TExES History 7-12 (233) Practice Test & Study Guide

What Is the TExES History 7-12 (233) Exam?

The TExES History 7-12 (exam code 233) is a certification requirement for educators who want to teach 7th through 12th-grade history classes. It is intended for individuals who have already completed or are close to completing their college degree in education or their educator preparation program (EPP). Before you proceed with TExES exam registration, you must receive approval to test from your program/agency. You can find a complete list of approval requirements on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. Because TExES 233 is a content-based exam, most of the questions will assess your understanding of history taught in 7-12 grades. In contrast, only a small portion of the exam will test your application of teaching skills in relation to history. Your exam will be graded using your raw points earned on each question divided by the total available raw points. This score is then converted to a scale between 100-300 where 100 is 0% and 300 is a perfect score. The TExES exam passing score is 240.

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

What Is on the TExES History 7-12 (233) Exam?

The TExES 233 is a computer-administered test (CAT) consisting of 100 selected-response (multiple choice) questions. You will have a period of 5 hours to complete this TExES test. This includes a 15-minute block for a CAT tutorial and compliance agreement. The exam is created by utilizing 10 teaching standards. This information is then broken down into 4 categories called domains. Each domain has one or more competencies that represent specific, detailed information that will make up exam questions. The following table gives you a snapshot of the 10 standards, 4 domains, and the approximate percentage of questions they contribute to the exam.

Domain Domain Title Approximate Percentage of Exam History 7-12 Standards Assessed
I World History 30% IV-X
II U.S. History 36% IV-X
III Texas History 20% IV-X
IV Foundations, Skills, Research and Instruction 14% I-III

Domain I: World History

This domain covers the following 6 competencies:

  • Competency 001: Ancient World Civilizations
  • Competency 002: World History from 600 A.D. to 1450 A.D.
  • Competency 003: World History from 1450 A.D. to 1750 A.D.
  • Competency 004: World History from 1750 A.D. to the Present
  • Competency 005: Geography and Culture in World History
  • Competency 006: Government and Citizenship in World History
  • Competency 007: Economics, Science and Technology in World History

The main goal of this domain is to test your knowledge and understanding of important historical events within these periods, factors that influenced societal development/growth, and the geographic, social, economic, and cultural factors that influence history.

Domain II: U.S. History

This domain assesses your knowledge of the following competencies:

  • Competency 008: Exploration and Colonization
  • Competency 009: Revolutionary Era and the Early Years of the Republic
  • Competency 010: Westward Expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Competency 011:The United States as a World Power
  • Competency 012: Political, Economic and Social Developments from 1877 to the Present
  • Competency 013: Geography and Culture in U.S. History
  • Competency 014: Government and Citizenship in U.S. History
  • Competency 015: Economics, Science and Technology in U.S. History

This domain covers the exploration and colonization of North America and how the colonial North American society was formed. The questions you find in this domain will test your comprehension of these historical events.

Domain III: Texas History

This domain will test your understanding of the following competencies:

  • Competency 016: Exploration and Colonization
  • Competency 017: Independence, Statehood, Civil War Reconstruction and Aftermath
  • Competency 018: Texas in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

Most states within the United States of America require their citizens to learn about the momentous events that shaped the state into what it is today. Being one of the proudest states in America, Texas places special emphasis on educating young citizens about its history. You will need to know about the origin of Texas, influential groups and figures that shaped the state, important legislature and statewide movements, as well as Texas' role in the nation and response to national historical events.

Domain IV: Foundations, Skills, Research and Instruction

  • Competency 019:History Foundations and Skill
  • Competency 020: Sources of Historical Information; Interpreting and Communicating Historical Information
  • Competency 021: Historical Research
  • Competency 022: History Instruction and Assessment

While the previous three domains place a heavy emphasis on content-specific knowledge, this domain assesses your ability to apply this knowledge to research, lesson planning, teaching standards, the application of technology/other resources, and methods of communication. The goal of this domain is to test your entry-level skills and classroom readiness. This section will ask questions about scenarios you may encounter in your classroom to determine your ability to properly manage the classroom and ensure each student is meeting the state and federal education standards.

