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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 is the testing vendor with responsibility 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.

§Houston Baptist University has a comprehensive list of TExES preparation resources and their costs.

Web Searches

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

PPR

Notice regarding the PPR: The Texas Education Agency is working towards replacing the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test with a performance-based assessment called edTPA. In addition to requiring much more time and work from you, edTPA will cost over $300 while the PPR costs about $120. UTSA recommends that you take the PPR as soon as you are ready.

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

Notice regarding the Core Subjects Exam: Beginning January 1, 2021 all persons wanting to be certified to teach grades EC-6 will be required to prove their proficiency in the science of teaching reading (STR)[1]. Although TEA staff have not released the specifics, if you pass the Core Subjects test and get your certificate before 1/1/2021, you will have to take only two tests, Core Subjects and PPR. If you get your certificate after 1/1/2021 you will have to pass at least three tests, Core Subjects, PPR, and STR.

English Language Arts and Reading

Mathematics

  • UTSA’s eCommunity of Practice has an extensive math preparation resource with videos. The eCoP also has online tutoring, small group reviews, and help if you have failed the math or science exam.
  • University of Houston provides preparation for 4-8 Mathematics or other mathematics tests. This is accessible through the eCommunity of Practice above.
  • WTAMU’s Virtual Math Lab may help you review mathematical concepts for a TExES exam.

Music

The Texas Music Educators Association Music Preparation/Review may help you with the EC-12 Music test.

The UTSA Department of Music provides this Music EC-12 TExES Review

Science

Social Studies

Bilingual

Special Education

Commercial Sources

The following list is for your information. UTSA does not endorse these companies or their products.

USA Studies Weekly: K-6 Social Studies resources. https://www.studiesweekly.com/



[1] This is in response to House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, Page 194, Section 2.005.