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letter I sent to Parents United
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The MTLE Basic Skills Test details (from the MTLE Website)
MTLE Reading by the Numbers
This is my attempt to break down the MTLE Reading test by the numbers -- points per item, required number of items correct, time per item, etc.
MTLE Six Question Types
Still a work in progress, I tried to brief the six question types (based on the six MTLE Reading Objectives) and suggest strategies for answering them.
MTLE-Similar Reading Passages
The best strategy to practice for the test is to find reading passages as similar to the MTLE as possible. Here are some on-line:
Georgia's Teacher Credential Basic Skills test (the GACE):
Practice Questions for the GACE Basic Skills Reading test (Georgia Assessment of Educators)
The Michigan Teacher Exam:
Pages 2-13 to 2-16 (the Sample Reading Section and questions on "The Road to Civil Rights" is almost identical in format to the MTLE Reading test
The MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator License) .
The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Test (practice test)
-- NOTE TO MDE: Pennsylvania provides a full-length practice test free and open ... less ka-ching but considerably more useful and transparent ... this is a nice practice test because the reading section are about the same difficulty ... and hit more or less the same objectives ... but are a little shorter with fewer questions.
The 2007 Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment
(by Pearson/NES) is pretty close ... close enough for practice.
Non-Similar Basic Skills tests by Pearsons
Texas and Florida Basics Skills Reading Tests
-- the objectives ... and therefore types of questions ... are considerably different
(the Basic Skills test for the California teacher license) is also fairly different ... the passages are easier and shorter and more varied -- and the objectives and questions are different. (One interesting thing about the CBEST, though, is the computer version's testing environment. You can
download and run a version on your own computer
. It's kind of a hassle but it's almost worth because it is the most horrible testing computer testing environment I've ever experienced.
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