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 2014-15 Limited-Administration CAT Testing Schedule (PDF) and the 2014-15 PBT Testing Schedule (PDF). 
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New TExES Tests

TEA staff brought proposed rules to the SBEC Board in August 2014 that created the new Core Subjects certifications for grades EC–6 and 4–8. This change in certificate names distinguishes educators who pass the more rigorous tests required by HB 2012 from those who passed the earlier “Generalist” tests. The proposed rules qualify holders of the new Core Subjects certifications to teach the same grades and subjects as the current “Generalist” certifications.

In October 2014, SBEC approved a “data collection period” for the first months of test administration in order to gather data on actual educator performance on the new EC–6 and 4–8 tests. During this data collection period, educators will be allowed to take the overall Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and 4–8 (211) tests at no cost to them. Additionally, educators who pass all or part of the Core Subjects tests will be allowed to use those results for issuance of certification pending completion of all 291 and 211 requirements. Pending test volumes during this period, it is anticipated that test performance data will be reviewed with the SBEC Board at the August 2015 meeting.

The new Core Subjects EC-6 (291) and 4-8 (211) tests are now being offered on a continuous basis. Educators must take the overall 291 or 211 test on their first attempt, but in future attempts will be allowed to retake only the individual subject test(s) that they do not pass. They also have the option of retaking the overall test (211 or 291) again if they prefer. Both options require candidates to wait 45 days to retest.

For more information about the new Core Subjects EC-6 (291) and 4-8 (211) tests, see the preparation resources noted below, as well as the new Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and Core Subjects 4–8 (211) Update for Test Takers.

What's New in 2014-15?

Expanded Testing Initiative

TExES exams are now being administered at 60 additional test centers throughout the United States.

All tests will be offered on the dates listed in the computer-administered (CAT) testing schedule, with the exception of the titles listed below, which will not be available at the new expanded testing centers.

  • Art EC-12 (178)
  • BTLPT (190)
  • LOTE-French (610)
  • LOTE-German (611)
  • LOTE-Latin (612)
  • LOTE-Spanish (613)
  • Principal (068)
  • Superintendent (195)
Change in Score Report Viewing Time

The limitation to the amount of time test takers can view their score reports has been removed. Previously, test takers had 90 days to view their score reports. Now, they can view and download their score reports for any tests taken from September 2006 to the present.

Online Calculator Tutorial

An online calculator is now part of the testing software for some tests that require the use of a graphing or scientific calculator. If you are taking a test that requires the use of an online calculator, see the online calculator tutorial, where you can practice using the online calculator before the day of the test. Once you request access to the tutorial, you will be sent an activation key that is good for 90 days of practice use. 

Test Preparation Messages via Email or Text Messaging

More and more people are accessing the Internet on mobile devices rather than personal computers. With this in mind, ETS offers the option to receive test preparation messages via text-enabled mobile devices. When you register to take a TExES test, you can sign up for text or email message tips and reminders about test preparation. These messages include valuable information such as where to find the study plan worksheet and test preparation manuals, what to expect on test day and where to check for test center updates. You can change your options for receiving these messages or if you didn't sign up when you registered and want to begin receive these messages, you can do both through your ETS testing account.

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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
$120 Test fee (per test)
$120 Test fee (per test) for Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and Core Subjects 4–8 (211)
$60 Test fee (per subject test) for test codes 801–809
$50 International site fee

Special Services (nonrefundable)
$15 Test, test center, test date or test session change during regular or late registration period
$75 Test, test center, test date or test session change during emergency registration period
$35 Braille late registration fee
$75 Braille emergency registration fee
$30 Additional processing fee for DANTES requests
Score Review Services
$25 Selected-response score review (not available for TExES CAT tests)
$35 Written-response score review (including English Language Arts and Reading 7–12 and Braille written component)
$60 Selected-response and written-responce score review
$70 BTLPT Spanish; LOTE French, German, Latin and Spanish EC–12 written/oral response score review

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


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