How to Pass the TExES Science 7-12 (236) Exam

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

If you want to be a science teacher in grades 7-12 in Texas, you will need to pass the TExES 7-12 (236) Exam first. This lesson will give you some ideas of what you need to know and what you can do to prepare for this test.

The TExES Science 7-12 Exam

Are you hoping to teach middle school or secondary science in the state of Texas? You probably already have specialized knowledge about science as well as science pedagogy, but to complete your certification, you will have to pass the TExES Science exam. This exam covers a lot of ground, since science is a broad and diverse subject. Yet, you don't need to be overwhelmed by the prospect of taking this test! This lesson will help prepare you for success by offering you a glance at what you can expect from the exam, giving you some preparation advice, and reminding you of test-taking strategies that will help ensure that you pass.

The Structure of the Test

Knowing what to expect from the test structurally can go a long way toward helping you feel in control of your test-taking experience. It will also help you manage your preparation and test-taking time.

The science exam is comprised of 140 questions, all of which are multiple-choice. You have five hours to complete the exam, which is taken on a computer. Because there are so many different domains in science, the test has ten different categories of questions. The breakdown of questions is approximately as follows:

  • 10% of the questions are devoted to scientific inquiry and process.
  • 20% of the questions are devoted to physics.
  • 20% of the questions are devoted to chemistry.
  • 8% of the questions are devoted to cell structure and process.
  • 8% of the questions are devoted to heredity and evolution.
  • 8% of the questions are devoted to biodiversity.
  • 6% of the questions are devoted to interdependence and environmental systems.
  • 9% of the questions are devoted to geological history and the functions of different systems of earth.
  • 6% off the questions are devoted toward the components and properties of the solar system.
  • 5% of the questions are devoted to science learning, instruction and assessment.

Tips for Preparation

Now that you have an understanding of the content that the test will be covering, it's time to think about what you can do to prepare! Here are some important tips to follow:

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