The TExES Visually Impaired Exam and the TExES Braille Exam are actually two separate certification examinations that are designed to determine whether or not an individual has the skills and knowledge necessary to teach students that are visually impaired. The Visually Impaired Exam assesses the individual’s understanding of what it means to be visually impaired, the individual’s knowledge of the needs of visually impaired students, and the individual’s knowledge of the teaching methods that are necessary to effectively assess and instruct visually impaired students. The Braille Exam assesses the individual’s ability to write information in Braille and the individual’s ability to interpret information that is written in Braille. Both of these exams are required in order for an individual to become certified to teach courses for visually impaired students. The Visually Impaired 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:
- Understanding Individuals that are Visually Impaired (Approximately 17 questions)
- Methods of Assessing Individuals that are Visually Impaired (Approximately 13 questions)
- Promoting Learning and Development for Visually Impaired Students (Approximately 33 questions)
- Ethical, Legal, and Professional Concerns (Approximately 17 questions)
The Braille Exam consists of a series of multiple-choice questions related to interpreting Braille and a series of transcription questions where the individual will have to translate information into contracted Braille, uncontracted literary Braille, or Nemeth Code using a Braillewriter or a slate and stylus as directed. The exam-taker is required to bring a manual Braillewriter, a slate and stylus, and a Braille eraser to use for the exam as these items are necessary to complete the exam and will not be supplied by the testing center. The testing center will supply the exam-taker with standard-sized Braille paper for the Braillewriter and 8 ½-by-11-inch paper for the slate and stylus and the exam-taker must use the paper supplied. The Visually Impaired Exam and the Braille Exam are both scored on a scale of 100 – 300 with 240 set as the minimum score considered as passing for the exam. However, each transcription in the transcription portion of the Braille Exam is scored on a scale of 1 – 4 with 1 being the worst and 4 being the best depending on the number of mistakes made in the transcription. The total score from all of the transcriptions is then factored into the total scaled score for the Braille Exam. Both of these exams are only offered in a paper-based format and the registration fee for each exam is $82. However, there may be other exams and fees that are required in addition to these two exams in order to become certified.