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What Is the TExES Principal Test?

Instructor: Laura Melega
Learn about what the TExES Principal test is along with the format of the exam in this article. You'll also come across some helpful prep resources that you can use to get ready for test questions.

The TExES Principal Test

The TExES Principal test is required in order to achieve principal certification in the state of Texas. The exam helps determine whether you have the professional knowledge that's needed for the role.

Test Format & Topics

The five-hour TExES Principal test consists of 115 multiple-choice questions overall. The table below will give you an idea of what the questions will deal with.

Content DomainTest TopicsEst. Percentage of Exam
School Community Leadership Creation of an effective school community learning culture
Communication and collaboration
Ethical leadership
33%
Instructional Leadership Curriculum implementation and school-wide achievement measurements
Establishment of student learning and staff development programs
Personnel management and performance assessments
Problem-solving ability
45%
Administrative Leadership Budgeting and financial management
Building maintenance
22%

What You Need to Pass

The score you get on the exam will be on a scale going from 100 to 300. In order to pass, you need to get at least a 240 on it. You are not penalized for guessing in case you're uncertain about any questions; your score will be based only on how many questions you get right.

Preparing for the Exam

Study.com has a number of courses and chapters that target the kinds of topics covered on the TExES exams. In these, you'll find fun, engaging video lessons, along with plenty of opportunities for practice with exams and quizzes. Check out the following resources to get ready:

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