What are the MTTC tests?

About the MTTC Tests

The Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) are used to ensure that prospective teachers are qualified to work as education professionals in the state. Any individual who wants to pursue a career as an elementary or secondary school teacher or in an educational support role, such as a school counselor, must pass the MTTC tests required for the certification that they seek.

Test Objectives

Test-takers must demonstrate they have sufficient skills and knowledge in their applicable subject areas. This is to ensure that they are capable of working effectively with students at the age level they are seeking certification in and that they have enough knowledge of the subject to effectively instruct students.

For example, the Early Childhood Education MTTC test covers these four areas:

  • Child development and learning
  • Communication, language and literacy development
  • Learning in the content areas
  • Professional development

Some tests are designed to evaluate a test-taker's ability to work with specific types of students. For example, individuals who need to take the Autism Spectrum Disorder test will be assessed on their understanding of how autism spectrum disorders affect development, their ability to assess students with these disorders and create individualized learning plans and their understanding of how to work in a professional educational setting.

Other tests focus on specific knowledge related to a subject area. For example, the elementary mathematics MTTC covers:

  • Mathematics process and number concepts
  • Patterns, algebraic relationships and functions
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Data analysis, statistics, probability and discrete mathematics

When to Take MTTC Tests

All individuals who wish to enter a postsecondary teacher preparation program must demonstrate that they can meet basic skills requirements. This competency used to be determined through an MTTC test; however, Michigan now uses SAT test results.

This means that aspiring teachers no longer need to pass an MTTC test before entering a teacher preparation program; however, they may be required to pass MTTC exams before they can begin their student teaching assignments. Postsecondary institutions also require individuals to pass the appropriate MTTC tests for their desired certification in order to graduate from teacher preparation programs.

Test Lengths and Formats

The number of questions and amount of time given to complete a test varies from test to test. These factors can also be affected by the test format used.

Individuals can take their MTTC tests on computer or they can take a paper version of the test.

Number of Questions

The number of questions on a test is the same regardless of whether an individual takes the test on computer or completes a paper version. This list displays examples of test question amounts for different tests.

  • Early Childhood Education - 100 questions
  • Elementary Education - 150 questions
  • Middle Level Education - 100 questions
  • Mathematics (Elementary) - 80 questions
  • Mathematics (Secondary) - 80 questions
  • Social Studies (Elementary) - 100 questions
  • Social Studies (Secondary) - 100 questions
  • English - 100 questions

Test Time

The time allotted to test-takers can vary based on the test format they're using. This chart compares the time provided to individuals taking some MTTC tests on computer with how much time individuals taking paper-based tests are given.

MTTC TestComputerized Test TimePaper-Based Test Time
Early Childhood Education 2.5 hours 4.5 hours
Elementary Education 3.5 hours 4.5 hours
Middle Level 2.5 hours 4.5 hours
Mathematics (Elementary) 2.5 hours 4.5 hours
Mathematics (Secondary) 2.5 hours 4.5 hours
Social Studies (Elementary) 2.5 hours 4.5 hours
Social Studies (Secondary) 2.5 hours 4.5 hours
English 2.5 hours 4.5 hours

MTTC Test Resources

Check out this directory of MTTC Courses or use the links below to access just a sampling of the self-paced study resources available for these tests. Each course is comprised of hundreds of short lessons that take approximately eight minutes to complete. This format allows for a flexible study schedule, and because the courses are accessible on computers, tablets and smart phones, it's possible to complete a lesson anywhere, such as when you're riding the bus to school or work.

Study Resources for Grade-Level Tests

Study Resources for Elementary School Subjects

Study Resources for Secondary School Subjects

MTTC tests use a distinct scoring system. If you're preparing to take an MTTC exam, read on to learn how MTTC tests are graded, how you can receive test results and the information you'll receive in your score report.

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