Test Preparation Tutorials

Take advantage of these tutorials to practice using these tools before test day. They will walk you through how to use some of the tools you may encounter while taking a TExES test.

Alternate Character Toolbar Tutorials

The TExES program has several computer-administered language tests with Writing sections that require you to enter written responses on the computer.

  • Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish (190)
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE) EC-12 - French (610), German (611) and Spanish (613)

An alternate character toolbar for inputting accents and alternate characters is built into the tests, specific to the language being tested.

The tutorials below let you practice using the toolbar for each language. If you are taking any of these tests, you are strongly urged to view the appropriate tutorial and practice using the toolbar before the day of your test.

Choose the appropriate link below to launch the tutorial for the language in which you will be testing. You will be presented with a blank area to practice typing and inserting alternate characters and accents in that language. The toolbar may be repositioned anywhere on the screen. You may type anything you like; your response will not be saved. For example, you may answer the question "Why are you taking this test?" When you are finished, choose Exit to close the tutorial.

French Alternate Character Toolbar Tutorial
German Alternate Character Toolbar Tutorial
Spanish Alternate Character Toolbar Tutorial

NOTE: To execute these tutorials, you need Java Runtime Environment, version 1.5 or greater, installed on your computer. If you do not have Java Runtime Environment, a free download (available from the Java website) will install it on your computer. Simply choose the correct download for your operating system. If you are running the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, it is recommended that you install the latest version of Java (Version 6) with the latest update. You may have to reboot your computer after the installation.

If you are unsure if your computer has Java Runtime Environment, the Java website also provides an option that will check your computer for you. Simply choose to "Verify Now." 

Online Calculator Tutorial

An online calculator is now part of the testing software for some of the TExES tests that require the use of a graphing or scientific calculator. Two online calculator tutorials are available for you to practice using the online calculator prior to taking a test. They are:

  • a scientific online calculator tutorial
  • a graphing online calculator tutorial

Once you request access to the tutorial, you will be sent an activation key that is good for 90 days of practice use.