Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) OLD VERSION

GVSU candidates for Michigan teacher certification must pass the PRE (test number 096) prior to being admitted to the COE for teacher assisting. The PRE consists of three subtests: Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. Together, the Mathematics and Reading subtests comprise approximately 85 multiple-choice questions. The Writing subtest consists of approximately 42 multiple-choice questions and two written constructed-response assignments. To pass the PRE, you must pass each of the subtests. If you do not pass one or more subtest of the PRE, you may retake only those subtests.


Registration: Visit the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification website to learn details about test dates and to register.


Alternative to taking the PRE: The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has recently passed a proposal to allow students to use scores from the ACT or Michigan Merit Exam (MME) in lieu of passing scores on the PRE. Score equivalencies are listed below.

The MDE will allow a combination of all three subscores (PRE, ACT, and MME) to meet their requirement. Please see your advisor in the College of Education if you think you are eligible to use ACT or MME scores in lieu of the PRE for your admission to the College of Education. More details about alternative testing options can be viewed here.


ACT Score Equivalency

MME Score Equivalency








(English + Writing) 24*


* ACT English + Writing score only valid for exams completed prior to September 2015

Timing: A passing score for all subtests of the PRE is required for admission to the College of Education for teacher assisting. Please consult with an advisor to determine the best time to take the exam.

To learn more about scoring information, click here.

For resources for your content area exams, please see our Content Area Prep Website.


MTTC Resources

Study Guide

Test Objectives

Online Practice Test

MTTC Flashcards (available in the Resource Room in C-1-140 MAK and available for purchase online)


Outside Resources

Try the Praxis practice tests for mathematics, reading, and writing through the LearningExpress Library. These may be useful when preparing for the PRE.

Use ACT Prep materials to help study for the test. The content of both exams is similar so that is a great way to have additional practice questions and review. Quizlet has ACT flashcards and practice materials for free online, but there are many other great resources.

Take the Illinois Basic Skills Diagnostic Practice Test to determine areas where you need additional tutoring support.

MoMetrix eLibrary (online access to study guides available through the GVSU Library)
Click Teaching, then scroll down and select the MTTC test(s) you are interested in. You may need to log-in through the Library in order to access this database.


Details on the test and additional resources to help you prepare


Format: Multiple-choice questions. A set of of mathematical definitions and formulas is provided, along with a four-function calculator that may help you perform calculations on the test.
Prep class offered by the Math Department (MTH 380-01 Fall 2015). This is a one credit prep course focused on the mathematics portion of the PRE. Contact professor John Golden with questions.
Math Practice Test Utilize the practice tests for MTH 110, 122 and 123 at GVSU for sample problems
Free tutoring help: GVSU Math CenterStats Center no appointment needed
Video Tutorials provided by GVSU Math Department
Free online remedial courses Pre-college level math support. Click on courses available on the left. You must create a log-in to enroll.


Format: Multiple-choice questions, often based on reading passages. Questions should be answered based on the opinions and ideas expressed in the passage rather than your own opinions. 
The English Department has sponsored prep sessionsworksheets.
Free online remedial courses Pre-college level reading support. Click on courses available on the left. You must create a log-in to enroll. 


Format: Multiple-choice questions and two written constructed response assignments, typically based on current events or issues facing education. 
Tutoring: Frederick Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors Schedule a mock writing prompt where you will write a timed response to a prompt and receive feedback from a writing consultant (only available in LOH location)
OWL Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University for resources on the writing process, mechanics, grammar, punctuation, etc. 
Free online remedial courses Pre-college level writing support. Click on courses available on the left. You must create a log-in to enroll.
Free online Writing Course through Stanford University. You must create a log-in to enroll.