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 questions. Some tests also have additional types of 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.
Many TExES tests are available via computer at specially equipped test centers. The computer-administered (CAT) tests are administered separately from the paper-based (PBT) TExES tests. Most of these are offered on a continuous basis while others are offered during limited-administration windows. See more information about the TExES CAT tests.
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What's New in 2012-13?
Tests Moving to CAT-only Administration
The following 11 PBT tests will be offered as CAT tests beginning in the fall of 2012.
Dance 8-12 (179)
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (181)
English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) 8-12 (131)
Journalism 8-12 (156)
Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering 8-12 (174)
Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 8-12 (170)
Physics/Mathematics 8-12 (143)
Reading Specialist (151)
Social Studies 8-12 (132)
Speech 7-12 (129)
Visually Impaired (182)
With the exception of Social Studies 8-12 (132), they will no longer be offered as PBT tests. Social Studies will be offered as both PBT and CAT, with the CAT version offered on a continuous basis beginning September 4. The others will be offered only as limited-administration CAT tests. See the 2012–13 schedule for limited-administration CAT tests.
Interactive Practice Tests
A new test preparation resource — TExES Interactive Practice Tests — is being created for several test titles, starting this year with Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12 (160). Interactive Practice Tests are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report. The Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) Interactive Practice tests is currently available as a free download in the TExES Preparation Materials section.
Enhanced Preparation Manuals
All new and revised preparation manuals are being enhanced with features that make them more interactive when you view them on a computer. They contain bookmarks to help you quickly get to the sections you want and there are links to help you navigate back and forth between the practice questions and the answer key and rationales. Preparation manuals are free and can be found in the Preparation Materials section.
Test at a Glance
A new test preparation resource — Test at a Glance — has been created for each test title. This is a great study resource because it gives you a quick look at the basic information about the test: test name and code, length of test session, number and types of questions, format (CAT, PBT or both), number of domains and the approximate percentage of the test for each one and finally a complete list of the domains and competencies. The list of test titles for each program has links to each test's corresponding Test at a Glance.
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.
Test Preparation Video
A new on-demand video is available in the TExES Preparation Materials section. The video is about preparing and studying to take a test and includes tips for dealing with test anxiety.
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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
$120 Test fee (per test)
$35 Late registration fee (paper-based tests)*
$75 Emergency registration fee (paper-based tests)*
$50 International site fee
*Late and emergency registration fees are 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
$25 Multiple-choice score verification (not available for TExES CAT tests)
$35 Written response score verification (including braille written component)
$60 Multiple choice and written response score verification
$70 BTLPT Spanish; LOTE French, German, Spanish EC-12 written/oral response score verification
$30 Additional processing fee for DANTES requests
The above amounts are exclusive of any Sales and Use, Value-Added or similar taxes.
- 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 accepted credit card logos can be processed.
- Information about payments sent by mail is on the form for the service you are requesting
- 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.
- If you do not have sufficient credit or funds in your account, your scores will be withheld, you will be unable to register for additional tests and an additional service fee of $20 will be added to your account. You will receive your scores as soon as the total outstanding balance has been cleared, 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 service 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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