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MTEL – Short for Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, the MTEL is a standardized test that one must take to gain a Pre K – 12th Grade teaching license.  This test determines one’s ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, and other teachers as well as gauge their proficiency in their respected subject.  The Communication and Literacy Skills test is broken up into two Reading and Writing subtests.  The Reading subtest of the MTEL consists of 42 multiple-choice questions that test a person’s ability to read and decipher passages.  The Writing subtest of the MTEL consists of 36 multiple-choice questions, seven sentence revisions, a passage summary and a persuasive essay.  The multiple-choice portion tests a person’s proficiency in grammar, usage, spelling, etc.  In addition to taking the Communication and Literacy Skills test, one must take a subject specific test, i.e. someone wanting to be a science teacher must take the science MTEL.  Each test is different, but most will consist of multiple-choice questions and two open responces.