TExES Series – Texas Examinations of Educator Standards: The TExES series is a group of exams created by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that are designed to determine whether or not an individual has the knowledge necessary to be an entry-level educator in the Texas public school system. These exams assess an individual’s general and specific teaching skills and are required in order to become a certified educator within the state of Texas.
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The TExES series includes a wide-range of exams related to specific educational topics as well as exams related to specific careers within the educational system. TExES exams cover specific topics such as art, dance, computer science, chemistry, English as a second language, English language arts, health, history, journalism, mathematics, music, physical science, social studies, and other similar topics.
There are also specific exams within some of these topics intended for individuals interested in teaching certain grade levels. Certain TExES exams also cover specific professional positions within the educational system such as exams for becoming a principal, reading specialist, school counselor, school librarian, and superintendent.
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- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6–12 (272)
- American Sign Language (ASL) (184)
- Art EC-12 (178)
- Bilingual Education Supplemental (164)
- Bilingual Education Supplemental (164)
- Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish (190)
- Business and Finance 6-12 (276)
- Chemistry 7-12 (240)
- Computer Science 8-12 (241)
- Core Subjects 4-8 (211)
- Core Subjects EC-6 (291)
- Dance 6-12 (279)
- Educational Diagnostician (153)
- English As A Second Language Supplemental ESL (154)
- English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (117)
- English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 (231)
- English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8 (113)
- Gifted and Talented Supplemental (162)
- Health EC-12 (157)
- History 7-12 (233)
- Journalism 7-12 (256)
- Life Science 7-12 (238)
- LOTE Spanish (613)
- Marketing 6-12 (275)
- Mathematics 4-8 (115)
- Mathematics 7-12 (235)
- Mathematics/Science 4-8 (114)
- Music EC-12 (177)
- Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)
- Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6-12 (270)
- Physical Education EC-12 (158)
- Physical Science 6-12 (237)
- Physics/Mathematics 7-12 (243)
- Principal (068)
- Reading Specialist (151)
- School Counselor (152)
- School Librarian (150)
- Science 4-8 (116)
- Science 7-12 (236)
- Science of Teaching Reading (293)
- Social Studies 4-8 (118)
- Social Studies 7-12 (232)
- Special Education EC-12 (161)
- Special Education Supplemental (163)
- Speech 7-12 (129)
- Superintendent (195)
- Technology Education 6-12 (171)
- Theatre EC-12 (180)
Each TExES exam usually consists of somewhere between 90 – 150 multiple-choice questions, but some tests also include essays, short open-ended responses, and other similar types of questions. The exam-taker will have five hours to complete each exam session and each exam has one or two sessions depending on the exam. Most exams are only one session. Each exam is scored on a scale of 100 – 300 with 240 set as the minimum score considered as passing for the exam.
To register for the exam, you must receive approval from an educator preparation program, have received an approved teaching certificate from an in-state or out-of-state authority, or have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in a field related to education for grades 8 – 12 from an approved program. In order to take the exam with a bachelor’s degree or higher, you must apply to receive a temporary teaching certificate from the SBEC. If you meet one of these three requirements, you can register with ETS online, by phone, or by mail.
The registration fee for any exam (except for the superintendent exam) is $82. The registration fee for the superintendent exam is $164. The exact TExES exams that are required in order to become a certified educator within the Texas school system varies depending on the specific type of position that you are interested in pursuing. There may also be other exams and fees that are required in addition to those associated with the TExES exams in order to be certified in the particular position that you are pursuing.
What is the TExES?
The TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) series is a set of exams that determine an individual’s general and specific teaching skills.
How much does it cost to take the TExES exam?
The cost of taking the TExES exam will vary depending on exactly which exam you take. The standard fee is $131.
How long does it take to get the TExES scores?
For multiple-choice tests the wait for scores is usually between 6 and 10 days, while foreign language tests and constructed response tests have a wait time of 3-4 weeks.
What score do you need to pass the TExES test?
The minimum score required to pass the TExES test is 240 out of 300.
How long do you have to wait before you can retake a TExES exam?
You must wait at least 45 days after each attempt at taking the TExES exam.
How many questions are on the PPR test?
The TExES PPR exam contains 100 questions, 90 of which are scored. The 10 unscored questions are there to help test-makers with future exams.
What is the PPR test for?
The TExES PPR test measures a person’s knowledge of pedagogy and educational theory.
How many questions are on the PPR EC 12?
The TExES PPR EC 12 exam contains 100 questions, 90 of which are scored. The 10 unscored questions are there to help test-makers with future exams.
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