On the Day of the TExMaT Test
What to Bring to the Test Center
- An admission ticket for the test you are taking. If you do not bring your admission ticket, you may not be permitted to test. Return to your testing account and view your admission ticket 24 hours before your test to confirm that there have been no changes to your reporting schedule. If there is a test center change, (e.g., a different building than originally scheduled), it will be updated in your account. If there have been changes, or for a PBT test if the last page of your original admission ticket did not include your test taker information, you must print a new admission ticket.
On rare occasions, test centers may be closed or have a delayed opening due to inclement weather conditions. If you are scheduled to take a TExES test and are unsure if your test center is open, check the ETS TExES website home page at www.texes.ets.org for information about test center delays and closures.
- Valid and acceptable identification document(s) with a name, signature and photograph. Your ID will be checked before you are admitted. See Information About Your Name and Identification (ID) Requirements.
- You are not allowed to bring cell phones, smartphones (e.g., Android™, Blackberry®, iPhone®), tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic devices into the test center. If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during or after the test administration (including breaks), your device may be inspected and/or confiscated and you will be dismissed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test. Test administrators are not permitted to hold cell phones or any other devices for anyone.
- Watches are not allowed in the test room; you will be asked to remove your watch and store it during the administration.
PBT MRT, MMT and MST Tests
- You should bring 3 or 4 sharpened No. 2 or HD pencils with good erasers. Pencils will not be supplied at the test center. Mechanical pencils and mechanical erasers cannot be used.
Calculators for the PBT MMT Tests
Test takers taking the Master Mathematics Teacher EC-4 test will be provided with Texas Instruments TI-30X IIs scientific calculators at the test administration. Directions for use will not be provided at the test center. Do not bring your own calculator for this test.
Test takers taking the Master Mathematics Teacher 4-8 and Master Mathematics Teacher 8-12 tests must bring a graphing calculator to the test and may bring a second calculator as a backup. Graphing calculators will not be provided at the test administration. Only the brands and models listed below may be used. Approved calculator brands and models are subject to change; if there is a change, you will be notified. The test administrator will clear the memory of your calculator both before and after testing. Therefore, be sure you back up the memory on your calculator, including applications, to an external device before arriving at the test center.
FX 1.0 series, FX-7400 series, FX-9750 series, CFX-9850 series, FX-9860 series, CFX-9950 series, CFX-9970 series, FX 2.0 (ALGFX2.0), FX-CG-10 (PRIZM)
HP 9g, HP 38g, HP 39g series, HP 40g series, HP 48g series, HP 49g series, HP 50g series, HP Prime
EL-9300, EL-9600*, EL-9600c*, EL-9900
TI-73, TI-80, TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-83 Plus Silver, TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver, TI-84 Plus C Silver, TI-85, TI-86, TI-89, TI-89 Titanium, TI-Nspire, TI-Nspire CX, TI-Nspire CAS, TI-Nspire CX CAS
*Use of stylus is not permitted.
Admission to the Test
You must bring your complete admission ticket and the required ID requirements listed below with you. Without the required ID documents, you may not be permitted to test.
You may be photographed and fingerprinted as confirmation of your identity. If you refuse to be photographed and fingerprinted, you may not be permitted to test and your test fees will be forfeited.
PBT MRT, MMT and MST Testing
You must arrive at the designated test center no later than the Test Reporting Time listed below. If you arrive after that time, you will not be admitted and your test fees will be forfeited. It is your responsibility to allow plenty of time to arrive by the designated time, regardless of whether there is traffic congestion, road construction, bad weather, car accidents, poor directions or any other incident that may delay your arrival.
Test Reporting Time
Test Session Start Time
CAT MTT Test
The CAT MTT test is administered at various times in the morning and in the afternoon. You must be at the test center 30 minutes prior to the test start time on your admission ticket.
Identification (ID) Requirements
All test takers are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable identification each time they report to a test center. It is your responsibility to ensure that your ID documents are up-to-date and available on the day of the test.
