As a new teacher, what is the number one thing you need to know about teacher certification tests (TExES) in Texas?
First, you must take the Teacher Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) to become a certified teacher in Texas- so its incredibly important.
Taking the TExES can be a daunting task. It can be complicated and confusing. Thats why we have made it simple.
To Start: Before you can take the TExES, you should first figure out which of the TExES exams to take.
The TExES is broken down into content tests and the pedagogy test. The first test you will take is the content test. You must first pass the content test before you can be a certified teacher in Texas.
So the most important question to answer is which TExES content test do you want to take? But before we answer that, there are a few details you need to know first.
So keep scrolling and reading the page and we will walk you through, step-by-step, how to take the TExES.
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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.
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Testing Process FAQ’s
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 7th through 12th grades math.
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
2. Take the content test via the PACT route or through the Program Test Approval once enrolled.
3. Once the content test is passed, you have demonstrated subject matter knowledge to be eligible for hire.
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:
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:
- From the ETS
- Select New Account.
- Select No TEA ID.
- 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:
Further PACT Information can be viewed here:
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.
Determine what you want to teach.
Once you decide what you want to teach, then you can proceed to step 2.
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: www.ets.org/
- 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.