About the MTEL

To become licensed in Visual Art, students must pass two tests: the Communication and Literacy test, which all prospective teachers must pass, and the subject matter test in Visual Arts.

MTEL Websites

MTEL website:

Test Dates:
MTEL Schedule 2013-2014

MTEL site with practice TESTS


Overview of the Tests

The subject matter tests include both multiple-choice and open-response test items. The number of multiple-choice and open-response test items varies across the tests. Many fields include approximately 80 multiple-choice items and two open-response items requiring candidates to spend about 60 minutes each to prepare an adequate response. The multiple-choice items count for 75 percent of the total test score and the open-response items count for 25 percent of the total test score

Communications and Literacy Skills Practice Tests


Subject Matter Test in Visual Art Practice Test


On the Day of the MTEL Test

ID’s and Thumbprinting
The identification policy for MTEL test administrations has been updated. As part of the identity verification process, your thumbprint will be taken at the test site. Thumbprints will be used only for the purpose of identity verification. If you do not provide a thumbprint, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.

In addition to providing a thumbprint, you must provide the following personal identification at the test administration site: one piece of current, government-issued identification, in the name in which you registered, bearing your photograph and signature, and one additional piece of identification (with or without a photograph).

NOTE: You are no longer required to bring a photocopy of your government-issued identification for each test session for which you are registered.



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