Testing Information - Become a Teacher in Oregon

Testing Information - Become a Teacher in Oregon

Testing Information

There are several exams teacher candidates must successfully complete before being granted a Preliminary Teaching License by the state of Oregon.

Required Tests by Focus

Multiple Subjects:
  • ORELA: Elementary Education Subtests I and II
  • ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Exam
Single Subjects:
  • ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Exam
  • Subject Assessment exam(s) in specialty area, primarily ORELA NES exams

What are these exams?

The ORELA Elementary Education exam

The ORELA Elementary Education exam replaces the previous multiple subjects exam for Oregon teachers. If you have already passed the ORELA: MSE, subtests I and II, you need not take this new one.

This exam consists of two tests covering a variety of content areas. Subtest I covers Reading, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. Subtest II covers Math, Science, the Arts, Health, and Fitness. Each of the exams consists of approximately 75 multiple-choice questions and you have up to 90 minutes to complete each subtest. For more detailed information about the content of each subtest, download the NES profile here. The cost is $50 per subtest, or $95 for both.

You may take this exam either before admission to the program or during your initial teaching license program before you begin student teaching.

The ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

This is a single test that assesses two subareas: Legal Foundations and Equity in the School Environment. The test consists of approximately 60 multiple-choice questions. Please plan to take this exam as early during your program as possible. This exam costs $95.

Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Exams

If you are preparing to teach at the high school or middle level, you will be required to pass an in-depth exam in the subject area(s) you wish to teach. Each test costs approximately $95.

When possible, take the exam(s) prior to starting your preliminary teaching license program; doing so provides evidence that you are academically prepared to teach the subject in which you hope to earn an endorsement.

Test Preparation

The ORELA Elementary Education Subtest I and II

To prepare for the Elementary Education exam, begin by taking a look at the test preparation materials here.

  1. You may find the online study materials to be somewhat vague. You will likely want to purchase additional study materials. We recommend using an old MSAT study guide. (MSAT was the test required before Oregon came out with its own test.) Searching Amazon.com for a Barron’s or Cliff’s version of the MSAT study guide will work.
  2. In addition, two books—What Your 5th Grader Needs to Know and What Your 6th Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch Jr.—are very helpful. They are informative, easy to read and provide a great overview of the major subjects you will be tested on.
The ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

You may review preparation materials and register for the exam here.

Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Exams

If you are preparing to teach high school or middle level, you will be required to pass an in-depth ORELA NES exam in the specialty area you wish to teach. Generally speaking, students who majored in their specialty area in college are prepared (with some review) to pass a subject assessment exam.

Preparation materials and practice tests may be reviewed online.

Advice: Contact your teacher licensure program admissions counselor to confirm you are taking the correct exam(s).

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For additional information on the process of becoming a teacher in Oregon, visit the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website.
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is Oregon's licensing agency for all educators.