Test Center Procedures and Regulations

By submitting your registration for a TExES test, you are agreeing to abide by all procedures and policies contained in the Registration Bulletin and/or communicated to you at the test administration for which you have registered.

The Registration Bulletin and all other applicable rules of the State Board for Educator Certification (Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7) govern your participation in the TExES program.


The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins at sign-in, ends at sign-out and includes breaks.

  • You will be required to write in and sign a confidentiality statement at the test center. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your fees will not be refunded.
  • You may be required to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
  • ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.
  • The test administrator will provide you with pencils and scratch paper that may be replenished after you have used all pages of the scratch paper initially
    given to you. You may not take your own scratch paper to the test or write on anything other than the scratch paper provided (e.g., computer or workstation, ID document), nor may you remove scratch paper or a piece of scratch paper from the testing room at any time. The scratch paper is provided to assist test takers in working out problems and for appropriate note taking during the timed sections of the test. Scratch paper should NOT be used before the test, during untimed sections of the test or during breaks. At the conclusion of the test, you will be required to return all scratch paper to the test administrator. If you are observed using any documents or unauthorized papers other than the designated scratch paper distributed by the test administrator, they will be confiscated.
  • If you need to leave your seat at any time, raise your hand; timing of the section will not stop.
  • In tests containing timed listening sections, once recorded material has begun, it cannot be stopped. Breaks should not be taken during these times.
  • If at any time during the test you have a problem with your computer or need the test administrator for any reason, raise your hand.
  • If a technical issue prevents you from completing your test, immediately notify your test administrator and contact ETS Customer Service at the conclusion of your test to reschedule.
  • Testing premises are subject to videotaping.
  • The maximum time allotted for untimed sections prior to the test is 30 minutes. The purpose of the untimed sections prior to the test is to become familiar with important information that will make your CAT testing experience as convenient as possible. The time you spend on the untimed sections should not be for any other purpose. Infractions will be reported to ETS and the test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from the test administration if you fail to follow directions.

Braille PBT Test

The TExES Braille test is offered only as a PBT test. The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins when you are admitted to the test center, ends when you leave the test center and includes breaks.

  • Test administrators will not honor requests for schedule changes.
  • Take your admission ticket and identification document(s) to the test center.
  • No test taker will be admitted after test materials have been distributed.
  • With the exception of your admission ticket, paper of any kind is not permitted in the testing room.
  • The test administrator is the official timekeeper. You will not be permitted to continue the test or any part of it beyond the established time limit.
  • You may not take pages or parts of pages out of the test book or any supplemental booklet provided at the test center.
  • At the conclusion of the test, you will be required to return your test book, braille paper and any supplemental booklets to the test administrator. These materials are the property of ETS.

NOTE: ETS takes test security very seriously. Although CAT tests and the Braille PBT test are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible after the test to report any observed irregular behavior — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions before the exam or using notes or unauthorized aids.

All information will be held in strictest confidence. Reports of cheating or fraud will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Email: TSReturns@ets.org
Phone:  1-800-353-8570 (United States only)
1-609-406-5430 (all other locations)
Fax: 1-609-406-9709
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Eastern time