On the Day of the Test
What to Bring to the Test Center
- An admission ticket for the test you are taking. If you do not bring your admission ticket, you may not be permitted to test. You should return to your testing account and view your admission ticket 24 hours before your test to confirm that there have been no changes to your reporting schedule. If there is a test center change, (e.g., a different building than originally scheduled), it will be updated in your account. If there have been changes, you must print a new admission ticket.
- Valid and acceptable identification document(s) with a name, signature and photograph. Your ID will be checked before you are admitted. See Identification (ID) Requirements.
- See the information below about calculators for specific tests.
Scientific calculators. If you are taking Chemistry 8-12 (140), Generalist 4-8 (111), Mathematics 4-8 (115), Mathematics/Science 4-8 (114), Physical Science 8-12 (137), Science 8-12 (136) or Special Education EC-12 (161), you will be provided with Texas Instruments TI-30X IIs scientific calculators at the test administration. You may not use your own calculator for these tests.
Approved graphing calculators. If you are taking Mathematics 8-12 (135), Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering 8-12 (174) or Physics/Mathematics 8-12 (143) you must bring a graphing calculator to the test and you may bring a second calculator as a backup. Graphing calculators will not be provided at the administration. Only the brands and models listed below may be used. Approved calculator brands and models are subject to change; if there is a change, you will be notified. The test administrator will clear the memory of your calculator(s) both before and after testing. Therefore, be sure to back up the memory on your calculator(s), including applications, to an external device before arriving at the test center.
FX 1.0 series, FX-7400 series, FX-9750 series, CFX-9850 series, FX-9860 series, CFX-9950 series, CFX-9970 series, FX 2.0 (ALGFX2.0), FX-CG-10 (PRIZM)
HP 9g, HP 38g, HP 39 series, HP 40 series, HP 48 series, HP 49 series, HP 50 series
EL-9300, EL-9600*, EL-9600c*, EL-9900
TI-73, TI-80, TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-83 Plus Silver, TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver, TI-85, TI-86, TI-89, TI-89 Titanium, TI-NSpire, TI-Nspire CX, TI-Nspire CAS, TI-Nspire CX CAS
*Use of stylus is not permitted
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Admission to the Test
CAT tests are administered at various times in the morning and in the afternoon. You must be at the test center 30 minutes prior to the test start time on your admission ticket. Review the ID requirements and make sure you have the required documents with you. Without the required ID documents, you will not be permitted to test.
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Identification (ID) Requirements
All test takers are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable identification each time they report to a test center. It is your responsibility to ensure that your ID documents are up-to-date and available on the day of the test.
- As outlined in Information About Your Name, you are responsible for ensuring that the name you use when you register exactly matches (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on the ID document(s) you will present. The name you use when you register is the one that will appear on your admission ticket.
- If the test administrator questions the ID you present, you may be required to provide supplemental ID. If positive confirmation cannot be made, you may not be permitted to test or your test score may be withheld.
- All test takers are encouraged to bring at least two forms of acceptable ID each time they report to a test center. Prior admission to a test center based on a given ID document does not ensure that that document will be considered acceptable. Test centers are not required to hold your seat if you leave the center to obtain acceptable identification.
- Admission to the test center does not ensure that the ID you provided is valid or that your scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable ID are subject to review and approval by the ETS Office of Testing Integrity either during or after the test administration. ETS reserves the right to withhold and/or cancel scores in the event that the ID requirements set forth herein are not met.
- You may be required to show your ID and/or to sign a test center log or be fingerprinted at various points throughout the test administration.
- Your test fees will not be refunded if you are not permitted to test or if your scores are withheld or canceled because of invalid or unacceptable ID.
ID Document Requirements
With few exceptions, ID documents must meet all of the following requirements. Each ID document must:
- be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable
- be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
- bear the test taker's full name exactly (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) as it appears on the admission ticket
- bear a recent photograph that clearly matches the test taker
- bear the test taker's signature
See Unacceptable ID Documents.
See Exceptions and Requirements if:
- you have a two-part last name (e.g., Pena-Delgado or Suarez Thomas)
- your name has recently changed as a result of marriage or divorce
- you are in the process of renewing your driver's license or you are in the military and your license has been extended or deferred
- you are testing outside your country of citizenship
- you are a U.S. Non-Citizen testing within the U.S.
- you are in the military and your military ID does not contain your signature
- you are unable to meet ID requirements
- you have any questions about the acceptability of your ID document(s)
Acceptable Primary ID Documents
The following ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:
- Government-issued driver's license
- State or Province ID (including those issued by motor vehicle agencies)
- National ID card
- Military ID card
Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents
- You may be required to provide a supplemental ID if the test administrator questions your primary ID document and/or if your primary ID document is otherwise valid and acceptable but does not bear your full name, photograph and signature.
