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MTLE Social Studies Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-089-1

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166 Interactive Practice Questions and 85 Pages of Instructional Content!

Subtest 1

166 Questions with Explanations
85 Pages of Instructional Content

Social Studies Skills, World History, U.S. and Minnesota History

Subtest 2

83 Questions with Explanations
42 Pages of Instructional Content

Geography, Government and Citizenship, Economics

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What’s on the MTLE Social Studies Exam

The MTLE Social Studies exam is a required exam that ensures candidates have sufficient knowledge in all relevant subject areas to teach secondary school.

Taking the MTLE Social Studies exam can be a daunting task.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything, the exam is broken into two subareas–which are then broken down into a total of nine objectives.


Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The MTLE Social Studies exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

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You will have 2 hours to complete the test.


Social Studies

2 hours

Exam Subareas

Subtest 1

Subarea I. Social Studies Skills

0001 Understand how to locate, gather, organize, and present social studies information.

0002 Understand how to analyze and evaluate social studies information, make generalizations, and reach supportable judgments and conclusions.

0003 Understand historical concepts, terms, sources, and perspectives.

0004 Understand the content and methods for developing students’ content-area reading skills to support their reading and learning in the social studies.

Subarea II. World History

0005 Understand major developments in world history from the beginnings of human society to 500 CE.

0006 Understand major developments in world history from 500 to 1450.

0007 Understand major developments in world history from 1450 to 1850.

0008 Understand major developments in world history from 1850 to the present.

Subarea III. U.S. and Minnesota History

0009 Understand major developments in early U.S. history from the precontact period to 1789.

0010 Understand major developments in U.S. history from 1789 to 1877.

0011 Understand major developments in U.S. history from 1877 to 1929.

0012 Understand major developments in U.S. history from 1929 to the present.

Subtest 2

Subarea I. Geography

0013 Understand geographic terms, concepts, sources, and research skills.

0014 Understand physical features, physical systems, and the interaction between the environment and human societies.

0015 Understand human systems.

Subarea II. Government and Citizenship

0016 Understand political science concepts, terms, perspectives, and research skills.

0017 Understand the foundations of U.S. government, the U.S. political process, and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.

0018 Understand the structure, organization, and operation of different levels of government in the United States.

Subarea III. Economics

0019 Understand basic economic concepts, microeconomics, and consumer economics and personal finance.

0020 Understand macroeconomics and international economics.

Subarea IV. Behavioral Sciences

0021 Understand how personal and social identity is formed and shaped.

0022 Understand the role of culture and social institutions in human societies.

 Passing Scoring

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. You will need to score a minimum of 240 in order to pass.

Registration and Testing

The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The MTLE exams are offered continuously throughout the year. However, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.

Which MTLE Test Do I Need to Take?

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.

How to Register

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.

Beginning to Prepare

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.

Practice Test or Diagnostic Assessment

Practice Assessments are helpful tools to not only familiarize yourself with the structure and pace of the MTLE, but also in identifying areas of weakness that might require further study. Information about the practice tests that are available for any exam in the MTLE series can be found at the MTLE website.

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.

Taking the Test

By now, you should be familiar with what to expect on the exam. All that is left to do is complete it, but that may not be as simple as it sounds once the test is in front of you.

If you feel anxious, remember 7 Reasons People Fail Their Certification Exam. If you have prepared using these tips and 240Tutoring’s study guide, you will have:

  • Learned the content
  • Reviewed testing strategies
  • Learned how to break down questions and answer choices
  • Learned how to write a constructed response
  • Developed strategies for reducing test anxiety

Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!

Test Scores

Passing Score

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.

State Reciprocity

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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