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Understanding Your Exam Results

This page explains the reporting and interpretation of scores on the various exams required for Texas educator certification.

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Score Scales

Total exam performance scores for all exams in the TExES and TExMaT series are reported on a scale of 100 to 300, with a score of 240 established as the passing score required for certification. Note that the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher exam has an additional passing requirement; a minimum score of 3 on the case study assignment is required to achieve a passing score. The score scales and passing scores for the TASC and TASC–ASL exams are noted in the Holistic Scores section on this page.

How Scores are Reported

Your score report is available to you via your testing account on this website. It is recommended that you save or print a copy of your score report for your records.

Score reports may show as many as four types of information. Numbers 2, 3, and 4 are not applicable to every exam.

Your score report shows your Passed/Not Passed status. Your Total Scaled Score shows how you performed on the exam as a whole and determines whether or not you passed the exam. Scaled scores are comparable across all versions of the same exam. The exam's scaled score range and the minimum passing score are shown in this area of the score report.

Minimum passing standards were established by the Commissioner of Education with input from committees of Texas educators. The passing scaled score for each exam reflects the minimum level of knowledge required for effective performance by beginning educators in Texas public schools. Summary statistics are available in the Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) section of this website.

The Core Subjects Exams

To earn an overall status of Passed on the Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and Core Subjects 4–8 (211) exams, each individual subject exam must be passed by earning a scaled score of 240 or higher. Refer to the Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and Core Subjects 4–8 (211) exam pages for detailed information about these exams.

For most exams, information is provided about your performance in major content areas, called domains. For each domain, the number of scored questions on the exam and the number you answered correctly are indicated.

These counts are provided for informational purposes only. Individual domains do not have passing scores.

To more fully understand your performance within specific areas covered by the exam, refer to the list of domains and competencies provided in the exam preparation manual for the exam you took.

It is important to use caution when interpreting data reported by domain and, especially, by competency. The reliability of data based on a small number of questions, generally fewer than 10, is insufficient to make meaningful interpretations. Note that the number of scored questions within a given domain may vary across different versions of an exam.

For most exams, information is provided about your performance in major content areas, called domains. For many exams, information is also provided about your performance in specific content areas within domains, called competencies. For each domain, and each competency where applicable, the number of scored questions on the exam and the number you answered correctly are indicated.

These counts are provided for informational purposes only. Individual domains/competencies do not have passing scores.

To more fully understand your performance within specific areas covered by the exam, refer to the list of domains and competencies provided in the exam preparation manual for the exam you took.

It is important to use caution when interpreting data reported by domain and, especially, by competency. The reliability of data based on a small number of questions, generally fewer than 10, is insufficient to make meaningful interpretations. Competency scores are provided only to show the number and variety of content areas represented in the total exam and to show the number of correct answers used in calculating your total test score. Note that the number of scored questions within a given domain or competency may vary across different versions of an exam.

For those exams shown in the tables below, holistic scores are provided for the constructed-response components. Each point on the holistic score scale represents the degree to which the required performance characteristics were demonstrated in your response(s).

TASC and TASC–ASL
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Interview A (Passing) B, C (Passing) D, E 0
TExES Braille
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Transcription Assignments 4 3 2–0 0
TExES English Language Arts and Reading 7–12
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Literary Analysis 8 6 4–1 0
Writing Assessment and Pedagogy 12, 11 10–7 6–0 0
TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Oral Expression Simulated Conversation 9–7.5 6–4.5 3–0 0
Question & Answer Part 1 9–7.5 6–4.5 3–0 0
Question & Answer Part 2 9–7.5 6–4.5 3–0 0
Oral Presentation 9–7.5 6–4.5 3–0 0
Support a Situation or Opinion 9–7.5 6–4.5 3–0 0
Written Expression Response to Letter, Memo, or Email 12–10 8–6 4–0 0
Lesson Plan 12–10 8–6 4–0 0
Opinion or Position Essay 12–10 8–6 4–0 0
TExES Languages Other than English (LOTE) (Except Latin)
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Interpersonal & Presentational Writing Email/Memo/Letter 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
Opinion/Position Essay 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
Integrated Writing 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
Interpersonal & Presentational Speaking Integrated Speaking 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
Oral Presentation or Situation/Opinion Essay 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
Simulated Conversation 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
Instructional Practices (Pedagogy) Lesson Plan 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
Essay 6–5 4–3 2–0 0
TExES Languages Other than English (LOTE) Latin
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Pronounciation Skills 48–33 32–17 16–0 0
All TExMaT Exams (Except those Below**)
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Essay 4 3 2, 1 0
TExMaT Master Science Teacher 4–8
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Essay 4 3, 2 1 0
TExMaT Master Technology Teacher EC–12
Constructed-Response Component(s) Thorough Knowledge General Knowledge Limited or No Knowledge Unscorable*
Case Study Assignment 4 3 2, 1 0
Performance Assessments 3 2 1 0

* Constructed responses may be unscorable for a variety of reasons (e.g., blank, illegible, off topic).
** The TExMaT Master Reading Teacher exam has an additional passing requirement; a minimum score of 3 on the essay component is required to achieve a passing score.

If you receive a holistic score indicating that you demonstrated Limited or No Knowledge on a constructed-response component, your score report will contain additional information regarding your performance.

  • For the TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish; English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) 7–12; Languages Other Than English (LOTE) French, German, Latin, and Spanish; and TASC and TASC–ASL exams, your score report will contain analytical feedback indicating areas for improvement.
  • For the constructed-response assignments for all TExMaT exams and the two performance assessments on the Master Technology Teacher exam, in lieu of analytical feedback your score report will show the individual holistic score you received for each assignment/assessment.
  • The TExES Braille (Contracted Braille) (183) score report will show the individual score you received for each of the four transcription assignments. The TExES Braille (UEB) (283) score report will contain analytical feedback indicating areas of improvement.

