Welcome to the office of Educator Testing at the
Texas Education Agency. The office of Educator Testing is responsible for the
overall management and monitoring of the statewide educator certification
testing contract as well as the development and implementation of testing
rules. This page provides testing information related to obtaining a Texas
educator certificate. Texas law requires that educators pass appropriate tests
to become certified. The appropriate examination(s) required for certification
are specified in Texas
Administrative Code, §230.21(e). Further information about current, past,
and future tests may be found below:
Information related to testing is available below:
Additional Information Related to Testing
Additional testing information is available below:
Testing Announcements and Updates
Pre-Admission Content Test
The Texas Education Agency (TEA), in partnership with
Pearson and Oak Hill Technology, Inc., is currently seeking Texas
educators to apply to participate in a Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)
Standard Setting Conference for the Texas Educator Certification
Examination Program, April 29 – May 3, 2019. A Pre-Admission Content Test
(PACT) can be used to obtain admission into an Educator Preparation Program in
the state of Texas. Currently, exams taken through the PACT route are the same
exams used for certification. TEA is currently
exploring subject matter examination options to be used for PACT that
will be administered through the Texas Educator Certification Examination
here to complete an application for consideration for committee
participation. Or to learn more about involvement in the conference,
eligibility criteria, and advantages of participation, please visit
Testing Program Goes Live on Saturday, September 1
The Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website was updated at 8:00 AM, Saturday, September 1, for access to registration and scheduling, exam-specific information and preparation materials, exam scores, policies, and customer support. Exam administrations began Tuesday, September 4. For phone, email, and chat support, candidates can reach Pearson's Customer Contact Center using the information found in the Contact Us page on the Pearson website. Read the Getting Started on September 1, 2018 guide to learn more about account creation, registration, and scheduling in the new Pearson system.
Educator Testing Transition
Beginning September 1, 2018, Pearson is the testing vendor for the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program, which includes administration of the following tests: TExES, TExMaT, TASC, and TASC-ASL. ETS will administer the new Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) when it becomes effective in fall 2019. The Educator Testing Transition flyer (PDF, 56 KB) provides more information about the transition.
Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit Change
Candidates are limited to a total of 5
attempts to pass a certification examination under Texas Education Code §21.048.
A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same
examination taken before September 1, 2015 as only one attempt, has expired. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination, no matter when they occurred, will
count toward the 5-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was
Candidates, educators, and others who took certification
examinations before September 1, 2015 and have not yet passed those
examinations will find more information in the candidate guidance document. Testers
impacted by the change must take their examination(s) by August 31, 2018 if the
new test attempt counting method will make them ineligible on September 1,
2018. Candidates who reach the 5-time testing limit must apply for a test-limit waiver to retest.
Individuals who did not test before September 1, 2015 are not affected by the change
since all examination attempts have always been included in the attempt count
for these testers.
Principal Certification Redesign
TEA is redesigning Texas’ principal certification standards and corresponding tests. For more information, visit the Principal Certification Redesign homepage. The TExES Principal (068) exam will be available to first-time test takers through December 31, 2018, and for retesters only through August 31, 2019.
Test Deadline Information
There are 4 certification examinations that will be eliminated
as of 9/1/2018. Educators that have passed tests for any of these certificates must meet all deadlines or the new test will be required.
Test-Limit Waiver Information
takers are limited to 5 attempts on any certification examination under Texas Education Code §21.048(a-1). The State Board for Educator Certification has
defined the waiver application process in Chapter 230,
Subchapter C of the Texas Administrative Code and authorized TEA staff to
administer the waiver process. Application information is provided on the Test-Limit Waiver Information webpage.
New Test Refund Policy
Effective September 1, 2018, all processed fees for exam registrations will be refundable up to 170 days from completion of initial order
payment. The 170-day refund policy begins with the date the initial payment
transaction was processed. If an exam is changed (e.g., change
of test date), the 170-day refund policy applies to the date
the payment was initially processed.
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 5-time testing 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.