TExES Practice Tests & Exam Prep

Free TExES Practice Tests

For exams such as the TExES, it is important to find a reputable and up-to-date TExES practice test. Free online Texas teacher certification practice exams are available for both the content and pedagogy portions of the test. Many sources offer them, and it can be beneficial to take practice tests from different websites because they may have different versions of the same practice exam, just like the real exam does. A great resource for TeXES/ExCET practice test options is the official Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website, where test takers can access sample test questions for each test and study companions that go over each exam's content.

TExES content exam practice is important because the TExES tests determine the future of your career as a Texas educator. Practicing for the exams allows you to get a feel for what the exams will be like, as well as spot any weaknesses you may have. This will allow you to study more efficiently so that you can improve upon those possible weak areas before taking the real exam.

Texas Teacher Certification Exam General Information

The TExES certification exams exist to ensure that future Texas educators have considerable knowledge in the subjects they wish to teach and the skills to be able to teach them. There are around 50 different exams for subjects taught in Texas schools and for the different grade levels. Nearly every exam candidate must take a pedagogy exam, which covers teaching skills and professional responsibilities, in addition to a content exam, which covers the actual subject(s) candidates wish to teach, and the grade levels it's taught in. All of the different exams can be found here, but a few of them include:

The TExES exams are scored on a scale of 100-300. The minimum TExES exam passing score is 240.

Taking the TExES Exams

The TExES exams are administered through a computer at an approved testing location. The length and format of each exam vary, but most exams will have selected-response (multiple choice) questions; others may instead or additionally have extended-response questions, which requires a written, original answer to the question. Some exams will have 100 questions while others will have 140; the number of questions depends on the exam. Candidates will have 5 hours to take each exam, which includes 15 minutes for a tutorial on how to take computer-administered tests. Depending on the exam, materials may be provided, such as an on-screen calculator, periodic table, or formulas and definitions for specific uses.

Registering for the exam(s) you need to take can be done on the official Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website by creating an account with Pearson, the facility that administers the tests. Additionally, you will need to create an account with the Texas Education Agency to create an educator profile and get an identification number, which will be used to register for the test. Registering for the exam and scheduling the exam can be done together or separately, but it's important to remember that registering does not equal scheduling and vice versa.

Registering for an exam is as simple as clicking 'Register' and selecting which exam(s) you are ready to take; exams must be taken within 170 days of registering. If you need alternative testing arrangements, include a notification that you are planning to request the arrangements when you register. TExES exam registration also requires some background questions to be answered and payment to be made. You can also choose how to receive your scores at this time. Next comes scheduling the exam; you can see which appointments are available in the locations nearest to you and schedule accordingly. If you are retaking an exam, you will have to follow the same registration process, but you will not need to create a new account. Tests can be retaken after 30 days.

TExES Study Guides

Texas teacher certification test study guides are available online from several trusted resources; the most up-to-date TExES study guide comes from the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. On the website, there are preparation manuals for each test that provide general information about the exam, content the exam will cover, sample questions with explanations, and more. A TExES prep manual is a valuable tool that can help you know what to expect on test day, as well as help you learn the material as best you can.

While practice exams are useful and important, study guides can give you information on topics so that you can learn and remember them in-depth. For example, a practice test may tell you why your answer was wrong, while a study guide may help you remember how to get it right the next time. When used together, study guides and practice exams can help you master the material, remember useful strategies for answering questions, and be prepared to take the test.

TExES Study Tips and Other Preparation Tools

It is possible to perform TExES exam preparation online with the right materials, from study guides and practice tests to exam manuals. The most important thing you can do is to give yourself enough time to prepare and get in the right mindset for the test. This way, you don't feel rushed, stressed, or overly anxious when the test begins. A few steps you can take to be sure that you are prepared for test day are:

  • Learn what the exam covers and determine the level of content knowledge
  • Make sure you are familiar with the exam format, such as the question types (selected-response, long-response, clustered questions, single questions) and learn what the suggested approaches are to each question type
  • Gather the appropriate study materials and, if it helps you, seek tutors or study groups
  • Create a plan for studying and a timeline that ensures you will be familiar with the material by test day

Test day is very important, but it's also important to remember not to stress about it too much. Test preparation exists, so you don't have to cram for the test in the days before. Make sure to be well-rested, arrive early, and have all of the documents you need. Lastly, remember that passing the TExES exam does not mean you have to get a perfect score; meet the minimum score, and you can earn your certification.

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 do I study for the TExES content exam?

    You can study for the TExES content exam by accessing the appropriate Texas teacher certification test study guides for each content area.

  • What is the passing score on a Texas teacher certification test?

    The passing score for the test is 240. Texas teacher certification test study guides can help you achieve this score.

  • Can I take a TExES exam online?

    The TExES practice test can be done online, but the real test must be done at an approved testing center.

  • Is study com good for TExES?

    Study.com provides an up-to-date TExES study guide for those who need to study for one or more TExES content exams.

  • What is the TExES exam like?

    Each exam is different, with its own set of questions that are related to the content area it covers. Accessing the correct TExES study guide and practice test can give you an idea of what the test will be like.

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