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What are the TExES Exams?

The TExES exam assesses Texas teaching certification students. The Texas Examination of Educator Standards, or TExES, was designed to ensure that beginning teachers are properly trained in their content areas as well as in teaching and learning styles. The TExES test measures a candidate's knowledge against a general standard rather than against the performance of other candidates.

In order to register for the TExES exam, a candidate must receive approval from their Educator Preparation Program. Candidates can register for the TExES exam by visiting the State Board for Educator Certification, or SBEC, website. Candidates must use the SBEC website to create and educator profile containing their name, phone number, address, and e-mail address. Once the profile is completed, the candidate will receive a TEA ID number which will be used throughout the registration and testing process.

Registration can be done by mail, telephone, or online. During registration candidates can select to take the test in the morning or afternoon. Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Some test centers may not offer both morning and afternoon sessions.

Once a candidate registers for the TExES exam, they will receive an admission ticket with the test date, time, and address. Candidates will receive the admission ticket through the mail approximately two weeks prior to the test date. Once registered, candidates may also obtain an admission ticket by visiting the SBEC website. The admission ticket must be presented at the testing location in order for the candidate to gain entrance into the testing facility.

Testing fees are required to be paid at the time of registration. Fees are payable in the form of checks or money orders. Debit and credit cards are accepted if they are affiliated with Discover, VISA, MasterCard or American Express. Refunds may be accepted up to three days prior to the test date with a $30 refund fee. Refunds will not be issued for candidates who are absent or late on the test date.

On the day of the test, the candidate is required to show up to the test location on time and fully prepared. Candidates must provide a photo ID bearing their signature. The name on the ID must exactly match the name used during registration or the candidate will not be allowed to take the test.

Official TExES test results are mailed to candidates according to a schedule which is available for viewing on the SBEC website. Results for multiple-choice tests may be mailed two to three weeks from the test date. Written-response test results may take three to four weeks from the test date. Unofficial test results are available for viewing according to the score reporting schedule posted on the SBEC website.

Test scores range from 100 to 300 with 240 being the minimum passing score. Candidates will receive an Official Score Report in the mail along with an explanation of how to read the score report.

Last Updated: 06/16/2014

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