Tests are administered by testing vendors. You must have approval to test, unless you are Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) candidate.
TEA does not review or endorse test preparation material beyond what the testing company may have on its website. For assistance with test preparation, contact an Educator Preparation Program, school district, or a regional service center.
There are currently three testing vendors for obtaining Texas certification.
Pearson (outside source) administers the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), Texas Examinations of Master Teachers (TExMaT), and the Texas Assessment of Sign Communications (TASC and TASC-ASL).
Phone, email, and chat support is available through the Pearson Customer Contact Center using the information found in the Contact Us page on the program website.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (outside source), through its testing division Language Testing International (LTI) (outside source), administers tests in a number of languages for Texas teachers, for use with Bilingual Education and Languages Other Than English (LOTE) certificates. Each language certificate requires an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and a Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). The Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) will not be accepted in place of the OPI.
Call LTI at 1-800-486-8444 for registration assistance.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Foreign Language and Bilingual Exams
|Arabic - LOTE and Bilingual||Korean - LOTE only|
|Chinese (Mandarin) - LOTE and Bilingual ||Portuguese - LOTE only|
|Hindi - LOTE only||Russian - LOTE only|
|Italian - LOTE only||Turkish - LOTE only|
|Japanese - LOTE and Bilingual||Vietnamese - LOTE and Bilingual |
|Texas passing standards on ACTFL tests (PDF, 43 KB) |
The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
See the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences website (outside source) for exams and study guides used for Texas certification. Call AAFCS at 1-800-424-8080 for assistance.