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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.

Preparation Manuals & Study Guides

  • Preparation manuals & study guides for the TExES exams are available online at the ETS TExES website.
  • eBooks are also available through ETS. These books are $19.95 and available for immediate download.
  • A study guide for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) certification exam is available at the AAFCS website.
  • The Texas Education Agency has compiled a list of resources you may find helpful. View the full list of resources.
  • Read about test preparation reminders including test taking tips.

Practice Questions and Tests

Interactive Practice Tests

These are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report. There are only four available at this time. More will be coming at a later date and will be posted as they become available.

TExES Study Materials

The following items are available in university bookstores, as well as commercial bookstores like Hastings, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, etc.. Most are also available online through vendors like Amazon.

  • ETS Preparation Manuals (Study Guides)-- Study guides for each test can be found on the ETS TExES website. Go to Preparation Materials on the home page and then scroll down until you find the test you are taking. The study guides give the test framework as well as a set of practice questions.
  • TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) 154 by XAMonline - Reviews the key competencies and skill sets found on the TExES ESL exam. It also includes 125 practice questions and full answer explanations.
  • Becoming an EC-6 Teacher in Texas -- A Course of Study for the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) TExES. (2003) edited by Janice L. Nath and Myrna D. Cohen. Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002-3098.
  • Becoming a Middle School or High School Teacher in Texas - A Course of Study for the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) TExES.(2005) edited by Janice L. Nath and Myrna D. Cohen. Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002-3098. 
  • How to Prepare for the TExES - Texas Examinations of Educator Standards.(2004) Barron's Educational Service Inc., 250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Full length exams and detailed explanations for answers.
  • Cracking the TExES. (2005) Princeton Review Publishing, LLC, 2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024. Includes full-length practice tests and detailed explanations for answers. 
  • Pass the TExES -- For Texas Teachers. Ed Publishing & Consulting, Shipping from Dallas, TX. Call 888-978-1922 or visit their website Preparation manuals with PowerPoint module on CD and downloadable ebooks for PPR and many content area tests. Tutoring in person, by Skype, and by phone available.
  • Study the TExES in a Meaningful Way.  (2005) J & L Education Consultants, San Antonio, TX. Includes discussion of competencies, test taking strategies, and exam preparation.
  • Study Manuals and Practice Question Manuals for Educators.  By TExES Study Sessions, LLC, P.O. Box 10962, Midland, TX 79702.
  • "The TExES Master" by Art Williams.  P.O. Box 930, Groves, TX 77619, (409) 962-3100, or visit their web site at Includes video study cards, booklet.
  • TExES - Texas Examination of Educator Standards. (2004) Kaplan Publishing, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Includes full-length practice tests, personalized diagnostic test, and detailed explanations for answers.

Review Sessions and Seminars

  • Pass the TExES -- A company providing seminars on Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities; Special Education; Human Development and Family Studies: Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Science; and School Counselor. Call (972) 429-1922 or (817) 996-0167, or visit their website at for information on session dates and locations.
  • Texas Women's University -- Offers workshops, $10.00 each, each semester on their campus for test preparation for several of the most common TExES exams. More information concerning dates and registration can be found in the Texas Woman's University website.

Online Resources

  • 240Tutoring -  (Put in promo code "Tarleton" to receive a discount) - Offers online, comprehensive study guides that are guaranteed to prepare a student for their certification exam. Every 240Tutoring study guide comes with the 240Tutoring Guarantee, benchmark assessments, and the most comprehensive resources available.
  • T-CERT - This resource is free and provide several review modules for many of the TExES exams. The components of each module are designed to enhance the preparation you have received from your teacher preparation program.
  • Some students have found it helpful to take the online practice TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) and these tests can be found on the TEA website. These practice tests, designed to help prepare public school students for the TAKS tests, track the TEKS, which are the basis for the TExES certification exams.

Listing of these materials does not imply any endorsement by the Tarleton State University College of Education. Tarleton makes no guarantees, stated or implied, about the quality of the help you get nor the effects on your scores. Tarleton students are free to use any of these materials or programs at their own discretion. The list is provide as a service to students who might want additional help.