TExES School Counselor (252) Practice Test & Study Guide

Overview of TExES Exams

The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards, or (TExES), is a suite of subject-specific exams that are required for aspiring teachers in Texas. All individuals seeking teacher certification in the state must pass a TExES exam in their given area and/or grade levels of expertise. For example, there is a science exam for grades 4 through 8 and one for grades 7 through 12. Exams are available in a wide range of subject areas, such as music, art, social studies, mathematics, journalism, health science, and more. There are even exams available for specific roles within a school system, such as school librarian, superintendent, and school counselor. As of September 6, 2021, the School Counselor 152 exam was replaced with the School Counselor 252 exam, which will be discussed in greater detail below.

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Texas School Counselor Certification Exam

Aspiring educators who wish to work as a school counselor in the state of Texas, at any range of grade levels, need to pass the TExES School Counselor (252) exam in order to obtain Texas Education Agency (TEA) counselor certification. The Texas school counselor certification exam is a computer-administered test that consists of 90 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response question. Aspiring counselors taking the exam have 4 hours and 45 minutes to finish all of the questions, as well as 15 minutes in the beginning of the exam for a tutorial and compliance agreement. The content of the exam is designed to test candidates' knowledge of 6 different Texas state counselor standards. These standards are broken up into domains and each domain focuses on several different competencies. These areas are discussed more below.

Exam Standards and Domains

The TExES School Counselor (252) exam is designed to test prospective school counselors in the following standards:

  • Learner-centered knowledge
  • Learner-centered skills
  • Learner-centered process
  • Learner-centered equity and excellence for all learners
  • Learner-centered communications
  • Learner-centered professional development

To test these standards, the exam is divided into 4 different domains. They are:

Knowledge of Learners: The first domain makes up 18% of the exam and focuses on the knowledge of learners. Within this domain, test-takers are asked about human development and learning as well as diversity and cultural competence.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program: The second domain is about 44% of the exam, which makes it the largest domain. It focuses on the comprehensive school counseling program and tests candidates' skills in guidance, responsive services, individual planning, systems support, and program management.

Professional School Counselor: The third domain makes up 18% of the exam and focuses on the professional school counselor. Test-takers may be asked about their professional practice and communication, consultation, and collaboration skills in this section.

Analysis and Response: The fourth domain makes up the last 20% of the exam and examines test-takers' abilities to analyze and respond. This is the written response section where candidates need to analyze and interpret data to design an intervention for a student based on the student's strengths and needs.

TExES School Counselor Exam Scoring

As of 2021, the TExES exam passing score for the TExES School Counselor (252) exam has not been officially established. Test-takers need only meet a 'passed' status until a minimum passing score is established; however, the passing score for TExES 152 exam is 240. Score reports are available at 10 pm on candidates' expected score report date. Most exams with selected-response questions send scores within 7 days of the test date, but those with constructed-response questions can take up to 28 days. Scores for the TExES exams are scaled to account for multiple versions of the exams.

Taking the TExES School Counselor Exam

Once aspiring school counselors know that they need to take the School Counselor (252) exam, it is time to prepare for the exam. Candidates need to register for the exam, understand the expectations for the day of the exam, and figure out how to study for TExES to prepare for taking the exam. Below, we discuss these steps in greater detail.

Texas School Counselor Exam Registration

TExES 152 test dates stopped being available after September 5, 2021. TExES 252 test dates are available on a rolling basis. Texas school counselor exam registration is available online through candidates' Pearson testing account. For TExES exam registration, candidates need to have approval, which usually comes from a candidates educator preparation program (EPP) or the TEA. Registration also requires candidates to fill out some personal information, select and schedule their test date and location, and pay the required exam fee. For the TExES 252, aspiring counselors must pay $200.

Preparing for Test Day

The day of the exam, test-takers should arrive at least 15 minutes early and need to bring 2 different, approved forms of identification. Test-takers are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the testing area, as well as other personal items, such as cell phones, printed materials, hats, or other devices that could potentially store test answers. Test-takers will be asked to sign a compliance agreement and will be recorded during the exam. Restroom breaks are allowed, but IDs will be checked and palms will be scanned as test-takers leave and re-enter the room. Failure to comply with any procedures will result in cancelled scores.

Study Resources for the TExES School Counselor Exam

As per the TExES exam retake policy, test-takers are only allowed a total of 5 attempts to pass any TExES exam, and therefore, candidates should study hard and make sure they are prepared for their exam day. Candidates can choose from a wide range of TExES study guides for their certification exam. Although there is a TExES 152 study guide and TExES 152 practice test available, current students should focus on the TExES 252 preparation manual. This manual breaks down the standards, domains, and competencies of the exam. Utilizing practice tests and sample questions are also vital to preparing for the TExES School Counselor exam. These practice questions should cover similar material that will be on the test to help prepare test-takers for exam day.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many questions are on the TExES 152 exam?

    The TExES 152 exam is no longer being administered as of September 2021. However, the exam consisted of 100 selected-response questions and TExES 152 practice tests were available.

  • What is a passing score on the TExES School Counselor exam?

    Students must earn a 'passed' status for the current TExES School Counselor exam (252) that started in September 2021, but the passing score for the old exam, the 152 exam, was a 240. TExES 152 study guides were available to help students pass.


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  1. Mrs. Jackson, a school counselor, is working with a student who has just moved into the school district from another country. She would like to pair him up with a peer who is able to help him to learn and thrive as he adjusts to the new community. In doing so, Mrs. Jackson utilizes Lev Vygotsky's theory. According to Lev Vygotsky, children learn best by:

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  2. At Wiseland Elementary School, students are encouraged to try new opportunities. They have the ability to participate in enrichment activities in all subject areas. The teachers, administrators , and counselors strive to ensure both boys and girls in the school understand they are capable of achieving their dreams and goals. This is crucial because, according to Kohlberg's cognitive developmental theory, during this stage, children begin to view behaviors attributable to a particular gender. They have developed self-concept. This is known as:

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  3. Which of the following answer choices best reflects considerations teachers must make when using the extinction technique?

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  4. A counselor using reality therapy techniques focuses on

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  5. When a child considers things from varying perspectives, this is known as:

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  6. Vocabulary and expressions of words is known as:

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  7. Tim meets with his high school guidance counselor. He asked the counselor�s advice on setting up a self-directed learning course with one of his teachers. Which of the following would NOT be part of their discussion on the appropriateness of self-directed study for Tim�s academic and career goals?

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  8. What level of Bloom?s taxonomy is demonstrated by a student explaining the main idea of a short story?

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  9. Mr. Garcia wants to teach self-regulation to his students. Which of the following would you recommend?

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  10. Although Terrence appears to be a tough guy, he has admitted to his guidance counselor that the reason he has missed so many days of school is that he has been bullied by kids on the bus. Within Maslow?s hierarchy of needs safety is:
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  11. Tom is worried because he sees the very high price of the local public college and is reluctant to apply because he doesn?t have very much money and knows his parents don?t have much saved to help him. His counselor told him the first thing he needs to do is
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  12. Which of the following is NOT an aspect of alternative instruction
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  13. This was founded by Urie Bronfenbrenner and tells us that personal environments affect individuals in various ways. This is known as the:

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  14. Anna, at age of two, she was diagnosed with hypo-acusia, a health condition which impairs hearing. She now uses a hearing device and receives therapy in order to learn how to speak and hear. What kind of developmental abnormality is this?

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  15. Betty comes to her high school guidance counselor because she is confused. Betty tells the counselor that occasionally Betty feels that her life does not seem to have any purpose. Betty says she does not know what to do next. Betty is probably experiencing:
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