Getting Ready to Test

Educator Certification Examination Retake Policy Change
Candidates are limited to five attempts to take a certification test. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and CBE), and all attempts taken before September 1, 2015 currently count as one attempt. If a candidate chooses to register again for the same test after completion of the fifth testing attempt, scores will not be counted towards certification and candidates will assume responsibility for test fees paid. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) implemented this change to Texas Education Code §21.048 in response to HB 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015. For more information, please consult with your preparation program.

There are several steps you need to consider before you register, while you prepare, and on the day you take a TExES test. Use the information in the chart below to help organize your testing strategy and gather all the information you need to register, prepare and take a TExES test.

NOTE: The information below is for planning purposes only. It is important that you read and understand the Registration Bulletin, including the Rules of Test Participation (PDF), for more detailed information about what you need to do before you take a TExES test.

  Task   Refer to

Identify the certification you wish to earn.

Consult with your preparation program, district human resources department, principal, prospective employer, or the Teacher Assignment Chart available here.

Identify which test(s) you need to take for certification.

Approval to Test
TExES Tests Offered (PDF)

Determine if you are eligible to take a TExES test and gain approval to test.

Approval to Test

Review the Registration Bulletin.

Registration Bulletins

Read the Rules of Test Participation.

Rules of Test Participation (PDF)

Choose a test center and date to take your test.

Test Centers
Test Dates

Ensure you have read the important ID requirements and have valid forms of ID before creating your TEA account.

Identification (ID) Requirements

Create your TEA account on the TEA website using your legal name, which must match the documents you will present at the test center.

Creating Your TEA Account
Correcting or Updating Your TEA  Educator Profile

Create your ETS TExES testing account.

Creating Your ETS Testing Account

Register for the test(s) you plan to take.

How to Register

Review test preparation materials.

Free Test Preparation Material

If the test you are taking requires the use of a calculator, practice with the online calculator tutorial.

Online Calculator Tutorial

If you are taking the BTLPT, LOTE French, LOTE German, or LOTE Spanish test, practice entering accents and alternate characters with the alternate character toolbar tutorial.

The Alternate Character Toolbar Tutorial

Review the guidelines of what to bring with you on test day.

What to Bring to the Test Center

Print your admission ticket and gather your identification documents.

Printing Admission Tickets
Identification (ID) Requirements


It is important to also review information on Change Requests, Canceling a Test Registration, as well as the Test Retake Policy.