- Supplemental ID documents may not be used to resolve last-name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on your admission ticket.
The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:
- Government-issued ID (including but not limited to those listed under Acceptable Primary ID Documents).
- Student ID card
- Confirmation of identity letter from your educational institution. This letter must be typed or printed on the original letterhead of the educational institution you attend(ed) and, in addition to meeting all of the ID Document Requirements, must include your date of birth and the date issued. Additionally, a school official's signature and the school seal must be present and both must overlap your photograph. Such letters are valid for only one year from the date issued.
Unacceptable ID Documents
The following documents are not acceptable as primary or supplemental ID under any circumstances:
- Any document that is photocopied or expired
- Any document that does not bear your last name exactly as it appears on the admission ticket
- International driver's license
- Draft classification card
- International student ID
- Credit/debit card of any kind
- Notary-prepared letter or document
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Employee ID card
- Any temporary ID
- Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card (e.g., Mexican Matricula Consular card)
Exceptions and Requirements
Two-Part Last Name
- If the ID document you will present on the day of the test contains a two-part last name (e.g., Pena-Delgado or Suarez Thomas), the name on your admission ticket must exactly match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) your ID. See Information About Your Name. You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve last-name discrepancies.
- If the attendance roster or admission ticket lists a two-part name and your ID document does not, you will not be admitted. The name you used when you registered must exactly match the ID.
Recent Marriage or Divorce
- If your admission ticket bears your maiden name and your ID bears your married name or vice versa because you were married or divorced between the time you registered and the test date, you may be permitted to test if you bring an original marriage certificate or divorce decree that was issued between the date you registered and the test date.
Driver's License Renewals
- If your driver's license has expired but you present it along with your original Department of Public Safety renewal certificate, these two documents together are acceptable if the names on both documents match exactly. If you are issued a temporary paper license in lieu of a renewal certificate, that is acceptable only if it is accompanied by a supplemental ID.
- If you are in the U.S. military and the expiration of your driver's license has been extended or deferred by the issuing state, the license can be used as a supplemental ID along with your U.S. military ID. Depending on the state, the extension or deferral may consist of either a sticker affixed to the license with the designation "military" printed in place of an expiration date or a separate document carried with the license, usually with a notation that the driver's license is valid until a specific time period after discharge from the service.
Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship/U.S. Non-Citizen Testing Within the U.S.
- You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID document.
- U.S. Non-Citizens testing within the U.S. must present a passport that meets all of the ID document requirements.
- If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present as supplemental ID at least one of the documents listed under Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.
- Diplomatic and embassy ID cards cannot be used as primary identification in place of a passport.
- The following documents can be used in place of a passport if presented along with at least one of the documents listed under Acceptable Primary or Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents.
- Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 or I-151)
- Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
- Employment Authorization Card (Form I-688A, I-688B or I-766)
- Mexican Border Crosser Card (This form of ID may be accepted only at test centers within 25 miles of the Mexican border.)
Military ID Without Signature
If your military ID does not contain your signature, you must present a supplemental ID.
Unable to Meet ID Requirements
If you have been granted political asylum, have refugee status or are otherwise unable to meet the identification requirements, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at least 7 days before registering to test. You must receive approval from OTI before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents to OTI for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact OTI before you register, and as a result you are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.
ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)
Questions About ID Documents
For general questions about acceptable ID, call ETS Customer Service at:
- 1-800-205-2626 (U.S., U.S. Territories and Canada)
- 1-609-771-7393 (all other locations)
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Test Center Procedures and Regulations
By submitting your registration for a TExES CAT test, you are agreeing to abide by all procedures and policies contained in the Registration Bulletin and/or communicated to you at the test administration for which you have registered.
The Registration Bulletin and all other applicable rules of the State Board for Educator Certification (Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7) govern your participation in the TExES program.
The following general guidelines apply to all tests. All of these procedures and guidelines begin when you are admitted to a test center, end when you leave the test center and include breaks.
- Dress so that you can adapt to any room temperature.
- Test centers do not have large waiting areas. Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center will not be permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the test. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress.
- ID verification at the test center may include photographing and fingerprinting. It may also include videotaping or some other form of electronic ID confirmation. If you refuse to participate in these security measures, you will not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your registration and test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present valid and acceptable identification.
- Graphing or scientific calculators are allowed or required for some tests. See Calculators under What to Bring to the Test Center.
- Food, drinks and tobacco are not allowed in the testing room.
