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Retake Policy

An exam can be retaken after 30 days. Candidates are prevented from registering until the results from the last attempt have been posted to ECOS. Once the results have posted, you can then register, at which point the first available date for an exam appointment will be 30 days from the prior attempt's exam date.

If you are affiliated with an educator preparation program (EPP), you must request approval from your program to retest. Contact your EPP for further information.

If, upon completion of an entire TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, you do not pass one or more of the subject exams, you are eligible to retake

  • a single subject exam, if you passed all of the other subject exams, or
  • the overall TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, if you did not pass two or more subject exams.

The score for your best attempt on each subject exam is retained, so a candidate retaking the overall exam does not need to respond to questions in subject exams previously passed. This applies to TExES Core Subjects (211 and 291) exams, as well as the TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam.

You must wait 30 days after taking the TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam before you can retake the overall exam or an individual subject exam. Each testing session counts as an attempt for the Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, whether the overall exam or an individual subject exam (i.e., 801–805, 806–809, or 701–703) is attempted.

Pearson and TEA reserve the right to cancel scores if the Retake Policy is violated for any reason.

Attempt Limit

You are limited to five attempts to take a certification exam. The five-attempt limit also applies to intensive pre-service candidates taking a pre-admission content test (PACT). PACT exams taken for purposes of admission into a Texas EPP or to satisfy requirements for a charter school teaching assignment are not subject to the five-attempt limit.

The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the exam and four retakes. Each testing session counts as another attempt for the TExES Core Subjects (211 or 291) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam, whether the overall exam or an individual subject exam is attempted. If you choose to register again for the same exam after completion of the fifth testing attempt, scores will not be counted towards certification and you will assume responsibility for exam fees paid. For more information, please consult with your educator preparation program and review the score reporting policies on this website.

If you are unable to successfully pass the examination after five attempts, you will not be allowed to take the examination again unless the Texas Education Agency approves a test-limit waiver opens in a new window. If you are not able to pass an examination that is a requirement for a given certification, you will not be able to be issued an intern, probationary, or standard certificate in that certification field.

Options. Candidates who do not meet their educator preparation program or state requirement may retake the assessment by choosing one the following options:

  • retaking the full assessment: $311 retake fee
  • retaking 3 tasks (Elementary Education: Literacy with Mathematics Task 4 only): $311 retake fee
  • retaking 2 tasks: $211 retake fee
  • retaking a single task: $111 retake fee

Candidates should consult with their faculty advisor before proceeding with a retake and can find important information in Guidelines for edTPA Retake Decision-making and Support PDF.

Before registering, candidates should review the Instructions for edTPA Retake PDF. This guide contains important registration and submission information.

Retake limits. Candidates are limited to five attempts to take an edTPA assessment. The five attempts include the first attempt and four retakes. A full-assessment retake and a partial retake both count as an attempt.

A candidate can register for only one retake at a time (either full-assessment retake or partial retake). Candidates must wait to receive scores from their last submission before they can register for another retake.

Score void. If edTPA scores were voided as a final determination of the administrative review process, a candidate will submit a full assessment retake to receive scores for the fulfillment of program and/or state requirements. Review the guidance provided in the Instructions for edTPA Retake PDF.

Submission and Reporting Dates

Review the edTPA submission and reporting dates.