Educational Testing

MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment)

What is the purpose of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)?

MoGEA is an online exam required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which evaluates the knowledge and reasoning skills of teacher candidates in four subject areas: Reading Comprehension, Writing, Mathematics, and Science/Social Studies.

When should I take the MoGEA?

It is recommended to take the MoGEA after completing 30 – 35 hours.  Candidates need a diversified course of study prior to the assessment.  Students need to attempt the MoGEA assessment prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program.  (Students must pass all parts to be accepted to the program.)

When and where is it offered?

Dates are posted on the Event Calendar in the Education Department.  The McKibben Computer lab serves as a testing center.

How do I register?

Register at .  Deadline for registration is 5 days prior to scheduled test dates.

What is the cost?

All subtests at one time - $59

Single subtests - $25 each

What is the format and how much time is allocated?

MoGEA is an internet-based test consisting of multiple-choice questions and written assessment.

  • Reading Comprehension and Interpretation: 40 multiple choice questions – 75 minutes
  • Mathematics: 40 multiple choice questions – 75 minutes
  • Science and Social Studies: 40 multiple choice questions – 60 minutes
  • Writing: one written assignment – 60 minutes

All four subtests 4.5 hours plus a 15-minute break between subtests two and three.

How should I prepare?

  • Enroll in a diversified general education course of study for your freshman and sophomore year at C of O
  • Refer to the materials at – Under the prepare tab.
  • Detailed information on the MoGEA assessment can be found on the following websites:
  • DESE – MoGEA Website
    • Test Preparation materials including study guides, sample test questions and test frameworks
    • View your test results and download your score report
  • MoMetrix Website
  • Kahn Academy lessons to prepare for the MoGEA
  • Visit the Lyons Memorial Library. The following study guides are shelved in the Reference collection on the main floor.
    • MEGA Elementary Education Study Guide: Test Prep and Practic Questions for the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments
    • MEGA Elementary Education Multi-Content (007-010) Secret Study Guide: Your Key to Exam Success: MEGA Test Review for the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments
    • MEGA Social Science Multi-Content (025-030) Secret Study Guide: Your Key to Exam Success: MEGEA Test Review for the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments
    • MEGA Mild/Moderate Middle/Secondary Multi-Content (052-055): Secret Study Guide, Your Key to Exam Success, MEGA Test Review for MEGA
    • MoGEA secrets study guide : Exam review and MoGEA practice test for the Missouri General Education Assessment / written and edited by Mometrix Test Prep

When will I know the results?

View test results deliver schedule at under the “Get Results Tab”.

What is the passing score?

The Missouri State Board of Education will eventually set statewide cut scores.  Currently, CofO has set the following cut scores:


Passing Score

Reading Comprehension






Science/Social Studies


Will there be retake opportunities?

Yes.  Candidates have one opportunity to register for all four subtests in one test session.  Thereafter, candidates may register to take each subtest independently.  Candidates must pass all four subtests within two years of the first attempt.

What do I do after the test?

After the test you will receive notification of your scores from the testing company.  You will want to save a PDF of your score report.  It is possible a future school district may request this score report as part of the application process.

MoCA (Missouri Content Assessment)

What is the purpose of the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA)?

Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) are required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Candidates must pass the appropriate MoCA in order to student teach and to be recommended for certification.

What test should I take?

You can find the correct test by certification area by viewing the list of assessments by program posted on the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment website.  If you are unsure of which test to take after reviewing the list, please contact the Certification Officer at 417-690-2150.

When should I take the test?

Students must pass all of the Missouri Content Assessment’s relative to their area(s) of certification prior to student teaching.  It may take more than one attempt to pass the MoCA.  Therefore, you should not delay taking the assessment.  Official score reports come about 3 – 4 weeks after you take the assessment. Please consult your advisor to determine when is best for you to take your assessments. 

How do I register for the test?

Follow this link to Register for the test.  Use the same account you created when you registered for the MoGEA assessment.  When registering, please be sure to indicate that you received your training at College of the Ozarks.

When and where is it offered?

College of the Ozarks is not a testing center for the MoCA.  The centers are listed on the website under the TEST tab.

What is the cost?

Costs vary per assessment.  See the list of assessments at

What about fee waivers?

You may check with the Education Department prior to registering to see if vouchers are available.  If available, vouchers are for first-time assessment takers.

How do I prepare for the test?

Study Guides, Sample tests and testing frameworks for the MoCA can be found by going to the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments website and clicking on “Prepare”.  Study Guides and Test Frameworks can be downloaded from the MEGA Website at no charge.  Practice tests can be purchased for an additional fee. 

Tips to help maximize the information on these pages:

  • Reviewing the test content described in the online Test Framework - check familiarity of knowledge and skills to be assessed
  • Answer test items in online Study Guide
    • For multiple-choice items answered incorrectly, review rationales for correct response
    • For constructed-response items, review rubrics and sample strong responses
  • Develop a study plan for all competencies in Study Guide

What is the passing score for the MoCA?

The passing score for ALL MoCA exams has been set by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) at 220.

How many times can I take the MoCA?

There is no limit to the number of times you can take the MoCA test.  However, you must pass the MoCA prior to student teaching.

How do I add additional certifications through Missouri Content Assessments?

Once you are certified to teach in any area, you can add certificates by passing the appropriate MoCA in that area.  Once you have passed the Missouri Content Area Assessment, you will need to apply for that additional certificate through DESE.  Even though they will receive your score, they will not act on it unless you apply for the certificate. 


These added certificates through Missouri Content Assessment may not be transferable to other states since you did not earn them through coursework.  If you plan to move to another state to teach and want to transfer all of your added certificates, you should contact that state to see if they accept certification through Missouri Content Assessment before registering for an additional exam.