Effective June 8, 2016, the MTLE Basic Skills Test will be discontinued. It is being replaced by a National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) assessment: Essential Academic Skills. Learn more.
The Basic Skills examination includes three subtests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Candidates must take and pass all three subtests to qualify for a Minnesota license. You may take one, two, or all three subtests at one test appointment.
Computer-based test (CBT); multiple-choice and written assignments
- Reading: 48 multiple-choice questions
- Writing: 33 multiple-choice questions and 2 written assignments
- Mathematics: 50 multiple-choice questions
- Reading: one hour
- Writing: one hour and 45 minutes
- Mathematics: one hour and 15 minutes
||Offered through June 8, 2016. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check seat availability .
||CBT sites are located in Minnesota, nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. Locate a test center .
||240 per subtest, examinees must pass all three subtests.
|Reference Materials Provided for This Test
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Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect a candidate's score.