TExES Test Results and Score Reporting
Test Scores and Passing Standards
TExES test results are reported using a total test scaled score as follows:
- Your results for each TExES test are reported as a score in the range of 100-300, with a total test scaled score of 240 as the minimum passing score.
- Your results for each TExES individual subject test (test codes 801–809) for the Core Subjects 4–8 or EC–6 tests are reported as a score in the range of 100–300, with a total scaled score of 240 as the minimum passing score. Results for each of the overall tests (test codes 211 and 291) Core Subjects 4–8 and EC–6 tests are reported as a pass or not pass, as there is no total scaled score for the overall exam. You must earn a passing score for each individual subject area in order to pass the overall test.
The selected-response/multiple-choice section of the test is scored based on the number of questions you answered correctly.
- No additional points are subtracted for questions answered incorrectly.
- Even if you are uncertain about the answer to a question, it is better to guess than not to respond at all; there is no penalty for guessing.
Your total test scaled score shows how you performed on the test as a whole and whether you passed the test. Total scaled scores allow for comparison of scores across different versions of the same test. Minimum passing standards for the tests were established by SBEC with input from committees of Texas educators. For TExES tests, the minimum pass-ing score represents the minimum level of competency required to be an entry-level educator in Texas public schools in the field in which you test.
NOTE: Your test may include some questions that do not count toward your score. These questions are new test questions that are being tried out in actual test administrations in order to collect information about how they will perform under actual testing conditions.
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Reporting Your Test Scores
Your score report will be available to you via your ETS testing account. It will provide information about your passing status and other performance information. Also provided is an explanation of how to read your score report. (See Test Scores and Passing Standards for information on the passing requirements for TExES tests.)
Score reports are posted by 5 p.m. Central time on the score reporting date. Scores for new or substantially revised TExES tests will be reported after passing scores are approved. See Score Reporting Dates.
Your scores are automatically made available to TEA and to your EPP (if applicable). Your score report is for your information only; there is no need to send it to TEA or your EPP. Under no circumstances will ETS or TEA release your score information by phone, fax, email or in person.
Paper score reports are not mailed. It is suggested that you print a copy of your online score report for your permanent records.
NOTE: Application for certification does not proceed automatically based upon receipt of your scores by TEA. To apply for certification, you must go to the TEA website and follow the application for certification instructions.
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Interpreting Your Scores
Your total test scaled score shows how you performed on the test as a whole and whether you passed the test. Total scaled scores allow for comparison of scores across different versions of the same test. For an explanation of the reporting and interpretation of scores on various tests, see Understanding Your Texas Educator Certification Program Test Scores (PDF). Further data about total scores for many of the Texas tests is available in the Summary Statistics for Total Scores below.
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Delay of Test Scores
Under some circumstances, scores may be delayed.
- Scores for newly developed or substantially revised tests may be delayed in order to set passing score standards and/or perform post-administration statistical analyses.
- Scores may be delayed due to problems with registration, failure to comply with the policies and procedures set forth in the Registration Bulletin and/or with instructions given by the test administrator.
- Scores will be delayed if there are problems with your payment. See Fees for Tests and Related Services for more information.
- Your scores may be permanently voided if you are completing certification requirements and you have not provided proof that you have approval to test. See Approval to Test for more information.
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Score review is available only for the written- and spoken-response sections of the following TExES CAT tests: English Language Arts and Reading 7–12 (231), BTLPT Spanish (190) and LOTE French (610), German (611), Latin (612) and Spanish (613) EC–12 tests. Score review is not available for any other TExES CAT tests or paper-based version of those tests.
For the TExES Braille (183) test, test takers who do not pass may request score review for the selected-response and/or brailled responses.
See Fees for Tests and Related Services for information regarding score review fees. Score review can be requested through your ETS testing account or by completing the Score Review Request form (PDF) and mailing it to the address on the form with the correct payment.
Your request must be submitted online or received within three months of the test date, and you may not request more than one score review per test session. The results of the score review process will be available within four to six weeks after receipt of the request and payment.
In the event that the score review process results in a change in your score, whether up or down, you will be notified, the score review fee will be refunded and a corrected score report will be posted to your ETS testing account and transmitted to TEA. If the original score is confirmed, you will be notified and your fee will not be refunded.
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Cancellation of Test Scores by You
At the end of a CAT test, you are given the option of reporting or canceling your scores for that session.
