General Guidelines

The following general guidelines apply to both CAT tests and the TExES Braille test. See more specific procedures and regulations later in this section. All of these procedures and guidelines begin when you are admitted to the test center, include breaks, and end when you leave the test center.

  • The test duration listed on your admission ticket includes time for tutorials and directional screens that may be included in your test. Actual testing time may be less.
  • Test centers do not have large waiting areas. Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center are not permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the test. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress, including during breaks.
  • Test takers on testing premises are subject to videotaping, photographing, fingerprinting, signature comparison and other forms of ID comparison. ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). If you refuse to participate in these security measures, you may not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your registration and test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present valid and acceptable identification.
  • You may be required to remove your eyeglasses for close visual inspection. The inspection will takes a few seconds and will be done at check-in and upon return from breaks.
  • Personal items other than ID documents are not allowed in the testing room. This includes phones; tablets; PDAs; all watches; and any other electronic, recording, listening, scanning or photographic devices. If you are seen using or accessing any of these electronic devices and/or transmitting data, including but not limited to text messaging, email and photographs, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated. You may not access your phone during the test or during breaks to check messages or the time. You will be asked to remove and store your watch before you enter the testing room.
  • Wedding and engagement rings and small earrings are permitted to be worn in the testing room after visual inspection. Test takers wearing large jewelry items, such as pendants or other hanging jewelry, objects and bracelets, will be asked to remove and store them before entering the testing room. 
  • Clothing and other personal items that include, but are not limited to, neckties, bowties, cuff links, hats, tie clips, scarves, jackets and outer-wear are subject to inspection by the test center administrator. 
  • Hair accessories such as clips, combs, barrettes and headbands will be closely inspected. Test takers wearing large hair clips or other objects in the hair such as buttons or other objects will be asked to remove and store them before entering the testing room.
  • Before the test, you will receive instructions from test center staff regarding where to store personal items. You may also be asked to empty your pockets. You will not have access to your personal items during the test administration except for food, beverages and medication, which may be accessed during a break. Food, beverages and tobacco are not allowed in the testing room.
  • If you fail to follow the instructions of the test center staff, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will not be refunded. Any violation of these procedures during the test or during breaks may result in dismissal from the test center and/or cancellation of your test scores.
  • Test centers and ETS assume no responsibility for personal items including watches, jewelry or devices that you choose to bring to the test center.
  • You may not use any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation, watches, pens, pagers, beepers, calculators (except where approved as a testing accommodation), books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, highlighter pens, scan pens or scanning devices, stereos or radios with headphones, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors and any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic devices.
  • If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-Related Needs. See page 7 for information about how to get the Supplement.
  • Neither ETS nor the test centers assume any responsibility whatsoever for personal items or devices that you choose to bring into the test center. Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold phones, watches or any other devices.
  • The test administrator will assign you a seat.
  • You must have the test administrator’s permission to leave the room during the test. Any time lost cannot be made up. 
  • You are required to remain in the test center building. It is your responsibility to ask the test administrator for permission to leave the test center vicinity—for example, to go to the nearest restroom. If you leave the test center without permission, you may be dismissed, your test fees may be forfeited and your scores may be canceled.
  • Your test may include exit evaluation questions. These questions are not scored and relate to your overall testing experience; your responses to these questions provide ETS with valuable information for future program enhancements.
  • Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, during breaks and after the test is prohibited.
  • On occasion, weather conditions or other circum­stances beyond the test administrator or ETS’s control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test. See “Cancellation of a Test Administration” on page 45.
  • Noise-canceling headphones are available at all Prometric® test centers, and ear plugs may be available at other test centers. If you require head-phones or earplugs during your test administration, your test administrator will provide them for you.

NOTE: ETS and the TEA reserve the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay or speaking questions or communicates with ETS or other individuals either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.