MTEL Comm Lit Test time limits

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  1. Alex2007

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    Greetings fellow teachers and teacher candidates,

    I'll be taking the MTEL Communication and Literacy Test soon. I have a question about the time limits. I know that it is a 4-hour long test, but I am wondering if there are separate time limits for the reading and writing sub-tests. Also, if I pass only one of the sub-tests and I need to re-take the other, would I get the entire 4 hours on the repeat attempt or only a fraction of it?

    I was unable to find this info on the MTEL website, I'd be grateful if anyone could enlighten me.

    Good luck to you all and especially to my fellow test takers!

    Alex
     
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    I'm pretty sure you get the whole time no matter what test (or subtest) you're taking.
     
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    Is there still dictation? The dictation had its own piece of the time limit when I took it (02).
     
  5. Beth2004

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    No, there isn't. I took it back in '04 and there still was, but I think I was one of the last groups to have the dictation. There was an issue with people who are hearing impaired and not being able to complete the section or something along those lines.
     
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    Straight from the horse's... um, #2 pencil?
     
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    I just took it last year, there is no oral stuff, and no matter what section you are taking you get the whole four hours.
     
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    Thanks to you, too, SwOcean Gal!

    That bit of play in the testing time is one of my favorite features of NES exams.
     
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    Thank God for that! Then you do not have to stress too much about time anyhow!

    Good luck with it!!! Are you taking the January one? I am not taking one until April. I took comm and literacy and very stupidly missed passing the reading section by 2 points- but I passed the writing with flying colors. Of course the one that is supposedly easier I fail! That is why I knew the answer to your question- I have to go through it now. I did hear that it might be better to just take one subtest at a time, but did I? nope, and I guess I am paying for it now! Best wishes and lots of luck!
     
  10. Alex2007

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    Thank you all for responding! The option of taking one subtest at a time, having 4 hours for each is tempting.

    Yes, SwOcean Gal, I am taking the January test. Now I just have to decide whether to register for the March date as well and split the test. My handwriting is either very slow or illegible. I was so glad that my subject test's free response items weren't really essay questions, but problem solving. Good luck in April!
     
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    Alex2007, if you're diagnosed with anything that's gotten you special accommodation for writing at school, please see if that's an option for the test - it's possible that, with suitable documentation from a doctor, you could get extra time or get permission to compose your essay on a computer rather than on paper.
     
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    Did you just call me a horse? :p

    I will admit that I am pretty familiar with the whole MTEL process since I've taken 5 of the stupid tests! :rolleyes:
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Are you accusing me of horseplay?

    And is this one of those cases in which familiarity breeds... horseflies? Or is this a horse of a different color?
     
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    *Coming out of lurkdom*
    Did you say that you've taken 5 of the MTEL exams? Girl, I've had it up to here with MTEL!!!
     
  15. Beth2004

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    Yep, 5 of them!

    I took Communication and Literacy, General Curriculum, and Foundations of Reading to become licensed in Elementary. Then I took Elementary Math, but didn't pass it. :( It wasn't a requirement so I didn't both trying again. After that, I took English 07 to be licensed in English grades 5-8. So, I've taken 5 and passed 4 on the first try.
     
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    Would that be anything like coming out of hypospace?
     
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    Well whatever makes you feel more comfy- regardless you have to pay the full price, so according to my logic you might as well take the entire thing and see it through. If you must take a section over again so be it at least you have a better idea of what to focus on. Good luck and Best wishes! I hope you do well and pass it on the first try! Keep us posted!
     
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    You pay for the whole test each time out, SwOcean Gal?

    It's good, though, that test takers can spread things out.
     
  19. Alex2007

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    When you register for the MTEL Comm Lit test (001), you have the option of registering for one or both subtests, even if it's your first attempt. In January 2008, the registration fee was $30, the fee for the the reading subtest was $30, and for the writing subtest you had to pay $40. So you don't have to pay for the whole test, only for the subtest(s) you register for, plus the $30 "registration fee." So if you do it in two sittings, you have to spend an extra 30 bucks, but you get an extra 4 hours. I went for both subtests together this time, but I won't know if this was the right choice until five weeks from now...
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    Funny how NES's operations differ from state to state...

    People's experiences with the exams differ enough that there really isn't one right way to study or to take. There are plenty of people for whom that extra $30 will be a very good investment.
     
  21. Jarenko

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    Indeed.
     
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    you don't have to pay for the whole test, only for the subtest(s) you register for, plus the $30 "registration fee." So if you do it in two sittings, you have to spend an extra 30 bucks, but you get an extra 4 hours.

    oops! Sorry! That whole $30 is what I must have been thinking of, then when I registered- I actually missed the deadline so it was extra for me anyhow- I was doing it at midnight and I guess it needed to be in by 5 or something!


    "I went for both subtests together this time, but I won't know if this was the right choice until five weeks from now.."
    Good luck! How do you feel you did?
     
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    Hi, Jarenko. Glad to see you again.
     
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    I'm happy to see you too.
     
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    Thank you all for all the helpful insight and information in this and other threads on the forum! Judgment day has come, oh I am so happy to report that I've passed both subtests of the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test.

    I would have scored lower without you!

    Do I deserve one shot of scotch for the entire test or two for each subtest? :)
     
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    (beaming)

    If your capacity's like mine, pour 'em short, and I won't tell.
     

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