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To register for an MTLE exam, you can follow these steps:
MTLE exams are charged by the subtest. Each subtest costs $47.50 and most tests are made up of two subtests. You may choose to take all subtests at the same testing appointment or separately.
When the day of your MTLE exam arrives, make sure you bring a current ID with you to the testing center. Your name on the identification must match the name you registered with.
The ID needs to be government-issued with a photo and signature. Photocopies and expired IDs will not be accepted. Common examples are a driver’s license, passport, and military ID. If you are unsure about your ID, call the test center after registering.
No matter how prepared you feel, testing day can often be stressful, so here are a few tips to help you on that day. Testing centers can be warm or chilly so be sure to dress in layers. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early with your ID. It’s best to leave anything at home that you don’t need, although small lockers will be available at the testing center to hold items that you cannot take into the testing room, such as cell phones, hats, and printed materials. If you want to bring a bottle of water and a small snack, they can be stored in the locker along with your wallet and cell phone. If you leave the test to take a restroom break, your testing time will continue to count down.
Many of the science and math MTLE exams will provide a formula sheet. It is on the computer screen, not on paper. To check whether your exam will have a formula sheet, visit the MTLE testing website and click on your test. A chart about halfway down the following page will show you what reference materials will be included with your test.
Many of the science and math MTLE exams will also provide a calculator. It’s an on-screen calculator, not something you bring in. To check whether your exam will provide a calculator, visit the MTLE testing website and click on your test. The test overview includes details about the reference materials provided for each test, including on-screen calculators.
If you have properly prepared for your MTLE exam, passing should not be a problem. But in the event that you fail an MTLE exam, there are no consequences other than the fact that you will have to wait 30 to 45 days to retake it. The MTLE exams are divided into subtests, which is very helpful because if you fail only one subtest, you only need to retake that subtest, not the entire test.
To retake a failed subtest, simply complete the registration process again and pay the MTLE exam fee. Hopefully, this isn’t the case, but if you have failed a test or subtest three times, you can apply for a fee waiver and possibly take the test for free.
Of course, it’s best to pass the exam on your first try, but if you don’t, you have at least 30 to 45 days to study some more (perhaps with a new studying approach) and try again! Make sure you use this time to brush up on your weaknesses, as identified in your score report. This waiting time ensures that you will have a new test with different questions. The topics will be the same, just presented differently.
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