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Changes to the 5 attempt limit set to take effect.  Current Texas Education Code §21.048 limits candidates to four attempts to retake any educator certification examination. This means that candidates are limited to a total of five attempts to pass a certification examination. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same examination taken before September 1, 2015 as only one attempt, is set to expire. Beginning September 1, 2018, ALL attempts of the same examination will count toward the five-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was first attempted. NOTE: Candidates who did not test before 9/1/2015 are not impacted by the change. All attempts have always been included in the attempt count for these candidates.

Effective Fall 2017, TExES Testing Requirements Prior to Clinical Teaching Policy for Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Education Candidates will change. View the amended prerequisites for the TExES exam.

Registration Process Overview

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Traditional Teacher Education students receive basic certification testing information when enrolled in EDUC 3320. The Coordinator for Certification Testing shares a more detailed presentation of testing information, including the registration process, with students at the mandatory Clinical Teaching Application and Certification Testing meetings scheduled to take place while enrolled in EDUC 3330.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provide a TExES Registration Bulletin annually to assist you with the certification testing process, including registration information, exam preparation, testing locations, test results, and score reporting. However, we provide detailed information for Tarleton students, including

Testing Prerequisites

In accordance with state law, only candidates who have received official notification and applied with formal acceptance of program admission are eligible to be approved to take TExES examinations. Tarleton will only approve candidate to take the examinations directly associated with their admission certification area(s).

Per the TEA Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit, candidates are limited to five attempts to take any one certification exam.

If you have graduated and completed all requirements for certification through Tarleton State University, but you have not taken and passed all require exams, you must continue to register for exams through Tarleton.

Candidates who have not taken and passed certification exams and/or applied for certification through TEA within a timely manner of program completion run the risk of losing passed exams and certification ability due to unpredictable changes in state law and rules. Candidates may be required to repeat or complete additional coursework, pass practice exams and/or engage the services of an outside test preparation program, especially if the State replaces an expired exam with a new replacement exam, and/or changes certification standards. It is the responsibility of candidates who have not completed certification requirements at the time of program completion to stay abreast and informed of any testing and certification changes that are implemented at the state level by reviewing the TEA and EPS websites.

Candidates who have already been awarded initial standard certification and want to add another area to their certificate by challenging an exam are not require to register or seek approval through Tarleton. Read more about Certification by Exam.

View the prerequisites for each candidate type:

Prerequisite Amendments

Beginning Fall 2017, all initial teacher education candidates are required to pass their PPR and Content Area(s) exams with passing scores posting before or by the date of the scheduled Clinical Teaching Orientation. Results must be posted no later than the day of Orientation; candidates should remember that score report availability can range from 3-7 days from the exam date and to plan accordingly. In addition, all Interdisciplinary Studies candidates must have, at the minimum, attempted their supplemental exam(s) by the conclusion of the Clinical Teaching semester.

Exceptions will be made for candidates who have exams that are offered within limited administration windows and have delayed score posting dates; these exams typically include LOTE – Spanish and 7-12 English Language Arts and Reading certifications.

Traditional Undergraduate Program Candidates

Traditional Undergraduates must meet all program prerequisites in order to be eligible to take the state certification examinations (TExES).

Beginning with Fall 2017 Clinical Teachers, candidates in the traditional Teacher Education Program will begin testing toward the end of the Professional Development II semester, and must have the appropriate Content, EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities and any Supplemental (ESL or Bilingual) exams taken and passed prior to the clinical teaching semester.

Candidates are require to complete test preparation/review programs for each exam area to help determine test readiness before registration for the TExES exams will be permitted.

Please review the require exams by certification area to familiarize yourself with require certification exams.

Candidates who have completed their certification program requirements do not have to meet additional prerequisites but still must abide by all Tarleton testing policies.

Professional / Graduate Candidates

Candidates seeking certification in one of the professional areas listed below must submit the TExES Test Approval Request Form a minimum of one month prior to the desired testing date. Candidates should check with the appropriate program director prior to submitting the form to ensure all prerequisites for testing have been met. Once the request has been received and program eligibility has been confirmed, an email will be sent by the Testing Coordinator indicating registration approval. The candidate is then responsible for going online and registering by any ETS deadlines.

  • Educational Diagnostician (offered only during specific computer-administered test windows)
  • Principal (offered continuously by computer)
  • Reading Specialist (offered continuously by computer)
  • School Counselor (offered only during specific computer-administered test windows)
  • Superintendent (offered only during specific computer-administered test windows)

Please review the require exams by certification area before registering for an exam.

Candidates who have completed their certification program (graduate or TMATE candidates) do not have to meet additional prerequisites but still must abide by all Tarleton testing policies.

TMATE (Accelerated Alternative Certification Route) Candidates

The PACT Testing (Pre-Admission Content Exam) must be passed before application can be made to the TMATE program.

A candidate must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take an exam by PACT:

  • Must hold, or be scheduled to receive, a bachelor's degree. You must be currently completing degree requirements.
  • You cannot PACT test if you were previously admitted into a Texas approved teacher educator program.

Register for a PACT test at the TExES website. Please refer to the Information for Candidates Regarding PACT for instructions.

Candidates must follow the testing sequence as directed by the TMATE office and submit the require TExES Test Approval Request Form to the TMATE office in a timely manner.

The TMATE office will forward all forms to the Testing Coordinator for processing. An email confirmation will be sent by the Testing Coordinator once approval to test has been verified and designated in the online registration system. It will then be the student’s responsibility to go online and register by the ETS registration deadline.

All test preparation must be completed prior to taking the require TExES exams. This may include, but is not limited to, the taking and reviewing of the practice test, enrollment in or completion of coursework, attendance at workshops, or successful completion of require remediation.

Please visit the TMATE website for a more thorough explanation of policies and procedures.