How to Prepare for the TExES History 7-12 (233) Exam

The TExES 233 exam is important because your certification is dependent on passing it; thus, it is imperative that you prepare for exam day. When you are first trying to determine what to study, it can seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are a number TExES resources available to help you prepare to the best of your ability. For instance, the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website is a great resource.

It is strategic to get a baseline of what you already know and what you still need to study. You can do this by familiarizing yourself with the test by reading the competencies. Alternatively, you can take a TExES practice test for History 7-12 to gauge your knowledge. Then, you can create a study plan focusing first on the information you do not know and reviewing the information you already know as you get closer to the upcoming TExES exam dates. This will help you organize your time and the material based on the amount of time you have before your scheduled exam.

TExES History 7-12 Study Guide

A study guide is another helpful resource when studying to take the TExES 233. It can be beneficial to find a TExES History 7-12 study guide before creating a study plan or gathering study materials. TExES study guides outline all of the information on the exam and break them down into easy-to-understand sections. This way, you will be guided on gathering books or resources on each domain or competency. In addition, a study guide can help keep your TExES preparation on track. There is a study guide included in the preparation manual on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. It summarizes the domain and competency information, provides practice questions, and a detailed answer key to ensure you are maximizing your retention of information.

TExES History 7-12 Practice Test

Another helpful resource when studying is taking a TExES History 7-12 practice test. A TExES practice test serves as a great baseline for where you are currently in the study process and familiarizes you with the testing format. Practice tests should be taken with the philosophy that you perform how you practice to give you the best possible simulation for test day. Moreover, they give you an idea of how questions are formatted and an answer key to help you make educated guesses if you come across a problem you do not know the answer to. The questions on the TExES 233 are selected-response (multiple choice) questions. Still, they can be formatted as selecting one or more correct answers from an oval or box, selecting all that apply, clicking parts of a sentence or graphic, dragging and dropping answers to a targeted point on the screen, or selecting answers from a drop-down menu. You may encounter single or clustered questions. Single questions have one stimulus and one question about that stimulus. In contrast, clustered questions have one stimulus and multiple questions about it. There is also an interactive practice test available on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. You can take this exam for a $10 fee that directly stimulates real test questions and the testing environment. It can be helpful to take the TExES History 7-12 practice test close to your scheduled testing appointment to give you an idea of what you need to focus on leading up to the TExES certification exams.

How to Register for the TExES History 7-12 (233) Exam

To register for the TExES 233, you must first create an online account on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. After your account has been created, you will be given a TEA ID necessary to enroll in the Pearson online account on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. Your Pearson online account is where you can access registration and testing appointment scheduling. The TExES exam cost to pay to be able to take TExES 233 is $116. It is important that you check with your program/agency prior to registering for the exam to ensure you have met approval requirements and that this exam is necessary for your certification. After registering, you will have 170 days to schedule your testing appointment. On the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website, you can check the most convenient schedule to book based on the TExES testing centers and test dates available.

Expert Contributor

Amy Mayers

Amy Mayers, M.Ed. has taught middle school math for over 7 years. She is a Texas certified teacher for grades 4-12 in mathematics and has passed the TExES Math 4-8 and the TExES Math 7-12. Amy graduated with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Houston and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas.


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  2. President _____ signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law.

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  3. What was Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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  4. Which war did Joan of Arc help France win?

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  5. Who of the following was one of the first European explorers during the Age of Discovery?

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  6. Who called himself princeps to give people the impression that they still had some semblance of control over their destiny?

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  7. What was the Seven Years' War called in America?

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  8. What did Ulysses S. Grant do before becoming president?

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  9. When was the Second Great Awakening?

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  10. Which of the following best defines scaffolding?

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  11. What was one of the factors that led to the election of Andrew Jackson?

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  12. Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 because

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  13. Which of the following was one of the first rock n' roll stars in the United States?

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  14. The Battle of Manzikert is important in the history of the Byzantine Empire primarily because it

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  15. Which series of treaties ended the War of Spanish Succession?

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