How to Pass the TExES History 7-12 Exam

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

The TExES History 7-12 Exam is a new exam for aspiring Texas teachers, and as such, it is likely to generate anxiety. This lesson teaches you what you need to know about the test and gives you some advice on how you can prepare.

The TExES History 7-12 Exam

Are you a history teacher in the state of Texas, or are you planning to become one? If so, then you probably know about the new TExES History 7-12 exam. This test, newly required for certification, is designed to assess whether you know the content and skills that the state of Texas deems necessary for successful teaching of history and social studies. The test is aligned with the TEKS standards as well as the educator standards in the field of history.

This lesson will give you an overview of precisely what to expect from the exam, some tips for how to prepare to pass, and some reminders of general test taking skills that also apply in this context.

What to Expect

When you know what to expect from an exam, you are better prepared to pass it. The TExES History 7-12 exam is essentially divided into four different domains. The test will devote about 30% of its questions to world history, 36% of its questions to U.S. history, 20% of its questions to Texas history, and 14% of its questions to foundations, skills, research and instruction. The test lasts for five hours, and you will take it on the computer. In total, there are 100 questions on the test, and they are all multiple choice.

How to Prepare

The best way to prepare for this exam is to make sure you know and understand the educator standards for world history, U.S. history, Texas history, and foundations, skills, research and instruction. When determining how you will spend your preparation time, begin with the area where you feel least competent. Find one or two books or websites that guide your preparation.

The following strategies can also really help as you prepare:

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