- As outlined in Information About Your Name, you are responsible for ensuring that the name on your admission ticket exactly matches (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on the ID document(s) you will present.
- If the test administrator questions the ID you present, you may be required to provide supplemental ID. If positive confirmation cannot be made, you may not be permitted to test or your test score may be withheld.
- All test takers are encouraged to bring at least two forms of acceptable ID each time they report to a test center. Prior admission to a test center based on a given ID document does not ensure that this document will be considered acceptable. Test centers are not required to hold your seat if you leave the center to obtain acceptable identification.
- Admission to the test center and completing the test does not ensure that the ID you provided is valid or that your scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable ID are subject to review and approval by the ETS Office of Testing Integrity either during or after the test administration. ETS reserves the right to withhold and/or cancel scores in the event that the ID requirements set forth herein are not met.
- You may be required to show your ID and/or to sign a test center log at various points throughout the test administration.
- Your test fees will not be refunded if you are not permitted to test or if your scores are withheld or canceled because of invalid or unacceptable ID.
ID Document Requirements
With few exceptions, ID documents must meet all of the following requirements. Each ID document must:
- be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable
- be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
- bear the test taker's full name exactly (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) as it appears at the time of registration on the admission ticket
- bear a recent photograph that clearly matches the test taker
- bear the test taker's signature (the name and the signature on the ID documents must match)
- you have a multiple-part last name (e.g., Pena-Delgado or Suarez Thomas)
- your name has recently changed
- you are in the process of renewing your driver's license
- you are testing outside your country of citizenship
- you are a U.S. non-citizen testing within the U.S.
- you are in the U.S. military
- you are unable to meet ID requirements
- you have any questions about the acceptability of your ID document(s)
Acceptable Primary ID Documents
The following ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:
- Passport (must be current)
- Government-issued driver's license
- State or Province ID card (including those issued by motor vehicle agencies)
- National ID card
- Military ID card
If the test administrator has any concerns about the primary ID document, you will be required to present an acceptable supplemental ID
Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents
- You may be required to provide a supplemental ID if the test administrator questions your primary ID document and/or if your primary ID document is otherwise acceptable but does not bear your full name, photograph or signature.
- Supplemental ID documents may not be used to resolve name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on your admission ticket.
The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:
- Government-issued ID card (including, but not limited to, those listed under Acceptable Primary ID Documents)
- Student ID card
- Confirmation of identity letter from your educational institution. This letter must be typed or printed on the original letterhead of the educational institution you attend(ed) and, in addition to meeting all of the ID Document Requirements, must include your date of birth and the date issued. Additionally, a school official's signature and the school seal must be present and both must overlap your photograph. Such letters are valid for only one year from the date issued.
Unacceptable ID Documents
The following documents are not acceptable as primary or supplemental ID under any circumstances:
- Any document that is photocopied or expired
- Any document that does not bear your last name exactly as it appears on the admission ticket
- International driver's license
- Draft classification card
- International student ID
- Credit/debit card of any kind
- Notary-prepared letter or document
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Employee ID card
- Any temporary ID
- Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card (e.g., Mexican Matricula Consular card)
- Voter registration card
Exceptions and Requirements
Multiple-Part Last Name
- If the ID document you will present on the day of the test contains a multiple-part last name (e.g., Pena-Delgado or Suarez Thomas), the name on your admission ticket must exactly match your ID (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces). See Information About Your Name. You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve last-name discrepancies.
- If the attendance roster or admission ticket lists a multiple-part last name and your ID document does not, you will not be admitted. The name you used when you registered must exactly match the ID.
Recent Name Change
- If your admission ticket bears your maiden name and your ID bears your married name or vice versa because you were married or divorced between the time you registered and the test date, you may be permitted to test if you bring an original marriage certificate or divorce decree that was issued between the date you registered and the test date.
- If your name has changed for any other reason, contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) before you register to test to have your ID documents approved.
