School of Education  
 

Testing

 

On this page, you will find information and dates for the Michigan Tests for Teaching Certification, the Michigan Basic Skills Test. There are also many links below to resources for the various tests.

 
Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
The Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) were created to ensure that every certified teacher has the necessary basic skills and content knowledge to serve in Michigan public schools. All candidates for a Michigan provisional teaching certificate must pass a test the Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST) before full acceptance into the School of Education. Candidates for secondary-level teaching certificates must pass the corresponding Subject Area Test for each academic subject area in which they are to be certified. Candidates for an elementary-level teaching certificate must pass the Elementary Education Test. Candidates for an elementary-level teaching certificate who wish to teach in classrooms in grades 6-8 in specific subject areas must also pass the appropriate subject-area tests in order to qualify for the endorsements.  Site-based tests are only administered five times a year during January, April, July, October, and November. Computer-based tests are offered in the months when on-site tests are not available. Test information is available at the School of Education (AB 260).
 
>2013-2014 Test Schedule (pdf)
 

Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST)
If you are hoping to begin an Education program at Aquinas, it is recommended you take the Michigan Basic Skills Test as soon as possible.
All candidates for a Michigan provisional teaching certificate must pass a test the Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST) before full acceptance into the School of Education, and will not be able to enroll in any Education classes at Aquinas until they have supplied passing scores.
The scores on the MBST are currently valid indefinitely.

 

To Register for any MTTC Test, visit the official website at http://www.mttc.nesinc.com for online registration.

 

Study guides for the MTTC Tests can be found on their website at http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/MI_viewSG_opener.asp.

 

Subject Area Tests
Passing scores on the subject area tests are required for final certification by the State of Michigan. These scores can be taken when a student has completed 90% of the subject area content. 

Elementary candidates are required to pass the Elementary Education Test and are encouraged to take and pass the test in their major and minor(s) in order to be certified to teach those subjects in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.
Candidates for an Elementary-level teaching certificate who wish to teach in classrooms in grades 6-8 in specific subject areas must also pass the appropriate subject-area tests in order to qualify for the endorsements.

 

Secondary candidates are required to pass the subject area tests in both the major and minor (or double major) in order to be certified.  

 

The scores on the subject area tests are valid for 5 years.  If more than 5 years have lapsed between passing the subject area test and the time for certification, the student will be required to retake the outdated subject area tests.
 
To Register for any MTTC Test, visit the official website at http://www.mttc.nesinc.com for online registration.
 
Study guides for the MTTC Tests can be found on their website at http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/MI_viewSG_opener.asp.
 

Foreign Language Exit Exam
The Foreign Language Exit Exam is held once a year in November. This exam is administered by the faculty from the Department of Modern Languages at Aquinas College. A minimum score of 5 is required for admittance to EN496 (FH/GN/SH 496) or EN497 (FH/GN/SH 497). Contact the Department of Modern Languages at (616) 632-2122 to register for this exam.