When should I take these exams?

Most teacher candidates take the Basic Skills tests during their first 2 years of study since it is based on basic reading, writing and math that you have already learned. Candidates at SCSU are required to pass these Basic Skills tests prior to student teaching.

The pedagogy and content tests cover everything about teaching and content that you have learned while at college, so they are best taken  just before you student teach, during your student teaching or immediately following your student teaching. You must have passed all of your exams to be recommended for licensure by SCSU.

Test Dates

Computer-based MTLE tests are now available by appointment, year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays), at test centers across the state and nationwide. You can check test availability at the MTLE website.

Computer-based test takers for all subtests, except Basic Skills Writing, will receive a preliminary result at the end of their test session. Check the MTLE website to find out exactly when you can expect your official score report!

Candidates will receive Official Score Reports via email if requested during the registration process. Score reports are also posted to your account for 45 days as a pdf document, which you may view, print and save for your records. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO COPY AND SAVE YOUR SCORE REPORT IN A SEPARATE FILE ON YOUR COMPUTER FOR FUTURE REFERENCE! Your account also contains your complete testing history, including each test you have taken and the test date.

Your test results are reported to you and to any institution that you indicated as a score recipient when you registered. Your scores are also directly reported to the Minnesota Board of Teaching and are automatically added to your licensure application file. Make sure you request your score reports be sent to the institution at which you are completing your teacher education program!