TExES Health Science 6-12 (273) Exam Prep, Study Guide & Practice Test

What Is the TExES Health Science 6-12 (273) Exam?

The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Health Science 6-12 is a computer-based test that all prospective health educators must pass to earn their Texas teacher certification. The Health Science TExES exam tests candidates on the foundational knowledge needed to teach the subject. How hard is the TExES Health Science exam? Fortunately, candidates can pass the TExES exams utilizing the knowledge and resources outlined in this article.

How to Register for the TExES Health Science 6-12 (273) Exam

Candidates can easily register for the TExES Health Science 6-12 exam online. Candidates first need to create an account on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website, review the material, and then start their TExES exam registration under the 'Register' tab.

Registration costs $116 and is valid for 170 days from the issue date. At designated TExES testing centers, candidates have 4 hours and 45 minutes to complete the test, which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. At the testing center, candidates must follow all rules and policies, such as not bringing any personal items in the testing room. Accommodations may be requested if a form and proper documentation is submitted and approved well in advance.

Practice tests give you a better idea of the topics you have mastered and those you should keep studying.

The Format of the TExES Health Science 6-12 (273) Exam

The 100 multiple-choice questions on the TExES Health Science 6-12 exam encompass different domains and competencies that make up a certain percentage of the total. Candidates have 5 hours total to complete the exam (including the 15 minute time allotment for the administrative portion). Below is a brief overview of the exam format.

Domain I - Academic Foundations

  • History of healthcare and societal impact
  • Scientific Method
  • Medical terminology

Domain II - Medical Sciences

  • Human anatomy
  • Microorganisms relation to health and disease
  • Pathology

Domain III - Occupational Knowledge

  • Aging Process
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Mental Health
  • Preventive Health
  • Health Care System
  • Health Safety

Domain IV - Professional Responsibilities

  • Communication and leadership skills
  • Professional Development
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of Healthcare Workers

TExES Health Science 6-12 Domain I - Academic Foundations

Domain I constitutes approximately 19% of the exam (~19 questions). Here is a summary of the competency concepts and content:

Competency 1: History of Healthcare and Societal Impact

Candidates should review the following:

  • health care development
  • economic impacts of healthcare
  • differences in health problems between countries
  • roles of health organizations
  • impacts that culture and technology have on healthcare

Test takers should research the history of healthcare and healthcare in different societies, perhaps creating a timeline of the major historical events and Venn diagrams of healthcare systems between the US and other countries.

Competency 2: Scientific Method

This competency tests candidates' ability to utilize math and science to solve problems, understand the scientific method, and analyze data and trends.

Competency 3: Medical terminology

This competency tests candidates' ability to:

  • identify and utilize medical terminology
  • translate medical terms into conversational language
  • prepare presentations

Candidates might want to review medical articles and translate them into conversational text, then have a friend (not in the medical field) go over it and give feedback in its clarity.

TExES Health Science 6-12 Domain 2 - Medical Sciences

Domain II Medical Sciences also comprises about 19% of the exam (~19 questions). This section will review the three competencies:

Competency 1: Human Anatomy

This competency tests candidates on the following topics:

  • relationships between physiological functions and anatomy
  • anatomical systems (respiratory, reproductive, etc.)
  • human development
  • energy expenditure
  • medical technology

Competency 2: Microorganisms relation to health and disease

This competency tests candidates' ability to identify microorganisms, flora, disease processes, and pathogens.

Examinees should research the relationship between microbiology and health care, paying special attention to the traits of microorganisms and infectious diseases.

Competency 3: Pathology

This competency tests candidates' ability to identify disease factors, the pathogenesis process, and disease prevention and control.

TExES Health Science 6-12 Study Guide Section 3: Occupational Knowledge

The TExES Health Science 6-12's Domain III, Occupational Knowledge, makes up the largest portion of the test at 43% (~43 questions). This section will review the seven competencies:

Competency 1: Aging Process

This competency tests candidates' ability to understand the aging process and its sociological and psychological effects.

Competency 2: Nutrition

This competency tests candidates on the following topics:

  • nutritional information
  • differences in nutritional needs and preferences
  • eating disorders
  • food allergies
  • diets
  • vitamins

Competency 3: Pharmacology

This competency tests candidates' ability to identify appropriate drug use, clinical trials, FDA-approved drugs, and other aspects of pharmacology such as drug use, effects, etc.

Competency 4: Mental Health

This competency tests candidates on the following topics:

  • maladaptive condition symptoms
  • mental health treatment options
  • social services roles
  • socioeconomic factors that affect mental health
  • the aspects of the nervous system and stress

Competency 5: Preventive Health

This competency tests candidates' ability to understand foundational concepts of disease prevention, risk management, Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs, and healthy behaviors.

Competency 6: Health Care System

This competency tests candidates on the following topics:

  • healthcare technology
  • pre-procedural preparation,
  • monitoring clients
  • safely moving patients
  • collecting health care data
  • patient privacy

Competency 7: Health Safety

This competency tests candidates' ability to maintain safe environments, follow emergency procedures, utilize protection guidelines, and compare regulatory agencies.

