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MTTC Professional Readiness Exam: Mathematics Study Guide

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What’s on the Professional Readiness Exam: Mathematics

The MTTC Professional Readiness Exam: Mathematics is a required exam that ensures candidates have sufficient knowledge in all relevant subject areas. Taking the MTTC Professional Readiness Exam can be a daunting task.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything, the exam is broken into 4 subareas–which are then broken down into a total of 19 objectives.


Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The MTTC Professional Readiness Exam: Mathematics consists of 45 multiple-choice questions.  The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

You Need to Pay for the Exam.

The Cost of the Math Subtest is $75

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You will have a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete the computer-based test.



1 hour and 15 minutes

 Exam Objectives

Subarea VII: Quantitative Literacy and Logic

007 Understand numbers, numbers systems, and the relationships between them.

008  Apply skills in performing calculations, using algorithms, and estimating solutions.

009  Understand mathematical reasoning, logic, and proof.

Subarea VIII: Algebra and Functions

010 Understand expressions, equations, and inequalities.

011  Understand functions, their representations, and their characteristics.

012  Understand families of functions and their symbolic and graphical representations.

Subarea IX: Geometry and Trigonometry

013 Understand basic geometric figures and their properties.

014  Understand the relationships between basic geometric figures.

015  Understand transformations of figures in a plane.

Subarea X: Statistics and Probability

016 Understand univariate data and distributions.

017 Understand bivariate data and relationships.

018 Understand sampling, surveying, experimental design, and graphical representation.

019 Understand probability models and probability calculation.

 Passing Scoring

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. You will need to score a minimum of 220 in order to pass.

Registration and Testing

The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The MTTC exams are offered continuously throughout the year. However, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.

Which MTTC Exam Should I Take?

A list and description of each exam in the MTTC program is provided here. Most teaching candidates will need to pass two MTTC assessments: the Professional Readiness Examination and a Subject-Area test.

  • The Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) consists of 3 subtests (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) and assesses a candidate’s general knowledge in each of those subject areas. Even if a candidate is seeking certification in a subject area outside of these three areas, he or she must still pass the PRE.
  • Subject Area Tests assess a candidate’s knowledge in the specific subject area in which he or she is seeking certification.
    • For elementary-level teaching, candidates must pass both the PRE and the Elementary Education Test. Candidates who want to teach specific subject areas in grades 6-8 must also pass the corresponding subject-area test.
    • For secondary-level teaching, candidates must pass both the PRE and the corresponding subject-area test for each subject area in which they are seeking certification.


Beginning to prepare for the MTTC exam starts with understanding the test you need to take and the timeline for your preparation and testing dates.

  • Review the MTTC Registration Checklist to learn more about the specific details of the registration process.
  • Identify which test you need to take prior to beginning your study plan. See the MTTC test selection page to see which tests you must pass to gain certification.
  • Select a test date. Test dates are offered on a limited basis. For paper-based tests, each test date has a series of regular, late, and emergency registration periods. Test fees increase as the testing date approaches. For specific dates and registration deadlines, see the MTTC paper-based test dates page. Computer-based tests are offered year-round. Registration is available at any time, but candidates are encouraged to register as early as possible. For specific guidance, see the MTTC computer-based test dates page.
  • Select score reporting options. During registration, you may select school districts and colleges/universities to which you would like to send your score reports. You can send additional reports at a later time, but it is more efficient to select your recipients during registration.

What to Expect the Day of the Test

You should plan to be at the testing center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled test appointment. You should dress comfortably and in layers. Wear soft-soled shoes in order to maintain a quiet testing environment for all testers.

Lockers are provided at most testing centers. Please double-check by calling the testing center in advance.

You need to have a government-issued ID to verify your identity. When you check in your ID will be checked, your digital signature recorded, your palm scanned, and your photograph taken.

Each testing center has computers separated by partitions as well as a proctor to prevent cheating. Before beginning the exam, each tester will complete a computer-based tutorial session designed to show you how to navigate through the test successfully.

