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TExES Certification Testing - Former Students

​The Which Exam Do I Take outlines which certification exams teacher candidates must take and pass to be eligible to be certified. The STR Certification and Testing FAQs​ are a list of questions asked by former students.​

TExES FAQs

​UHD's Urban Education Department offers preparation for both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students seeking Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Supplemental, Core Subjects EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental, Core Subjects 4-8 with ESL Supplemental, Special Education EC-12 and Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Supplemental, or Secondary Certifications.

We welcome students into this program and encourage you to accept the challenge as we work together in creating outstanding teachers for Houston's children. For those individuals who are ready to take a TExES Exam, please fill out the TExES Registration Form. ​

Important information to know before test registration

Candidates are strongly encouraged to take only one TExES exam on each test administration date and may only register for exams related to their certification area, as designated by their degree or certification plan. Registering for incorrect tests may result in extra charges and delay the registration process.

  • There will be increased security at all test sites.
  • Candidates may be photographed and fingerprinted at the test site.
  • Candidates who do not agree to these security measures will not be allowed to test
  • A current photo ID with correct name and information (matching the candidate's TEAL and Pearson account information) will be required at the testing site. Information in individual accounts must match, or the candidate will not be allowed to test. It is the individual's responsibility to keep information updated.

Please visit TEXES Day of the Test for more information.​

You are responsible for ensuring that the name shown in your testing account exactly matches (excluding suffix, middle name or initial, spaces, and special characters such as hyphens, accents, and apostrophes) the first and last name on the ID documents you will present at the test center. The name you use when you register is the one that will appear on your admission information.

If your ID documents do not match the first and last name you use when you register (excluding suffix, middle name or initial, spaces, and special characters such as hyphens, accents, and apostrophes), you will be prohibited from testing and your exam fees will be forfeited.

If your TEA Educator account and your testing account on this website have both already been created, please confirm that the name on your ID documents still matches the name that appears in your accounts. If they do not, you must request a name change from TEA opens in a new window at least 12 business days before your exam date.

You must bring to the exam administration two pieces of original (no photocopies or digital ID) and valid (unexpired) identification, printed in English in the name in which you registered. Your identification must contain your name, a recent recognizable photograph, and your signature.

Your primary identification must be one of the following government-issued IDs:

  • Driver's license (If you present a Texas driver's license with two expiration dates, your ID will be considered expired if either of the expiration dates has expired.)
  • State identification
  • Military identification (with visible or embedded signature)
  • Passport (Diplomatic and embassy ID cards cannot be used in place of a passport.)
    • The following documents can be used in place of a passport if presented along with at least one of the primary or supplemental identification documents:
      • Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 or I-151)
      • Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
      • Employment Authorization Card (Form I-688A, I-688B or I-766)
      • Mexican Border Crosser Card (This form of ID will be accepted only at test centers within 25 miles of the Mexican border.)

Your supplemental identification may be any original and valid identification as long as it contains your name and a clear recognizable photograph, or your name and signature.

If your identification does not exactly match the name in which you registered (excluding suffix, middle name or initial, spaces, and special characters such as hyphens, accents, and apostrophes), as your name appears in your TEA account, or does not meet any of the conditions stated above, you will be denied admission. If you are denied admission to the exam for any reason, you will be considered absent and will receive no credit or refund of any kind.

Note that name changes must be made to your TEA account via the TEA website at least 12 business days prior to your scheduled exam appointment.

Exceptions and Requirements

Multiple-Part Last Name

  • If the ID document you will present on the day of the exam contains a multiple-part last name (e.g., Pena-Delgado or Suarez Thomas), the name on your admission information must exactly match your ID (excluding hyphens, accents, and spaces). You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve last name discrepancies.
  • If the attendance roster or admission information lists a multiple-part last name and your ID document does not or your ID document lists a multiple-part last name and the attendance roster or admission information does not, you will not be admitted. The name you used when you registered must exactly match the ID. See Correcting or Updating your TEA Educator Profile to make changes to your name.

Single First or Last Name

If you only have a first name and no last name, or vice versa, put that name in both the First Name and Last Name fields when you create your TEA account. As long as the first and last name in your account are exactly the same and match the single name on your identification document, you will be admitted to test.

Recent Name Change

If your admission information bears your maiden name and your ID bears your married name or vice versa because you were married or divorced between the time you registered and the exam date, you will not be permitted to test. The name on your admission information must exactly match your ID (excluding hyphens, accents, and spaces). You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve name discrepancies. See Correcting or Updating your TEA Educator Profile to make changes to your name.

Driver's License Renewals

If your driver's license has expired, but you present it along with your original Department of Public Safety renewal certificate, these two documents together are acceptable if the names on both documents match exactly. If a provisional driver's license is issued in lieu of a renewal certificate, this will be accepted as a primary ID document if it contains your photo, your signature, and an expiration date.

U.S. Military

  • If your military ID does not contain your signature, you must present a supplemental ID.
  • If you are in the U.S. military, and the expiration of your driver's license has been extended or deferred by the issuing state, the license can be used as a supplemental ID along with your U.S. military ID. Depending on the state, the extension or deferral may consist of either a sticker affixed to the license with the designation "military" printed in place of an expiration date or a separate document carried with the license, usually with a notation that the driver's license is valid until a specific time period after discharge from service.