TExES Health Science 6-12 Study Guide Section 4: Professional Responsibilities

The final domain of a candidate's TExES Health Science 6-12 test makes up 19% of the exam (~19 questions). This section will review the three competencies:

Competency 1: Communication and Leadership skills

This competency tests candidates' ability to

  • utilize multiple communication methods
  • effectively communicate with clients and team members
  • analyze data
  • build team relationships
  • utilize resources and partnerships for professional development

Competency 2: Professional Development

This competency tests candidates' ability to

  • identify career options
  • develop students' professional portfolios
  • teach healthy work habits
  • utilize state curriculum
  • identify new technology
  • lead students in professional development

Examinees might want to create a timeline of a healthcare worker's professional development starting from high school. Identify resources and organizations that help progression.

Competency 3: Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of Healthcare Workers

This competency tests candidates' ability to identify and apply ethical behavior, client confidentiality, and clients' rights. Candidates should also review malpractice, liability, and negligence.

TExES Health Science 6-12 Study Guide Exam Prep

Since the TExES Health Science 6-12 exam is a 4 hour and 45-minute test, candidates should implement studying and test-taking techniques to ease the process. For studying techniques, candidates should first understand the test format and competencies so they can create an individualized TExES Health Science 6-12 study guide covering each tested topic.

After some studying, candidates should take a TExES Health Science 273 practice test to gauge their understanding and adjust their study guide. With the help of a TExES practice test, candidates can review their weaker points and restructure their study guide if necessary. The Texas Educator Certification Program website offers its own practice test, consisting of 50 questions, covering each competency within the Health Science TExES.

During the TExES test, candidates should answer all questions, as wrong answers are not penalized. Don't spend too much time on any one question. If a question is too difficult, come back to it at the end or choose the best option based on the process of elimination. The test does not have any trick questions.

Candidates should get lots of rest, eat before the exam and wear comfortable clothes.

TExES Health Science 6-12 (273) Exam Scoring & Results

Candidates must score a 240 on the TExES Health Science 6-12 exam to pass. TExES exams are scored on a scaled score system, meaning each test version differs and there is no set percentage of questions needed correctly answered to pass. The Health Science TExES test is pass/fail for the overall exam, and each domain contributes to the test score (each domain is graded independently). After completing the exam, candidates receive their TExES scores within seven days. Scores will be emailed to the test-takers and uploaded online to their test accounts.

Expert Contributor

Amy Lopez

Amy Lopez, M.A. is a high school teacher with over 8 years of experience teaching Family Consumer Science Education. She has passed the TExES PPR exam and the Praxis Family and Consumer Science Exam. Amy completed a B.S. in Family Consumer Sciences from Tarleton State University, an M.A. in Teaching from Grand Canyon University, and an Education Specialist degree from Northcentral University.

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  1. This type of disease occurs over a wide part of the world, often spanning multiple countries:

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  2. A medical student takes a test which seeks to match his personality with a career. He obtains the following result:
    You enjoy writing and have a strong sense of language. You are good with multitasking and possess a strong attention to detail and accuracy. You also have a stronger passion for education than others, which often manifests in a preference for processing information mentally over real life situations.
    Based on this information, which of the following medical fields would likely be the most appropriate for him to look into?

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  3. According to the graph, which two world regions had the lowest average body weights in 2015-2016?
    According to the graph, which two world regions had the lowest average body weights in 2015-2016?
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  4. Which of these is the first section of the small intestine. Digesting food enters here:

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  5. Samuel, a 19-year-old patient of sound mind, has been coming to a doctor to seek medication for cholesterol-related issues. The doctor looks through the medical literature and finds a prescription medication which has shown to have an extremely high efficacy rate for patients who closely match Samuel's physical profile. What should the doctor do in this situation?

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  6. What are you going to see next to Dx in a patients chart?

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  7. Which of the following hypothetical patients is the most healthy based on these vital sign readings?

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  8. The act of unprotected sex puts all individuals who take part in it at a greater risk for

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  9. As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare), which demographic is now eligible for Medicaid coverage?

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  10. Rob has been dating Holly, though they have not been dating for very long. Recently, Holly broke up with Rob. Rob was enraged and he felt out of control in the ways he was reacting to it. Which of the following is true about Rob in terms of his psychosocial health?

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  11. What was the impact of Jonas Salk's research on polio?

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  12. What does the prefix "hypo" mean?

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  13. An elderly, male patient is discussing dietary issues with his doctor and brings to light the fact that he has not only had begun to have symptoms of serious heart issues, but he also is having troubles with digestion. Given the patient demographic, the doctor should recommend that the patient

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  14. Among the many duties which a front desk worker might do, they are capable of

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  15. In human pregnancy, the placenta serves two main functions, of which one is the

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