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Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

The MTTC Professional Readiness Exam and Subject Area tests are offered on Calvin's campus four times each year. These tests are meant to ensure that each certified teacher has the necessary basic skills and subject area knowledge to serve in Michigan's schools. These tests are designed and implemented by the Michigan Department of Education.

Save all official MTTC score reports in a safe place because you may need them for employment or teacher certification in other states. If you need new score reports, additional copies may be ordered using these instructions.

2013-2014 MTTC Registration Information

Professional Readiness Exam

Before students are admitted to Calvin's Teacher Education Program, they must pass the MTTC Professional Readiness Exam (formerly MTTC Basic Skills) in math, writing and reading. These tests are typically passed during a student's first or second year at Calvin. They must be passed before a student is permitted to take 300-level education courses such as EDUC 302 and EDUC 303 (this policy is waived for the fall 2014 semester). Students who are not able to take the paper test at Calvin will need to register for the computer-based testing in order to pass the tests prior to the EDUC 302-303 semester. Students may retake section(s) that they fail as many times as necessary.

  • Visit Calvin's PRE Preparation Webpage.
  • The Professional Readiness Exam test fee is $49.
  • If you would like to take the test at Calvin, select "paper-based testing." Computer-based testing is more expensive and is not offered on Calvin's campus.
  • Students may register at www.mttc.nesinc.com or by mail using the booklet available in the Education Department office.
  • During the registration process, be sure to identify yourself as a Calvin student and also request that your scores be sent to Calvin.
  • Be careful to enter an accurate social security number! It is a huge inconvenience later if you enter an incorrect number. Canadians: please register using your U.S. social security number - not your Canadian social insurance number.
  • The tests are completed in Hiemenga Hall.
  • Professional Readiness Exam passing scores are valid indefinitely.
  • If you only need to retake one or two subtests, register to take the entire Professional Readiness Examination but when you report to the test site, explain which subtests you need. You will automatically receive a $10 refund for each previously passed Professional Readiness Examination subtest you do not retake. Your refund will be sent after your score report has been issued. However, to be registered correctly for the Professional Readiness Examination, you must send in the full $50 test fee.

Subject Area Tests

In order to be certified, students must pass the MTTC subject area tests that correspond to the major and minor field(s) of study. These tests should not be taken until the final year of the program, but it is highly recommended that students pass their MTTC subject area test(s) before student teaching.

  • Find out which subject tests you need to take
  • Subject area test scores are valid for five years from the date of testing (students need to be recommended for certification within those five years).
  • Register at www.mttc.nesinc.com or by mail using the booklet available in the Education Department office.
  • The fee for each subject test is $74.
  • During the registration process, be sure to identify yourself as a Calvin student and also request that your scores be sent to Calvin.
  • Be careful to enter an accurate social security number - it is a huge inconvenience if you enter in incorrect number. Canadians: please register using your U.S. social security number - not your Canadian social insurance number.
  • Candidates with diagnosed disabilities may register for alternative testing arrangements.
  • Be sure to review the appropriate study guides. Study guide booklets are also available at the Hekman Library Reserve Desk on the second floor and can be checked out for one day. Depending on your subject area, you may find helpful practice problems at education.com . The ACT website offers additional practice questions in math, English, and science.
  • The tests are completed in Hiemenga Hall.
  • MTTC frequently asked questions

Elementary Education Students

Students seeking elementary certification must also take the Elementary Education MTTC test. When registering for the Elementary Education test, report elementary education as a "major." The new Elementary Education test is quite challenging with only half of candidates statewide able to pass it on the first try, so take the time to review the online study guide and test objectives. Spend extra time studying for these subareas, which have lower pass rates: 2. Social Studies, 3. Visual and Performing Arts, and 6. Health and Physical Education.

Special Education Program Students

Complete the Cognitive Impairment test (#56) after EDUC 310 and the Elementary Education test (#103).

Candidates interested in teaching grades 9-12 special education in a Michigan public school may need to take additional MTTC tests later in consultation with the hiring school (mathematics, integrated science and/or language arts).

If you have questions, contact Calvin's Teacher Certification Office at (616) 526-6208 or certification@calvin.edu.