Study Guide

How to Prepare for the Tests

This section of the study guide provides information to help you prepare to take the MTTC tests.

Plan Your Course of Study

Follow the steps outlined below to prepare to take the MTTC tests.

Assess your content knowledge.

Read the test objectives.

The set of test objectives for each test is the only source identifying the information covered by the test(s) you are taking.

  1. Read through the entire set of objectives to get a general picture of the material the test covers.
  2. The test objectives form the foundation and focus for the test questions. The descriptive statement(s) that follow each objective are included to provide examples of possible content covered by the objective. Read each objective and its descriptive statement(s) carefully to get a more specific idea of the knowledge and skills you will be required to demonstrate on the test.
  3. Once you have become familiar with the test objectives, make a list of those objectives about which you feel you know the least.
Practice your test-taking skills.

Answer the sample test questions.

After you have become familiar with the test objectives, review the sample test directions and try to answer the sample test questions for the test(s) you are taking. Set aside several hours for this exercise. If possible, take the sample test questions in a quiet room that simulates the testing environment. As you answer the sample test questions, time yourself to get an estimation of how long it may take you to complete the actual test.

The Day of the Test: Helpful Hints

The following are suggestions for preparing for the experience of the test administration as well as strategies you may wish to employ while taking the test.
Preparing for the Test Administration
The following are tips to help you prepare for the day of the test.

Start early.

Dress comfortably.

Test-Taking Tips

The following tips for taking standardized tests are offered as suggestions that may contribute to your success and confidence during the test session.

Follow directions.

Pace your work.

Read carefully.

Designate your answers carefully.

Determine the "best answer".

Guess wisely.

Check your accuracy.

Follow the rules.

Test Directions

Below is a sample directions page for an MTTC subject-area test administered via a paper-based test administration. These are general directions. If a test uses directions other than these, the directions will be found in the field-specific section of the study guide. The directions provided during a computer-based administration are similar in content. Visit Computer-Based Testing Tutorials for brief tutorials on how to navigate through the computer-based test. A short tutorial is also provided at the beginning of the computer-based test session, with instructions for how to navigate through the test.

You should have in front of you:

  1. a test booklet for the teaching field for which you registered (check the field name on the front cover);
  2. an answer sheet (be sure you have filled in the required information); and
  3. a pencil.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL OF THESE MATERIALS, PLEASE INFORM THE TEST ADMINISTRATOR.

DIRECTIONS

Each question in this booklet is a multiple-choice question with four answer choices. Read each question carefully and choose the ONE best answer. Record your answer on the answer sheet in the space that corresponds to the question number. Completely fill in the space having the same letter as the answer you have chosen. Use only a No. 2 lead pencil.

Sample Question

1. What is the capital of Michigan?

  1. Grand Rapids
  2. Marquette
  3. Lansing
  4. Detroit

The correct answer to this question is C. You would indicate that on the answer sheet as follows:

Four circles in a row. From left to right, the first has capital letter A inside, the second has capital letter B  inside, the third is  completely filled in with black, the fourth has capital letter D  inside.

Try to answer all questions. In general, if you have some knowledge about a question, it is better to try to answer it. You will NOT be penalized for guessing.

Once the test has begun, you should continue from page to page, in sequence, throughout the test booklet. You may write in the margins of the test booklet if necessary. The words "End of Test" indicate that you have completed the test. You may go back and review your answers, but be sure you have answered all questions before raising your hand for dismissal. Your test materials must be returned to a test administrator when you finish the test.

FOR TEST SECURITY REASONS, YOU MAY NOT TAKE NOTES OR REMOVE ANY OF THE TEST MATERIALS FROM THE ROOM.

This testing session will last four and one-half hours. If you have any questions, please ask them now before beginning the test.

graphic of a stop sign

DO NOT GO ON UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO DO SO.