How to Register for the TExES Exams

What Are the TExES Exams?

The TExES exams are a series of assessments developed by elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educators, community members, expert contributors, and professional educator organizations to qualify an individual for education certification in Texas. These tests include elementary, middle, and high school core and individual subject examinations. There are also special education, English as a second language (ESL), and bilingual education exams. To become a teacher in Texas, you must pass the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 exam as part of the certification process. Your program or agency may require you to take more than one TExES exam.

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TExES Exam Registration

Registering for a TExES exam is an important step to having TExES Teacher Certification. Once you have learned from your program or agency which tests will be required for your unique certification, you can begin the TExES exam registration process. Before registering, you should familiarize yourself with the exam(s) you are going to take, review preparation materials, examine rules/policies, and ensure that there is a testing date available that will allow you to report your scores on time.

How to Register for the TExES Exams

After completing pre-registration research and deciding which exams you need to take, there are four simple steps to register for a TExES exam:

  • Step 1: Create an online account with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Once you have created your account, you will receive a TEA ID. This ID is important and should be kept in your records.
  • Step 2: Register for your online Pearson account on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. When creating this account, it will request your TEA ID. This site is where you will register for, schedule, reschedule, and access score information for the TExES exams.
  • Step 3: Register for an exam. You will select your exam based on the name and code, ensuring you have the correct authorization to take said exam, answer background questions, and complete the proper documentation for alternative testing arrangements including but not limited to physical, learning, or cognitive disabilities. After registering for your exam, you will have 170 days to schedule a testing appointment.
  • Step 4: Schedule a testing appointment. This is different from registering for an exam; it's selecting your slot on a particular day and time. There is a seat availability tool on the TExES website to check the date, time, and location most convenient for you.

Testing accommodations are available to individuals with documented physical, learning, or cognitive disabilities. All TExES test centers will have wheelchair access, visual enhancement features, comfort aids, and breaks to use the restroom or take medication. These can be granted without prior approval. Accommodations beyond these must be approved by TEA with the Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form. It is suggested to register for the exam as early as possible to allow time for your request to be processed. In most cases, you will also be asked to provide current documentation from a qualified professional outlining your reason for needing testing accommodations. You should wait to schedule your exam appointment until after you have received notification of the resolution of your request.

TExES Test Fees

The TExES exam cost for most TExES exams is $116. For test codes 801-809, the fee is $58. Cash and check payments are not accepted. Your registration is valid for 170 days after the date of issue. If you do not schedule the exam within this time frame, your registration will expire and you will not be issued a refund.

If you are a veteran, active-duty military member, or active-duty military spouse, $11 of your testing fees for TExES exams will be waived. To apply for this waiver, you will submit a written request to TEA including your TEA ID, the last four of your social security number, and a copy of the front and back of your military ID and state-issued ID. If you are a spouse, you will also have to submit your marriage license. If you are a veteran, you will need to include your DD-214 certification.

How to Reschedule or Cancel the TExES Exam

After TExES test registration, you will have 170 days to schedule an exam appointment and take the test. You can schedule your testing appointment when you register for the exam, or at another time. The window of time to reschedule or cancel a TExES testing date is 48 hours before the scheduled appointment. Rescheduling an exam does not result in any additional charges and you will be able to select a new testing appointment.

If you wish to withdraw from your exam, you will be refunded your exam registration payment, minus $25. Rescheduling and withdrawal can both be completed on your online Pearson account at the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. If you have used Texas.gov funding to register for your exam, this will not be refunded to you upon withdrawal.

When to Expect TExES Exams Scores

After taking your exam, you can expect the results to be emailed to you on the TExES score report dates (if you selected this option during registration). Scores will also be available on your Pearson account beginning at 10:00 pm Central Time on the report date for your exam. On purely selected-response (multiple choice) exams, you can expect to receive your scores in 7-10 business days. Exams with constructed response (essay) questions can take longer to score, as one or more professionals in that field will be grading your responses. There is a score report date tool on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website where you can enter your testing date and see the estimated window in which your scores will become available. Your scores may be delayed if you have taken a newly developed or revised exam and if there are problems with your registration/payment. Scores will be canceled/voided if you fail to pay for your exam, or do not have the approval to test.

Expert Contributor

Amy Lopez

Amy Lopez, M.A. is a high school teacher with over 8 years of experience teaching Family Consumer Science Education. She has passed the TExES PPR exam and the Praxis Family and Consumer Science Exam. Amy completed a B.S. in Family Consumer Sciences from Tarleton State University, an M.A. in Teaching from Grand Canyon University, and an Education Specialist degree from Northcentral University.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I register to take the TExES exam?

    You will need to have an account at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website to receive a TEA ID. You can register for a TExES exam by creating an online Pearson account on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. Then you can register for the exam you are going to take, pay the registration fee, and schedule a testing appointment.

  • How do I take the ESL test in Texas?

    To take any TExES exam, you must complete the registration process, pay the registration fee, and schedule a testing appointment. You can find specific information about the English as a Second Language Supplemental exam (code 154) on the TExES website.

  • Do TExES scores expire?

    Scores from September 1, 2006 to the present will be available on your online Pearson account at the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. Your results will remain valid, unless you are not fully certified and there is a substantial change to the test. If this occurs, you will be notified by TEA.

  • When can I retake the TExES exam?

    You can retake a TExES exam after 30 days, as long as the results from the original exam have been posted. You will have 5 attempts to take an exam; the original attempt and 4 retakes.

  • What is on the Texas teacher certification test?

    The TExES Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities (PPR exam code 160) EC-12, required for all aspiring educators in Texas, assesses your entry-level skills, specifically the methods you use to teach and your application of professional standards.

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