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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Preparing for the MTLE

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Basic Skills - Study Materials

The Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) - Basic Skills competencies are broad, conceptual statements that reflect the general education knowledge and skills an entry-level educator needs to teach effectively in Minnesota public schools.

The MTLE website has general preparation information including test taking strategies. The site has a computer-based testing tutorial and practice exam software which provides an opportunity to learn how to navigate through computer-based examinations. The website includes a practice exam to become familiar with the operations of computer-based testing. Some MTLE practice tests may be purchased. A series of free study guides are available on the MTLE website. These study guides include details about test content and format, as well as sampe test questions. A practice test for all three subtests which may be purchased online for $29.95 at MTLE Expanded Study Guides.

Pearson Education

Pearson Education has partnered with the authors of MTLE, to create online study guides that combine practice tests written by the test authors with Pearson’s best-selling content. Here are the ISBN numbers to stock the access code cards in the bookstore:

  • 0132614839 – MN Basic Skills Study Guide
  • 013261507x – MN Early Childhood Education Study Guide
  • 0132615169 – MN Elementary Education Study Guide


There are currently 10 MTLE study guides for subject areas including some of the most popular endorsements: MTLE Pedagogy Elementary, MTLE Special Education Core Skills, MTLE Life Science, MTLE Middle Level Science, MTLE High School Mathematics, and MTLE Communication Arts/Literature. These guides are aligned with current state standards and feature a complete practice test that includes test question rigor and skill reference, as well as full answer rationale.

Other Sources

The MTLE represents a list of competencies, and those competencies are found in other states where Pearson is the test company. However, the material(s) represent examples from other states and should be reviewed carefully.

California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

Michigan State Teachers Certification Exam (MTTC)

Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (CEOE)

Other Resources 

Online Calculator Tutorial

The link below will take you to the description of the chemistry test where you will see the link to the scientific calculator tutorial listed in the section called "Reference Materials for this Test". This link appears, as it does for Chemistry, for each test that allows a scientific calculator to the used on the test. Online calculator tutorial

Content and Pedagogy - Study Materials

The purpose of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Minnesota public school educators. The MTLE helps the Minnesota Board of Teaching (Mn BOT) meet its goal of ensuring that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Minnesota public schools. The MTLE are aligned with the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice (Mn SEPs).

MTLE provides content and sample questions for both content and pedagogy exams. Listed below are samples questions from other states. However, the material(s) represent examples from other states and should be reviewed carefully.