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English as a Second Language Preparation Materials

When its time, click here to register for the test

You will need to take the English as a Second Language (054) test. This test is now computer-based, and can be taken any day. Please check different testing centers for different available dates/times. Some local computer based sites:

Test Center* City State
Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner MA
Network Technology Academy, Inc Worcester MA
Pearson Professional Centers-Worcester MA Worcester MA
Pearson Professional Centers-Waltham (Boston West) Waltham MA
New Horizons Computer Learning Center Waltham MA

*Be sure to check dates at multiple different sites as they all have different availability.

NEW! Signup for ESL MTEL Online Study Guide - TESEL

This course is being taught using CourseSites by Blackboard. To request enrollment into this online study guide, go to the course home page: and request enrollment.

You will receive a course invitation following your request (This is manually processed, so you should receive it within the next business day). Follow the link to confirm and register. When signing up, take note that you can register using existing account information from popular web services like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo and Windows Live to make it easier to login.


There are multiple sites online with flashcards to help you study. These are all based off the older version of the MTEL, but they will still help.

Other Study Tools

I would recommend studying from: Peregoy & Boyle (2012) Reading, Writing, and Learning in ESL: A Resource Book for Teaching K-12 English Learners. Also, study the WIDA performance definition levels. You will be expected to know what each level means, with reference to the name, not the number level.


We are now able to offer a partial reimbursement for the ESL MTEL to TESEL participants who have passed the ESL MTEL, finished the TESEL Program and earned their ESL License. To help us gather better data about the ESL MTEL and prepare candidates, please complete the following survey. Click here. Once you have completed the survey, and received your MTEL score report, please send the following forms to the TESEL office.