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Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

New MTEL-Flex for General Science (64) coming soon

New Alternative Assessment

We are excited to share that a General Science MTEL-Flex is being made available as an alternative assessment to General Science (64) MTEL.

Registration for the General Science MTEL-Flex will open on March 14, 2023. The first possible submission deadline will be March 30, 2023.

For more information about the MTEL-Flex, please see MTEL-Flex webpage.

Candidate Eligibility

Candidates may opt to take the MTEL-Flex if they scored within one standard error of measurement (SEM) of passing on the corresponding MTEL exam. Candidates accessing the new General Science MTEL-Flex must have scored within 1 SEM of passing on the new General Science (64) MTEL. Scores on the recently retired General Science (10) MTEL are not eligible.

A scaled score in that range (1 SEM) indicates that the candidate came very close to passing the MTEL. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has determined that candidates who score close to the passing score can provide additional evidence of their subject matter knowledge by completing MTEL-Flex and receiving a passing score on that assessment. Candidates should refer to the MTEL website to determine if they are eligible to take MTEL-Flex.


The cost of the MTEL-Flex is $69 per submission for the General Science MTEL-Flex.


Resources for programs and candidates who are interested in the MTEL-Flex can be found on the individual MTEL-Flex pages. Resources include the MTEL-Flex Handbook and policies, including those which outline the appropriate and inappropriate support that can be provided by programs to candidates taking the MTEL-Flex.

Last Updated: January 23, 2023

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