Testing Requirements

Due to COVID-19, testing is currently Unavailable

The Professional Education Department understands testing centers are currently closed due to COVID-19 and NES Basic Skills testing is currently unavailable. If you meet all other admission requirements the Admission and Retention Committee will review your application and may grant you Conditional Admittance. You will be allowed to register for fall 2020 and spring 2021 coursework but will be blocked from registering for fall 2021 courses. As soon as the testing centers reopen, you must take the NES Basic Skills (Reading, Writing and Math) tests and forward the receipts (showing you took the tests) to the Professional Education Department. Evidence should be provided as soon as possible, with an absolute deadline of May 15, 2021.


Minnesota requires a series of licensure exams for initial teacher licensure. Students must complete the Basic Skills requirement prior to admission to an Education program. This requirement can be met in one of two ways:

There are several ways to meet the Basic Skills Requirement. The most common include:

Option 1: You may meet the Basic Skills requirement by uploading an official ACT score report with your online application for admission. You will need the following combination of scores to use this option:

  • ACT Composite with Writing ≥ 22 AND English Language Arts (ELA) ≥ 21
    The ELA score may also be listed as Combined English/Writing.

Option 2: You may meet the Basic Skills requirement by uploading an official SAT score report with your online application for admission. You will need with the following combination of scores to use this option:

  • 1600 SAT (New Version) Taken March 1, 2016 to present
    Reading + Writing: 550 and Math: 570
  • 2400 SAT (Old Version) Taken March 12, 2005 – February 28, 2016
    Reading:510  Writing: 510  Math: 520

Option 3:You may meet the Basic Skills requirement by presenting proof of having taken the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills (Reading, Writing and Math*). You will receive receipts when you have completed the tests, please include these receipts with your online application. Students are not required to pass the NES EAS Reading, Writing and Math exams for admission to Education. However, all tests must be passed to receive a 5 year Full Professional teaching license in Minnesota.

TO REGISTER FOR THE MINNESOTA NES EXAMS VISIT:
http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/Home.aspx

For a complete list of Minnesota licensure exams visit:
http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html

This website also contains free study materials for each test, listed under “Preparation Materials” and “MTLE Elements.”

More Options: For a complete and current list of Basic Skills options, please visit the Minnesota Board of Teaching website: http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/

Additional licensure exams for Pedagogy and Content are required for licensure in Minnesota. Please see the Teacher Licensure Testing Guide form found on our Advising page for more information.

If you are using one of the other testing options found on the BOT website (i.e.: ACT, SAT, GRE, etc.) you MUST have passing scores to be exempt from the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills exams.

Updated 04/30/2020


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