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MTEL (178/278) Study Guide

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Master the concepts covered on the exam using test-aligned study materials

The study guide’s instruction content breaks down the key information you need to know about each concept. Includes written and video content for different learning styles

Assess your knowledge of each concept with practice questions

The study guide comes with 1000s of authentic practice questions. Each concept comes with a set of quizzes you can take to assess your knowledge of the material you just studied.

Take full-length practice tests to ensure you are ready on test day

The study guide includes three full-length practice tests. These tests are designed to mimic the real exam, meaning they have the same numbers of questions and time limit as the real exam.

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Study Guide Format

The MTEL General Curriculum (178/278) study guides include instructional videos, quizzes, flashcards, and 1000+ practice questions. The study guides cover over 30+ concepts spanning across two subtests.

  • Subtest 1: Language Arts and History/Social Science (178)
  • Subtest 2: Mathematics, Science, and Technology/Engineering (278)

What Concepts are Covered in the MTEL General Curriculum Study Guides?

Subtest 1: Language Arts and History/Social Science (178)

Concept Number of Lessons Practice Questions
Literature and Informational Texts 8 92
Writing and Research 16 169
Speaking and Listening 7 66
Text Analysis 16 295
Economics 11 74
Geography 18 115
Early Civilizations 25 133
Colonization of the Americas 7 47
Early US and MA History 11 51
Modern US and MA History 26 157
Principles of American Government 20 105
Structures and Functions of Government 7 87
Methods, Skills, and Instruction 20 131

Subtest 2: Mathematics, Science, and Technology/Engineering (278)

Concept Number of Lessons Practice Questions
Number Sense 15 99
Fractions and Ratios 17 142
Algebra 21 175
Geometry 18 166
Measurement and Data 23 185
Applied Math 11 28
Earth and Space Science 34 239
Life Science 26 173
Physical Science 31 223
Science and Engineering Principles 11 35

Each concept includes instructional content and videos to ensure you understand that topic. They also come with practice questions so you can test yourself on the information you just learned.

How to Use the Study Guides

You can start studying by taking our diagnostic test to learn your strengths and weaknesses. Then you can start working through the concepts. The instructional content, which includes videos and written content,  gives you all the necessary information to understand that topic. Each concept has its own set of flashcards and quizzes you can use to test your knowledge of that specific concept quickly. Once you have worked through all the concepts, you can move on to the full-length practice tests. These practice tests mimic the test day environment, meaning they will have the same amount of questions and time limit as the real test. You will have three attempts at taking the practice test.

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Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the MTEL General Curriculum (178/278) exam and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Benefits of Using the Study Guides

The MTEL General Curriculum study guides were created to help you pass your MTEL General Curriculum (178/278) exam. The comprehensive study guide provides you with all the information and study resources you need to be successful on test day!

The MTEL General Curriculum exam assesses your knowledge in the subjects matter covered on the exam. Once you have passed your exam you are one step closer to getting into the classroom!

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MTEL General Curriculum (03) Exam at a Glance
Subtests Questions Time
Language Arts and History/Social Science 60 multiple-choice questions and 1 open-response item 4 hours
Mathematics, Science, and Technology/Engineering 60 multiple-choice questions and 1 open-response item 4 hours
You can take one or both subtests in one sitting. No matter if you take one of both test you will have 4 hours of testing time.

MTEL General Curriculum (178/278) Quick Facts

Exam Overview

The MTEL General Curriculum (178/ 278) exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions and 2 open response questions with a 4 hour time limit.

Check out our full MTEL 178/278 exam overview for more information.

Cost

Subtest 1: Language Arts and History/Social Science (178) only: $94
Subtest 2: Mathematics, Science, and Technology/Engineering (278) only: $94
Both subtests: $139

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Dates and Locations

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Scoring

To pass the MTEL General Curriculum (178/278) exam you must get a 240 on both subtests.

Check out the full MTEL 178/278 scoring guide for more on the exam’s scoring.

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MTEL General Curriculum FAQs

Do I get a break during the MTEL General Curriculum exam?

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How do I pass the MTEL General Curriculum (178/278) test?

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How long will the MTEL General Curriculum exam?

The full test takes 4 hours, but expect to be at the testing site longer. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to get checked in.

When will I receive my score report for the MTEL General Curriculum (178/278) exam?

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