The MTEL General Science Test contains two distinct sections. One section addresses five subareas in 100 multiple choice questions. The second section asks two open-response questions designed to demonstrate the candidate's competency in the area o f Integration of Knowledge and Understanding.
The multiple choice questions of the MTEL General Science Test collectively account for 80% of the candidate's overall score. Five subareas are each given 16% of the total score. The subareas are History, Philosophy and Methodology of Science; Chemistry; Physics; Biology; Earth and Space Science.
The second section of the MTEL General Science Test asks two open-response questions. Candidates are expected to exhibit the depth of their conceptual understanding of the field, and apply these abstractions to real-life situations in 150-300 word essays each. Candidates should expect to spend about 30 minutes on each essay. This section is worth 20%, and answers will be evaluated not only in terms of content, but also for organization, conciseness, and overall writing style.
MTEL General Science Test Practice Questions
1. Which of the following criteria should not be used to assess students studying science? Their ability to:
2. The fundamental states of matter are:
3. Which of the following is not a discipline of physics?
4. Which of the following is not a discipline in biology?
5. Which of the following is not a basic principle of the earth sciences?
Last Updated: 04/23/2012