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TExES Preparation Resources

This is a growing resource list to help you pass the TexES tests. If you find other resources, especially if they’re free, email them to Dr. V. at michael.vriesenga@utsa.edu.

General/All Tests

Diagnostic Tests

Before you take the real test, and probably before you take the practice test, you should take a diagnostic test. You will report the diagnostic test date and score on your eligibility form. Here is what’s available.

Diagnostic Test Source
PPR LearningExpress Library or T-Cert
Core Subjects EC-6 LearningExpress Library or T-Cert
Math 4-8 T-Cert
Math 7-12 T-Cert or Pearson for $10.
Music EC-12 Texas Music Educators’ Association
Science 4-8 T-Cert
Science 7-12 T-Cert or Pearson for $10
Special Education T-Cert
BTLPT T-Cert or Pearson for $10
English as a Second Language Supplemental T-Cert
LOTE Spanish Available through Pearson for $10

If the test is not listed above, you do not have to complete a diagnostic test to be approved for the real test. If you want to use a different diagnostic test, simply write the name by the score on the eligibility form.


Pearson Education Inc. (Pearson)

Because Pearson has the contract to develop, administer and modify TExES tests, the Pearson TExES website is an excellent source for test preparation materials.

  • Policies – Read and understand the Policies for the test you plan to take.

  • Prepare – Pearson provides a variety of general exam information and specific content review resources. Use these to prepare for the test.

  • Preparation Manuals – These provide information on test structure and the questions you will answer.

  • Interactive Practice Tests – These are full-length tests with answers. Take these tests, and then review the results carefully to understand how to best prepare for the real test. These tests cost $10.

  • General Guidance – This includes developing a study plan, reducing test anxiety, strategies and tips, and tutorials on the tools, such as online calculators, that you will encounter in TExES tests.


Texas or University-Based Resources

  • The Academy of Teacher Excellence – eCommunity of Practice provides Education 101 with extensive preparation resources for the TExES exams.

  • The John Peace Library at UTSA has a variety of links and resources, including practice tests in the LearningExpress Library. Log in using your UTSA email address and the password you created.

  • Tarleton State provides the T-CERT site with various practice tests. You need a TEA ID number to use this site. You can use these as diagnostic tests before you take the practice exam.

  • Dr. Jerry Whitworth of Texas Woman’s’ University has posted test preparation quizlets.


Web Searches

Searches of Google, Vimeo, Pinterest, and similar sites may yield helpful preparation resources.

PPR

Content Tests

All Content Areas

The TExES content tests are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). If you know and understand the TEKS, then you should be well prepared for the TExES content exams. It behooves you to know the TEKS now, since you will be teaching them soon.

  • Print and read the TEKS in Chapters 110 through 130 of the Commissioner’s Rules.

    • As you read, highlight words, names, ideas, dates and etc. that you don’t know or understand.

    • Write each one of these on a 3x5 card, then look it up and write the explanation on the other side. Then drill yourself until the answers come fluidly, without effort, to your mind.

  • Read the Assessed Curriculum for STAAR assessments related to your curriculum area. Note the similarity to the TExES Test at a Glance documents. Read the Assessed Curriculum for your curriculum area. That will give you a much more specific idea of the items to be tested. These resources are available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/.
  • Test your knowledge of the TEKS the same way you will test whether or not your students understand the TEKS – by taking the STAAR exams. The Student Testing and Accountability section of the TEA website includes Released Tests that you can use to improve your knowledge.

    • Do NOT just read the questions and guess at the answers. You should be able to identify with certainty which answer is right, and you should be able to explain with certainty why each wrong answer is wrong.

      • This is a much higher level of study, but it is exactly what you’ll have to do with your students very soon.

        To improve your general knowledge in the Core Subject areas, try the PBS Learning Media website.

  • The College Board provides sample test questions and a variety of resources which may help you.

Core Subjects

  • Reading Rockets provides a variety of resources, including a series of YouTube videos.

  • Ducksters provides kid-oriented science, math, history and geography instruction, but it might help you.

  • Flashcard set for Core EC-6 content: https://quizlet.com/kimberly_w_parsons

  • Book: Ultimate Guide to the TExES Core Subjects EC-6, Bauer, Cezeaux and Scott.

  • Book: TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (291). Dr. Luis A. Rosado

Mathematics

Music

Science

  • Texas educator Michael Hayes provides a series of videos preparing candidates for the science portion of the Core Subjects tests.

  • Open-source instructional materials for economics, physics, biology, statistics, chemistry and pre-calculus are available through the Texas Education Agency.

  • Easy Science for Kids provides kid-friendly science information between advertisements.

  • Dr. Binocs has a series of kid-friendly science cartoons that you can reach through the Internet or Amazon Prime.

  • National Geographic provides a substantial array of resources that you can use to prepare for the TexES or for teaching your students.

  • Physics Girl has video explanations of many science concepts.

  • Baylor College of Medicine hosts SuperSTAAR and BioEd Online, sources of science lessons.

  • Teacher Michael Carothers provides an Energy Transformation Notes video.

  • Look to http://www.eschooltoday.com/ for brief explanations of science and related subjects.

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Sciencenetlinks.com provides lessons for teachers that may help you.

  • The Baylor College of Medicine’s BioEd Online and SuperSTAAR provide resources for science teachers that may help you.

  • Sciencing.com - https://sciencing.com has both answers and teacher resources.

Social Studies

Bilingual

Commercial Sources

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