TExES Social Studies 7-12 (232) Practice Test & Study Guide

TExES Exam Series Overview

The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam series is used in the state of Texas to test aspiring teachers' knowledge and skills in specific content areas. Based on the desired teaching position, test takers must pass their required exam(s) to earn teacher certification in the state. Some examples of these subject exams include art, dance, science, technology, mathematics, and marketing. These TExES exams also include some pedagogical exams and exams for specific positions, such as reading specialist and school counselor. The required exam(s) for certification is (are) determined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), as well as the passing score for each exam.

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TExES Social Studies 7-12 (232) Test

Several TExES subject areas are divided into different grade levels to test candidates' specific knowledge in the field. For instance, the TExES Social Studies composite is made up of the TExES Social Studies 4-8 (118)|http://teachercertification.com/texes/social-studies-118-4th-8th-grade/] exam and the TExES Social Studies 7-12 (232) exam. The TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam is designed specifically for aspiring teachers wanting to teach social studies to students in grades 7 through 12. Passing the TExES exam is needed for certification in the field.

TExES Social Studies 7-12 Exam Structure

The TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam is a computer-administered exam. The test has 140 selected-response questions that must be answered in four hours and 45 minutes. However, test takers should plan on testing for five hours, as the first 15 minutes of testing includes a tutorial and compliance agreement. The TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam is divided into seven broad domains that test multiple competencies that correspond to ten different education standards for the field.

Domain I: World History

The first domain is intended to test candidates' knowledge of world history over various time periods. This world history domain makes up about 15% of the total exam. Test takers should expect to answer questions pertaining to ancient civilizations as well as the following time periods: 600 to 1450, 1450 to 1750, and 1750 to the present time. For each time period, candidates are expected to know major historical events and major developments for the time. Questions may ask about specific civilizations and political, economic, religious, and social interactions and impacts on various factors, such as culture. Major wars and influential individuals may also be discussed.

Domain II: U.S. History

The second domain covers United States history and makes up the largest portion of the exam at about 20%. The domain is broken up into 5 different competencies. Test takers will be asked questions pertaining to:

  • Exploration and colonization
  • Revolutionary era and the early years of the republic
  • Westward expansion, the Civil War, and reconstruction
  • United States as a world power
  • Political, economic, and social developments from 1877 to present day

Test takers will need to know major events and wars, significant individuals, and issues at various time periods. There are also questions pertaining to the United States government, such as how it was formed, how political parties developed, and how it has changed over time.

Domain III: Texas History

The third domain focuses on the history of Texas. It makes up 13% of the exam and covers three different competencies. Candidates can expect to answer questions about the exploration and colonization of Texas; Texas independence, statehood, Civil War reconstruction, and the aftermath; and Texas in the 20th and 21st centuries. Not only will test takers need to know significant individuals, historical events, and various developments (economic, cultural, etc.) of the state, but also geographic features of the state and how they have affected history. The section that looks at modern Texas from 1900 to the present explores developments in manufacturing, computer technology, transportation, commercial agriculture, medical research, and more in the state.

Domain IV: Geography, Culture, and the Behavioral and Social Sciences

The fourth domain examines geography, culture, and the behavioral and social sciences around the globe. This portion of the exam makes up about 13% of the total test. Candidates are asked questions about the following competencies:

  • Physical geography concepts, natural processes, and Earth's physical features
  • Global and regional patterns of culture and human geography
  • How cultures and human groups interact with one another and the physical environment
  • Sociological, anthropological, and psychological concepts and processes

This interdisciplinary portion of the exam examines the interactions of physical features of the Earth, culture, and human groups with one another. Candidates will need to know major religions, cultures, and social institutions around the world.

Domain V: Government and Citizenship

The fifth domain focuses on government and political systems, primarily in the United States. It also makes up 13% of the total exam. Test takers will be expected to know the democratic principles and government structure in the United States, as well as citizenship and political processes in the United States. These competencies examine the Constitution, major Supreme Court cases, rights of citizens, civic duties, and more. The final competency examines candidates' knowledge of different types of political systems and the similarities and differences between these various forms of government. This competency may ask test takers about major forms of government throughout history and how they compare to the constitutional republic of the United States.

Domain VI: Economics and Science, Technology and Society

The sixth domain makes up 13% of the exam and discusses the interactions of economics and science, technology, and society. Candidates are asked questions that correspond to competencies covering economic concepts and types of economic systems; structure and operation of the U.S. free enterprise system; and science, technology, and society. The economics competency tests candidates' knowledge of economic concepts, developments, and systems. The free enterprise competency examines the origin of the free enterprise system, issues with economic development in the U.S., personal financial literacy, and more. The final competency asks about candidates' understanding of technological innovations and scientific/mathematical discoveries and how these advances affected society.

Domain VII: Social Studies Foundations, Skills, Research, and Instruction

The final domain examines the field of social studies as a whole and looks at foundations, skills, research, and instruction in the field. It makes up the last 13% of the exam. Test takers should expect questions that pertain to the following competencies:

  • Social studies foundations and skills
  • Sources of social studies information and interpreting/communicating this information
  • Social studies research
  • Social studies instruction and assessment

This domain is designed to help ensure that aspiring teachers are prepared to teach social studies in the classroom. Prospective teachers need to know how social studies research is conducted, how to teach topics in the field, how to design appropriate assessments, how to use terminology properly in the field, and more.

