Passing Score for the TExES Core Subjects EC-6

Instructor: Bill Sands
The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 test uses a scaling system to determine whether a candidate passes. Keep reading for an explanation of this system, and how well you'll need to do in order to pass the exam.

TExES Core Subjects Passing Score

The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam is scored on a pass/no pass basis. Candidates looking to pass this exam must earn a scaled score of at least 240 on each subject on the test.

How Scaled Scores Work

On the scale, scores range from 100-300. The minimum threshold for a passing score is not equal to the exact number of questions answered correctly. That figure is known as a raw score, and while it is certainly important, it does not tell the whole story.

While administrators strive to prevent major discrepancies from the original version to subsequent adaptations, it is virtually impossible to ensure that each form contains the same level of difficulty.

To accommodate these differences, each test form is graded in relation to the original form. For example, if you sit for a more challenging form of the test, you will be required to answer fewer questions correctly in order to get a passing score. On the other hand, taking an easier test means you'll need more correct answers.

Purpose of Scaled Scoring

This scaled scoring method creates a common ground and allows for easy comparisons when looking at candidate's scores. Rather than simply providing a raw score and forcing candidates and schools to determine how it compares, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides these scaled numbers so that all versions become equal.

Non-Credit Questions

There is a chance that your test may contain several questions that do not count toward your score.

In order to gauge the potential of new questions, test administrators will add them to current exams and gauge their long-term viability based on how candidates respond to them.

Score Reporting

You should receive your scores within a week of your testing date.

In addition to your pass/no pass result, you will also receive a detailed score report that provides valuable information on your performance.

In some cases, there may be a delay in the reporting process if you failed to comply with the registration policies, if there is a problem processing your payment, or if you fail to provide proof of your approval to test.

Should ETS discover any irregularities in your performance or find proof of misconduct, your scores will be permanently voided.

Retake Policy

If you do not pass the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 test, you can retake the exam. Candidates need only to wait 45 days, and then they may sit for the exam a second time. During the waiting period, it is strongly recommended that you use your score report to review your weaknesses and determine which subjects you need to study more.

You are allowed a maximum of five attempts (this number includes the original test). For this particular exam, you can retake the entire test or a single subject test.

Preparing for the Core Subjects EC-6 Test

Now that you have a solid understanding of the scoring system, it's time to get to work on studying for the exam itself. has a TExES Core Subjects Practice & Study Guide that reviews important topics found on the exam. For further help, these Teaching Strategies for Reading Skills and Instructional Strategies for Teaching Math courses provide plenty of relevant information on topics found on the core subjects EC-6 exam.

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