TExES PPR (160) Practice Test & Study Guide (EC-12)

What Is the TExES PPR EC-12?

The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 is a test by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that is designed to assess whether the test taker has the necessary knowledge and skills that an entry-level educator must have to teach within Texas public schools from early childhood (EC) through grade 12. The TExES PPR EC-12 test is a computer-administered test (CAT) with 100 selected-response questions that takes up to five hours to complete. This is the standard for all teachers in Texas wishing to teach these grade levels.

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

How Do I Register for the TExES PPR EC-12 Exam?

Students who are interested in the TExES PPR EC-12 exam should expect to register online. After reviewing information about your exam and acquiring the necessary study materials, there are a number of steps educator candidates must follow to complete the TExES exam registration:

  • Create a testing account
  • Register for the exam
  • Schedule the test appointment

In addition to scheduling the test appointment, educator candidates may reschedule their TExES exam dates, if necessary, for up to 48 hours prior to the current test appointment. Following these steps closely is very important because the educator candidate will not be able to take the exam without being properly registered and having an appointment scheduled.

How Much Does It Cost to Take the Exam?

The cost to take the TExES PPR EC-12 exam is $116 plus additional fees that bring the total up to about $118. Payment of the TExES exam cost must be completed online via credit or debit card; only Visa and MasterCard are accepted. The credit card statement will show "Texas Educator Exam" as the merchant name. Registration for this exam is valid for 170 days, and if the exam appointment is not scheduled within 170 days, educator candidates will not receive a refund for the $116 registration fee.

Where Can I Take the Exam?

TExES PPR EC-12 exam sites can be found not only in Texas but nationwide. In order to view the list of TExES testing centers, candidates must visit the Pearson website and enter their location information. For example, there is a Pearson testing center in Abilene, Texas, with multiple testing dates and times each week. It is important to remember to complete the TExES exam registration for the test prior to scheduling an exam test date and time.

What Are the Rules for Taking the PPR Test?

There are many testing policies to abide by when taking the PPR test. First, there are a number of documents needed to confirm identification upon arrival at the testing center. Your identification must match the name that is on the registration for the test exactly. Primary identification includes:

  • Driver's license
  • State identification
  • Military identification
  • Passport

Secondary identification should be any document or form that contains your full name (first and last), a photo of yourself, and your signature. This must be the original document and still valid.

There are also a number of prohibited materials for the exam. These include:

  • Cell phones
  • Electronic communication devices
  • Eyeglasses with communication or recording capabilities
  • Calculators, unless otherwise noted by the exam
  • Handwritten or printed materials, including any books or notes
  • Packages or bags
  • Hats or headwear of any kind, except for those of a religious or medical nature
  • Any consumable items, including water and chewing gum

What Is on the TExES PPR Exam?

The TExES PPR EC-12 exam is a 5-hour, computer-administered exam that covers four domains. The first 15 minutes of the exam are spent doing the CAT tutorial and compliance agreement. The next 4 hours and 45 minutes are dedicated to the completion of testing. The four domains include:

  • Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning
  • Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment
  • Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment
  • Fulfilling Roles and Responsibilities

Each of these domains covers an area necessary to teaching early childhood through grade 12.

Domain 1: Designing Instruction and Assessment to Promote Student Learning

This domain makes up approximately 34% of the test. The first four PPR competencies are covered under this domain:

  • Competency 001: This assures that the teacher understands human developmental processes and uses this knowledge to create instruction plans that will best fit the developmental needs of each student.
  • Competency 002: The teacher demonstrates an understanding of student diversity and plans instruction according to the differences between students.
  • Competency 003: This shows that the teacher uses learning goals and objectives to develop effective instruction and assessment.
  • Competency 004: The teacher understands how students learn as well as what might impact their learning and shows that they understand this by planning engaging lessons and assessments.

Completing questions within this section demonstrates the teacher's ability to meet the requirements within each of these competencies.

Domain 2: Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment

Consisting of the next two competencies, this domain makes up about 13% of the test. PPR competencies include:

  • Competency 005: The teacher is capable of creating a safe and productive classroom learning environment.
  • Competency 006: This shows that the teacher utilizes various strategies to create an organized environment that fosters productive learning. It also shows that the teacher knows how to effectively manage student behavior.

Each area is designed to show the teacher's competency in maintaining their classroom environment according to the standards of the TExES PPR exam.

Domain 3: Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction and Assessment

This domain contains approximately 33% of test question content. The next four PPR competencies are included:

  • Competency 007: The teacher understands how to communicate effectively in all settings.
  • Competency 008: The teacher can provide various instructional techniques to promote student learning.
  • Competency 009: This shows that the teacher can incorporate the use of technology into their lessons.
  • Competency 010: The teacher pays attention to how each student performs and provides students with appropriate feedback.

This section is used to demonstrate the knowledge that the teacher has surrounding effective classroom instruction and the implementation of different teaching strategies.

