MTEL Math





What to Study for MTEL Math?

Depending upon the teaching level, you can opt to apply for one of the four Massachusetts Mathematics licenses. Accordingly, the MTEL Math test that you need to appear for varies depending on the level you want to teach. The four Mathematics license types are:

  1. Massachusetts Elementary Mathematics License
  2. Massachusetts Mathematics (Level: 5-8) License
  3. Massachusetts Middle School Mathematics/Science License
  4. Massachusetts Mathematics (Level: 5-8; 8-12) License

The math test required for each license type and the respective test content are briefly described in this article.

  1. Massachusetts Elementary Mathematics License

    This license is granted to persons who qualify to teach Mathematics for elementary school students. The MTEL Math test that you are required to pass in order to procure this license and the test details are discussed below:

    Elementary Mathematics Test:

    This test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response questions in the following subareas:

    • Number Sense, Operations and Data Analysis: This subarea includes 6 defined test objectives and approximately 37 to 39 multiple-choice questions. 30 percent of test weightage is given to this section.

    • Patterns, Relations and Algebra: This section makes 25 percent of the test. 5 test objectives and 30 to 32 multiple-choice questions are included in this subarea.

    • Geometry and Measurement: Similar to the previous subarea, this subarea accounts for 25 percent of the test. It includes 4 defined objectives and a total of around 30 to 32 multiple-choice questions.

    • Integration of Knowledge and Understanding: This subarea consists of one open-response question which requires you to develop a detailed analysis on a topic related to one or more of the other three subareas. It accounts for 20 percent of the test.

    Further in-depth test content of each subarea can be downloaded by following this web link: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/PDFs/53_ELEM%20MATH.pdf

  2. Massachusetts Mathematics (Level: 5-8) License

    If you wish to teach Mathematics to middle school students, you need to qualify for this license. The details of the required MTEL Math test are:

    Middle School Mathematics Test:

    100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response questions are included in this test. In addition to the subareas included in the Elementary Mathematics test, this test covers the following test content:

    • Statistics and Probability
    • Trigonometry, Calculus and Discrete Mathematics

    Detailed test objectives can be obtained through this download link: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/PDFs/47_MS%20MATH.pdf

  3. Massachusetts Middle School Mathematics/Science License

    This license makes one eligible to teach both Mathematics and Science to middle school students. The MTEL Math test that one needs to take in order to obtain this license is explained as follows:

    Middle School Mathematics/Science Test:

    This test consists of a total of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response questions. The test content includes subareas of the Middle School Mathematics test as well as 6 other subareas from History and Science Subjects.

    In order to procure the full test objective details, visit this web link: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/PDFs/51_MS%20MATH%20SC.pdf

  4. Massachusetts Mathematics (Level: 5-8; 8-12) License

    This license entitles you to teach Mathematics to students of grades 5 to 12. The MTEL Math test required for this license is described below:

    Mathematics Test:

    You need to answer 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response questions in this test. The subareas covered by the Mathematics test are similar to that of the Middle School Mathematics test. However, the test objectives are unique and specific for each test. Also, the number of questions and the test weightage for each subarea varies too.

    The elaborate syllabus description defined by each test objective can be accessed at this web page: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/PDFs/09_MATH.pdf

MTEL Math Test Structure

The test format of the Elementary Mathematics test is already described. The structure of the other three tests is tabulated below:

Subarea Approximate No. of Questions
Middle School Mathematics Test Middle School Mathematics/Science Test Mathematics Test
Number Sense and Operations 18-20 9-11 14-16
Patterns, Relations and Algebra 30-32 14-16 27-29
Geometry and Measurement: 21-23 10-12 23-25
Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability 14-16 7-9 12-14
Trigonometry, Calculus and Discrete Mathematics 12-14 5-7 19-21
Integration of Knowledge and Understanding 2 1 2

You must note that the Middle School Mathematics/Science test includes questions from the History and Science areas, in addition to what is mentioned in the table above.

Further, the MTEL official website (www.mtel.nesinc.com) provides you resources for Math test preparation and practice tests. Important details about test registration can also be procured from this website.




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