Unable to Meet ID Requirements

If you have been granted political asylum, have refugee status, or are otherwise unable to meet the identification requirements, you must contact Pearson at least 7 days before registering to test. You must receive approval before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact Pearson before you register, and as a result you are not permitted to test or your exam scores are withheld, your exam fees will not be refunded.

Questions About ID Documents

For all questions about acceptable ID, contact Pearson.

Correcting or Updating your TEA Educator Profile

Changes to your mailing address, phone number, or email address can be made at any time. Simply log into your TEAL account opens in a new window to access your Educator account.

If you need to make a change to your name, gender, or date of birth, you must submit appropriate documentation as described under Name Change on the TEA website opens in a new window. Here you will see instructions for documenting and submitting change requests. Keep in mind that all name changes must be made in conjunction with your primary ID documents. The name in your TEA account must match your testing account and the ID you present at the test center.

Once the appropriate documentation has been received, it will take approximately 12 business days for the requested change to appear in both your TEA account and your testing account. You are responsible for verifying that the requested change has been made in both accounts. Only after you have verified that your name has been changed should you schedule an exam appointment.

If you have an existing appointment, name changes must be completed and appear in your TEA account and testing account at least 48 hours prior to your exam appointment. If your name change has not been completed by that time, you should reschedule your exam to a later date to allow time for your name change to be completed. If you do not reschedule your appointment and the name on your ID documents does not exactly match your exam registration when you arrive at the test site, you will not be allowed to test and you will not be eligible for a refund or credit of any kind.​

Late arrival policy

It is essential that you report for your exam appointment on time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you may not be admitted. If you arrive late and are not admitted, you will be considered absent and will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. You will need to register and pay again to take the exam on a future date.

Absentee policy
If you are absent, you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. You will need to register and pay again to take the exam on a future date.

Emergency circumstances. If you are absent from an exam administration because of an emergency circumstance (illness, injury, hospitalization, or death in the immediate family), you may be eligible to receive reimbursement.

To request reimbursement, you must submit a written request to Pearson describing the emergency situation. Include written documentation, such as a dated newspaper obituary or a dated letter signed by a professional licensed to diagnose or treat the emergency condition (e.g., physician), on that person's professional letterhead. Documentation from a medical professional must specifically excuse you from testing on the date of the exam. Documentation containing electronic signatures will not be accepted.

The request and required documentation must be received at Pearson within 30 calendar days after the missed appointment.

A response to your request will be sent to you within two weeks after the missed appointment, or two weeks after your request is received, whichever is later. If your request for a reimbursement is granted, the reimbursement you receive will be in the amount of the exam fees you paid for the missed appointment, minus the Texas.gov payment processing fee, which is not refundable.

Exam cancellation policy
In the event that it becomes necessary to close a test center due to severe weather conditions or a natural disaster (e.g., flood, fire), candidates will be notified by telephone and/or email and will be contacted to reschedule their exam appointment.

It is imperative that you keep the contact information, especially your phone number and email address, up-to-date in your testing account on this website so you can be contacted quickly if the need arises. Fees that you submitted will be transferred to the new test date.

If you miss an exam appointment that has not been officially canceled due to a test center closing, you will be considered absent and will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.

If you have a scheduled appointment and have concerns or questions on the day of the exam, please Contact Us.

 


​An exam can be retaken after 30 days. Candidates are prevented from registering until the results from the last attempt have been posted to ECOS. Once the results have posted, you can then register, at which point the first available date for an exam appointment will be 30 days from the prior attempt's exam date.

If you are affiliated with an educator preparation program (EPP), you must request approval from your program to retest. Contact your EPP for further information.

If, upon completion of an entire TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, you do not pass one or more of the subject exams, you are eligible to retake

  • a single subject exam, if you passed all of the other subject exams, or
  • the overall TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, if you did not pass two or more subject exams.

The score for your best attempt on each subject exam is retained, so a candidate retaking the overall exam does not need to respond to questions in subject exams previously passed. This applies to TExES Core Subjects (211 and 291) exams, as well as the TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam.

You must wait 30 days after taking the TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam before you can retake the overall exam or an individual subject exam. Each testing session counts as an attempt for the Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, whether the overall exam or an individual subject exam (i.e., 801–805, 806–809, or 701–703) is attempted.

Pearson and TEA reserve the right to cancel scores if the Retake Policy is violated for any reason.

Attempt Limit

You are limited to five attempts to take a certification exam. The five-attempt limit also applies to intensive pre-service candidates taking a pre-admission content test (PACT). PACT exams taken for purposes of admission into a Texas EPP or to satisfy requirements for a charter school teaching assignment are not subject to the five-attempt limit.

The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the exam and four retakes. Each testing session counts as another attempt for the TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, whether the overall exam or an individual subject exam is attempted. If you choose to register again for the same exam after completion of the fifth testing attempt, scores will not be counted towards certification and you will assume responsibility for exam fees paid. For more information, please consult with your educator preparation program and review the score reporting policies on this website.

If you are unable to successfully pass the examination after five attempts, you will not be allowed to take the examination again unless the Texas Education Agency approves a test-limit waiver opens in a new window. If you are not able to pass an examination that is a requirement for a given certification, you will not be able to be issued an intern, probationary, or standard certificate in that certification field.

 


Last updated 10/6/2020 11:30 AM