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TExES Certification Testing

The TExES Road Map outlines which certification exams teacher candidates must take and when they are eligible to take the exams.


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An individual will have five attempts to take a certification examination. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and CBE). If the individual is unable to successfully pass the examination after five attempts, the individual will not be allowed to take the examination again unless the SBEC waives the limitation for good cause. If an individual is not able to pass an examination that is a requirement for a given certification, the individual will not be able to be issued a probationary or standard certificate in that certification field.

​​The SBEC will prescribe rules for a waiver. These rules are anticipated to be in effect May of 2016. With this change in statute, it is even more important for educator preparation programs to establish benchmarks and structured assessments of an educator candidate’s progress towards certification. Educator candidates and preparation programs need to work together to determine readiness for attempting any certification exam. Educators who are not seeking test approval through an educator preparation program need to determine their own readiness when seeking test approval through one of the other methods (PACT, out of state, charter, and CBE).

​All attempts to pass a certification examination before September 1, 2015 count as one attempt for purposes of the statute. After September 1, 2015 an individual will have four opportunities to retake the examination regardless of the number of times the individual attempted the examination in the past.

​If an individual fails an examination, the individual must wait 45 days before retaking the same examination. For example, if an individual fails the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (160) examination, the individual cannot retake that examination for 45 days.   For the Core Subjects examinations, an individual must wait 45 days between the initial examination (291 or 211) and an attempt to retake the whole examination or any subject area subtest (801–809). After the 45 day waiting period from the initial examination, If an individual chooses to take a single subject area subtest (e.g. Science 804), the individual does not have to wait 45 days before retaking a different subtest (e.g. Social Studies 803). If an individual fails a subject area subtest (e.g. Science 804), the individual does have to wait 45 days before the individual can retake the same subject area subtest (e.g. Science 804). 

​​Because the Generalist and Core Subjects examinations are different examinations, they do not count together toward the five attempt limit. An individual could have taken the Generalist examination five times and still be allowed to take the Core Subjects examination five times.

​​An individual must pass all parts of the Core Subjects examination in order to meet the examination requirement for the Core Subjects certificate. If an individual only wants to be certified in an individual subject, the person should attempt a single subject examination in the appropriate grade range. For example, educator candidates who want to teach in grades 4‐8 have a variety of options. In addition to the Core Subject 4‐8 exam, there are individual subject certification tests such as the English Language Arts and Reading 4‐8 (117), Mathematics 4‐8 (115), Science 4‐8 (116) or Social Studies 4‐8 (118) exams, or combination tests such as the English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4‐8 (113) or Mathematics/Science 4‐8 (114).

​​With this change in statute, it is even more important for educator preparation programs to establish benchmarks and structured assessments of an educator candidate’s progress towards certification. Educator candidates and preparation programs need to work together to determine readiness for attempting any certification exam, especially the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam. Whether an individual can still be a teacher if an individual fails an examination five times depends on a number of factors that could include an SBEC waiver or pursuit of a different certification field. For example, educator candidates who want to teach in grades 4‐8 have a variety of options. In addition to the Core Subject 4‐8 exam, there are individual subject certification tests such as the English Language Arts and Reading 4‐8 (117), Mathematics 4‐8 (115), Science 4‐8 (116) or Social Studies 4‐8 (118) exams, or combination tests such as the English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4‐8 (113) or Mathematics/Science 4‐8 (114).

​An individual has five attempts to pass all portions of the Core Subjects examinations. For the   Core Subjects EC–6 (291) exam, an individual has five attempts to pass all five subject area subtests (801–805). For the Core Subjects 4–8 (211) exam, an individual has five attempts to pass all four subject area subtests (806–809). An individual is required to attempt the entire Core Subjects exam (291 or 211) on the first attempt. After the first attempt, each testing session counts as another attempt, whether the session included the entire examination or one of the subject area subtests. Individuals retaking the overall Core Subjects exams (291 or 211) are required to view all of the test questions in each subject area, even if they have previously passed one or more of the subject area subtests. In order to quickly progress through a subject area subtest that was previously passed, the individual should view, but not answer, each test question in the section. Individuals should also be careful not to skip through subject area subtests that they do intend to take. When an individual completes a subject area subtest, they cannot go back to that subtest again. The table below provides three examples of how Core Subjects attempts are calculated:

​Attempt
​Candidate A
​Candidate B
​Candidate C

​One

​Initial 291: passed 801; failed 802, 803, 804, & 805

​Initial 291; failed 801, 802, 803, 804, & 805

​Initial 291: passed 801, 802, 803 & 804; failed 805

Two​

​Retake 291: passed 802; failed 803, 804 & 805

​Retake 291: passed 801; failed 802, 803, 804 & 805

​Take 805: failed 805

​Three

​Retake 291: passed 803; failed 804 & 805

​Retake 291: passed 802; failed 803, 804 & 805

​Retake 805: failed 805

​Four

​Retake 291: passed 804; failed 805

​Retake 291: passed 803; failed 804 & 805

​Retake 805: failed 805

​Five

​Take 805: passed 805

​Retake 291: passed 804; failed 805

​Retake 805: failed 805

​Resule

​Passed 291

​Failed 291; seek waiver for additional 805 attempt OR seek other certification field

​Failed 291; seek waiver for additional 805 attempt OR seek other certification field


​​If an individual chooses to cancel an examination score at the end of a testing session, the examination does not count as one of the five attempts. If an individual chooses to cancel an examination score at the end of a testing session, the scores will not be reported and the scores cannot be reinstated. The individual will not receive a refund if the scores are canceled. If the individual wants to retake the examination after canceling the scores, the individual must wait at least 45 days before retaking the examination.

​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.​

Last updated 6/18/2020 6:12 AM