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Is the TExES PPR Exam Hard?

Instructor: Bill Sands
Aspiring teachers in Texas will need to pass through the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) program, a series of assessments that includes the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam. Learn more about this test and discover some resources that can help you succeed on exam day.

How Difficult Is the TExES PPR Exam?

Developed by the Texas Education Agency, the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam measures candidates' knowledge of teaching best practices and is used along with subject area tests to determine their preparedness for a teaching license.

The difficulty of this exam is entirely dependent on the test-taker. PPR test content covers the same education topics students are likely to have encountered over the course of their teacher training program, so students who worked diligently to complete course assignments and apply what they learned during their student teaching internship could find the exam much easier than those who have failed to adequately prepare.

Exam Content

Of course, knowing exactly what's on the test can help you more accurately gauge how difficult it might be. The PPR is a 5-hour, computer-based test that will measure your knowledge of what it takes to design and carry out an effective educational curriculum. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions that fall into the following four domains:

  • Designing Instruction & Assessment to Promote Student Learning
  • Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment
  • Implementing Effective, Responsive Instruction & Assessment
  • Fulfilling Roles & Responsibilities

Be aware that not all domains are given the same weight on the test. Domain I (Designing Instruction & Assessment to Promote Student Learning) accounts for 34% of the exam, while Domain II (Creating a Positive, Productive Classroom Environment) only makes up 13% of the test.

How Can I Prepare?

Now that you have an idea of what the test covers, you can use the resources and suggestions below to discover what areas of the test might prove to be the most difficult and get to work on building an effective and comprehensive study plan.

Go to the Source

The best place to start your study process is with the same organization that designs the test. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) only endorses one study guide: 55-page preparation manual that provides a detailed explanation of the test's structure as well as the competencies being assessed.

The TEA also offers online videos that can familiarize you with the test-taking experience as well as complete practice tests. There are booklets outlining study tips and suggestions for developing a study plan as well.

Find Outside Help

Of course, just because the manual is the only officially endorsed study guide, it does not mean that there are no alternatives. You can always supplement these resources with additional material.

For example, this PPR Practice & Study Guide course includes self-paced video lessons and transcripts addressing each of the exam's content domains. There are also lesson and chapter quizzes you can use to track your progress or identify any areas that could benefit from some extra study time. You'll find test-taking tips and registration info that are sure to come in handy as well.

Once you've taken care of your PPR exam, check out this site's other TExES study guides on a variety of subject tests.

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