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How to Prepare for MTEL Exams

The MTEL exam was designed to ensure that educators have the academic preparedness to succeed in a school community. You’ll need both academic proficiency and professional communication skills. Qualifying scores on the required tests indicate that you are knowledgeable in your respective areas of expertise and able to communicate clearly with students and their parents or guardians. Understandably, passing such all-encompassing tests is a challenge that…

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Why Use Online Teaching Certification Preparation?

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One of the minimum requirements for becoming a teacher is a bachelor's degree. Many teachers choose to pursue an even higher level of education, but a bachelor's is the bare minimum for teaching students from kindergarten to grade 12. If you're a full-time student, a bachelor's degree will take four years to get. If you're a part-time student, it could take six years to graduate. During…

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Passing the Composition Exercise: Usage

PrepForward provides online preparation courses to candidates practicing compositions for state teacher tests, including the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam in MA. In this series, I’ll share the most common errors I see and tips for making a solid score on each performance characteristic. Other articles in series: Passing the Composition Exercise: Mechanics “Careful and precise”—that’s the expectation for usage on the MTEL exams composition essay.…

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Graphing Fun – Math Teacher Certification

Most teaching licenses will require that you pass a certification exam with math concepts. Thoughts of this test often induce fear and stress in even the most talented prospective teachers. Ensuring that you have a deep understanding of the math fundamentals will alleviate this anxiety and help you pass your exam. One topic that many struggle with is graphing linear equations. Let’s review the basics. Linear…

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Dodging Distractors on Foundations of Reading, Part 2

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As you are preparing for the Foundations of Reading test, think back to your coursework on creating assessments. In addition to the open response, the FORT is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions. Understanding the mechanics of a good, critical thinking multiple choice question can help you to choose the best alternative and dodge the distractors. Test makers often create distractors from what they know to…

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Dodging Distractors on Foundations of Reading Exam

In addition to mastering the content for the Foundations of Reading teacher certification test, you can also be wise to some testing strategies. Multiple choice questions are made of a stem and alternatives. One of the listed alternatives will be the best answer while the others will be distractors. Here is a tip to help you use the question to find the best answer: Compare the…

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