115 TExES Mathematics 4 – 8 Exam: The TExES Mathematics 4 – 8 Exam is a certification examination that is designed to determine if an individual has the knowledge necessary to teach mathematics at the middle school level in the Texas public school system. This exam assesses the individual’s knowledge of a variety of mathematical topics and his or her understanding of the teaching methods that are required to effectively teach those topics. This exam may be required, in addition to or instead of the Generalist 4 – 8 Exam, in order to become a certified middle school teacher in the state of Texas depending on the exact type of teaching position the individual is pursuing. The exam consists of 90 multiple-choice questions, 80 of which are scored and 10 that are not scored, that are related to the following areas:
- Number Concepts (13 questions)
- Patterns and Algebra (17 questions)
- Geometry and Measurement (16 questions)
- Probability and Statistics (13 questions)
- Mathematical Processes and Perspectives (8 questions)
- Methods of Mathematical Instruction and Assessment (13 questions)
The exam-taker will be supplied with a Formula and Definitions Reference Sheet and a scientific calculator for the exam. The exam-taker will have 2 and ½ hours to complete the exam and the exam will be scored on a scale of 100 – 300 with 240 set as the minimum score considered as passing for the exam. The registration fee for the Mathematics 4 – 8 Exam is $82 and the exam is only administered in a paper-based format. However, there are usually other exams and fees that are required in addition to this exam in order to become certified as an entry-level middle school teacher within the state of Texas.