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The MTLE Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination is a series of tests that are required for prospective teachers to take in order to display proficiency in both pedagogical and content-area knowledge. A passing score of 240 on a variety of MTLE Exams is required for an initial Minnesota Teacher License and to be able to teach in the State of Minnesota. Established teachers, who already hold a Minnesota Teacher License, but are seeking to add additional content-areas to their license, may also take the required MTLE to display proficiency in another content area.
Those seeking an Initial License need to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills and can do so by either passing the MTLE Basic Skills Tests (Reading 001, Writing 002, and Mathematics 003), or the ACT Plus Writing/SAT Examination.
Initial License Seekers also need to demonstrate proficiency in content. The MTLE has a variety of examinations that testers can take to prove competency. An applicant desiring to obtain K-12 licensure may select either the primary or the secondary pedagogy subtest to demonstrate proficiency. Each pedagogy exam is made up of two subtests. For example, in order to receive an Elementary Endorsement, one must pass both the Elementary 012 Exam and the Elementary 013 Exam.
Further, teachers who wish to add a content-area accreditation to their license, need to pass two content-area subtests. Each subtest needs to be passed in order to receive a content-specific license. For example, in order to receive a Middle Level Science Endorsement, one must pass both the Middle Level Science 036 Exam and the Middle Level Science 037 Exam.
Ideally, these exams should be taken in the last semester prior to graduation for individuals who are completing a teacher licensure program. An individual who is seeking to change their Limited Minnesota Teacher’s License to a Professional Minnesota Education License, or individuals who hold a teacher’s license from another state but are relocating to Minnesota, may also take the MTLE exams at least 3 months prior to the desired date of receiving a Professional Minnesota Educator’s License. Please visit the Minnesota Department of Education for more information.
MTLE Test Dates
Most of the MTLE Exams are available year round Monday-Saturday (excluding some holidays). Tests are available at many different locations throughout Minnesota and the rest of the U.S. To make an appointment for a test please, visit the MLTE website to view an available test date and location that is convenient for you.
Applicants are required to create an account in order to register for any MTLE Exams. You can create an account by providing your email, desired password, and answers to a variety of security questions on the MTLE website. It is crucial that the information you provide at the time of registration matches your government-issued ID. Early Registration is strongly encouraged in order to schedule a desired seat and meet the required deadline for any MTLE exam.
An annual registration fee of $50 must be paid prior to registering for any of the MTLE subtests. The cost of each subtest is additional to the annual registration fee and is as follows:
Beginning to Prepare
After you have determined which exam you need to take, have registered, and paid the exam fee, it is time to begin preparing for the MTLE. The most effective way to prepare for the MTLE Exam series is to develop a study plan. Your study plan should include understanding the standards, the structure of the MTLE, what study materials are available, practice or diagnostic assessments, studying strategies, how to write a CRQ (if applicable), and developing a study schedule as discussed below.
Understanding The Standards
The MTLE was designed to align with Minnesota state regulations and content standards for teachers. The Pedagogy and Content Area exams will measure proficiency in their respective fields based on the Minnesota standards for that field. You can find information about these standards on the Minnesota Department of Education website.
Structure of the MTLE
The MTLE Basic Skills Reading Subtest 001 consists of approximately 48 Multiple Choice Questions. A time-period of 1 hour is allotted for this test.
The MTLE Basic Skills Writing Subtest 002 consists of approximately 33 Multiple Choice Questions and 2 written assignments. A time-period of 1 1/2 hours is allotted for this test.
The MTLE Basic Skills Mathematic Subtest 003 consists of approximately 50 Multiple Choice Questions. A time-period of 1 hour 15 minutes is allotted for this test.
The MTLE Pedagogy Early Childhood 010 & 011, Elementary 012 & 013 , and Secondary 014 & 015 Subtests each consist of approximately 50 Multiple Choice Questions. A time period of 1 hour is allotted for each of these tests.
The MTLE Content-Area Specific Tests each have a unique format and time allotment. Please visit the MTLE website and select the desired test for more information.
Don’t Forget to Study Testing Strategies
Testing strategies are an essential element of preparation for the MTLE. Here are some helpful articles that detail testing strategies and reasons why people fail their certification exams.
How to Write a CRQ
CRQ’s or Constructed Response Questions are an important part of some of the MTLE’s. If your exam includes CRQ’s, you will need to know how to write one effectively. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for the CRQ portion of your exam.
After creating your study plan, you need to begin studying! Using 240Tutoring’s preparation guides, you can begin learning more about the content and types of questions on each exam and completing practice questions using The 240Tutoring Testing Approach.
By identifying patterns in your performance, you can adapt your study plan to hone in on the areas in which you need to improve most.
For incorrect answers, be sure to read the answer explanation. You will see why each answer choice is correct or incorrect, and may notice details about the questions and answer choices that you did not notice in your first attempt. Reading explanations of incorrect answers ensures that you learn from your mistakes as you progress.
You should plan to be at the testing center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled test appointment. You should dress comfortably and in layers. Wear soft-soled shoes in order to maintain a quiet testing environment for all testers.
Lockers are provided at most testing centers. Please double-check by calling the testing center in advance.
You need to have a government-issued ID to verify your identity. When you check-in, your ID will be checked, your digital signature recorded, your palm scanned, and your photograph taken.
Each testing center has computers separated by partitions as well as a proctor to prevent cheating. Before beginning the exam, each tester will complete a computer-based tutorial session designed to show you how to navigate through the test successfully. If you would like to preview this tutorial, please visit the MTLE website and follow the instructions.
A passing score for every MTLE subtest is 240.
When Do I Get Scores?
A score report will be emailed to the email address you provided upon registration as soon as it is available, so it is important to keep your registration information up to date. You can also access a PDF version of your score report 45 days after the test date by logging in and following the prompts.
Your test score will also be automatically sent to any institution that you indicated during registration as well as to The Minnesota Board of Teaching.
Your score is not directly sent to the Minnesota Department of Education and must be submitted by you along with your License Application.
Understanding Your Score Report
Your Score Report will include the date of the exam, your subtest scores, and a pass or fail status. In order to help testers understand their strengths and weaknesses in testing areas, indices marks are provided for each content test subarea. The indices marks for both multiple choice and constructed response can be interpreted as:
++++ Most items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are substantially above the performance level represented by the passing standard.
+++ Many items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are at or above the performance level represented by the passing standard.
++ Some items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are limited and below the performance level represented by the passing standard.
+ Few or no items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are weak and substantially below the performance level represented by the passing standard.
The MTLE Exams are required for certification in Minnesota. As of September 1, 2010, Praxis exams can no longer be taken for the purposes of obtaining a Minnesota teaching license.
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