NES Test Retake Policy

Retaking NES Tests

Individuals who take an NES test may retake it if they need or choose to do so. It is also possible to retake individual NES subtests. The only condition for retaking NES tests or subtests is to wait a full 30 days from your original test date before you retake your exam.

If you're preparing for a retake, you must use your NES account to register. Once you have registered, you can schedule a new test date and pay the appropriate fees.

Rescheduling Polices and Avoiding Retakes

It is also possible to reschedule your NES test online. If you do this at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled test, then you will not have to pay any fees. If an emergency situation - such as a death in the family, illness of a family member or your own illness - or any other personal issue that might interfere with your ability to focus on your exam arises within a few days prior to your scheduled test date, you may want to consider rescheduling it to avoid the potential need to retake the exam.

Preparing to Retake a Test

There are several things to consider before you register to retake your NES test.

Preparation Process

It is important to evaluate your schedule realistically and make sure that you have enough time to study thoroughly for your exam. It's a good idea to schedule your study time before you schedule your examination date. Add extra study time to allow for unforeseen events that may interfere with your study schedule in order to make certain you will have the time you need to thoroughly review the material for your NES exam.

Weather and Transportation

Consider if there were external factors that affected your performance on the NES test. Identifying reasons you did not perform as well as you had hoped to may help you determine how to avoid these issues when you retake your exam.

For example, if you were late to your test because you got lost, one way to help prepare is to visit potential test sites prior to scheduling your test. You'll know how to get there and be familiar with transit options or available parking if you're driving to the test.

Allowing extra transit time is always a good idea so that you aren't anxious because of delays that might jeopardize your ability to arrive on time for your exam.

Test Accommodations

Some individuals receive extra testing time or other types of accommodations. If you feel you might qualify for adjustments to the test or the testing process and didn't apply for these accommodations the first time around, you can do so when you register for your retake. It can take up to three weeks for accommodations applications to be processed, so it is important to check to see who may qualify, gather the relevant paperwork and apply for alternative testing arrangements well ahead of your desired test date.

If your application is successful, you will receive information about scheduling your exam once your application has been processed. Information about the NES accommodations process and who may qualify is available online (

Accessing Study Resources

Online study guides can be used to familiarize yourself with the NES test question types, formats and content for specific exams. Some common subject-area study materials are linked to here. You can also find a complete listing of available resources in this directory of NES Courses.

What is the NES Test?

NES stands for National Evaluation Series and refers to a group of teacher certification exams. Keep reading for more information on the different types of tests available and learn where and when you can take them.

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