Computer-Based Testing

Is Computer-Based Testing Right for Me?

The following MTTC tests are now offered on computer in addition to the regularly scheduled paper-based test administrations:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bilingual Education
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Early Childhood Education
    (General and Special Education)
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Emotional Impairment
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • Health
  • History
  • Integrated Science (Elementary)
  • Integrated Science (Secondary)
  • Language Arts (Elementary)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mathematics (Elementary)
  • Mathematics (Secondary)
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Professional Readiness Examination
    (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing)
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Reading Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • Social Studies (Elementary)
  • Social Studies (Secondary)
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech
  • Visual Arts Education

Computer-based testing (CBT) is available during specific testing windows at testing centers throughout Michigan and across the nation. Starting November 9, 2015, most MTTC computer-based tests will be administered year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), at more than 225 test centers throughout the United States and its territories (e.g., Puerto Rico) as well as over 30 international test centers, including in Canada and Mexico. The Professional Readiness Examination and language tests offered on computer will still be available in select testing windows. Select your test to find test dates and test sites, score dates, and more information.

Preliminary scores provided at the conclusion of a computer-based test administration will not be used by the MDE for issuing teaching certificate(s) or endorsement(s).


Registration for computer-based testing is available only on the Internet by selecting "Register Now" on the MTTC website. Fees for computer-based testing differ from fees for paper-based testing. The following guidelines apply to computer-based testing registration:

If after your computer-based test appointment you wish to retake the test, you must wait at least 24 hours before you will be able to re-register for the same computer-based test or subtest. However, you must wait 30 days between each attempt of the same test or subtest whether paper-based or computer-based, per the MTTC Retake Policy. This means that you will only be able to take a test or each Professional Readiness Examination subtest one time in any testing window.

Test Administration

In computer-based testing, examinees complete the tests by selecting answers on-screen to multiple-choice questions and typing responses to the constructed-response assignment, if applicable. See "Reporting to the Test Site," "What to Bring to the Test Site," and " Test Site Rules" for details about the day of the test, including information about identification and security policies.

Score Reporting

Preliminary test results for the tests or subtests containing only multiple-choice questions will be provided at the testing center at the conclusion of your test and will indicate pass/fail status. If you took a test or subtest with a constructed-response assignment, this will be indicated on the preliminary test results printout. The printout will also include a brief explanation of how the constructed-response assignment will be scored. The MDE does not accept these preliminary test results for the purpose of issuing teaching certificates or endorsements. It is your responsibility to complete all necessary application processes required for obtaining a Michigan teaching certificate or endorsement for which passing one or more MTTC test(s) is required.

Scores are reported on the score report date for the testing window. See "Test Dates" for score report dates and "Release of Your Test Scores" for additional information on score reporting.