About the TExES Tests

About the Tests

The TExES tests are criterion-referenced examinations designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established criterion rather than to the performance of other candidates. All of the tests in the TExES program contain multiple-choice/selected-response questions. Some tests also have additional types of constructed-response questions (e.g., open-ended written or oral responses). For more information about individual tests and test composition, see the preparation manual for each test.
 
All TExES tests, with the exception of the Braille paper-based (PBT) test, are administered via computer (CAT) at specially equipped test centers. Some CAT tests are offered on a continuous basis while others are offered only during limited-administration windows. For a list of testing dates, see the 2016-17 Limited-Administration CAT Testing Schedule (PDF) and the 2016-17 PBT Testing Schedule (PDF)
 
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New TExES Tests

When a new test is introduced, there is a grace period of one academic year during which both the new test and the test it will replace are offered. After the initial year, the new test will be required for certification in that field.

New Tests:
First offered in October 2016
Expiring Tests:
Not offered after August 2017
Computer Science 8–12 (241) Computer Science 8–12 (141)
Technology Applications EC–12 (242) Technology Applications EC–12 (142)
New Test:
First offered in February 2017
Expiring Test:
Not offered after August 2017
Dance 6–12 (279) Dance 8–12 (179)


Discontinued Tests  
The following tests expired on August 31, 2016:

Agricultural Science and Technology 6–12 (172)
Business Education 6–12 (176)
Health Science Technology Education 8–12 (173)
Marketing Education 8–12 (175)

What's New in 2016-17?

Educator Certification Test Retake Policy Change
Candidates are limited to five attempts to take a certification test. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. Each testing session counts as another attempt for the 291 or 211 Core Subjects test, whether the overall test or an individual subject area test is attempted. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and CBE). All attempts taken before September 1, 2015 count as one attempt. If a candidate chooses to register again for the same test after completion of the fifth testing attempt, scores will not be counted towards certification and candidates will assume responsibility for test fees paid. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) implemented this change to Texas Education Code §21.048 in response to HB 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015.

Payment Processing
Test fee payment processing is now provided by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas.  The price of this service, which is not refundable, includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. Candidates may now be required to process two individual payments to complete an order transaction. This will be determined by the services being requested in the final order. Failure to complete both payments will result in cancellation of the order.

Test and Service Refunds
All past and future processed test and service orders are now refundable up to 180 days from completion of initial order payment. The 180-day refund policy begins with the date the initial payment transaction was processed. If a test or service order is changed (e.g., change of test date), the 180-day refund policy applies to the date the registration was initially processed. Test takers canceling an order prior to 180 days from the initial transaction will be refunded according to the “Canceling a Test Registration” policy.

Tests Moving to Continuous Testing
Three TExES tests are now offered as continuous CAT tests: American Sign Language (ASL) (184), Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6–12 (270) and Visually Impaired (182).

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Registration Bulletin

The Registration Bulletin is a free publication that contains program information, test dates, contact information and registration procedures. 

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Fees for Tests and Related Services

Test Fees
$131* Test fee (per test)
$131* Test fee (per test) for Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and Core Subjects 4–8 (211)
$65*   Test fee (per subject test) for test codes 801–809 (NOTE: You must take the overall Core Subjects test first; if you do not pass a subject test you can then take just that test; however, taking an individual subtest counts in the 5-attempt limit. Passing one of the subject tests within the overall Core Subjects tests does not qualify you to be certified.)
$55 International site fee
 
* Test fee payment processing is provided by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas. The price of this service, which is not refundable, includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. You may be required to process two individual payments to complete an order transaction. This is determined by the services being requested in the final order. Failure to complete both payments will result in cancellation of your order.


Special Services (nonrefundable)
$20 Test, test center, test date or test session change during regular or late registration period 
$20 Test, test center, test date or test session change during regular or late registration period (PBT)
$80 Test, test center, test date or test session change during emergency registration period (PBT)
$40 Braille late registration fee
$80 Braille emergency registration fee
$35 Additional processing fee for DANTES requests

Score Review Services
$30 Selected-response score review (not available for TExES CAT tests or any paper-based version of those tests)
$40 Written-response score review (including English Language Arts and Reading 7–12 and Braille written component)
$65 Selected-response and written-response score review (Braille only)
$75 BTLPT Spanish; LOTE French, German, Latin and Spanish EC–12 written/oral response score review

All past and future processed test and service orders will be refundable up to 180 days from completion of initial order payment. The 180-day refund policy begins with the date the initial payment transaction was processed. If a test or service order is changed (e.g., change of test date), the 180-day refund policy applies to the date the registration was initially processed. If you wish to cancel an order prior to 180 days from the initial transaction, you will be refunded according to the “Canceling a Test Registration” policy.

Fees are subject to change without notice. Amounts listed are in U.S. dollars and are exclusive of any Value-Added or similar taxes or fees.

Payment

  • Online and phone payments can be made by credit/debit card (American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® and VISA®). Any credit/debit card branded with one of the above four accepted credit card logos can be processed.
  • Information about payments sent by mail is on the form for the service you are requesting
Payment Policies
  • All fees are stated in U.S. dollars.
  • All outstanding balances with ETS must be paid in full prior to registering for any ETS-administered tests.
  • All payments must be for the full amount.
  • Cash and paper checks are not accepted for payment.
  • If you have a balance due on your account, your score(s) may be withheld. You will receive your score(s) as soon as the total outstanding balance has been cleared by either you or your financial institution, unless your scores are being withheld for any other reason.
  • Services may be withheld for nonpayment of fees.
  • Refunds of test fees will be made in U.S. dollar denominations.
  • There are no refunds for Value-Added fees.
  • Additional policies for payments made by mail are on the form for the service you are requesting.
  • ETS reserves the right to add or remove payment methods at its own discretion.
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