- If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-Related Needs.
- Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry, iPhone), PDAs and other electronic, listening, recording or photographic devices are not allowed in the test center. If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during or after the test administration, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated and you will be dismissed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test. Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold cell phones or any other devices.
- Personal items other than identification documents are not allowed in the testing room. You will be required to follow the procedures set by the test center for storage of your personal belongings. You may also be asked to empty your pockets. Storage space is limited, so plan accordingly. You will not have access to your personal items during the test. Personal items such as hats, scarves, jackets and outerwear that are taken into the test room are subject to inspection by the test administrator. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and/or cancellation of scores.
- You may be asked to remove your watch and to store it during the test.
- Neither ETS nor the test centers assume any responsibility whatsoever for personal items or devices that you choose to bring into the test center.
- The test administrator will assign you a seat.
- You must have the test administrator's permission to leave the room during the test. Any time lost cannot be made up. You are required to remain inside the test center building.
- Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test adminstration, during breaks or after the test is prohibited.
- On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test center or ETS's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test appointment.
ETS reserves the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay or speaking questions or communicates with ETS either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.
The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins at sign-in, ends at sign-out and includes breaks.
- You will be required to write (not print) and sign a confidentiality statement at the test center. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your fees will not be refunded.
- You may be required to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
- ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.
- The test administrator will provide you with pencils and scratch paper that may be replenished after you have used all pages of the scratch paper initially given to you. You may not take your own scratch paper to the test, nor may you remove scratch paper from the testing room at any time. The scratch paper is provided to assist test takers in working out problems and for appropriate note taking during the timed sections of the test. Scratch paper should NOT be used during the untimed sections or during breaks. At the conclusion of the test, you will be required to return all scratch paper to the test administrator. If you are observed using any documents or unauthorized papers other than the designated scratch paper distributed by the test administrator, they will be confiscated.
- If you need to leave your seat at any time, raise your hand; timing of the section will not stop.
- In tests containing timed listening sections, once recorded material has begun, it cannot be stopped. Breaks should not be taken during those times.
- If at any time during the test you have a problem with your computer or need the test administrator for any reason, raise your hand.
- If a technical issue prevents you from completing your test, contact Customer Service as soon as possible to reschedule.
- Testing premises are subject to videotaping.
- The maximum time allotted for untimed sections prior to the test is 30 minutes. The purpose of the untimed sections prior to the test is to become familiar with important information that will make your CAT testing experience as convenient as possible. The time you spend on the untimed sections should not be for any other purpose. Infractions will be reported to ETS and the test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from the test administration if you fail to follow directions.
Although CAT tests are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible after the test to report any observed irregular behavior - for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions before the exam or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information will be held in strictest confidence.
Phone: 1-800-353-8570 (United States only)
1-609-406-5430 (all other locations)
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Dismissal From a Test Center
A test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from a test session and/or your scores may be withheld and ultimately canceled for any actions that violate the policies and procedures set forth herein and/or communicated at the test center including, without limitation, the following:
- attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you
- failing to provide acceptable identification as described herein, including refusal to allow a photograph and/or fingerprint to be taken
- obtaining improper access to the test, a part of the test or information about the test
- having a cell phone, smartphone (e.g., BlackBerry or iPhone), PDA or any other electronic, listening, recording or photographic device in the test center. If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during or after the test administration, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated and you will be dismissed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test.
- using any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation, mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers, pens, pagers, beepers, calculators (except on tests where a calculator is permitted), watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, highlighter pens, stereos or radios with headphones, watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds), stop watches, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors and any handheld electronic or photographic devices
- creating a disturbance (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
- attempting to give or receive assistance (Communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration. Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, during breaks or after the test is prohibited.)
- removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center (Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced and/or disclosed by any means [e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically] to any person or entity.)
- tampering with a computer
- attempting to remove scratch paper from the CAT testing room or using scratch paper during untimed sections or during breaks
- bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center
- bringing food, drink or tobacco into the testing room
- leaving the test center during the test session or during breaks
- leaving the testing room without permission
- taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test session (Test administrators are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks.)
- referring to, looking through or working on any test, or test section when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called.
- failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained on this website and in the Registration Bulletin, given by the test administrator or specified in any test materials
ETS and TEA reserve the right to take any and all actions - including, but not limited to, barring you from future testing and/or withholding or canceling your scores - for failure to comply with test administration regulations or the test administrator's directions. If your scores are canceled, they will not be reported and your registration and test fees will not be refunded.
