Advantages of Taking the MTTC Exam

The MTTC or the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification is a mandatory exam that you must take up if you want to become a teacher in Michigan. This exam tests your skills and knowledge that are required for a teaching job. In this article, we shall first discuss the advantages of the MTTC exam and later talk about its details.

Advantages of the MTTC Exam

According to certain Public Acts, a testing program is required to satisfy Michigan’s teacher certification requirement and only the MTTC exam satisfies these requirements. Therefore, if you pass this test, you can become a teacher in Michigan and this is the main advantage of this test.

Information about the Test

  • Three tests are offered as part of the MTTC exam and a pass in the different tests qualify you to teach at different levels. The tabular column gives the details:




    Basic Skills Test

    Writing, Reading and Math

    Anyone who wants to teach in Michigan must pass this test

    Elementary Education Test

    You can opt for your subject
    of specialization

    A pass in this is required if you want to
    teach at the elementary school level

    Academic Content-area Test

    You can opt for your subject
    of specialization

    Only if you pass this test along with the
    Basic Skills Test, can you teach at the secondary level

  • There are two formats of the test available and these are the paper-based format and the computer-based format. While all the tests are available in the paper-based format, only a few are available in the computer-based format and a list of these subjects is available at

  • The computer-based test is available seven times in a year and the paper-based test is available five times in a year.

  • There are three modes of registration available and the details are provided in the following tabular column:

    Registration Method



    Internet registration

    Available on all days at all times

    Available during all the three periods:
    regular, late and emergency

    Phone-in registration

    Available only on working days
    form 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

    Available only during the emergency period

    U.S. Mail registration

    Registration forms must reach the
    office before 5.00 pm on the deadline date

    Available during regular and late registration periods

  • There are two types of questions administered and they are the multiple-choice type and the performance-assignment type. In the Basic Skills Test there are 85 multiple-choice questions and one performance-assignment type question. In case of the subject tests, only multiple-choice questions are administered except the world language subject in which both the question types are administered.

  • The registration fee details are provided below:


    Computer-based Format

    Paper-based Format

    Basic Skills Test



    Single subtest of the Basic Skills Test


    Not available

    Two subtests of the Basic Skills Test


    Not available

    Subject Tests



  • The time duration of one session of the test is 4&1/2 hours and you can take up the entire Basic Skills Test in one session. If you opt to take up one or two of the subtests of the Basic Skills Test, the time allotted is 1&1/2 and 3 hours respectively. In case of the subject-area tests, some of them are for the entire session while some are for 2&1/2 hours.

  • The range of the scaled scores of the MTTC exam is 100 to 300 and the minimum you must score to pass it is 220. You can pass the individual subtests of the Basic Skills Test separately but you must pass the entire test to gain the Basic Skills Test credential.

  • From October 2013, Professional Readiness test will replace the Basic Skills Test and to maintain the standards of the test, a few tests have been redeveloped as well and you can visit for the details.

To Sum Up...

A pass in the MTTC exam is vital if you want to become a teacher in Michigan because it is the only test that satisfies all the requirements for attaining a teaching credential. Learn about the test and start preparing for the test at the earliest to realize your dream of becoming a teacher.

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