The Ultimate Guide To Prepare For The MTTC2020-09-16T17:23:26+00:00

The Ultimate Guide To Prepare For The MTTC

The MTTC is an exam for teacher certification in the state of Michigan. The following article will help new and returning MTTC test-takers prepare for an upcoming exam. We will answer all your questions about how to pass the exam, including where to find preparation resources and how to use study guides. We will also give you tips on exactly what to study and how much to study. Effective preparation is the most important step to passing the MTTC.

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How hard is the MTTC?

Lots of factors can influence how hard a test seems to the test-taker. Academic background, professional experience, the amount of preparation, and test-day conditions can all affect the test difficulty. In general, passing rates for MTTC exams are high, around 70 to 80%. However, this does NOT mean that the test is easy. Effective preparation is the best way to ensure a passing score.

How do you pass the MTTC?

Follow these steps to pass the MTTC:

         1. Register for the test

Make an online account at the MTTC website to register for the MTTC. In the registration portal you can select which subject area exam to take, the test location, and the appointment time. Full testing fees must be paid during registration.

         2. Learn about the test

Learning about the test is the easiest way to improve confidence and increase your score. Information such as how the MTTC is scored, what kinds of questions are on the test, and retake policies can be found in the MTTC guides on 240 Tutoring and on the MTTC website.

         3. Make a study plan

A study plan is a schedule for reviewing test competency and working practice problems. Start early and set achievable goals to stay on track. 240 Tutoring’s MTTC study plan can help with this!

         4. Follow the study plan

Once you have your study plan, it is important to stick to it. Use study guides to review material from each test competency two to three times before test day. Studying should also include time for working example problems from each topic and a full-length practice test.

         5. Make a test day routine

Exam day can be stressful, and making a test day routine ahead of time will allow your mind to stay focused on passing the test. The test day routine should include organizing clothes and materials beforehand, rereading test policies, double-checking the test appointment time and location, and a healthy breakfast.

         6. Pass the test

Congratulations!

Where do you find study resources for the MTTC?

There are lots of ways to find study resources for the MTTC. The MTTC website has information about each subject area test, including a breakdown of test competencies. If you studied these subjects in school, you can use textbooks, past lectures, and academic sources to study the material for each competency. Alternatively, you can use a comprehensive study guide, like those from 240 Tutoring, which collect MTTC testing resources for students all in one place.

What are the best resources to use for MTTC?

The best resources to use for the MTTC include test information, study guides, and practice problems. Learning information about scoring, registration, and structure is an easy but important step toward passing the MTTC. Study guides review each topic that is likely to be covered on the MTTC. Practice problems should be targeted to the specific MTTC subject area to ensure that question prompts and content are similar to those in the real exam.

Where do you find study guides for the MTTC?

You can find study guides for the MTTC at 240tutoring.com. 240 Tutoring MTTC study guides are written to thoroughly cover all the key concepts on the MTTC. Simply select your subject area to get started. The MTTC website also has some preparation materials for test-takers, including sample questions, test objectives, and general test information.

How do you use study guides to study for the MTTC?

Study guides compile all the key concepts from each test competency into a succinct document. They often include flowcharts, bulleted lists, and graphics that organize information in a way that is easier to remember for the test. By contrast, studying from a textbook or lecture is less structured. Where study guides help to guide your studying with a test-specific outline, studying from the raw material risks wasting time on extra information that will not appear on the test and failing to cover concepts that will be on the test.

The first time you read a study guide, note any questions or confusion that come up. Then use academic sources to expand on the information, filling in any knowledge blanks. Once you have a complete understanding of every concept on the study guide, move on to the next one. It is important to review each study guide two to three times before test day. The second and third reviews of a study guide can be faster than the first read-through. Always make sure to resolve any new questions or confusion before moving on to the next topic.

How do you study for the MTTC?

The best way to study for the MTTC is by building a study plan and sticking to it!

A study plan should include time to review each test competency, learn about the test, work practice problems, and complete full-length practice tests. Study plans are individual. Your study plan will depend on your personal schedule and your individual strengths and weaknesses on the test material.

Follow your study plan with regular and effective study sessions. Short intervals of dedicated study time will reduce distractions and improve focus compared to large blocks of unstructured study time. An example study schedule could be reviewing study guides for 90 minutes MWF and working practice problems for two hours on Saturdays. Complete study guides by actively reading the content and expanding on any concepts that are new and difficult. Don’t forget to learn about the test and work plenty of practice problems while studying.

When should you start studying for the MTTC?

In general, you should start studying two to three months before the exam. Leaving enough time ensures that you can make an effective study plan and meet achievable goals. More time also gives you flexibility in case of an unforeseen schedule change. Remember that an effective study plan should include time to learn about the structure of the MTTC test, fully review each test competency, and complete one or two full-length practice tests before test day.

Do NOT cram for the MTTC. Cramming the material a few days before the exam takes a toll on physical and mental health, is not effective for learning, and will likely result in a failing score. When you start studying early, it is easier to build regular study time into your everyday routine.

How much should you study for the MTTC?

Each person’s study plan is unique to their individual strengths and weaknesses, so only you know how much you should study. In general, quality is more effective than quantity. It’s okay to designate more time to some topics and less to others. It’s also okay to adjust your study plan as you go. For example, after taking a practice test you might realize that your knowledge of earth and space science topics is rustier than it should be, so you could add extra sessions on this topic to your weekly plan. You should study as much as you need to in order to thoroughly review every test competency one to three times, learn about the test, and work practice problems, including one or two full-length practice tests. Let’s get started smashing those study plan goals!

About the Author: 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.

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