About the TExMaT Tests


About The Tests

The Texas Examinations for Master Teachers™ (TExMaT™) program has its origins in legislation passed in 1999 (House Bill 2307) that required the creation of the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate, the development of standards for the certificate and the development of a Master Reading Teacher test. The MRT Certificate was implemented as part of the Texas Reading Initiative to ensure that all Texas students are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade and that their reading knowledge and skills grow throughout their public school careers. The MRT test was the first test to be offered in the TExMaT program.

In 2001, the Texas legislature passed legislation that created two additional categories of Master Teacher Certificates: the Master Mathematics Teacher (MMT) Certificates (Early Childhood-Grade 4, Grades 4-8, and Grades 8-12) and the Master Technology Teacher (MTT) Certificate. Tests for these certificates were first administered beginning June 28, 2003.

In 2002, Governor Rick Perry proposed the creation of an additional category of Master Teacher Certificate: the Master Science Teacher Certificate. In 2003, the Texas legislature created Master Science Teacher (MST) Certificates for Early Childhood-Grade 4, Grades 4-8 and Grades 8-12. Tests for these certificates were first administered beginning October 21, 2006. For more information about these certificates and their requirements, visit the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.

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What's New in 2016-17

Payment Processing
Test fee payment processing is now provided by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas. The price of this service, which is not refundable, includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. Candidates may now be required to process two individual payments to complete an order transaction. This will be determined by the services being requested in the final order. Failure to complete both payments will result in cancellation of the order.

Test and Service Refunds
All past and future processed test and service orders are now refundable up to 180 days from completion of initial order payment. The 180-day refund policy begins with the date the initial payment transaction was processed. If a test or service order is changed (e.g., change of test date), the 180-day refund policy applies to the date the registration was initially processed. Test takers canceling an order prior to 180 days from the initial transaction will be refunded according to the “Canceling a Test Registration” policy.

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Master Reading Teacher (MRT)

The purpose of the MRT test is to ensure that each educator certified as a Master Reading Teacher has the prerequisite content and professional knowledge necessary to perform satisfactorily in Texas public schools as a Master Reading Teacher. A Master Reading Teacher's primary duties are to teach reading and to serve as a mentor in the field of reading instruction to other teachers.

  • The MRT test is a criterion-referenced examination designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established standard of competence (criterion) rather than to the performance of other candidates.
  • The MRT test contains two assessment modes: multiple-choice questions and a constructed-response case study assignment.

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Master Mathematics Teacher (MMT)

The purpose of the MMT tests is to ensure that each educator certified as a Master Mathematics Teacher has the prerequisite content and professional knowledge necessary to perform satisfactorily in Texas public schools at certain grade levels as a Master Mathematics Teacher. A Master Mathematics Teacher's primary duties are to teach mathematics and to serve as a mentor in the field of mathematics instruction to other teachers.

  • There are three levels of Master Mathematics Teacher certification, each having its own test. The three levels are Early Childhood-Grade 4, Grades 4-8 and Grades 8-12.
  • The MMT tests are criterion-referenced examinations designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established standard of competence (criterion) rather than to the performance of other candidates.
  • The MMT tests contain two assessment modes: multiple-choice questions and a constructed-response case study assignment.

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Master Science Teacher (MST)

The purpose of the MST tests is to ensure that each educator certified as a Master Science Teacher has the prerequisite content and professional knowledge necessary to perform satisfactorily in Texas public schools as a Master Science Teacher. A Master Science Teacher's primary duties are to teach science and to serve as a mentor in the field of science instruction to other teachers.

  • There are three levels of Master Science Teacher certification, each having its own test. The three levels are Early Childhood-Grade 4, Grades 4-8 and Grades 8-12.
  • The MST tests are criterion-referenced examinations designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established level of competence (criterion) rather than to the performance of other candidates.
  • The MST tests contain two assessment modes: multiple-choice questions and a constructed-response case study assignment.

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Master Technology Teacher (MTT)

The MTT test is administered via computer at specially equipped CAT test centers. It is administered separately from the other TExMaT tests.

The purpose of the MTT test is to ensure that each educator certified as a Master Technology Teacher has the prerequisite content and professional knowledge necessary to perform satisfactorily in the Texas public schools as a Master Technology Teacher. A Master Technology Teacher's primary duty is to serve as a mentor in the field of technology instruction to other teachers.

  • The MTT test is a criterion-referenced examination designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established standard of competence (criterion) rather than to the performance of other candidates.
  • The MTT test is composed of four sections that are administered in two separate parts. Each part of the exam has two sections. Part 1 consists of a 90-question multiple-choice section and a case study question. Part 2 has one question designed to assess the candidate's understanding of spreadsheet functionality (using Microsoft® Excel® 2007) and one question where candidates demonstrate understanding of the creation and use of presentation software (using Microsoft PowerPoint® 2007).

For more information about MRT, MMT, MST and MTT preparation programs, testing and certification, contact TEA or visit the Educator Certification section of the TEA website.

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Registration Bulletin

The Registration Bulletin is a free publication that contains program information, test dates, contact information and registration procedures.

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Fees for Tests and Related Services

Test Fees
$131* Test fee (per test)

* Test fee payment processing is provided by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas. The price of this service, which is not refundable, includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. You may be required to process two individual payments to complete an order transaction. This is determined by the services being requested in the final order. Failure to complete both payments will result in cancellation of your order.

Special Services (nonrefundable)
$20 Test, test center or test date change during regular or late registration period
$80 Test, test center or test date change during emergency registration period (for PBT MRT, MMT, MST tests)
$40 Late registration fee (for PBT MRT, MMT, MST tests)
$80 Emergency registration fee (for PBT MRT, MMT, MST tests)
$35 Additional processing fee for DANTES requests

MRT, MMT and MST Score Review Services
$30 Selected-responce section
$40 Written-response section
$65 Selected-responce and written-response section

MTT Score Review
$75 Case study and performance assessments

Fees are subject to change without notice. Amounts listed are in U.S. dollars and are exclusive of any Value-Added or similar taxes.

Payment

  • Online and phone payments can be made by credit/debit card (American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® and VISA®). Any credit/debit card branded with one of the above accepted credit card logos can be processed.
  • Information about payments sent by mail is on the form for the service you are requesting.

Payment Policies

  • All fees are stated in U.S. dollars.
  • All outstanding balances with ETS must be paid in full prior to registering for any ETS-administered tests.
  • All payments must be for the full amount.
  • Cash and paper checks are not accepted for payment.
  • If you have a balance on your account, your score(s) may be withheld and you may be unable to register for additional tests. You will receive your score(s) and be able to register for additional tests as soon as the total outstanding balance has been cleared by either you or your financial institution, unless your scores are being withheld for any other reason.
  • Services may be withheld for nonpayment of fees.
  • Refunds of test fees will be made in U.S. dollar denominations.
  • There are no refunds for Value-Added fees.
  • Additional policies for payments made by mail are on the form for the service you are requesting.
  • ETS reserves the right to add or remove payment methods at its own discretion.

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