Preparing for the TExES Social Studies 7-12 Test

Once candidates have determined that they need to take the Social Studies composite TExES 7-12 exam, they need to start preparing. Test takers need to prepare logistically by registering for the exam and understanding the test-taking procedures, as well as prepare mentally by figuring out how to study for TExES. Below, we will explore the preparation needed for taking the TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam.

Registering for the TExES Social Studies 7-12 Test

All candidates taking a TExES exam need to obtain the appropriate approval to test, which usually comes from a candidate's educator preparation program (EPP). For TExES exam registration, students can visit their online Pearson testing account. Candidates will be asked to enter their TEA ID number to link their Educator Profile. After answering some background questions, candidates can register for their selected exam. Test takers must schedule their exam (a separate process) within 170 days of registering. Online, candidates will be able to search TExES Social Studies 7-12 test dates and locations, but test dates are available year round. Candidates can search test sites nearby and see available seats at each location for a given date. Finally, during registration test takers will be asked to pay the $116 exam fee for the TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam.

What to Expect on Exam Day for the TExES Social Studies 7-12 Test

The day of their exam, test takers should arrive at least 15 minutes early to their test center. This will allow enough time for pre-test paperwork, such as the sign-in process and review of test center rules. Test takers will also need to present two valid forms of identification and are not allowed to bring food, drink, cell phones, or other personal items into the testing room with them. The exam site will provide a notebooklet for notes. While restroom breaks are allowed, test takers will have to have their identification checked when they leave and re-enter.

TExES Social Studies 7-12 Practice Tests and Study Guides

In order to study and be prepared as much as possible for taking the TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam, test takers should take advantage of a range of study materials available for the exam, including TExES Social Studies 7-12 practice tests and study guides. TExES study guides offer an overview of the exam and its framework, while practice tests help candidates gauge how prepared they are for the exam. Candidates can also access resources for developing a study plan, learning test taker tips, and listening to tutorials for the day of the exam.

TExES Social Studies 7-12 Exam Scoring

Candidates wishing to pass the TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam need to understand how the exam is scored. The TExES exam passing score for the exam is a 240 or above, but this is a scaled score. The scoring process is slightly different for selected-response vs. constructed-response questions. The TExES Social Studies 7-12 exam is a selected-response exam, so questions are scored by the computer after the completion of the exam. Test takers earn one raw score point for each correct answer, and the total raw score is the number of correct questions on the entire test. This number is then scaled to account for different editions of the exam. Selected-response exams can provide test takers with their scores faster, usually within seven days of the test date. On the score report, test takers will be able to see their passed/not passed status, as well as a breakdown of their performance by domain and competency. Score reports are posted on each candidate's online account and the TEA automatically receives scores for certification consideration.

Expert Contributor

Raquel Salinas

Raquel Salinas has over 12 years of experience teaching in an elementary setting. She has taken both ExCET and TExES exams, passing the Early Childhood, Elementary (1-8), Math (4-8), Art (EC-12), and English as a Second Language Supplemental (EC-12). Raquel is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University. She earned her Master's degree in Reading from University of Texas-Pan American and her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many questions are on the TExES social studies test?

    The TExES Social Studies 7-12 (232) exam has 140 selected-response questions. Test-takers have 5 hours to take the exam and must pass with a 240 or higher.

  • What can you teach with TExES 7 12?

    Those who pass the TExES Social Studies 7-12 will be qualified to teach social studies to students in grades 7th through 12th. Test-takers may want to utilize a TExES Social Studies practice test to prepare.

  • Is 240 tutoring worth it?

    Test-takers preparing for the Chemistry 7-12 (240) exam may want to utilize tutoring for extra help prior to the exam. Test-takers can also utilize practice tests.


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  1. Alexander Hamilton became the first of which of the following?

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  2. Which Germanic warlord finally put an end to the Roman Empire in 476 AD?

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  3. Which of these question words should teachers encourage students to use to better think like historians?

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  4. In Afghanistan in the 1970s, Mujahideen fighters fought against which of the following?

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  5. During what time period did the Council of Trent meet?

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  6. While some people are concerned about the moral implications of mapping the human genome, what is one positive benefit of the advancement in biotechnology and genetics?

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  7. Which of the following was the result of Pedro Menendez de Aviles's exploration of the New World?

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  8. The Delhi Sultanate was significant because it did which of the following?

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  9. Within the Egyptian social hierarchy, merchants and artists were viewed as which of the following?

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  10. Which technology made the Ghana Empire very powerful?

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  11. The Webster-Ashburton Treaty helped to prompt which of the following?

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  12. Which of the following was one of the major benefits of the GI Bill?

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  13. George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison argued over which of the following?

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  14. What is nullification?

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  15. Sugar and molasses were integral parts of The Triangular Trade and originated from which region within this system?

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