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MTTC & PRE Test Prep Info

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)

Students who plan to earn a Michigan teaching certificate must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in their major, minor, and endorsement(s), if applicable. The CLAS Academic Advising Center provides general information on preparing for the MTTC.

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Professional Readiness Examination (PRE)

GVSU candidates for Michigan teacher certification must take and pass the PRE (Professional Readiness Examination: test number 096) prior to being admitted to the College of Education for teacher assisting. The PRE consists of three sub-tests: Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. More information about the PRE test, including study aids and practice tests, can be found on the CLAS Academic Advising Center's PRE information page.

PRE Test Registration:
Visit the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) website to learn details about PRE test dates and to register. The last administration of the PRE is scheduled for September 23, 2017. After that date, the SAT will replace the PRE. Please note that passing scores from the PRE, or its predecessor the Basic Skills Test (BST), will continue to be accepted by the state.

SAT Test

The Michigan Department of Education released a statement on April 10, 2017 that the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE Test) will be replaced with the SAT test. Anyone with passing scores from the newly-redesigned SAT (as administered on March 5, 2016 or later) now fulfills the requirements set forth by Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 380.1531(2).

In order to meet the requirement for teacher certification, the SAT has two sections that must be passed at or above the career- and college-readiness (CCR) benchmark as shown below:

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing = Score 480 or higher
  • Mathematics =  Score 530 or higher

Both individual sections of the SAT must be passed at or above these score values; there is no CCR benchmark made on the SAT Composite, or overall, score scale.

Study Guides and Resources

  • CLAS Advising Center's MTTC Content Area Test information
  • MTTC Flash Cards (available for each subject)
  • MoMetrix eLibrary (online access to study guides available through the GVSU Library)
    Click on 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.
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Reducing Test Anxiety

If you suffer from test anxiety please read this PDF guide, Dealing with Test Anxiety, to identify and cope with stress.

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