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Effective May 24, 2020, the wait period to retest any TExES exam has decreased from 45 days to 30 days.

Educator Testing Transition. The Texas Educator Certification Examination Program has transitioned to a new vendor, Pearson VUE, effective September 1, 2018 for the TExES exams. Registration details are now available along with many additional helpful links and information thoroughly explaining testing processes and procedures with this new company. Information concerning the vendor change can be found at this location.  A PDF file that includes instructions to set up a testing account with Pearson VUE and how to Register for and Schedule an exam can be located by clicking this link.

Changes to the 5 attempt limit have now taken effect. View more about the changes effecting retakes for any educator certification examination.

Effective Fall 2019, TExES Testing Requirements Prior to Clinical Teaching Policy for Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Education Candidates will change. Additional changes will also be taking effect Spring 2021. View the amended prerequisites for the TExES exam.

Interdisciplinary Studies students with concentrations in EC-6 and 4-8 Core Subjects, 4-8 English, Language Arts and Reading, or 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies will be required to take and pass the new Science of Teaching Reading (Exam #293) if being recommended for teacher certification after 12/31/2020. Additional information is included in this notice provided by TEA. It will be necessary for all program completers to apply for certification early enough to meet the recommendation deadline. An informational brochure for candidates clinical teaching Fall 2020, and for those effected prior completers can be found by clicking here.

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Please review the testing prerequisites and the required exams for your content area. Students can also learn more about testing at the TEA Registration and Preparation webpage.

Online Registration Instructions

Disability and Health-related Needs Service for Exams

Candidates needing special testing accommodations for documented disabilities or health-related needs must contact Pearson testing prior to test registration. Complete information concerning this process can be found at Pearson's Disabilities and Health-related Needs website.

Exam Fee

Each time you take an exam, whether for the first time or as a retake, the fee is $120.00 for most exams with some newer exams costing $140.00 (some Professional Level exams cost considerably more). Payment by credit or debit card is require at the time of online registration.

Exam Scoring

The passing score for all exams is 240. Candidates taking the EC-6 or 4-8 Core Subjects exam must pass all sections for successful completion. Visit the Pearson website for more information concerning how scores are scaled and domains are weighted. Exam scores are posted on the Pearson website 3 to 7 business days following the test administration and are only posted for 90 days. Please print and keep a copy of your score report for your records. NOTICE - You do NOT need to submit a copy of your score report to the Testing Coordinator.

Step 1: Submit TExES Test Approval Request Form (By deadline stated on the form)

Initial Testing Approvals

Only candidates who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and have met program requirements will be given permission to take an exam after submitting a request to test.

Initial forms can be collected in three (3) ways:

  1. Complete the TExES Test Approval Request Form online, save to your computer, and then send as an attachment via email to Brenda Strong at strong@tarleton.edu or
  2. Submit the TExES Test Approval Request Form by fax to 254-968-9801.
  3. Send via USPS to: Testing Coordinator, Tarleton State University, Box T-0790, Stephenville, TX 76402

Ample time must be allowed for processing and testing verification of eligibility of the request. Academic Departments will approve their candidates to test based on coursework completed or in process as well as any other prerequisites or requirements. The Testing Coordinator will enter testing approvals in the TEA system and send an email notification of the approval(s).

 Retake Testing Approvals

Initial Teacher Education candidates needing to retest after the first attempt of any Core Subjects exam or the second attempt of any other exam will need to complete one of the following forms:

Professional level candidates needing to retest will need to consult the academic department for guidelines and requirements to obtain retest approval.

Step 2: Receive Email from Coordinator for Certification Testing

An email will be sent to your Tarleton email account by the Testing Coordinator once your approval to test has been verified with the program director. This email will contain instructions on how to register. You will not be able to register until you have received this email, and you must adhere to any testing approval requirements, established testing policies, and timelines.

Step 3: Choose a Testing Site

TExES exams are given at many locations across the state, including the Tarleton campus in Stephenville. You are free to choose the location for testing, but must adhere to dates set forth by the individual programs and may not choose dates that conflict with any scheduled academic meetings such as classes, laboratories, field experiences, internships, or clinical teaching. A complete list of testing site locations can be viewed when you are in the registration system or at the Pearson website

Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee spaces available at Tarleton or any other location for your choice of date. We recommend registering quickly to ensure the best possible exam date and location that works for you.

Step 4: Register Online

For more information about the registration process, candidates can refer to the Registration Instruction Sheet.  There are specific test date windows for a few exams which require registration by a certain deadline. You must register by the deadlines set by Pearson for those testing windows.