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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

MTLE Testing Strategies

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/advising/mtle3.html

About the MTLE

The tests are composed of both multiple - choice and open - response questions. Open - response questions are either essay or problem-solving format. Listening, reading, speaking and writing fluently are assessed in the languages other than English tests.

All the MTLE tests are criterion - referenced and evaluate a candidate's knowledge of subject content against an objective standard. Tests are not ranked in comparison to those of other applicants. Included are a number of tests and subtests.

In order to successfully pass the selected MTLE tests or subtests, serious candidates will give substantial time to material review and test preparation. We have found that one of the best ways to prepare is through the study of practice test questions, for two reasons. First, taking practice tests helps examinees recognize in which content areas they are strongest, and which need a greater portion of their study time. Secondly, practice questions help examinees get the 'hang' of the test format, including how multiple - choice questions are worded and structured. Because practice test questions are so important, we've created a site to assist you you i getting a jump - start on your review. Passing the MTLE won't be a piece of cake, but with organized, focused review, you can succeed on your first attempt!

Study Tips

  • Some foods aid the learning process - before studying try foods such as milk, nuts, seeds, rice, and oats or protein rich foods like eggs, turkey, and fish. All these foods help boost your memory.
  • Find a relaxing study place - set aside a participular place to study - free of distractions.
  • Create a timeline - calculate how many days you have between now and the exams or dead lines and allocate or set aside time to study
  • Learn to take great notes - often we take notes that are scrawled all over the paper, this approach fragments the information. To clarity our notes we must use proper formatting. One of the methods recommended is the
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  • Use arrows not highlighters - use a brief dash of color or arrow indicating the the key points.
  • Get the big picture then the details - if we only memorize dates, names, places (the details) we may miss the overall big picture or point.
  • Read to reinforce you knowledge - the more you read something the more you reinforce the ideas.
  • Ask Questions - pull apart written material - If the heading is "Wind Power", flip it around to read "How does wind create power?"

Source: MTTC Basic Skills 96 (2007). Wynne, Sharon A. XAMonline.

Test Tips

  • Bring a watch to the test with you so that yo can better pace yourself.
  • Try to relax. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
  • When you first receive your test, do a quick survey of the entire test so that you know how to efficiently budget your time.
  • Always read the question and answers carefully. Look for keywords. Don't make assumptions or reading anything into the question.
  • Do the easiest problems first. Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on especially when time is a factor.
  • If you don't know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question. Guess only when you don’t know the answer.
  • Don't worry if others finish before you. Focus on the test in front of you.
  • If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions, only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.
  • Double check to make sure that you put your first and last name on the test.