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Teacher Certification in Texas

Get Certified to Teach in Texas

As a new teacher, what is the number one thing you need to know about teacher certification in Texas?

Well, we wanted to know, too.  So we asked districts from all over the state, and… The number one response was overwhelming – the TExES test.

The Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) is the test you need to pass to show the district you know your teaching material.

It’s shocking but makes sense.

Why? Before you can even begin to think about being hired, you must take the TExES test.

You see, testing is the most important aspect of securing a teaching position.  All of the districts that were surveyed agreed that content testing was one of the most important steps to teacher certification.  However, most people apply for a teaching position without having the TExES test passed.

So not only is the TExES test a very important part of getting your teacher certification in Texas, a lot of people applying for teachers jobs haven’t even taken the test!

Do you want to be hired as a teacher in Texas?

Do you want to impress the person hiring you?

Already taken the TExES? Click Here for Certification Process 

Guide to the TExES

We surveyed districts across the state about what they wanted new teachers to know. Overwhelming, districts felt the most important information to know is about TExES testing. 

Keep scrolling for more info and don’t miss the helpful links!

Testing Process FAQ’s

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What is the TExES?

The TExES is a test that determines whether or not an individual has the knowledge necessary to be an entry-level educator in Texas.

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Why take the TExES?

The TExES must be passed in order to be hired and placed under a certificate.

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Which TExES test should I take?

The TExES that aligns to your teaching subject.

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When should I take the TExES?

Now. The test is needed to be hired and for certification. Take the first step toward your certification.

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How often can I take the TExES?

Five times. You an only take the TExES up to five times via the PACT route.

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How much does the TExES cost?

$131

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Which TExES test should I take?

TExES tests are given on a daily basis at proctored testing sites across the state. Sign up through the ETS Website.

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How can I test now?

You can sign up via the PACT route to test now.

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Do I need to Study?

Yes. You want to be prepared and ready for the exam. Click here for study guides.

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Online Texas Teacher Certification Testing

What is the TExES Test?

The TExES is a content test you pass to show you know your teaching material.  For example, if you pass the 7th Grade – 12th Grade Mathematics TExES, you are eligible to teach teach  7th through 12th grades math.

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Why Take a TExES Test?

In order to be hired as a teacher, the state requires you to pass the TExES test to show districts that  you have the knowledge to teach the subject. Think of the TExES, like the Bar Exam – you must pass the test in order to being practicing in the field.

Which TExES Test Should I Take?

You should take the TExES that covers your desired teaching area.

When you begin your teacher certification process, you need to identify the areas you are interested in teaching and then take the TExES test that is appropriate for the teaching assignments. For example, if you are interested in teaching Math at the high school level, then you would take the 7th grade – 12th grade Math content test, if you want to teach at the middle school level, then the 4th grade – 8th grade CORE Subject content test would be appropriate, or if your passion is music, then the Early Childhood – 12th grade Music test would be needed.

 

When Should You Take the Content Test? Now!

Taking the test is the first step in the certification process. Prior to being eligible for hire and having a teaching certificate, the TExES test must be passed.

How Can I Take a TExES Now?

PACT stands for Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT). PACT is the TExES test, it’s not a separate or different kind of TExES test. PACT simply refers to the timing of when the test is taken. If you are taking the content test prior to formal enrollment into a program, then you will take the content test via the PACT route. Many programs require a content test to be passed as part of their admission requirements, if this is the case, then you will take your content test through the PACT option.

The following information provides additional information regarding testing via the PACT or Program Approval option.

TExES CONTENT TESTING

All CANDIDATES MUST PASS A TExES TEST

There are two methods to take the TExES test:

1. Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)

Via the PACT route you are taking the TExES prior to enrollment into a program. The PACT test is the TExES test for certification, it just denotes when you test.

2. Program Test Approval

Via the Program Test Approval route you are taking the content test once formally enrolled into a program. With the PACT option you must have at least one test passed so you can be assured, once enrolled into a program, you can complete your certification. Without a test passed for enrollment, you run the risk of investing your money, time and energy only to be denied testing and unable to complete a preparation program. Upon enrollment, you can continue to test to expand your marketability – but on a limited basis.

TExES CONTENT TESTING

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1. Go to www.texes.ets.org to signup for a content test.

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2. Take the content test via the PACT route or through the Program Test Approval once enrolled.

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3. Once the content test is passed, you have demonstrated subject matter knowledge to be eligible for hire.

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How to take a Content Test prior to enrollment into an Educator Preparation Program

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or are scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree, you are allowed to take the Content Test through Educational Testing Services (ETS) via the Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT).

Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) allow individuals to demonstrate content proficiency for possible admission into an Educator Preparation Program in Texas.  Tests taken through the PACT route are the same tests used for educator certification.

PACT Test Registration

To register for a PACT, use the ETS Online Registration System:

http://cms.texes-ets.org/registration/

When you access the ETS online registration system for the first time, you will be required to create an ETS testing account.  To establish an ETS testing account, you will need to provide your:

  • TEA ID number*
  • first and last name
  • date of birth

*Your TEA ID Number

If you do not have a TEA ID number, do not create a profile on TEA:

  1. From the ETS
  2. Select New Account.
  3. Select No TEA ID.
  4. Select the PACT option, which will generate a TEA profile and ID.

If you already have a TEA ID, contact TEA at (512) 936-8400, Option 2 to have PACT approval added to your existing record.

Quick Start guide for New User Account Creation:

http://cms.texes-ets.org/files/6813/1413/5749/quickstart_newuser.pdf

Further PACT Information can be viewed here:

http://cms.texes-ets.org/files/4214/6401/6147/information_for_epps_regarding_pact.pdf

How Often Can I Take the TExES?

Only 5 times. The state only allows you to take the TExES 5 times. Not only that, once you enroll in a certification program, they may only limit you to 1 or 2 test attempts.

How Much Does the Content Test Cost?

$131.00. This fee is paid directly to Educational Testing Services.

When are Content Test Given?

Most TExES tests are given on a daily basis at various proctored sites through the state.

Steps to Content Testing

All candidates must pass a content test in order to be hired and eligible for certification. This is one of the first steps to ensure your success as a teacher.

Step 1

Determine what you want to teach.

Once you decide what you want to teach, then you can proceed to step 2.

Step 2

TExES Test to Match Your Teaching Position

Click HERE to show which test applies to the teaching area.

Step 3

Create an account with ETS

Click HERE for step-by-step instructions for signing up for via the PACT Route.

Step 4

Register for the Tests You Plan to take

Click HERE to Register.

Do I Need to Prepare for the TExES Test?

Yes!  The TExES is not easy and with a limited number of testing opportunities, you need to study for the test.

Test preparation resoures:

  • iteachTEXAS has great diagnostic tools provided once you apply.
  • ETS provides free study guides for each TExES test.
  • 240tutoring offers a free money back guarantee on their study guides:  www.240tutoring.com

We know the testing process can be confusing and complicated, give us a call, we are here to help.

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