Domain 4: Fulfilling Roles & Responsibilities

This domain consists of the final 20% of the exam. It includes the final three PPR competencies:

  • Competency 011: The teacher comprehends the benefits of a child's family being involved in their education and understands how to effectively communicate with parents or guardians.
  • Competency 012: This shows that the teacher consistently builds their professional knowledge and skills by networking with other education professionals and participating in professional development activities.
  • Competency 013: The teacher understands legal requirements for teaching in Texas, as well as how education is structured in the state.

This section demonstrates the teacher's ability to follow the professional roles and responsibilities that come with being a teacher in Texas.

TExES PPR Exam Scoring

After completing the TExES exams, candidates may also be interested in additional information such as how the PPR test is scored, where to find the result and the TExES exam retake policy.

TExES PPR Passing Score

The TExES PPR is an exam that has 100 selected-response questions. Of these questions, the number of scored answers will not vary; however, the number of unscored questions may vary during the actual test. Questions that are not scored are not identified and act solely to collect information on how they would perform under current testing circumstances. The TExES exam passing score for this exam is 240.

TExES PPR Score Availability

Exam scores for the TExES PPR are available at 10:00 P.M. Central Time on the score report dates that are shown for each of the TExES exam dates. Exam results will be reported to the candidate through the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) account accessed through the TEA Login.

TExES PPR Retake Policy

Candidates who do not pass the exam may choose to retake it. Reexamination scheduling is available once the results from the previous attempt are posted to the ECOS. Once TExES exam results are posted, candidates may register for any date after 30 days from the prior exam's attempt date. The TExES exam retake policy only allows candidates a maximum of five attempts for certification. If the candidate does not pass the exam after five attempts, they will not be allowed to become certified unless an exam limit waiver is completed and accepted.

How to Prepare for the TExES PPR Exam

Preparing for the TExES PPR Exam is the most important step of the process and can be overwhelming if the candidate does not have a PPR study guide, PPR practice test, and PPR exam tips. There are a number of online and printed resources available to each candidate to prepare, such as the TExES preparation manual.

TExES PPR Study Guide

To help you pass the TExES PPR EC-12, the first thing that every prospective test taker needs is a proper TExES PPR study guide. Developing a study plan with TExES study guides is imperative to the process and includes the following steps:

  • Know what to expect: knowing the information that will be covered by going over each of the competencies will set the teacher up for success
  • Get the prep materials: find books, courses, and other resources you plan to use for each content area
  • Establish a strategy: organize, create, and commit to a schedule that provides for regular study periods

TExES PPR Exam Tips

There are a number of tips for taking the exam, including:

  • Skip the questions that are difficult and come back to them later
  • Pay attention to the time left
  • Read all multiple choice answers before choosing one
  • Check your answers
  • Don't worry about your score when you are taking the exam
  • Use your energy to take the exam, not to get angry at it

Other exam tips may include:

  • Be well-rested
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the exam
  • Eat before the exam to keep energy levels up
  • Wear clothing that will be comfortable for extended lengths of time and in all climates

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many questions are on the TExES PPR EC-12?

    The TExES PPR exam has 100 questions; however, not every question will be scored. The questions that are not scored are not marked to gather data on how they perform in an actual test, so every question should be treated as a scored question.

  • How is the Texas PPR scored?

    The TExES PPR EC-12 is scored on a 100-300 point scale. A minimum of 240 is required to pass this exam.

  • What is a passing score on the PPR?

    A passing score for the TExES PPR EC-12 test is 240. This is based on a 100-300 point scoring scale.

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  1. If a young child excitedly points to a food on a counter that it can't reach, so as to signify that it wishes to eat it, what kind of communication is the child using?

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  2. At what stage of physical development do the following changes occur?

    • Development of reproductive systems
    • The prefrontal cortex starts to mature
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  3. Which of the following actions by a teacher best demonstrates their concern for their students' emotional safety?

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  4. What is the main difference between classroom assistants and classroom volunteers?

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  5. Concerning parent-teacher conferences, if a teacher is told to be proactive, which of the following should the teacher work on?

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  6. What is one of the biggest contributing factors to a young child being able to run and jump better than a toddler?

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  7. Which of the following identifies how students will receive instruction via a flex model?

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  8. Humanism supports which of the following approaches to student education?

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  9. A seventh-grade ELL student is able to understand language spoken in videos because of the ability to hear tone, see expressions, and use images to create context. When speaking, the student appropriately uses common words in common contexts. For instance, the student is able to explain their morning routine before school: wake up, brush teeth, shower, eat breakfast, pack backpack, and walk to school. In which of the following ELL levels is the student?

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  10. Individuals required to report suspected student mistreatment or neglect are known as

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  11. If a teacher assigns material that is just above a student's current reading level, they are aiming for

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  12. Legal requirements that state all children in certain countries must attend school are called....

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  13. Objectives and goals are different in that

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  14. Which of the following is an example of a maladaptive behavior?

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  15. A teacher can ensure that the lessons that are being provided for students are effective and geared toward the students they are working with by making sure they are

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