Arrival and What to Bring

There are several steps you need to take prior to arriving at the test site to ensure you are set up for admission to the testing center on test day.

  • Verify your test location and reporting time. Reporting times will differ from testing times, and it is important to arrive early to ensure admission. Examinees should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the examination to ensure enough time for check-in.
  • Print your admission ticket. Access and print your admission ticket in advance. You must bring your admission ticket to the center with you in order to be permitted to test. Electronic versions will not be accepted. To avoid technical problems that could delay the process, print your ticket the night before your exam.
  • Gather identification materials. All test takers are required to provide one valid form of identification, but are encouraged to bring at least two forms of acceptable ID each time they report to a test center. You will not be permitted to test without proper identification. For information about ID requirements and acceptable for of ID, see the guidance provided on the MTTC website.
  • Number 2 pencils (paper-based only). Pencils will not be supplied at the test site.
  • Calculators are permitted on some tests. If their test permits, candidates may bring an approved calculator to the test site. To see if your test permits the use of a calculator, see MTTC’s test selection guidance.

For more information about what you may or may not bring to the test center, see the MTTC Policies  for test day.

Taking the Test

By now, you should be familiar with what to expect on the exam. All that is left to do is complete it, but that may not be as simple as it sounds once the test is in front of you.

If you feel anxious, remember 7 Reasons People Fail Their Certification Exam. If you have prepared using these tips and 240Tutoring’s study guide, you will have:

  • Learned the content
  • Reviewed testing strategies
  • Learned how to break down questions and answer choices
  • Learned how to write a constructed response
  • Developed strategies for reducing test anxiety.

Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!

Test Scores

Score Reporting Dates

Scores are typically released approximately one month after the test window closes. For the most up-to-date calendar of score-reporting dates, see MTTC’s test date guidance.

Sending and Canceling Scores

When registering for the MTTC, you will have indicated the institutions or programs to which you would like to send score reports. Your test scores will be automatically reported to you, the Michigan Department of Education, and the institutions that you indicated when you registered. If needed, you may choose to send your scores to additional recipients. Learn more about requesting additional copies of your test results here.

If, at the end of your paper-based test, you do not want your scores reported or do not feel that you performed as well as you could have, you may cancel your test scores. To cancel your scores, you must:

  • Complete a Score Cancellation Form (available at test site); or
  • Submit a written request (including name, signature, last 4 digits of your social security number, your MTTC ID number, date of birth, test date, and tests). Your cancellation request must be received at Evaluation Systems within 7 days of the date on which you took the test.

***Score cancellation is NOT available for computer-based testing.

If you choose to report your scores to a certification institution, you will be unable to cancel them at any point and they will become an official part of your record. If you choose to cancel your scores, you will be unable to report your scores and they will never be reinstated to your testing record. Cancellation does not result in a refund.

Except for extreme circumstances, such as severe physical illness or overwhelming anxiety, it is not recommended that you cancel your scores.

Official Score Reports

Official score reports are posted to examinee accounts on the score report date according to the exam.  Examinees will receive an email notification when official score reports are available, and may access their MTTC account to view their score reports.

Understanding Your Scores

Your official score report explains your score and whether you passed or failed. Your raw score and percentage of correct answers on the MTTC are converted to a common measure called a scaled score. A scaled score allows multiple forms of a test to share a common minimum passing score. Test results are reported using a scaled score from 100 to 300.

Passing Scores

The minimum passing scaled score for tests is 220 or higher. For the Professional Readiness Examination, examinees receive a separate score for each subtest and must pass all three to meet the passing requirements.

Retaking the Exam

In the event that you do not earn a passing score, you may retake the test to attempt it again. You must wait 30 days to retake any exam or part of an exam, but there is no limit to the number of times you may take an exam.

If you take a combined assessment and only pass one of the subtests, you will only need to retake the single subtest you did not pass. Once you have achieved a passing score on all subtests, you will have passed the entire assessment.

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