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What are the TExES exam dates?

Texas teacher certification test dates vary as most TExES tests are offered continuously throughout the year, but some are only offered during certain date windows. All TExES tests are computer-administered tests (CATs). For the 2019-2020 testing year, some of these exams are offered on a continuous basis and others during limited, specific windows. The majority of the TExES exam dates are offered year-round, enabling you to schedule an exam on the date you desire. Exams offered continuously include major subject area certification exams as well as more specialized content area exams, such as:

  • Core Subjects EC-6 and 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 and 7-12
  • Math 4-8 and 7-12
  • Science 4-8 and 7-12
  • Social Studies 4-8 and 7-12
  • Special Education EC-12
  • Marketing 6-12
  • Dance 6-12
  • Business and Finance 6-12
  • Journalism 7-12
  • Art EC-12
  • Health Science 6-12
  • Visually Impaired
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources 6-12
  • American Sign Language
  • Bilingual Supplemental Education
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • Computer Science 8-12

This list is just an example of the continuously available tests. You can sign up for this type of test up to two days ahead of your desired testing appointment, provided space is available.

Which TExES exams have limited-administration exam dates?

Some TExES test dates are only available within a limited window of administration. These exams are offered during specified testing windows for the 2019-2020 testing year. These windows are generally two weeks long, and registration deadlines are typically about two days prior to a window's first test date.

These tests include:

  • Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) for Spanish
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE) exams:
    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Braille (UEB)
    • Note: Contracted Braille (183) is no longer offered. For Braille certification, candidates will have to take TExES Braille (UEB) (test code 283) instead.

What are the TExES testing dates for limited-window tests?

Testing windows for the BTLPT Spanish and LOTE Spanish tests occur throughout the year, with the next window opening up around two weeks after the previous one ends. Braille (UEB), LOTE French, LOTE German and LOTE Latin offer four (4) two-week testing windows as follows:

French German or Latin Braille
1/13/2020 to 1/26/2020 1/27/2020 to 2/9/2020 3/23/2020 to 4/5/2020
3/9/2020 to 3/22/2020 4/20/2020 to 5/3/2020 6/15/2020 to 6/28/2020
6/1/2020 to 6/14/2020 6/15/2020 to 6/28/2020

How do I use the TExES website?

To take a TExES exam, you must first register on the website and then schedule your exam. First, create an account on the Pearson's official TExES website (tx.nesinc.com). You can use this website for registration and maintenance. The Pearson website replaces the outdated ETS system, so even if you already have an account with ETS, you must make a new account on the Pearson website to register for a TExES test.

The new website contains 24/7 access to the most current information on every TExES exam as well as registration, payment and scheduling systems. This website also replaces the TExES Registration Bulletins; everything you need to know about your exam can be found on this website.

How do I register for the TExES test?

Follow this simple series of steps to register for your TExES test:

  • Create a new account on the Pearson website.
  • Go to the page specific to TExES exams.
  • Locate a Pearson testing center near you and check appointment availability.
  • Select the exam you wish to take.
  • List any alternative arrangements or special accommodations you might need.
  • Answer the background questions regarding your preferred language.
  • Click on 'register now.'
    • Notes on registration: You will need an email address and you will have to prepare an answer to a security question. A valid Texas Education Agency (TEA) ID will also be required. Your TEA account will remain unchanged, and this new system only applies to test registration and administration.

If you require alternative arrangements or special accommodations that go beyond what is already provided by the testing center (such as wheelchair access, visual/comfort aids or medication breaks), specify these arrangements when you register. The background questions on your preferred language are used only for evaluating exam questions and will not be kept on your records.

How do I schedule my TExES exam?

After indicating your score-report preferences and submitting your payment information, your registration is complete and you may schedule your exam. You can do this right away through the website or wait until later, but you must schedule an appointment at a testing center within 170 days of registering for the test.

After scheduling your exam, you will receive an email that confirms the details of your testing appointment. This email is for your reference only, as you no longer need to bring a printed admissions ticket to the testing center. Note: each exam carries a fee. It is $116 for most tests, except individual Core Subjects exams (#801-809), which cost $58.

How can I prepare for a TExES test?

Study.com offers a variety of online resources to help you prepare for your exams. These TExES Study Guide courses use quick and fun video lessons to help you review key concepts and topics you'll need to know about to answer exam questions. You'll also find self-assessment quizzes and practice tests that can prepare you for computer-based testing and verify your knowledge before you take the exam. Listed below is just a sampling of the more than 40 study guides available for aspiring teachers in Texas:

Prospective Texas teachers must pass Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) tests for their specific subject area. Read on for information on how to register for TExES exams and learn how you can prepare for your test.

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