State Mandated Testing for Teacher Licensure–Minnesota NES Basic Skills and Advanced MTLE-II Tests
The State of Minnesota requires pre-professional skill testing (NES) for all applicants to a Minnesota teacher licensure program. As of Spring 2015, the Minnesota Basic Skills requirement must be met by providing passing scores on one of these three test batteries (NES, SAT or ACT Plus writing). The Department of Education at Augsburg requires evidence of taking one of these test batteries for admissions into the Department. Students must be admitted into the Department before enrolling in a 300 level class. It is not permitted to take 300 level courses before you are admitted.
After a candidate has completed their licensure courses, they are required to take two additional examinations: one in their content specialty area and one in general pedagogy. Click here to see more information on these advanced tests.
The NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS) are broad, conceptual statements that reflect the general education knowledge and skills an entry-level educator needs to teach effectively in Minnesota public schools. After completing the K-12 teacher licensure sequence, licensure applicants are also required to take a series of tests in pedagogy and their teaching content-areas. These post-program tests are called the MTLE. Candidates should plan ahead to register in advance of a test date because testing sites can fill up quickly. If a candidate does not pass any sub part of a test, a waiting period of 60 days is required before the test can be retaken.
Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS)
The MTLE Basic Skills Test was discontinued and replaced by the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills test effective August 30, 2016. Teacher candidates are required to take three Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS) subtests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. You may take one, two, or all three subtests at one test appointment.
- Read important information about registering for subtests by clicking on this link.
- For an overview of the NES Essential Academic Skills, go to the following link.
What tests do I need to take? Educator certification requirements vary from state to state. NES tests are taken by individuals pursuing certification as entry-level teachers. In Minnesota, you will need to take the following tests:
Essential Academic Skills
- Subtest I: Reading
- Subtest II: Writing
- Subtest III: Mathematics
The Minnesota Board of Teaching has established the following passing scores for the Minnesota NES EAS subtests. Candidates must take and pass each subtest to qualify for a MN teaching license.
MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale):
- Reading 520
- Writing 520
- Mathematics 520
How to Prepare for your NES Tests:
- Click on this link to view a video about how to prepare for the NES tests.
- Click on this link to learn more about preparation materials.
SAT and ACT Plus Writing:
Candidates may provide passing ACT Plus Writing scores or passing SAT scores in place of the NES scores. Students must meet all parts required as noted on MN BoT requirements. If they meet two but fail to meet the third, they have to take NES. Scores from ACT plus or SAT can be photocopied and placed in student files.