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Taking TExES CAT Tests and Recording Answers
- All CAT TExES tests (except for BTLPT Spanish, English Language Arts and Reading 8-12 and the LOTE French, German, Latin and Spanish EC-12 tests) consist entirely of multiple-choice questions. All questions, including recorded and printed excerpts for the Music EC-12 (177) test, are presented via the computer and you will select responses using the computer.
- The Art EC-12 (178), Principal (068) and Superintendent (195) tests each have a paper supplemental booklet that is provided at the test center.
- Read the directions carefully. You are responsible for reading and understanding the directions before beginning the test. No oral instructions will be provided. The time you take to read the directions is not considered part of the testing time; however, it is recommended that you take no more than about 15 minutes doing this.
- Click "Help" to review the "General Directions," "Testing Tools," "How to Answer" and "How to Scroll." Some tests include Definitions and Formulas and/or a Periodic Table of the Elements. These can also be accessed by selecting "Help." The test clock will not stop when the "Help" function is being used.
- To answer a question, click on a response. To move on to the next question, click on "Next." To return to a previous question, click on "Back." If you are uncertain about a question and want to mark it to review or return to later in the exam session, click on "Mark," which will place a check mark next to the question on the Review screen. The Review screen lists all of the questions in the test and their status. This can be accessed by clicking "Review." Only questions that have been previously seen may be reviewed. NOTE: Some tests (Music EC-12, BTLPT Spanish and LOTE EC-12) include sections in which you are presented with recorded prompts, or your verbal response is captured. In these sections, you will not be given the option to press "Back" or "Next." Instead, the computer automatically goes to the next question when time is up. The "Review" function is also not available for these sections.
- In other sections of the Music EC-12, BTLPT Spanish and LOTE EC-12 tests, and all sections of the other tests, there is a question at the end of each section that asks if you are finished with the section. At this point, you can either go back and review your answers or continue to the next section. If you choose to continue instead of reviewing your answers, you will advance to the next section. If your test only has one section or you are in the last section of your test, it will end your test, and you will not be able to go back and review any further.
- An interactive demonstration of the TExES CAT tests is available in the online registration system. It shows previews and demonstrations of the actual screens used in the computerized tasks encountered in the tests.
- See the Supplemental Guides for the BTLPT Spanish and LOTE EC-12 tests for a preview of the actual screens used in the computerized tasks encountered in the tests. Supplemental Guides can be found under Preparation Manual downloads in Preparation Materials.
- For the BTLPT Spanish test, also see the BTLPT Spanish prerecorded webinar (Flash) to learn more about the sections of the BTLPT Spanish test, some common candidate miscues and tips for success.
- Your test may include questions that will not count toward your score. Some questions are placed on the test to collect information about how they will perform under actual testing conditions. There may also be some exit evaluation questions. These questions are not scored and relate to your overall testing experience; your responses to these questions provide ETS with valuable information for future program enhancements.
- At the end of a CAT test, you are given the option of reporting or canceling your scores for that session.
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Cancellation of a Test Session
In the event it becomes necessary or desirable for ETS or TEA to cancel a test administration for reasons beyond its control, including without limitation, severe weather conditions, natural disaster (e.g., flood, fire), terrorist acts, acts of vandalism, hazardous conditions at the test center or some other event, a cancellation announcement will be posted as soon as possible on this website. The cancellation announcement will also be available as a recorded phone message at 1-800-205-2626. You will be advised by email or U.S. mail as soon as the test administration has been rescheduled. It is imperative that you keep the contact information, especially your phone number and email address, in your Educator Profile on the TEA website up-to-date so you can be contacted quickly if the need arises.
Unless TEA cancels a test administration at a given test center, the test administration will be conducted as scheduled, barring circumstances preventing prior notification of cancellation (e.g., natural disaster, terrorist acts). If you miss a test administration that has not been officially canceled, you will be considered absent and will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.
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Test Center Comments
If you have comments about the test center or the conditions under which you took a test, please submit them in a letter via mail, email or fax to the appropriate address below. All comments must be sent directly to ETS. Comments sent to your EPP or to TEA will not be acted upon. Comments about CAT test centers must be submitted or postmarked no later than 2 days after the date of your test.
ETS-Texas Educator Certification Program
PO Box 6051
Princeton, NJ 08541-6051
Test Question Inquiries
If you think there is an error in a test question that affected your response, tell the test administrator as soon as you finish the test or send a letter to the address below postmarked within 2 days of your test date.
ETS-Texas Educator Certification Program
Test Question Inquiries
PO Box 6667
Princeton, NJ 08541-6667
In your letter, state the name and address of the center, the test date and name of the test, the number and content of the question and the section in which it appeared.
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