MTEL Reading Specialist Test

The Reading Specialist test is designed to assess a candidate's proficiency in the following areas: reading processes and development, reading assessment, reading instruction, and the professional knowledge and roles of the reading specialist. Candidates are also asked to demonstrate their ability to integrate knowledge and understanding in to two well supported open-response items. The Reading Specialist test, as a requirement of graduate students, is dependent upon the student's program of study.

Preparing for the Test

Program Specific Supports for Wheelock Students Preparing for the Test:

  • Depending on their program of study, graduate students will take related coursework. All of these courses, combined with departmental initiatives and supports, build a solid foundation for students planning to take this test.

B. Preparation Sessions and Workshops:

  • Resources for preparing for this exam appear below. You may also want to consult your advisor and/or the Language and Literacy program.

C. Suggestions for Self-Guided Preparation:

  • Create a study guide for yourself. The Reading Specialist test objectives are available online. These objectives give you a great framework to build your study guide around. We encourage you to purchase a binder and divider tabs. Each divider tab should represent one objective. The contents within each section should answer to the terms outlined in an objective area. Setting a binder like this up may take some time, but with advanced planning will be well worth it!
  • Practice Exams. One of the best ways to prepare for the Reading Specialist test is to do as many practice exams as possible. Below are sites that offer practice exams which will prove to be helpful study tools:

D. Tips and Suggestions for Taking this Test

  • Have a game plan for how you are going to approach the test. The great thing about the MTEL is that you are not required to take the test in chronological order-how you take it is entirely up to you. We encourage you to look at the open response items first, set-up an outline about how you are going to approach answering these questions, and then go back to get started on multiple choice items. Approaching the test this way may help to alleviate some test anxiety and set a good pace for yourself with the rest of the test.
  • Be clear and consistent with your responses. One of the goals of the MTEL is to determine whether or not you will be able to communicate clearly with students and parents alike. This being the case, it is essential that your handwriting on open response items is legible, your spelling and grammar are exceptional, and your answers are well thought out.
  • Get focused! To calm your nerves once the test begins, it is best to give yourself a few minutes to relax and look over the test in its entirety before getting started. Given that you have a full four hours to take the test, take advantage of a restroom break. Getting up from the test for a few minutes and throwing some cold water on your face will work wonders.

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