Preparing For & Taking the MTTC in Social Studies


This advice is for those who have had a problem with the Social Studies MTTC or any of the four single content MTTC tests, Economics, History or Political Science.  However, it may also be valuable for those taking the test for the first time. 

Most of the suggestions below are from graduate students who have passed the test.  While there can be no promise of success, following this advice could be helpful.

While references below usually refer to the Social Studies MTTC, the same advice can generally be used for the single disciplines.

You should not take the MTTC Social Studies test until you have finished all of your content courses!

Take the test as soon as possible after finishing all of your content courses.

Many of the following resources or similar ones are online & free, such as textbooks.

Plan on studying at least one hour per day for at least two (2) months!

Sign up for only one test/testing date.

Studying for the test-

Get the MTTC Objectives & the MTTC Study Guide & review them often alongside the Michigan Standards for Social Studies Education as you study for the test.

Talk to others who have taken the test for background information.

Since Pearson not only publishes books, they also write the MTTC, read their social studies methods book for your level (ELE or secondary).  For example, they have a new book, Social Studies in Elementary Education by Walter C. Parker [14th Ed.].

Read the for Dummies books, i.e. World History for Dummies to review.

The I.S.D.s may have online Content Area Curriculum guides which can be good for review

Review your textbooks from your content courses, or

Review high school texts on the same topics (middle school for Michigan history).

To find a high school textbook search online for free XXX textbooks (XXX being the subject area).  Read a chapter/day.

Be sure to review the Michigan areas, like Michigan history or politics.

For history, Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth Davis may be helpful.

For further reading in Am. history, read Howard Zinn’s, A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present.

Watch Jeopardy every night & when they ask a question in an area of the test & you do not know the answer, you need read up on that topic.

For visual learners, watch as much of the History Channel & PBS (Ch. 56) as possible when they cover topics which are in the MTTC Objectives.

For Political Science, know government types and the Constitutions of both Michigan & U.S.

For Economics know basic macro & micro.

For Geography know capitals, imports, exports and so on + the Five Themes of Geography.

Take the PRAXIS sample tests online & read their advice (similar to the MTTC).

If you have not passed a test, review your copy of the test results for the MTTC to see in which areas you are having problems.

A guide & practice test which may be helpful is at

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Sit in on the MTTC test-taking sessions at WSU; the general advice is good.

Take practice test from MTTC & carefully read the tips.

Study one area & in small bits over time.

Read the news section of the Detroit Free Press or News every day for at least a month before the exam.

Concepts are more important than memorizing facts.

The Day of the test-

Avoid Cobo Hall unless you like crowds.

After a good night’s sleep, eat a good, but not too heavy, breakfast.

Be prepared for possible chaos at the testing site as things get set up.  Be patient & relax.

Dress comfortably, in layers. Some rooms are warm, others cold.

During the Test-

Relax & read the instructions carefully.

Eliminate choices, narrow down the possible answers.

Eliminate the obvious distracters.

Pay attention to words like not, all, except, any.

Get up when you need to stretch.

 This site will be updated as more suggestions are made.  If you have any, please send them to Dr. Bob @

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