TExES Tests

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. 
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What's New in 2013-14?

Change in Test Retake Policy
Texas Education Code §21.048 was amended and now requires no more than 45 days to elapse before you are eligible to retake a test. This policy is effective
September 1, 2013. If you take a test on or after September 1 you will be
eligible to retake that test, with proper approvals and subject to available
testing dates, 45 days later. 

Tests Moving to CAT-only Administration 
The following tests will be offered as CAT tests beginning in the fall of 2013.
Agricultural Science and Technology 6-12 (172)
American Sign Language (184)
Bilingual Education Supplemental (164)
Bilingual Generalist EC-6 (192)
Bilingual Generalist4-8 (119)
Computer Science 8-12 (141)
English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) 4-8 (117)
ESL/Generalist 4-8 (120)
ESL Supplemental (154)
Generalist 4-8 (111)
Generalist EC-6 (191)
Health EC-12 (157)
Health Science Technology Education 8-12 (173)
History 8-12 (133)
Life Science 8-12 (138)
Marketing Education 8-12 (175)
Mathematics 4-8 (115)
Mathematics 8-12 (135)
Music EC-12 (177)
Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)
Physical Education EC-12 (158)
Principal (068)
Science 4-8 (116)
Science 8-12 (136)
Social Studies 4-8 (118)
Special Education 8-12 (161)
Technology Applications 8-12 (139)
Technology Education 6-12 (171)

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 30 days of practice use. 

Interactive Practice Tests

New test preparation resources — Interactive Practice Tests — are being created for several TExES test titles. Interactive Practice Tests are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report. Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160) is available now; later this year, look for Mathematics 7-12 (235) and Science 7-12 (236). They can be downloaded from the TExES Preparation Materials section. 

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.


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Registration Bulletin

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

Test Fees
$120 Test fee (per test)
$35 Late registration fee (paper-based tests)*
$75 Emergency registration fee (paper-based tests)*
$50 International site fee
*Late and emergency registration fees are non-refundable.

Additional Services
$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
$25 Multiple-choice score verification (not available for TExES CAT tests)
$35 Written response score verification (including ELAR 8-12, ELAR7-12 and braille written component)
$60 Multiple choice and written response score verification
$70 BTLPT Spanish; ELAR 8-12; ELAR 7-12; LOTE French, German, Spanish EC-12 written/oral response score verification
$30 Additional processing fee for DANTES requests

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
Payment Policies
  • 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.
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