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) tests, 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 TEST DATES section of this website. 
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New TExES Tests

When a new test is introduced, there is usually a grace period of one or two academic years during which both the new test and the test it will replace are offered. At the conclusion of the grace period, the new test will be required for certification in that field.

New Test:
First offered in June 2017
Expiring Test:
Not offered after August 2019
Braille (283) Braille (183)

What's New in 2017-18

Discontinued Tests  
The following tests expire on August 31, 2017:

Computer Science 8–12 (141)
Dance 8–12 (179)
Technology Applications EC–12 (142)
Technology Applications 8–12 (139)

Tests Moving to Continuous Testing
Seven TExES tests are now offered as continuous CAT tests:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (181)
  • Gifted and Talented Supplemental (162)
  • School Librarian (150)
  • Special Education Supplemental (163)
  • Speech 7–12 (129)
  • Technology Education 6–12 (171)
  • Theatre EC–12 (180)

Score Delays
Score reporting will be delayed for one test title to perform post-administration statistical analyses for the introduction of new test forms:

  • Core Subjects 4–8 (211) — for test administrations October 3–November 2, 2017: Scores will report on Friday, November 17, 2017.

NOTE: Registration for test dates starting November 3, 2017 will be available in the online registration system only upon completion of the post-administration statistical analyses.

Enhanced Candidate Registration System
A redesign of the candidate registration systems will be implemented October 2017. The new system will allow users greater flexibility when searching for a testing date and location. Users will be able to search by zip code or by calendar selection.

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 currently 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.

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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 fee for this processing service, which is not refundable, supports 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 (Braille only; 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.


  • 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, you will not be able to process test registrations or access your scores from previous testing events. You will be able to access your account (e.g., scores) 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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