Educator Testing

Texas law requires that educators pass appropriate tests to become certified. The office of Educator Testing oversees testing requirements for the state of Texas.

Testing Information

Information related to testing is available below:

Additional Information Related to Testing

Additional testing information is available below:

Testing Announcements and Updates 

Principal Certification Redesign

TEA is redesigning Texas’ principal certification standards and corresponding tests. For more information, visit the Principal Certification Redesign homepage  

Test Deadline Information

There are 10 certification examinations, that will be eliminated as of 9/1/2017. Educators that have passed tests for any of these certificates must meet all deadlines or the new test will be required. 

 Test Waiver Information

Section 21.048(a-1) of the Texas Education Code specifies that a person may not retake a certification examination more than four times unless the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) waives the limitation for good cause. The SBEC has defined the waiver application process in Chapter 230, Subchapter C of the Texas Administrative Code. To request a waiver, you must complete all waiver requirements as specified in the waiver application. After we receive your completed waiver application, you will be contacted about submitting the $160 waiver application fee through our online system. Applicants and educator preparation program staff should review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document about the test waiver process for answers to common questions and further information on completing the waiver application. If you have any questions, please call Educator Testing at (512) 463-9039 or email Jennifer Perez or Rebecca McCoy.

Payments for Test Registrations Now Processed Through Texas.gov

Beginning July 23, 2016, when registering for tests through the ETS registration system (outside source), you will be directed to Texas.gov, the official website of Texas, to submit payment. The price of this service, which is not refundable, includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the state. Depending on the services ordered, you may have to make two separate payments.

New Test Refund Policy

Effective July 23, 2016, all past and future processed test and service orders will be refundable up to 180 days from completion of initial order payment. The 180-day refund policy begins with the date the initial payment transaction was processed. If a test or service order is changed (e.g., change of test date), the 180-day refund policy applies to the date the payment was initially processed.

Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit FAQs

As of September 1, 2015, candidates are limited to five attempts to take a certification test. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (i.e., PACT, EPP, Out of State, Charter, and CBE). The Texas Education Agency is implementing this change to Texas Education Code §21.048 in response to House Bill 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015. For more information, please see the Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit FAQs

Core Subjects Registration Information

The Core Subjects EC-6 (291) and 4-8 (211) tests are offered on a continuous basis. Educators must register for and take the overall 291 or 211 test on their first attempt. After the first attempt, educators may register for the overall 291 or 211 test or the individual subject area tests. Each testing session counts as another attempt in the 4-retest limit allowed by law; therefore, educators are cautioned against signing up for an individual subject area test when multiple subject area tests are left to pass. Both options require candidates to wait 45 days to retest.