MTEL Practice Questions

For the General Curriculum Mathematics Test (03)

Below are some ways for you to practice multiple-choice questions for the Mathematics Subtest of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure General Curriculum Test.  (This is the test for elementary teachers and K-8 special education teachers; there are separate mathematics tests  for elementary math specialists, middle and high school teachers).

The online practice questions give immediate feedback, including hints and explanations.  The paper and pencil tests have the same number of questions as the actual test with the topics in the same order, and with answers at the end.   The test bank includes 124 questions, ordered by objective, with answers at the end.


Online Tests:

Random Questions: Can be any topic on the test, in any order; choose the number of questions (there are 45 multiple-choice questions on the MTEL).



Questions on a Specific Test Objective:


Paper and Pencil Practice Tests:

Test Bank:


For thoughts on interpreting your scores on these questions, see here.

If you find a mistake or have comments on a particular question, please contact me (please copy and paste at least part of the question into the form, as the numbers change depending on how quizzes are displayed).   General comments can be left below.  Instructors, feel free to use and modify these questions for any non-profit educational purpose; see terms of use.

For more of my thoughts on this test, see this post.


26 Responses to “MTEL Practice Questions”

  1. Ada Greenberg says:

    So glad i found this website the night before i am taking the Math 03 MTEL. Wish there were more advertisement for your site. Ada

  2. dborkovitz says:

    Good luck on the test! If you know any places to advertise the site, please feel free.

  3. jon b says:

    i think number 42 is wrong on the answer key and i really don’t understand the point of question 41 on the 124 question practice test. email me if u agree or disagree

  4. dborkovitz says:

    jon b, I do disagree and will email you. If anyone else has similar concerns, I suggest looking at the interactive version for objective 0019,; they are questions 2 and 3, and there are more detailed explanations when you click on various responses.

  5. Kate says:

    Hi there. Thanks for this practice test. I’m taking my math mtel next Friday and am not good at math…to say the least. Any tips on the essay portion of the test? I’m working through the practice questions for the multiple choice but not sure what to do about the essay. Thanks!

  6. dborkovitz says:

    Kate, one suggestion is to look at some of the open response questions on the elementary MCAS tests; I think they show a variety of levels of response. For the lower levels, think about how you would explain the child’s misconceptions, and then how you would show another way to solve the problem that adds insight. You might get some ideas from the stronger solutions.

    Remember that the essay is 10% of the test, so budget time accordingly (if you’re worried about time, it’s good to take the two parts of the general curriculum test separately if you can afford to).

    Good luck!

  7. Mauritha says:

    I am taking middle school math and science on Saturday would this information be helpful for me or do you have other information that will be helpful

  8. dborkovitz says:

    Mauritha, I don’t know that much about the test you’re taking. I think there is likely some overlap, but the middle school math tests have a lot more algebra on them than the elementary. You might take a look at the DOE middle school math practice test: (I don’t see a math/sci practice test up). Keep in mind that these practice tests includes some questions that were rejected from the real test because they are too convoluted.

    Good luck!

  9. Lissa Levine says:

    Hi, this website is great! I was wondering though, do you have any practice MTEL Math essay question either on the site (that I can’t find for some reason) or not on the site that you could either post or email me? I am taking the MTEL Saturday and would like to practice some essay questions if I could.

    Thank you so much!

  10. dborkovitz says:

    Lissa, glad you like the site. Sorry, I don’t have any open-response practice questions up. One of my colleagues has used open response questions from the elementary MCAS test. Look up the sample responses on the rubrics, and pick ones that are level 2 or so. Then try to explain the child’s mistake and another way to approach the problem.

    Good luck with your test Saturday!

  11. well, it’s nice effort but i think number 42 is wrong on the answer key and i really don’t understand the point of question 41 on the 124 question practice test. Pleas reply me that i’m wrong or not. Thanks for it.

  12. dborkovitz says:

    Hello, Sorry for the late response, I’ve been having some problems with my website and comments are not showing up.. The two questions that you have difficulty with are both on alternate algorithms. These are very important things for elementary teachers to be familiar with for a few reasons. One is that kids invent ways of doing arithmetic on their own, and the teacher needs to be able to evaluate the validity of the method (rather than just shutting the kid down and saying to do everything the teacher’s way). Another is that some of the alternate algorithms are easier to understand conceptually than the “standard” ones (and the division of fractions algorithm here is one example, which is correct).

  13. AnthonyF says:

    I have passed 4/5 MTELS but have been teaching for 9 years. I have the general curriculum math MTEL left to take to be a certified moderate to severe 5-12 teacher. Needless to say, if I do not pass by August I like many others will lose my job because of the MTEL. What I am asking is, is this pretest a good source of what I will encounter when I take the test in April? Are there any open response questions on here? I take it that the essay is only 10% of the grade? What 3 other areas does this test focus on? Fractions, decimals, algebraic expressions?

    Thank you for your time.


  14. dborkovitz says:

    Anthony, I cannot guarantee that this pretest is exactly what you will see when you see the test. I made it up according to the guidelines that the state gave, and it’s got the same proportions of questions on each topic that the multiple choice section of the MTEL has. I don’t have essay questions on this site, but see my response above to Kate for a few suggestions.

    For a breakdown of what’s on the test, see the overview on page 23 of the test information booklet: . There are also sample questions there.

    Best of luck — your situation is very stressful, but at least you have some time.

  15. Sarah says:

    Need to take one of the math tests for 5-12 moderate special needs certification. Is the math subtlest or elementary math test easier to pass!

  16. dborkovitz says:

    Sarah, sorry I missed your comment initially. The math subtest of the general curriculum is easier. The elementary math test is intended for elementary math specialists.

  17. Jeri says:

    Hi! Just wanted to thank you for this site. I am taking the test tomorrow. I have no idea if I will pass, but I know that I learned a lot with your site. I appreciate the extra practice and just wanted to give you a shout out!

  18. Nicole says:

    Hello. I am using your practice test consisting of 124 questions.I printed the first part (1-45) and that answer key was correct, but to see answers for 46-124 I used the answer key for the longer test and it does not match answers 1-45. I think the longer answer key is off.

  19. Kristen says:

    I appreciate the insight on the MTEL testing, as well as sample questions. However, I am planning to take the Math Middle School MTEL (47) test and I was wondering if this was the type of material covered, or is there somewhere else (besides the DOE website) to get some practice/LEARNING/TUTORING material to help me prepare!??
    Thank you!

  20. Kristen says:

    ALSO, if I use some of the Math General Curriculum (03) testing materials that I have found, will they still help me with my Middle School Math MTEL (47) test??

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