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TExES Registration - Quick Steps

In most cases, this will be during your last semester; however, it is always a good idea to meet with your advisor who can provide information about testing.


For Initial Certification:

  1. For undergraduates, the content test must be taken and passed prior to clinical teaching.  This will usually be the semester before clinical teaching is scheduled.
  2. For post-baccalaureate students, the content test must be taken and passed prior to admission to the School of Education.
  3. For all who are seeking initial certification, the PPR may be taken after the content test is passed.  It is suggested that all tests be taken and completed by the end of the semester of clinical teaching so candidates can be recommended when their degrees are posted.

For Professional Certification:


1. Educational Diagnostician

During the last 6 hrs. of the program.     

2. Principal

During the final semester.

3. Reading Specialist

During the last semester of the program.

4. Master Reading Teacher

If this certificate is earned without the Reading Specialist, the TExES may be taken during the last semester.

If it is earned simultaneously with the Reading Specialist, the MRT TExES is not required.

5. School Counselor

During the last semester of the program.

6. Superintendent

During the semester of the practicum.

Check with your program advisor for program testing requirements.

Submit the completed form.

  1. Submit a hard copy of the form to the Office of Educator Certification, BEP 247H or
  2. Scan and email a copy of the form to the Office of Educator Certification & Accountability.
  3. Fax a copy of the form to 903.565.5527.

Instructions for Test Registration

    After you have submitted your “test request” to the Office of Educator Certification, you will receive an email giving you permission to test.
  1. Go to the ETS website.

    a.       In the left menu, find Registration Bulletin; download and read this bulletin carefully.

    b.      Click on  REGISTER at the top of the page 
    • You will need your TEA number to register.
    • You will need a credit card to register.
    • If you have never registered for a TExES before, you are a NEW USER.  Follow the directions to develop an account with ETS.  This is different from your TEA account.
    • If you have registered for a TExES in the past, you will follow the directions for candidates who have an account.
  2. When you have secured a date for testing, email that date to the Office of Educator Certification & Accountability.

Important Things to Know

      1. Review the identification requirements as they are explained in the current TExES Bulletin.  These may change from year-to-year; so, be sure to know what is expected.

        Be sure you have the required documents.  The bulletin will tell you what kinds of ID are acceptable.  If the bulletin says to have two forms of identification, please do so!  Otherwise, you may be turned away from the test site and your test fees will be forfeited!

      2. Preparation Materials are available at the ETS website.

      3. When ETS sends your ticket for the day of the test, print it. You must take the ticket with you for admission to the test.
      4. You can watch a video about the Computer-Administered-Test (the CAT).

The Day of the Test

Read the Registration Bulletin carefully prior to arriving for the test, but keep these things in mind.

  • Arrive early!  Early is considered to be at least 30 minutes prior to test time.  No excuses or exceptions are accepted for tardy arrival.  If you are not on time, you will not be permitted to test and your test fees will be forfeited.

  • Expect to be fingerprinted and photographed at the test site for identity verification.  If you refuse either of these, you will not be permitted to test and your test fees will be forfeited.

  • Dress in layers to accommodate the temperature of the room for your comfort.

  • You are not allowed to bring cell phones, Blackberry devices, PDAs, watches or any other electronic or photographic devices.  Even jewelry that is oversized—earrings, rings, bracelets, or brooches—must not be worn in the test site.
    • If you are found to be in possession of any of these devices before, during, or after the test administration, your device may be inspected and/or confiscated and you will be dismissed from the test.  Your test fees will be forfeited and your scores will be canceled, even if dismissal is not enforced on the day of the test.

    • Test takers will be asked to remove and store their personal property before they enter the testing room.

    • Test administrators are not permitted to collect and hold cell phones or any other personal property belonging to the test taker.  

    • Test takers who exit a test center to store a phone or other property will not be allowed to re-enter if the test center doors are closed. 

  • If there are complaints concerning the test center or testing procedures, these must be emailed, faxed, or postmarked within two business days of the test administration. See the registration bulletin for the procedure.

Don't Forget

  • Print your Test Ticket and take it with you.

  • Take two forms of identification as described in the registration bulletin.

  • Arrive early!

  • Leave items that are not appropriate (described in the preceding information) at home or in the car.

  • Failing to follow the rules as described in the Registration Bulletin will have dire consequences; so, read the requirements carefully.  Don’t risk forfeiting your test fees!

Testing Rules

As part of Texas Education Code 21.048 (required by HB 2205 from the 84th Legislature, 2015), candidates have a maximum of five opportunities to pass a certification test.  

  • If you attempted a certification exam prior to September 1, 2015, all of your attempts will count as one attempt for purposes of this statute.
  • Certification exams taken on or after September 1, 2015, each count as one attempt.  An individual will have four opportunities to retake the examination if the exam is failed on the first attempt for a total of five test attempts.

When you have registered, email the test date that you have scheduled to the Office of Teacher Certification & Accountability.

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