About the Tests
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. See more information about the TExES CAT tests
New TExES Tests
During the February 14, 2014, State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) meeting, the Board approved a two-year overlap policy that will allow candidates seeking one of the current Generalist certificates to finish all certification requirements and be recommended for issuance of the appropriate certificate. The two-year overlap policy will apply not only to Generalist EC–6 and Generalist 4–8 specified in legislation but will also include Bilingual Generalist EC–6, Bilingual Generalist 4–8, English as a Second Language (ESL) Generalist EC–6, and English as a Second Language (ESL) Generalist 4–8.
Candidates passing any of the six tests listed above by August 31, 2015 must complete all remaining requirements for certification by August 31, 2017. An online application, fee and recommendation by an Educator Preparation Program, where applicable, must be received by October 30, 2017, in order to issue any of the current Generalist, Bilingual Generalist and ESL Generalist certificates.
The new Core Subject tests are slated for implementation in January 2015. Educators will be required to take the overall test on their first attempt but in future attempts will be allowed to retake the individual subject test(s) that they do not pass. TEA staff brought proposed rules to the Board in August 2014 that will create the new certifications for grades EC–6 and 4–8.
This change in certificate name will distinguish educators who pass the more rigorous tests required by HB 2012 from those who passed the earlier "Generalist" examinations. The proposed rule will qualify holders of the new certifications to teach the same grades and subjects as the current "Generalist" certifications.
What's New in 2014-15?
Expanded Testing Initiative
TExES exams are now being administered at 60 additional test centers throughout the United States.
All tests will be offered on the dates listed in the computer-administered (CAT) testing schedule, with the exception of the titles listed below, which will not be available at the new expanded testing centers.
- Art EC-12 (178)
- BTLPT (190)
- LOTE-French (610)
- LOTE-German (611)
- LOTE-Latin (612)
- LOTE-Spanish (613)
- Principal (068)
- Superintendent (195)
Change in Score Report Viewing Time
The limitation to the amount of time test takers can view their score reports has been removed. Previously, test takers had 90 days to view their score reports. Now, they can view and download their score reports for any tests taken from September 2006 to the present.
Online Calculator Tutorial
An online calculator is now part of the testing software for some tests that require the use of a graphing or scientific calculator. If you are taking a test that requires the use of an online calculator, see the online calculator tutorial, where you can practice using the online calculator before the day of the test. Once you request access to the tutorial, you will be sent an activation key that is good for 90 days of practice use.
Test Preparation Messages via Email or Text Messaging
More and more people are accessing the Internet on mobile devices rather than personal computers. With this in mind, ETS offers the option to receive test preparation messages via text-enabled mobile devices. When you register to take a TExES test, you can sign up for text or email message tips and reminders about test preparation. These messages include valuable information such as where to find the study plan worksheet and test preparation manuals, what to expect on test day and where to check for test center updates. You can change your options for receiving these messages or if you didn't sign up when you registered and want to begin receive these messages, you can do both through your ETS testing account.
The Registration Bulletin is a free publication that contains program information, test dates, contact information and registration procedures.
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Fees for Tests and Related Services
$120 Test fee (per test)
$120 Test fee (per test) for Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and Core Subjects 4–8 (211)
$60 Test fee (per subject test) for test codes 801–809
$50 International site fee
Special Services (nonrefundable)
$15 Test, test center, test date or test session change during regular or late registration period
$75 Test, test center, test date or test session change during emergency registration period
$35 Braille late registration fee
$75 Braille emergency registration fee
$30 Additional processing fee for DANTES requests
Score Review Services
$25 Selected-response score review (not available for TExES CAT tests)
$35 Written-response score review (including English Language Arts and Reading 7–12 and Braille written component)
$60 Selected-response and written-responce score review
$70 BTLPT Spanish; LOTE French, German, Latin and Spanish EC–12 written/oral response score review
Fees are subject to change without notice. Amounts listed are in U.S. dollars and are exclusice of any Value-Added or similar taxes.
- Online and phone payments can be made by credit/debit card (American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® and VISA®). Any credit/debit card branded with one of the above accepted credit card logos can be processed.
- Information about payments sent by mail is on the form for the service you are requesting
- All fees are stated in U.S. dollars.
- All outstanding balances with ETS must be paid in full prior to registering for any ETS-administered tests.
- All payments must be for the full amount.
- If you have a balance on your account, your score(s) may be withheld and you may be unable to register for additional tests. You will receive your score(s) and be able to register for additional tests as soon as the total outstanding balance has been cleared, unless your scores are being withheld for any other reason.
- Services may be withheld for nonpayment of fees.
- Refunds of test fees will be made in U.S. dollar denominations.
- There are no refunds for service fees.
- Additional policies for payments made by mail are on the form for the service you are requesting.
- ETS reserves the right to add or remove payment methods at its own discretion.