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Everything You Need to Know About MTTC Scores

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The MTTC, or Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, tests prerequisite knowledge and skills for new teacher candidates in the state of Michigan. Learning about the exam is one of the easiest ways to improve your score. The following article is all about MTTC scoring. We will discuss how the MTTC exams are scored, how long it takes to get a score report, and how hard it is to pass an exam.

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How are the MTTC exams scored?

There are many different MTTC exams, each with a different structure. Despite their differences, all MTTC exam scores are scaled, which means that individual differences between test forms should not affect your score. The scaled score is calculated from the number of questions answered correctly out of the total number of scored questions and converted to a score between 100 and 300. Since no points are deducted for incorrect answers, it’s better to answer all questions by guessing or by process of elimination than to leave questions blank. A score of 220 or higher is designated as passing.

World language tests such as Spanish (028), French (023), and Arabic (102) include constructed-response questions (CRQs). These are open-ended questions that are evaluated by professionals in the subject area. CRQs are scored from 1 to 4 points, and this score is included in the total scaled score for the exam.

How long does it take to get MTTC scores?

Generally, it takes about four weeks to receive MTTC test scores. The score report date depends on the testing window, and your exact MTTC score reporting dates can be found on the MTTC website. Score reports will be automatically available in your online account and emailed on request.

What score do you need to pass the MTTC test?

You need to score 220 points to pass an MTTC test. All subject area assessments have the same passing score.

How long do you have to wait before you can retake an MTTC exam?

You must wait 30 days before retaking an MTTC exam. Use the waiting period to reevaluate the weaknesses in your study plan, work practice problems, and learn more about the test.

How do you interpret an MTTC score report?

Reading a score report can be confusing. The first thing to look for is the status, which will say “Passed” or “Did not pass.” Passing score reports will not include a numeric score. This is to prevent the score from being used in hiring and promotional opportunities. Examinees that receive less than 220 points will see their total numeric score.

The performance index section of the score report gives a breakdown of test performance across different subareas. One to four plus symbols are used to represent performance in each multiple-choice subareas. For example, “++++” indicates that most questions were answered correctly. It is important to note that different subareas may have different numbers of questions. Constructed-response questions (when applicable) will also be included in the performance index. An annotated example score report is available on the MTTC website.

How hard is it to pass an MTTC exam?

Each person may experience the MTTC exam a little differently. Academic background, professional experience, the level of MTTC preparation, and test-day conditions can all affect how hard or easy an exam seems to the examinee. However, state pass rates for MTTC exams are generally high, around 80 to 90% (2018). The test with the lowest pass rate in 2018 was social studies (105) at 65.9%, and music education (099) had the highest pass rate at 99.2%. Check out the 2018 pass rates for all MTTC exams here.

Remember, it is still possible to fail an exam with a high pass rate. Prepare for success by making an MTTC study plan ahead of time and sticking to it!

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Aubrey Trapp

Aubrey is a graduate student studying chemical contaminants in marine food webs. She is interested in all things science-y and aims to improve scientific communication by making concepts accessible and fun for interdisciplinary audiences. Aubrey loves to swim, and she once visited all 34 public pools in her Texas hometown in one day.