Driver's License Renewals
- If your driver's license has expired but you present it along with your original Department of Public Safety renewal certificate, these two documents together are acceptable if the names on both documents match exactly. If you are issued a temporary paper license in lieu of a renewal certificate, that is acceptable only if it is accompanied by a supplemental ID.
Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship/U.S. Non-Citizen Testing Within the U.S.
- You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID document.
- If you are not a U.S. Citizen and you are testing within the U.S., you must present a passport that meets all of the ID document requirements.
- If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present as supplemental ID at least one of the documents listed under Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents. This document must also contain your name, a recent recognizable photo and be in English. If you do not have a supplemental ID and the test center staff cannot read the language in which it is written, you may not be permitted to test.
- Diplomatic and embassy ID cards cannot be used as primary identification in place of a passport.
- The following documents can be used in place of a passport if presented along with at least one of the documents listed under Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents.
- Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 or I-151)
- Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
- Employment Authorization Card (Form I-688A, I-688B or I-766)
- Mexican Border Crosser Card (This form of ID may be accepted only at test centers within 25 miles of the Mexican border.)
If your military ID does not contain your signature, you must present a supplemental ID.
If you are in the U.S. military and the expiration of your driver's license has been extended or deferred by the issuing state, the license can be used as a supplemental ID along with your U.S. military ID. Depending on the state, the extension or deferral may consist of either a sticker affixed to the license with the designation "military" printed in the place of an expiration date or a separate document carried with the license, usually with a notation that the drivers license is valid until a specific time period after discharge from service.
Unable to Meet ID Requirements
If you have been granted political asylum, have refugee status or are otherwise unable to meet the identification requirements, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at least 7 days before registering to test. You must receive approval from OTI before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents to OTI for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact OTI before you register, and as a result you are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.
ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)
Phone: 1-609-406-5430 or 1-800-750-6991
Questions About ID Documents
For general questions about acceptable ID, call ETS Customer Service at:
- 1-800-205-2626 (U.S., U.S. Territories and Canada)
- 1-609-771-7393 (all other locations)
Compliance with Testing Rules
By registering for a TExES test, you are agreeing to abide by the Rules of Test Participation (PDF) and all rules and requirements specified or referenced in the Registration Bulletin and communicated to you, orally or in writing, at each test administration for which you have registered.
On the day of your test, a confidentiality statement will be presented to you after you sign in at the test center. It will ask you to indicate your agreement to the conditions set forth in the current Registration Bulletin, including the Rules of Test Participation (PDF) and the rules communicated to you orally or in writing at the test administration. If you indicate that you do not accept the terms of the agreement, your test will terminate, you will not be permitted to test and you will receive no refund or credit of any kind.
Test Center Procedures and Regulations
By submitting your registration for a TExMaT 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 TExMaT program.
The following general guidelines apply to both PBT and CAT tests. See more specific procedures and regulations for PBT and CAT testing below. All of these procedures and guidelines begin when you are admitted to the test center, include breaks and end when you leave the test center and include breaks.
Test-related information written on clothing, ID documents or on any parts of the body is prohibited.
Dress comfortably and come prepared for varying room temperatures. If you need to remove an item of clothing during the test (e.g., sweater), you will be instructed to place it in the storage area provided by the test center at check-in. If no storage area is available, the item of clothing may be hung on the back of your chair. If you leave the testing room to go to the storage area, this will be treated as an unscheduled break; i.e., you will be asked to sign out/in of the testing room, show ID, etc. Note: The exam clock will not stop during this time.
Test centers do not have large waiting areas. Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center are not permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the test. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress, including breaks.
- ID verification at the test center may include photographing and fingerprinting. It may also include videotaping or other forms of electronic ID confirmation. If you refuse to participate in these security measures, you may not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your registration and test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present valid and acceptable identification.
- Food, beverages and tobacco are not allowed in the testing room.
- If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-Related Needs (PDF).
- Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., Android, BlackBerry, iPhone), tablets, PDAs and other electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic devices are not allowed in the test center. If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during or after the test administration (including breaks), your device may be inspected and/or confiscated and you will be dismissed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test. Test administrators are not permitted to hold cell phones or any other devices for anyone.
- Personal items other than identification documents are not allowed in the testing room. You will be required to follow the procedures set by the test center for storage of your personal belongings. You may also be asked to empty your pockets. Storage space is limited, so plan accordingly. You will not have access to your personal items during the test. Personal items such as hats, scarves, jackets and outerwear that are taken into the testing room are subject to inspection by the test administrator. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and/or cancellation of scores.
- Watches are not allowed in the test room; you will be asked to remove your watch and store it during the administration.
- Neither ETS nor the test centers assume any responsibility whatsoever for personal items or devices that you choose to bring into the test center.
- The test center supervisor will assign you a seat.
- You must have the test administrator's permission to leave the room during the test. Any time lost cannot be made up. You are required to remain inside the designated testing area in the test center building.
- Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, during breaks or after the test is prohibited.
- On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test center or ETS's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test.
- ETS reserves the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay or speaking questions or communicates with ETS either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.
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 documents to the test center.
- Take 3 or 4 sharpened No. 2 or HB pencils with good erasers. Mechanical pencils and mechanical erasers cannot be used. Pencils and erasers will not be supplied at the 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.
- Answers to multiple-choice questions recorded in the test book will not be scored. You may use the test book to work out your answers, but you must mark all your answers on the separate answer sheet before time is called.
- You may not take pages or parts of pages out of the test book or any supplemental book provided at the test center.
- At the conclusion of the test you will be required to return your test book and answer sheet to the test administrator. These materials are the property of ETS.
- Graphing or scientific calculators are allowed or required for some TExMaT tests; for detailed information, see Calculators under What to Bring to the Test Center.
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 (not print) 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 replaced 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 during the untimed sections 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.
- 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 contact your test administrator or ETS Customer Service at the conclusion of your test.
- 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 computer-administered test 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.
Although PBT and CAT tests 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.
Dismissal From a Test Center
A test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from a test session and/or your scores may be withheld and ultimately canceled for any actions that violate the policies and procedures set forth herein and/or communicated at the test center including, without limitation, the following:
- attempting to take the test, or taking the test, for someone else or having someone else take the test for you
- failing to provide acceptable identification, including refusal to allow a photograph and/or fingerprint to be taken
- obtaining improper access to test content, a part of the test, or information about the test (this includes having test questions or answers in advance of the test administration and bringing preknowledge of test information into the test center in any form including, but not limited to, identification documents, prohibited devices and any other method listed as an aid in connection to the test)
- having a cell phone, smartphone (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iPhone), tablet, PDA or any other electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic device in the test center. If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during or after the test administration (including breaks), your device may be inspected and/or confiscated and you will be dismissed from the test. Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test. Test administrators are not permitted to hold cell phones or any other devices for anyone.
- using any aids in connection with the test, including, without limitation, calculators (except on tests where a calculator is permitted or when approved as a testing accommodation), all watches, books, pamphlets, notes, unauthorized scratch paper, rulers, pens, highlighter pens, scan pens or devices, stereos or radios with headphones, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors and any handheld electronic, listening, recording, scanning or photographic devices
- creating a disturbance (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
- attempting to give or receive assistance (Communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration. Discussion or sharing of content or answers during the test administration, during breaks or after the test is prohibited.)
- removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center (Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced and/or disclosed by any means [e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically] to any person or entity.)
- tampering with a computer
- attempting to remove scratch paper or a portion of scratch paper from the CAT testing room or using scratch paper during untimed sections or during breaks
- bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center
- bringing food, drink or tobacco into the testing room, unless you have received prior approval due to a disability or health-related need
- leaving the test center building during the test session or during breaks
- leaving the testing room without permission
- taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test session (Test administrators are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks.)
