- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 337
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryIncrease your confidence on test day by preparing for the MTTC Biology (017) exam with this informative study guide. All the topics you'll find on the test are covered in our short, self-paced lessons, which you can access at any time for completely flexible study.
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About This Course
Our course allows you to follow along with topics that will be covered on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Biology exam. You can watch video lessons to enhance your understanding of the biology teaching practices used in Michigan as you prepare for the licensure exam. Just a few of the subjects covered here include the procedures and principles used in conducting scientific research, an overview of evolution and the history and nature of science.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This guide uses an interactive, stress-free study method to review key biology topics such as cell biology and division, DNA and genomics and the origins of life on Earth. Work at your own pace as you complete this course and prepare yourself to achieve the following objectives:
- Identify scientific measurements
- Define population genetics and Hardy-Weinberg equations
- Outline resource management and use by humans
- Discuss the structure and function of macromolecules
- Detail plant growth and reproduction
- Explain the requirements of biological systems
- Describe animal development and reproduction
- Identify common human disorders
- Define populations and biological communities
- Detail organism classification and phylogenesis
- Explain how enzymes work
We've compiled 304 self-paced lessons into 35 chapters in this course for you to review at your leisure. To help build your confidence ahead of test day, take a look at the lesson quizzes and chapter tests we've included here for quick self assessment.
MTTC Biology (017) Exam Information
The MTTC Biology exam is a required subject-area test for prospective teachers who wish to receive secondary-level certification to teach biology. The exam can be taken in computer- or paper format.
- Number of Questions: 100 questions
- Question Type: Multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: Two hours and 30 minutes
- Exam Cost: $130
MTTC Biology (017) Exam Breakdown
|MTTC Biology Exam Concept||Percent of the MTTC Biology Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Foundations of Scientific Inquiry||19%||19 questions||43|
|Cellular Function||15%||15 questions||53|
|Heredity and Evolutionary Changes||22%||22 questions||52|
|Organization of Living Things||22%||22 questions||120|
|Ecological Systems||22%||22 questions||36|
MTTC Biology (017) Preparation & Registration
This guide can prepare you for the MTTC Biology exam by providing examples of similar questions that you might find on the actual test. You can follow along with brief videos that will reinforce your understanding of the concepts you may have already learned but need to refresh before the exam. You may also pick up some new facts that will help prepare you for the test, in areas such as DNA cloning, protein synthesis, and global climate change. These lessons also cover the classification of living things, an overview of genetics, and the structure of cellular parts. Once you've completed each lesson, you can use the accompanying quizzes as self-assessments to see how well you understand the concepts and find out if there are any areas you may need to review.
The computer-based exam can be taken by appointment during testing windows that are offered about ten months out of the year. You should register as soon as possible for an appointment within one of these windows to make sure you secure a seat. There are typically four test dates for the paper version of the MTTC Biology exam each year, and you'll need to register about one month in advance to make the regular deadline. While there is a late registration option available, your spot will not be guaranteed if you miss the regular deadline. You may register for the test online, where you'll be asked to provide some personal information along with your selection of test location, date, and institution where your scores will be sent. On the day of the test, you must bring your own #2 pencils, your printed admission ticket, and a valid government-issued photo ID.
MTTC Biology (017) Scoring
Your test results will be accessible approximately four weeks after the date of your test. You may access these results online and through the institution to which you had your scores sent. The minimum passing score is 220. Scores are based on the number of questions that were answered correctly.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
Approximate percentage of questions on test: 19%
Exam topics covered: Scientific research and investigations, biology in relation to society and technology in the past and present, relationships among life and earth sciences, relationships among math, science, and technology
What you'll study: These lessons will cover the steps and examples of the scientific method, handling research variables, interpreting scientific data, definitions of earth and life sciences, as well as interrelations among biology, science, mathematics, society, and technology.
Approximate percentage of questions on test: 15%
Exam topics covered: Cell theory and structure, components and reactions of cells, cells' physiological processes, cellular division, growth, and differentiation
What you'll study: Our comprehensive study guide encompasses the functions and structure of the ribosome, endomembrane system, and mitochondria, passive and active transport, the cell cycle, and mitosis.
Heredity and Evolutionary Changes
Approximate percentage of questions on test: 22%
Exam topics covered: Mendelian and molecular genetics, applications of modern genetics, concepts of population genetics, evolutionary change, origins and evolution of ancient life
What you'll study: Follow along with video lessons that discuss Mendel's first and second laws and their applications, chromosomal linkage, DNA replication and the double helix, Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium equations, and theories surrounding the origin of life on Earth.
Organization of Living Things
Approximate percentage of questions on test: 22%
Exam topics covered: Characteristics and classifications of organisms, life cycles of organisms, structures and organizations of organisms' systems, and human anatomy and diseases
What you'll study: The lessons in this course cover taxonomy and classifying and naming living things; the life cycles of plants, humans, and animals; organisms' systems including circulatory, digestive, respiratory, and nervous systems, among others; and disease control and prevention.
Approximate percentage of questions on test: 22%
Exam topics covered: Characteristics of communities and populations, factors that impact human population, energy transfer within ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, factors that influence ecosystems, how humans manage and use resources
What you'll study: Throughout this study guide, you'll learn about levels of ecology within the environment; biomes, including the desert, rainforest, tundra, and more; fossil fuels; greenhouse gases; deforestation; the agricultural and industrial revolutions; pollution; and renewable versus non-renewable resources.
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