Your exam results are automatically added to your certification file and made available to the TEA, SBEC, and, if applicable, your Educator Preparation Program (EPP).

Scoring and Score Reporting for the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish and Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Exams

Each of these exams contains both selected-response (multiple-choice) and constructed-response sections/domains. Those domains that are assessed through constructed-response questions are described in detail below. All other domains are assessed through selected-response questions. For these domains, the number of Points Possible equals the number of scored selected-response questions and the number of Points Earned equals the number of those questions that were answered correctly.

Domains III and IV consist of constructed-response questions. In each of these domains, the number of raw score points earned is weighted (as described in detail below) to reflect the relative contribution of constructed-response questions versus selected-response questions to the total test score.

Domain III consists of five spoken-response questions. Each response can earn as many as 3 raw score points from each of its two scorers, for a maximum of 6 raw score points per question. The number of raw score points for each response is then weighted through multiplication by 1.5, resulting in up to 9 (weighted) Points Possible for each of the five questions and a total of 45 (weighted) Points Possible for the entire domain. For example, if your score report shows that you earned 7.5 points for a response in this domain, that response received a total of 5 raw score points from its two scorers (i.e., 2 points from one scorer and 3 from the other).

In Domain III, when the sum of the Points Earned for all five questions includes a half point, that sum is rounded up to the next whole number. For example, if you earned a total of 39.5 points for the five questions, that sum would be rounded up and your score report would show that you earned a total of 40 points for the entire domain.

Domain IV consists of three written-response questions. Each response can earn as many as 3 raw score points from each of its two scorers, for a maximum of 6 raw score points per question. The number of raw score points for each response is then weighted through multiplication by 2.0, resulting in up to 12 (weighted) Points Possible for each of the three questions and a total of 36 (weighted) Points Possible for the entire domain. For example, if your score report shows that you earned 10 points for a response in this domain, that response received a total of 5 raw score points from its two scorers (i.e., 2 points from one scorer and 3 from the other).

Domain V consists of three written-response questions. Each response can earn as many as 3 points from each of its two scorers. So, with 6 points possible for each response, the total number of Points Possible for all three responses in this domain is 18.

Domain VI consists of three spoken-response questions. Each response can earn as many as 3 points from each of its two scorers. So, with 6 points possible for each response, the total number of Points Possible for all three responses in this domain is 18.

The final sub-area "Instructional Practices (Pedagogy)" consists of two written-response questions. Each response can earn as many as 3 points from each of its two scorers. So, with 6 points possible for each response, the total number of Points Possible for the two responses in this domain is 12.

Domain IV consists of twelve Pronunciation tasks that are scored. There are three types of pronunciation tasks, with four tasks of each type that are scored. A fifth task of each type is included in the exam for pretesting purposes and is not scored.

  • Each of the four Word Pronunciation responses can earn up to 1 raw score point from each of its two scorers (for a total of 8 raw score points possible for the four tasks of this type).
  • Each of the four Phrase Pronunciation responses can earn up to 2 raw score points from each of its two scorers (for a total of 16 raw score points possible for the four tasks of this type).
  • Each of the four Sentence Pronunciation responses can earn up to 3 raw score points from each of its two scorers (for a total of 24 raw score points possible for the four tasks of this type).

The total number of raw score points possible for the twelve pronunciation tasks is 48.

In calculating the total test score, the raw score points earned from the twelve Pronunciation tasks receive less weight than the points earned from the selected-response questions. It is the raw (unweighted) points that are shown as Points Possible and Points Earned for Domain IV on score reports.

How the Exams Are Scored

Selected-response questions are scored by computer immediately after the exam is completed. On all TExES and TExMaT exams, each selected-response question that is answered correctly earns one raw score point. The total raw score is the number of scored questions answered correctly on the entire exam.

Responses that are produced by the test taker (including those that are written, typed, brailled, spoken, or signed) are scored by professionals who are experts in the appropriate content areas. These scorers are carefully trained and monitored to assure that they consistently apply standardized scoring methods in a fair and accurate manner.

For exams with large numbers of test takers, an independent double-scoring model—in which two scorers assign initial ratings to each response—is used. In this model, if the two initial ratings differ by more than an acceptable amount, typically 1 point, additional ratings are obtained.

For exams with a smaller number of test takers, a consensus-scoring model—in which trained, calibrated scorers, including a scoring leader, review together each constructed response and reach consensus on its score—is used.

The total raw score for exams that include both selected-response and constructed-response sections is a weighted sum of each section's raw score.

The total number of questions indicated on your score report is typically lower than the total number of questions on the exam. Most exams that contain selected-response questions include embedded pretest questions, which are not used in calculating your score. Pretesting allows for the analysis of actual test-taker performance on proposed new questions in determining whether to include them in future versions of the exam.

A Word of Caution

Statistical adjustments for differences in difficulty make it possible to give the same interpretation to identical scores on different versions of the same exam. For example, a score of 250 on the TExES History 7–12 exam reflects approximately the same level of knowledge, regardless of which version of that exam was administered.

Similar scores on different exams, however, do not necessarily have the same meaning. A score of 250 on the TExES History 7–12 exam, for example, does not reflect the same level of knowledge as a score of 250 on the TExES Mathematics 7–12 exam.

Sample Score Reports

Select a sample score report to see the type(s) of performance information provided for that particular exam.