MTTC Elementary Education (103) Practice Test

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The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Elementary Education test is required of all teacher candidates wishing to teach elementary education in the state of Michigan.

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MTTC Elementary Education Exam Outline

The MTTC Elementary Education exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 3.5 hours.

The exam is split into six subareas.

I. English Language Arts and World Languages (24%)

The questions in this subarea cover the following topics:

  • Opportunities for communication in a multilingual global society
  • The foundations of emergent literacy
  • The development of accurate, automatic worked recognition, fluency, and spelling
  • The development of vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Various forms of expository and narrative texts
  • The writing process
  • Standard English conventions
  • The expression of ideas and information through various forms of communication

II. Social Studies (16%)

The questions in this subarea cover the following topics:

  • History of the United States, Michigan, and the local community
  • Fundamental geography principles
  • Fundamental government and civics principles and concepts
  • Fundamental principles and concepts of economics
  • Social studies inquiry processesPublic discourse, citizen involvement, and decision-making skills and concepts

III. Visual and Performing Arts (10%)

The questions in this subarea cover the following topics:

  • Artistic and creative processes and products
  • Styles, elements, functions, and principles of the arts
  • Communication about the arts
  • Communication through the arts
  • Appropriate art instruction

IV. Mathematics (22%)

The questions in this subarea cover the following topics:

  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Historical mathematical developments
  • Mathematical representation
  • Mathematical problem-solving
  • Number sense
  • Number theory and number systems
  • Operations on numbers
  • Numerical computation
  • Direct and indirect measurement
  • Euclidean geometry
  • Algebraic concepts
  • Data analysis and probability concepts

V. Science (18%)

The questions in this subarea cover the following topics:

  • The role of inquiry in science
  • How new scientific knowledge is constructed
  • The nature of scientific knowledge
  • Analysis and reflection in science
  • Fundamental concepts of life science
  • Fundamental concepts of Earth/life science
  • Fundamental concepts of physical science

VI. Health Education and Physical Education (10%)

The questions in this subarea cover the following topics:

  • Concepts and strategies of health education
  • Concepts and strategies of physical education

exam outline for the MTTC Elementary Education (103) exam, which contains 150 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 3.5 hours

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MTTC Elementary Education Exam Registration

To register for the exam, you must create an online NES account via their website. You can register for the exam and schedule an exam date through this account. When you register, you will need to pay the $129 examination fee.

Test Day

On the day of your exam, you should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes prior to the scheduled exam time. Once you arrive, you will be asked to present one form of valid, government-issued photo ID. If you forget to bring your ID or your ID is invalid, you will not be able to take the exam.

After the check-in process, you will be asked to leave all personal items in a secure locker outside the testing area. This includes your cell phone, bags, wallet, keys, food, and any smoking/vaping devices. If you wear eyeglasses, they will be inspected by a testing center agent before you enter the testing room.

Once you enter the testing room, you will be asked to sign an NDA, and you will be given a brief tutorial on the computer-adaptive testing system. Once the tutorial is complete, the exam will begin.

How the MTTC Elementary Education Exam is Scored

Your MTTC score is reported within the range of 100-300 and is based on your performance on all sections of the test. To pass the exam, you must achieve a scaled score of 220.

You should receive your test results roughly 2-4 weeks after taking the exam. When you receive your score report, you will see your total score, your pass/fail status, and your scores for each subarea of the test.

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How to Pass the MTTC Elementary Education Exam

How to Study Effectively

Your success on MTTC test day depends not only on how many hours you put into preparing but also on whether you prepared the right way. It’s good to check along the way to see whether your studying is paying off. One of the most effective ways to do this is by taking MTTC Elementary Education practice tests to evaluate your progress. Practice tests are useful because they show exactly where you need to improve. Every time you take a free MTTC Elementary Education exam practice test, pay special attention to these three groups of questions:

  • The questions you got wrong
  • The ones you had to guess on, even if you guessed right
  • The ones you found difficult or slow to work through

This will show you exactly what your weak areas are and where you need to devote more study time. Ask yourself why each of these questions gave you trouble. Was it because you didn’t understand the material? Was it because you didn’t remember the vocabulary? Do you need more repetitions on this type of question to build speed and confidence? Dig into those questions and figure out how you can strengthen your weak areas as you go back to review the material.

Answer Explanations

Additionally, many MTTC practice tests have a section explaining the answer choices. It can be tempting to read the explanation and think that you now have a good understanding of the concept. However, an explanation likely only covers part of the question’s broader context. Even if the explanation makes sense, go back and investigate every concept related to the question until you’re positive you have a thorough understanding.

Comprehend Each Topic

As you go along, keep in mind that the MTTC practice test is just that: practice. Memorizing these questions and answers will not be very helpful on the actual test because it is unlikely to have any of the same exact questions. If you only know the right answers to the sample questions, you won’t be prepared for the real thing. Study the concepts until you understand them fully, and then you’ll be able to answer any question that shows up on the test.

Strategy for MTTC Practice

When you’re ready to start taking practice tests, follow this strategy:

  • Remove Limitations. Take the first test with no time constraints and with your notes and MTTC Elementary Education study guide handy. Take your time and focus on applying the strategies you’ve learned.
  • Time Yourself. Take the second practice test “open book” as well, but set a timer and practice pacing yourself to finish in time.
  • Simulate Test Day. Take any other practice tests as if it were test day. Set a timer and put away your study materials. Sit at a table or desk in a quiet room, imagine yourself at the testing center, and answer questions as quickly and accurately as possible.
  • Keep Practicing. Keep taking practice tests on a regular basis until you run out of practice tests or it’s time for the actual test. Your mind will be ready for the schedule and stress of test day, and you’ll be able to focus on recalling the material you’ve learned.



How many questions are on the MTTC Elementary Education test?


There are 150 multiple-choice questions on the test.


How long is the MTTC Elementary Education test?


The time limit for the test is 3.5 hours.


What is the passing score for the MTTC Elementary Education test?


To pass the test, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 220.


How much does the MTTC Elementary Education test cost?


The examination fee is $129.

By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: March 5, 2024