Test Framework

The test framework outlines the specific competencies to be measured on the test; it is based on the educator standards for a particular certification field.

The content covered by the test is organized into broad areas of content called domains. Each domain covers one or more of the educator standards for the field. Within each domain, the content is further defined by a set of competencies. Each competency is composed of two major parts:

  1. the competency statement, which broadly defines what an entry-level educator in a particular field in Texas public schools should know and be able to do, and
  2. the descriptive statements, which describe in greater detail the knowledge and skills eligible for testing.

The educator standards being assessed within each domain are listed for reference in each preparation manual. These are followed by a complete set of the framework’s competencies and descriptive statements. See an example of a competency and its accompanying descriptive statements (PDF).

The TExES tests measure the content knowledge required of an entry-level educator in a particular field in Texas public schools. The preparation manuals are designed to guide your preparation by helping you become familiar with the material to be covered on the test you are planning to take, identify areas where you feel you may be weak and increase your knowledge in those areas by helping you design a study plan.

When preparing for a test, you should focus on the competencies and descriptive statements, which delineate the content that is eligible for testing. A portion of the content is represented in the sample questions that are included in each preparation manual.

Note: The sample questions in the preparation manuals represent only a sampling of questions. Thus, your test preparation should focus on the competencies and descriptive statements and not simply on the sample questions.

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