- referring to, looking through or working on any test, or test section when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called
- failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained in the Registration Bulletin, given by the test administrator or specified in any test materials
ETS and TEA reserve the right to take any and all actions - including, but not limited to, barring you from future testing and/or withholding or canceling your scores - for failure to comply with test administration regulations or the test administrator's directions. If your scores are canceled, they will not be reported, and your registration and test fees will not be refunded. In addition, violations of confidential test security and/or disclosure of test content to any person or entity may result in administrative denial of a certificate application, and or/sanctions against an existing educator certificate.
Taking the CAT MTT Test
The CAT MTT test is composed of four sections that are administered in two separate parts. A maximum of five hours is allowed to complete both parts. Each part of the exam has two sections.
- 90 multiple-choice questions
- one case study question
- one question designed to assess your understanding of spreadsheet functionality (using Microsoft Excel 2007)
- one question where you will demonstrate understanding of the creation and use of presentation software (using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007)
Part 1 of the exam begins with the multiple-choice questions. At any point you can review any multiple-choice question that has previously been seen. After you have gone through all of the multiple-choice questions, you can see the case study question. At this time, both the multiple-choice questions and the case study question can be reviewed at will.
You can use as much of the five-hour time provided for the exam as desired for Part 1 of the exam. Upon completion of the multiple-choice questions and the case study, you will indicate to the test administrator that you are finished with Part 1. Part 1 of the exam must be completed before you can move on to Part 2. At that point the test administrator will give you access to Part 2 of the exam.
Once you move on to Part 2 of the exam, you cannot return to Part 1. In Part 2, you can work on the Excel question and the PowerPoint question in any order and can freely go back and forth between the Excel question and the PowerPoint question. The time for Part 2 of the exam is the remainder of the total five-hour time that was not used for Part 1 of the exam. For example, if you use 3 hours and 18 minutes for Part 1, you will have a maximum of 1 hour and 42 minutes to complete Part 2. At the end of the five-hour exam time period, you will be required to stop work on the exam.
Cancellation of a Test Session
In the event it becomes necessary or desirable for ETS or TEA to cancel a test administration for reasons beyond its control, including without limitation, severe weather conditions, natural disaster (e.g., flood, fire), terrorist acts, acts of vandalism, hazardous conditions at the test center or some other event, a cancellation announcement will be posted as soon as possible on this website. The cancellation announcement will also be available as a recorded phone message at 1-800-205-2626
. You will be advised by email or U.S. mail as soon as the test administration has been rescheduled. It is imperative that you keep the contact information, especially your phone number and email address, in your Educator Profile on the TEA website up-to-date so you can be contacted quickly if the need arises.
Unless ETS or TEA cancels a test administration at a given test center, the test administration will be conducted as scheduled, barring circumstances preventing prior notification of cancellation (e.g., natural disaster, terrorist acts). If you miss a test administration that has not been officially canceled, you will be considered absent and will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.
Test Center Complaints
If you have comments about the test center or the conditions under which you took a test, please submit your comments in a letter via mail, email or fax to the appropriate address below. All comments must be sent directly to ETS. Comments sent to your EPP or to TEA will not be acted upon. Comments must be submitted or postmarked no later than 2 days after the date of your test.
ETS-Texas Educator Certification Program
Test Administration Services
Mail Stop 34-Q
Princeton, NJ 08541-6051
ETS-Texas Educator Certification Program
PO Box 6051
Princeton, NJ 08541-6051
Test Question Inquiries
TEA and ETS employ stringent quality-control procedures in preparing test materials. However, if you wish to comment about a test question for any reason, notify the test administrator at your test center or send a letter to the address below postmarked within 2 days of your test date.
ETS-Texas Educator Certification Program
Test Question Inquiries
PO Box 6667
Princeton, NJ 08541-6667
In your letter, state the name and address of the center, the test date and name of the test, the number and content of the question and the section in which it appeared.