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Required State Exams

What happens if you don't pass the content test?

You are not automatically eliminated from TMATE. If time allows, you will be able to retest. See the testing requirements outlined in the Student Handbook

Following are links to assist with certification testing:

House Bill 2205, signed by Governor Abbott and effective September 1, 2015, limits the number of times a candidate may take an exam:

"A person may not retake an examination more than four times … a person who initially took an examination before September 1, 2015, may retake the examination up to four times after that date, regardless of the number of times that the person attempted to perform satisfactorily on the examination before that date."

Recent Development Regarding Testing

Beginning January, 1, 2021, Texas will be requiring certain pre-service teachers to complete the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam. The following certifications will be required to take the test.

  • EC-6 Core Subjects (elementary)
  • 4-8 ELAR (English Language Arts & Reading)
  • 4-8 Core Subjects
  • 4-8 ELAR/SS (English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies)

*The Content Area TExES & Science of Teaching Reading (STR) TExES must be passed BEFORE the internship or clinical teaching.

*The PPR TExES must be passed no later than the first semester in the field.

*It is important that you prepare for the PACT & TExES exams prior to taking them.