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How many attempts does an individual have at challenging a particular TExES exam?
 
An individual will have five attempts to take a certification examination. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and CBE). If the individual is unable to successfully pass the examination after five attempts, the individual will not be allowed to take the examination again unless the SBEC waives the limitation for good cause. If an individual is not able to pass an examination that is a requirement for a given certification, the individual will not be able to be issued a probationary or standard certificate in that certification field.

 

After an unsuccessful attempt at an exam, how long must a person wait before challenging the same test again?
 
If an individual fails an examination, the individual must wait 45 days before retaking the same examination. For example, if an individual fails the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (160) examination, the individual cannot retake that examination for 45 days. For the Core Subjects examinations, an individual must wait 45 days between the initial examination (291 or 211) and an attempt to retake the whole examination or any subject area sub-test (801–809). After the 45 day waiting period from the initial examination, If an individual chooses to take a single subject area sub-test (e.g. Science 804), the individual does not have to wait 45 days before retaking a different sub-test (e.g. Social Studies 803). If an individual fails a subject area sub-test (e.g. Science 804), the individual does have to wait 45 days before the individual can retake the same subject area sub-test (e.g. Science 804).

 

How does this change relate to the Core Subjects examinations, since I have to pass all of the sub-tests in order to pass the overall test?
 
An individual has five attempts to pass all portions of the Core Subjects examinations. For the Core Subjects EC–6 (291) exam, an individual has five attempts to pass all five subject area sub-tests (801–805). For the Core Subjects 4–8 (211) exam, an individual has five attempts to pass all four subject area sub-tests (806–809). An individual is required to attempt the entire Core Subjects exam (291 or 211) on the first attempt. After the first attempt, each testing session counts as another attempt, whether the session included the entire examination or one of the subject area sub-tests. Individuals retaking the overall Core Subjects exams (291 or 211) are required to view all of the test questions in each subject area, even if they have previously passed one or more of the subject area sub-tests. In order to quickly progress through a subject area sub-test that was previously passed, the individual should view, but not answer, each test question in the section. Individuals should also be careful not to skip through subject area subtests that they do intend to take. When an individual completes a subject area sub-test, they cannot go back to that sub-test again. The table below provides three examples of how Core Subjects attempts are calculated: Attempt Candidate A Candidate B Candidate C One Initial 291: passed 801; failed 802, 803, 804 & 805 Initial 291: failed 801, 802, 803, 804 & 805 Initial 291: passed 801, 802, 803 & 804; failed 805 Two Retake 291: passed 802; failed 803, 804 & 805 Retake 291: passed 801; failed 802, 803, 804 & 805 Take 805: failed 805 Three Retake 291: passed 803; failed 804 & 805 Retake 291: passed 802; failed 803, 804 & 805 Retake 805: failed 805 Four Retake 291: passed 804; failed 805 Retake 291: passed 803; failed 804 & 805 Retake 805: failed 805 Five Take 805: passed 805 Retake 291: passed 804; failed 805 Retake 805: failed 805 Result Passed 291 Failed 291; seek waiver for additional 805 attempt OR seek other certification field Failed 291; seek waiver for additional 805 attempt OR seek other certification field

Computer-Administered Testing Tutorials - Video showing the procedures upon arrival to the testing facility on the day of your exam.

Interactive CAT Test Tutorial- this is a downloadable .exe file. It will demonstrate how to navigate the testing program.

On-Screen Calculator - An on-screen scientific or four-function calculator is available for some exams.  Be sure to review the information for your exam to determine if an on-screen calculator is provided.

Graphing Calculators - Some exams require you to bring your own graphing calculator. Be sure to review the information for your exam to determine if a graphing calculator is permitted and review a list of permitted calculators.

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