On the Day of the TASC/TASC-ASL Test
What to Bring to the Test Center
- Your authorization letter. If you do not bring your authorization letter, you will not be permitted to test.
- Valid and acceptable identification document(s) with a name, signature and photograph. Your ID will be checked before you are admitted. See Information About Your Name and Identification (ID) Requirements.
- You are not allowed to bring cell phones, smartphones (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iPhone), tablets, PDAs and other electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic devices into the test center. If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during or after the test administration (including breaks), 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.
- Some types of watches (e.g., calculator, computing, digital, watches with alarms, stop watches) are not allowed in the test room. You may be asked to remove you watch and store it during the administration.
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Admission to the Test
You must arrive at the test center no later than the Test Start Time listed in your authorization letter. If you arrive after that time, you will not be admitted and your test fees will be forfeited. It is your responsibility to allow plenty of time to arrive at the designated time, regardless of whether there is traffic congestion, road construction, bad weather, car accidents, poor directions or any other incident that might delay arrival.
You must bring your authorization letter and the required ID documents. 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 the name on the ID document(s) you will present at the test center. The name you use when you register is the one that will appear in your authorization letter.
- 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 this 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 and completing the test 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.
- 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 at the time of registration and in the authorization letter
- bear a recent photograph that clearly matches the test taker
- bear the test taker's signature (the name and signature on the ID documents must match)
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
- you are in the process of renewing your driver's license
- you are testing outside your country of citizenship
- you are not a U.S. Citizen and you are testing within the U.S.
- you are in the U.S. military
- 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 card (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 name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name in your authorization letter.
The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:
- Government-issued ID card (including, but not limited to, those listed under 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 in your authorization letter
- 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)
- Voter registration 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 in your authorization letter must exactly match your ID (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces). See Information About Your Name. You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve last-name discrepancies.
- If the attendance roster or authorization letter lists a two-part last 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 Name Change
- If your authorization letter 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.
- If your name has changed for any other reason, contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) before you register to test to have your ID documents approved.
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.
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.
- If you are not a U.S. Citizen and you are testing within the U.S., you 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 Supplemental ID Documents. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English. If you do not have a supplemental ID and the test center staff cannot read the language in which it is written, you may not be permitted to test.
- Diplomatic and embassy ID cards cannot be used as primary identification in place of a passport.
- The following documents may be used in place of a passport if presented along with at least one of the documents listed under Acceptable Primary ID Documents or 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.)
- If your military ID does not contain your signature, you must present 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 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 service.
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 are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.
ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eastern time
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 TASC or TASC-ASL 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 TASC and TASC-ASL assessments.
The following guidelines apply during the entire test session, which begins when you are admitted to the test center, include breaks and ends when you leave the test center.
- Dress appropriately. Testing room conditions vary. Dress in layers to ensure you are ready for any room temperature. Subject-related information written on clothing or the body is prohibited. Please avoid wearing black, dark blue, red or white clothing as these colors blend in with the backdrop and may cause difficulty in scoring the recorded interview.
- 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.
- 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., Android, BlackBerry, iPhone), tablets, PDAs and other electronic, listening, recording, scanning 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 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.
- Some types of watches (e.g., calculator, computing, digital, watches with alarms, stop watches) are not allowed in the test room; you may be asked to remove your watch and to store it during the test administration.
- 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 escort you to the room where the interview will be conducted.
- Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration 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.
- Test administrators will not honor requests for schedule changes.
- Take your authorization letter and identification document(s) to the test center.
- Other than your examinee ID card and your authorization letter, paper of any kind is not permitted in the testing room.
- Once the interview begins, you cannot leave the testing room until the 20-minute interview is complete.
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 during the interview session or communicates with ETS either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.
Although 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, the test being administered in a system or language other than what was requested, taking a test for someone else or having access to test questions before the exam.
All information will be held in strictest confidence.
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
- obtaining improper access to the test, a part of the test or information about the test
- having a cell phone, smartphone (e.g., Android, BlackBerry or iPhone), tablet, PDA or any other electronic, listening, recording, scanning 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, sign language books, pamphlets, notes, pagers, beepers, stereos or radios with headphones, some types of watches (e.g., calculator, computing, digital, watches with alarms, stop watches), dictionaries, translators and any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning 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.)
- except as specifically required for purposes of administering or taking the test, attempting to give or receive assistance (Discussion or sharing of test content or answers 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.)
- bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center
- bringing food, drink or tobacco into the testing room, unless you have received prior approval due to a disability or health-related need
- leaving the test center building during the test session
- leaving the waiting room or the testing room without permission
- taking excessive breaks during the test session
- referring to, looking through, or working on any test, or test section, when not authorized to do so
- failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained 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. In addition, violations of confidential test security and/or disclosure of test content to any person or entity may result in administrative denial of a certificate application, and/or sanctions against an existing educator certificate.
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, phone 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 ETS or 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 your comments in a letter via mail, email or fax to the 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 TASC/TASC-ASL test centers must be submitted or postmarked no later than two days after the date of your test.
ETS-Texas Educator Certification Program
Test Administration Services
Mail Stop 34-Q
Princeton, NJ 08541-6051
Test Question Inquiries
ETS employs stringent quality-control procedures in preparing test materials. However, if you wish to comment about a test question for any reason, notify the test administrator at your test center or send a letter to the address below postmarked within two 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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