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 2015-16 Limited-Administration CAT Testing Schedule (PDF) and the 2015-16 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 2015
Expiring Tests:
Not offered after August 2016
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
6-12 (272)
Agricultural Science and Technology
6-12 (172)
Business and Finance
6-12 (276)
Business Education
6-12 (176)
Health Science
6-12 (273)
Health Science Technology Education
8-12 (173)
Marketing 6-12 (275) Marketing Education 8-12 (175)


Discontinued Tests

The following tests expired on August 31, 2015:

  • Generalist EC-6 (191)
  • Generalist 4-8 (111)
  • Bilingual Generalist EC-6 (192)
  • Bilingual Generalist 4-8 (119)
  • ESL/Generalist EC-6 (193)
  • ESL/Generalist 4-8 (120)
  • Journalism 8-12 (156)
  • Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering 8-12 (174)
  • Physics/Mathematics 8-12 (143)
  • Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 8-12 (170)

What's New in 2015-16?

Expanded Testing Initiative

TExES exams are now administered at 60 additional test centers throughout the United States. You can find the list of new test centers at www.texes.ets.org/texes/testcenters.

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 additional testing centers.

  • BTLPT-Spanish (190)
  • LOTE-French (610)
  • LOTE-German (611)
  • LOTE-Latin (612)
  • LOTE-Spanish (613)
  • Principal (068)
  • Superintendent (195)

New Interactive Practice Tests

Interactive Practice Tests are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report. Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12 (160), Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish (190), Mathematics 7–12 (235) and Science 7–12 (236) are now available. They can be downloaded from the Test Preparation Resources Library.

Test Moving to Continuous Testing

The TExES Reading Specialist (151) test will be offered as a continuous CAT test beginning in the fall of 2015. Registration for this test opened on August 29, 2015.

Art EC-12 (178) eliminating supplemental booklets

Starting with the October 2015 limited administration testing window, the images for the Art EC-12 (178) test will be embedded within the test; supplemental books will no longer be needed.

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
$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. Passing one of the subject tests within the overall Core Subjects tests does not qualify you to be certified.)
$55 International site fee

Special Services (nonrefundable)
$20 Test, test center, test date or test session change during regular or late registration period
$80 Test, test center, test date or test session change during emergency registration period
$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

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


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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, 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 special 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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