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MTLE Writing Section

CoE, MTLE Tutorial
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on 4 October 2012

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Compiled from Teacher’s Licensure Exam
Sample Tests Nationwide
(Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia, California, and Oklahoma)

by N. Evans, GWC Director MTLE Writing Section
Study Guide 33 multiple choice reading-response questions
2 essay questions
-1 analytical (400-600 words)
-1 descriptive (250-400 words)
1.5 total hours to read and respond to multiple choice questions, then plan, write, review, and edit essay questions
Responses to essay questions will be typed What to Expect The multiple choice section consists of 5-8 short readings each followed by 4-6 reading comprehension questions
Questions are intended to see if the reader can….
Determine the meaning of words and phrases
Understand the main idea and supporting details in written material
Identify a writer’s purpose, point of view, and intended meaning
Analyze the relationship among ideas in written material
Use critical reasoning skills to evaluate written material
Apply study skills to reading assignments
Taken from “Test for Teacher Certification Guide: Michigan” Multiple Choice Section Review the multiple choice questions pertaining to an article before you begin reading
Stay focused while reading, as any distractions will affect your ability to answer comprehension questions
While reading, underline any questionable vocabulary or misuse of grammar
If possible, underline the main point of each paragraph Tips for Multiple Choice Section Multiple Choice Section
Reading Sample 1, From MTLE Study Guide Reading Sample 1 Questions Reading Sample 1 Questions Cont’d Reading Sample 1 Answers Reading Sample 2,
From Oklahoma (OGET) Study Guide Reading Sample 2 Questions Reading Sample 2 Questions Cont’d Reading Sample 2 Questions Cont’d To #5:


To #6:


To #7: Reading Sample 2 Answers Sample Reading 3,
From Georgia (GACE) Study Guide Reading Sample 3 Questions Reading Sample 3 Questions Cont’d Reading Sample 3 Questions Cont’d Reading Sample 3 Answers End Multiple Choice Reading Section 1 analytical (400-600 words)
1 descriptive (250-400 words)

For each response:
Topic must follow and pertain to essay question
Writers may not use any reference materials
Writing must be original work and cannot include citations or quotes from other authors Essay Section
Requirements of Writers and Writing The MTLE Essay Section is scored on
Appropriateness – the response should address the assigned topic and use a writing style appropriate for the specified audience and essay type (analytical vs. descriptive)
Focus and Unity – the response should clearly state and maintain connections throughout to the thesis statement or main idea
Organization – the response should provide the reader with ease of reading, “from sentence to sentence to paragraph to paragraph”
Development – the response should provide “relevant, varied, and specific support”
Grammar and Conventions – the response should represent a clear understanding of grammar and writing mechanics Scoring of Essay Section Writers will develop better scored essays if their time is well-managed. The MTLE study guide recommends that writers use their time on the essay section to…

1)PLAN, 2)WRITE, 3)REVIEW, AND 4) EDIT

Then repeat steps 2-4 as many times as possible! Tips for Writers The MTLE Writing Section consists of 2 essays, one analytical (400-600 words) and one descriptive (250-400 words). A one-page, double spaced paper is typically 500 words.
Though many writers are able to sit down and begin writing as soon as they’re given a prompt, the MTLE Writing Section will be better scored if there is a notable flow and ease of reading. This is best accomplished if essay responses are planned. Plan To create an outline, a writer must first…
Decide on a thesis or main point
Develop supports for the thesis or main point
Structure the response as:
Attention-grabbing Introduction (Include thesis or main point)
Introduce supports one, two, three, etc…
Conclusion (Summarize thesis or main point and your supports) Plan: Creating an Outline Once you have settled on your thesis or main point and your supports, you can begin writing.
While writing, keep your outline in mind and stay on track.
Include only ideas that add to your essay’s thesis or main point.
Keep in mind that if you have managed your time well, you will be able to review and edit. The first draft does not need to be perfect. Write Reviewing your writing has two main purposes:
Establish your content and consider ease of reading (including word choice, sentence variety, flow, transitions, format)
Help you see any spelling, grammatical, or mechanical errors

Time will be best spent first focusing on review purpose number one. After establishing your content and ease of reading, come back to work on spelling, grammatical, and mechanical errors. Review Try to read through your entire response first before choosing what to edit. Leave indicators for yourself of areas that need more work.
Writers can often become accustomed to their writing and thus, not see as easily the mistakes made. To view writing more objectively, try reading your essay in reverse, from the last sentence to the first. See if each sentence makes sense standing alone. Review: Tips for Writers You will discover what needs to be edited during your review time.
If you read through your response in its entirety before editing, you will be able to pick and choose the edits that will best aid your thesis or main point. Edit Essay Question Sample 1
From CBEST (California) Essay Question Sample 1:
Response 1 and Scoring Essay Question Sample 1:
Response 2 and Scoring Cont’d Essay Question Sample 1:
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Response 4 and Scoring Cont’d Essay Question Sample 2
Michigan Teacher Test for Certification Essay Question Sample 2:
Response 1 and Scoring Essay Question Sample 2:
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Response 4 and Scoring Cont’d Additional Essay Sample Questions Questions End Essay Section Wear a wristwatch to the test site to help pace yourself
Relax and focus your attention on the test in front of you
Don’t worry about others finishing before you
Survey each test section before beginning
Read each question and all answers carefully
Look over your finished test if you have time
Only change answers if you re-read the question/answers and realize you misunderstood the meaning
Use a process of elimination for questions you don’t know
If you don’t know an answer for a question, make an educated guess MTLE Test-taking Tips Study in a relaxing, quiet environment
Set up a personal timeline and set study goals
Read to reinforce knowledge
Start with the big picture and work down to the details/support
Consume protein rich “brain food” while studying, as this will help to keep you alert and focused
Do not try to “cram” the night before the test
Use arrows in your notes vs. highlighters MTLE Study Tips References California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and National Evaluation System.
(2012). CBEST: California Basic Educational
Skills Test. Retrieved June 6, 2012, from http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/
National Evaluation System. (2012). Georgia Assessments for the Certification of
Educators. Retrieved June 6, 2012, from
http://www.gace.nesinc.com/GA_preparationmaterials.asp
Michigan State Board of Education. (2012). Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
Study Guide. Retreived June 6, 2012,
http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/PDFs/MI_field096_SG.pdf
Pearson Education. (2012). MTLE: Minnesota Teachers Licensure
Examinations. Retrieved June 6,2012, from
http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/FindInfo.aspx?c=blank
Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. (2012). Oklahoma General
Education Test: Study Guide. Retreived June 6, 2012, from
http://www.ceoe.nesinc.com/CE_studyguide_opener.asp
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