The TExES tests are criterion-referenced examinations designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in relation to an established criterion rather than to the performance of other candidates. All of the tests in the TExES program contain multiple-choice questions. Some tests also have additional types of questions (e.g., open-ended written or oral responses). For more information about individual tests and test composition, see the preparation manual for each test.
Most TExES tests are available via computer at specially equipped test centers. The computer-administered (CAT) tests are administered separately from the paper-based (PBT) TExES tests. Most of these are offered on a continuous basis while others are offered during limited-administration windows.
Since 2002, the College of Education at UTEP has instituted the requirement that students seeking certification through UTEP must demonstrate content and pedagogy competency prior to taking the state certification exams. The qualifying exams administered during the junior and senior years of a student's educational career are used to determine competency. You will need to take two qualifying exams:
• A Content Qualifying Exam
• A Pedagogy (PPR) Qualifying Exam
• The first qualifying exam you take will be your content qualifying exam. The content qualifying exam tests you on the curriculum you will teach and ensures you are prepared for the state certification exam. The second qualifying exam you take will be your PPR qualifying exam. The PPR qualifying exam tests you on pedagogy and professional responsibilities and ensures you are prepared for the state certification exam. See Qualifying Exam for more information about the exam.
This information is specific to Educator Preparation Program (EPP). For information on Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Candidates, Certification-by-Exam Candidates, Charter School Candidates, and Temporary Teacher Certification Candidates, please refer to TExES testing requirements.
A TExES test may be taken if one of the following criteria is met:
Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Candidates
If you are fulfilling the requirements in an EPP approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), you must receive approval to take a certification examination from your EPP. There are several types of teacher training programs:
• University Initial - a program usually delivered as part of a baccalaureate program that includes student teaching
• University Post Baccalaureate - a program that may be offered to an individual who already holds at least a bachelor's degree and is seeking certification
• University Alternative Certification Program - an Alternative Certification Program offered by a university
Alternative Certification Program - a nontraditional EPP for individuals who hold bachelor's degrees or higher that may involve university course work or other professional development experiences as well as intense mentoring and supervision
This information is specific to Educator Preparation Program. For information on Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Candidates, Certification-by-Exam Candidates, Charter School Candidates, and Temporary Teacher Certification Candidates, please refer to TExES Registration Information.
If you are an EPP candidate, you must have approval to test from your EPP. After you have approval, if you are a first-time testing candidate, you must go to the TEA website and create an account. When you create your account you will complete an Educator Profile and obtain a TEA ID number. (See Creating Your TEA Account.) You will be able to view your approved examinations in your Educator Profile under "View Examinations."
Once you have viewed your approved exams, go to the ETS online registration system and create an ETS testing account. (See Creating Your ETS Testing Account.) You will register to test through your ETS testing account.
If you have already taken a Texas Educator Certification Program test and you want to register for a test that you have not previously been approved to take, you must get approval from your EPP to take that test. Once you have approval to test, you can go to your ETS testing account and register to test.
An admission ticket for the test you are taking. If you do not bring your admission ticket, you may not be permitted to test. You should 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.
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.
This is not an exhaustive resource on Day of Test – What to Bring; for complete and current information go to TExES - On the Day of the Test.