Elementary Education 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. The last possible date to be awarded a standard certificate using the #291 exam in conjunction with the #293 STR exam is 12/30/22.

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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

Step 1: Submit TExES Test Approval Request Form (by deadlines published in Handbooks for Certification Testing or as established by individual Program Coordinators).

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, name and save to your computer, and then send as an attachment via email to Brenda Strong at [email protected] –or
  2. Submit the TExES Test Approval Request Form by fax to 254-968-9801 -or-
  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 exam approvals within 5-7 days of departmental notification of eligibility in the TEA system, and you will need to monitor your Pearson testing account for approvals.

 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: Check for Entered Approvals in your Testing Account

Once you have submitted your complete test or retest approval materials, you will need to monitor your Pearson testing account for entered approvals. Separate test approval notifications will not be sent out. Expect 2-5 business days for approvals to be entered once complete materials have been submitted. For instructions to set up your Pearson testing account see the associated link.

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.