If you choose to have your scores reported, they will become part of your record and will be reported to you, to TEA and to your EPP (if applicable). Once you choose to report your scores, they cannot be canceled.
If you choose to cancel your scores, they will not be reported and they cannot be reinstated. You will not receive a refund if you cancel your scores.
If you would like to retake the test via computer after canceling your scores, you must wait at least 45 days.
If you decide that you do not want your scores reported after taking the TExES Braille test, you must cancel them at the test center immediately following the test by filling out a Score Cancellation form.
If you choose to cancel your scores, you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.
If you request that your scores be canceled, they will not be reported to you, to TEA or to any EPP. Your scores will not be entered into any TExES records; therefore, after the cancellation of your scores, you will not be able to have your scores reported for any purpose.
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Cancellation of Test Scores by ETS
ETS strives to report scores that accurately reflect the performance of every test taker. Accordingly, ETS’s standards and procedures for administering tests have two primary goals: giving test takers equivalent opportunities to demonstrate their abilities and preventing any test takers from gaining an unfair advantage over others.
To promote these objectives, ETS and TEA reserve the right to cancel any test score when, in ETS or the TEA’s judgment, a testing irregularity occurs; there is an apparent discrepancy in a test taker’s identification; the test taker engages in misconduct or plagiarism, copying, or communication occurs or the score is invalid for another reason. In addition, if ETS or TEA has information that they consider sufficient to indicate that a test taker has engaged in any activity that affects score validity, such as having someone other than the test taker take the test, obtaining test questions or answers via the Internet, email, SMS, text messaging or postings, disclosing any test question or answer in chat rooms, message boards or forums, SMS, or text message, it will result in score cancellation and/or any other action ETS deems appropriate, including banning from future tests and prosecution to the full extent of the law. You must agree to these terms and conditions when you register for the test and on test day.
When, for any of the above reasons, ETS cancels a test score that has already been reported, it notifies score recipients that the score has been canceled.
Further action may be taken, including denying, revoking and/or suspending a teaching credential or certificate. Other actions, as described in Test Center Procedures and Regulations may be taken as deemed appropriate by TEA and/or ETS
"Testing irregularities" refers to problems with the administration of a test. Testing irregularities may result from actions of test takers, test center administrators, ETS or natural or man-made causes. When testing irregularities occur, they may affect an individual or groups of test takers. Such problems include, without limitation, administrative errors (such as improper timing, improper seating, defective materials [e.g., improper test forms] and defective equipment); improper access to test content; and other disruptions of test administrations (such as natural disasters or other emergencies). When testing irregularities occur, ETS may decline to score the test or cancel the test score. When, in ETS's sole judgment, it is appropriate to do so, test takers will be given the opportunity to take the test again as soon as reasonably possible without charge.
When, in ETS's judgment or the judgment of test administrators, there is a discrepancy in a test taker's identification, the test taker may be dismissed from the test center. In addition, ETS may decline to score the test or may cancel the test score if the documents or photos from the test day cannot be validated or if ETS has evidence that a test taker did not appear for the test. ETS will also cancel scores, ban the test taker from future testing and notify score recipients of the cancellation if anomalous activity is detected after scores have been reported. If test scores are canceled by ETS, test fees are forfeited.
When ETS or a test administrator finds that there is misconduct in connection with a test, the test taker may be dismissed from the test center and/or ETS may decline to score the test or withhold and ultimately cancel the test score. If scores are canceled, test fees are forfeited. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, noncompliance with the Test Center Procedures and Regulations.
ETS may also cancel scores if, in its judgment, there is substantial evidence that they are invalid for any other reason. Substantial evidence means evidence that is sufficient to persuade a reasonable person. The substantial evidence standard is lower (i.e., requires less proof) than beyond a reasonable doubt, clear and convincing and preponderance of the evidence standards. Evidence of invalid scores may include, without limitation, discrepant handwriting, discrepant photographs or fingerprints or unusual answer patterns and inconsistent performance on different parts of the test. Before canceling scores pursuant to this paragraph, ETS notifies the test taker in writing about its concerns, gives the test taker an opportunity to submit information that addresses ETS's concerns, considers any such information submitted and offers the test taker a choice of options. The options include voluntary score cancellation, a voucher to take the test without charge or allowing TEA to make a decision whether to accept the scores.
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