to wait before retaking it.

So, let’s begin!

How do you register for an MTEL exam?

We want to make sure you have everything you need to register, so we’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to register for your MTEL exam. After you decide which MTEL exam to take, follow these steps to register.

First, you’ll need to have a MEPID number before you can register. You can find all the information you need to obtain a MEPID number or check to see if you have one here.

After you have ensured that you have a MEPID number, you can begin the registration process. You can log in or create a new account on the MTEL website.

Once you have logged in you will be able to register for the MTEL exam that you need to take.

How much does it cost to register for an MTEL exam?

With a few exceptions, most MTEL exams cost $139. Let’s take a look at the exceptions.

The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills and the Vocational Technical Literacy Skills tests have two testing options. You can take each subtest individually or you can take the combined test and save on costs. If you choose to take the subtests separately the Reading subtest costs $76 and the Writing subtest costs $85. Both subtests combined cost $112.

The MTEL General Curriculum exam also has two testing options. The Mathematics subtest costs $94 and the Multi-subject subtest costs $94. If you choose to take both subtests it costs $139.

The MTEL Sheltered English Immersion exam costs $166.

You can find more testing information and exam costs on the MTEL website.

Do you need an ID to take an MTEL exam?

You will not be allowed to take your MTEL exam if you do not have a valid ID with you. It is very important that the name of your ID matches the name in which you’re registered.

If you have had a recent name change you’ll need to bring official verification of your name change (marriage license, court order, etc). The verification document(s) must be original, no copies.

What kind of ID do you need for the MTEL test?

Making sure you have a valid form of ID is crucial since you will not be able to take your MTEL exam without the proper identification.

Your ID must be a valid, government-issued ID printed in English. The name in which you registered should match the name on your ID. Your ID needs to have your full name, a photograph, and your signature.

Valid forms of identification include a driver’s license, passport, state identification, national identification, military identification, or an Alien Registration Card (green card or permanent resident visa).

If you have a question about your identification you can contact Evaluation Systems before the day of your test.

You can also find more information about acceptable and unacceptable forms of ID on the MTEL website.

What are some day of test tips for an MTEL test?

On the day of your MTEL exam, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared. We’ll give you some test tips to help you on your test day.

You will want to arrive at least 15 minutes before your testing appointment. If you arrive late you may not be allowed into the testing area. You will then be marked absent and not receive a refund or credit.

You’ll want to make sure you have reviewed the acceptable forms of identification and have your ID ready.

Make sure that you eat a balanced meal and dress in layers before the exam. Dr. Kristy Mulkey also has some great tips for the day of the exam.

You can view the computer-based testing (CBT) tutorials before your test to know what to expect on test day.

Do you get a formula sheet on an MTEL exam?

Some MTEL exams provide an on-screen formula sheet to use on the day of the test.

The General Science exam provides an on-screen periodic table.

The Chemistry exam provides an on-screen periodic table and a formula sheet.

The Mathematics (Middle School) exam provides an on-screen formula sheet.

The Mathematics (Secondary) exam provides an on-screen formula sheet.

The Mathematics/Science (Middle School) exam provides an on-screen formula sheet and periodic table.

The Physics exam provides an on-screen formula sheet.

The Technology/Engineering exam provides an on-screen formula sheet.

Do you get a calculator on an MTEL exam?

Calculators are prohibited on most MTEL exams but there are a few that provide on-screen calculators.

The MTEL Chemistry, Mathematics (Secondary), and Physics exams provide an on-screen scientific calculator.

You can view the on-screen calculator tutorial here.

You are not allowed to bring your own calculator.

What happens if you fail an MTEL exam?

No one is expecting to fail their exam, but if you do there’s good news.

The good news is that you can retake your exam! You’ll want to make sure you have a study guide to help you study. Having a study guide that comes with a pass guarantee will set you up for success!

You can also use the test preparation materials (test information guides, test objectives and practice tests) from the MTEL website. You can also find specific preparation materials on each MTEL test info page.

Can you retake an MTEL exam?

What if you fail your MTEL exam? Can you retake the exam?

The answer is yes! You can retake your exam as many times as you need to receive a passing score. You need to wait at least 45 days to retake an MTEL exam.

You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of study materials, practice questions, and a study plan before you retake your MTEL exam. You can find a study guide that has all of that at 240 Tutoring!

How long do you have to wait before you can retake an MTEL exam?

If you need to retake an MTEL exam, there is a waiting period.

You’ll need to wait 45 days before you can retest. While you are waiting you will want to make sure you are studying for your exam. Use a study guide that is aligned with your specific MTEL exam.

You’ll want to use a study guide to help you pass! Each study guide comes with the 240 Tutoring guarantee: if you earn a 90% or higher on the full-length practice test and are unsuccessful on the exam, 240 Tutoring will provide a refund for up to two months of your subscription!

Are there any other registration details you should know?

Before you head over to register we want to make sure there are not any other registration details you need to know.

If you need to update or change your personal information you can do so through your account online, with the exception of changes to your name, date of birth, social security number, or MEPID number. If you need to make changes to any of those listed you’ll need to contact the MTEL program.

There is no fee to make a change to your original registration; however, you must make any changes 24 hours before your scheduled testing appointment.

If you have a disability or are a nursing mother and need alternate testing arrangements you can find information on the MTEL website. For questions regarding alternative testing arrangements, please call MTEL customer service at (866) 565-4894 or (413) 256-2892.

If you have any other questions or concerns, you can find information on who to contact here.

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About the author: Ashley Macken

Ashley is a first-grade teacher who is ending her 10-year teaching career to focus on small group tutoring and being a stay-at-home mom. She feels she has a wealth of knowledge of the education world to share with others. One thing you wouldn’t expect about Ashley is that she owns a working 1926 Model T.