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Texas Educator Certification Examination Program Transition

Beginning September 1, 2018, Texas educator candidates taking the TExES, TExMaT, and TASC and TASC–ASL examinations began using this website to access preparation materials, register to test, and access their exam scores. Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) also now use this website to access materials and services for their programs, including orders for Representative Examinations.

For more information about these programs and Texas educator certification requirements, visit the TEA's certification information website opens in a new window.

What's New on September 1, 2018?

About the New Website

This website now provides all of the information candidates need to access preparation materials and to register and schedule an exam, with a new format for accessing information. The registration bulletin has been replaced by webpages covering specific topics such as policies, test center locations, and the details about each exam. Detailed information about each exam is accessible on a single webpage for that exam.

Read Getting Started on September 1, 2018 PDF to learn more about account creation, registration, and scheduling in the new Pearson system.

This website now provides all of the information you need to access preparation materials and to register and schedule an exam, with a new format for accessing information. The registration bulletin has been replaced by webpages covering specific topics such as policies, test center locations, and the details about each exam. Detailed information about each exam is accessible on a single webpage in the Exams section of this website; just select your exam from the list.

Yes, the new website for the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program is accessible across all standard web browsers, including on tablets and mobile devices.

Account Information

Yes, you will need to create a new Pearson testing account, which will require an email address as the username, setting up a security question, and a password. You will need to provide your TEA ID to link to your TEA account. Once your new Pearson account is created, any Texas educator examination testing history you may have from the present back to 2006 will be available in your Pearson account, including your prior score reports.

Your existing TEA Login (TEAL) account and TEA ID number will not change.

If you tested with ETS on or before August 31, your scores will be posted in your ETS account and will be available there through September 28. Beginning on September 1, your score reports for exams taken the last few weeks of August will also be available in your Pearson account, after the score reporting date. All testing history will be made available in your Pearson account later in September, after scores are reported.

No, your existing TEA Login (TEAL) account and TEA ID number will not change.

Support

You have access to the Customer Service Center support via phone, email, and real-time Live Chat. Customer Service is available during the following hours of operation:

  • Mon–Fri: 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Central time, excluding holidays
  • Sat: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Central time, excluding holidays

Tutorials are available to help with account creation, registration, and scheduling your exam PDF. If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Customer Service Center.

Registration and Eligibility

Much of the registration and scheduling process is the same, with a few key differences:

  • You will create a new Pearson testing account.
  • You can search for convenient test centers and test appointments before you register to test.
  • You can register for an exam and complete the payment process and then schedule your test appointment OR choose to schedule your test appointment at a later time, within 170 days of your registration date.
  • You can cancel your test appointment and change your test appointment date, time, or location with no charge, up to 48 hours before your scheduled test date.
  • If you withdraw your exam registration, you will receive a refund for your exam fee, less $25.

Tutorials are available to help with account creation, registration, and scheduling your exam PDF.

Yes, any test approvals entered in ECOS are available in the Pearson system, regardless of when they were entered in the ECOS system.

Yes, if you have not yet reached the retake limit. Candidates are limited to a total of five attempts to pass a certification exam under Texas Education Code section 21.048 opens in a new window.

  • If you tested prior to September 1, 2015. A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same exam taken before September 1, 2015, as only one attempt, is set to expire. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same exam will count toward the five-attempt testing limit regardless of when the exam was first attempted.
  • If your prior exam attempts all occurred after September 1, 2015. Each attempt counts toward the five-attempt limit.

More information about the retake rule is available on TEA's Educator Testing / Testing Announcements and Updates opens in a new window webpage.

Testing

The previous recommendation to bring 2 forms of ID is now a requirement. You must bring to the exam administration two pieces of original (no photocopies or digital ID) and valid (unexpired) identification, printed in English in the exact name in which you registered. Your identification must contain your name, a recent recognizable photograph, and your signature.

Please note: The first and last names on your ID must exactly match your name on your test registration. If your ID does not match your test registration, you will not be permitted to test, and you will not be eligible for a refund

At the test center you will be required to provide a digital signature, have your photograph taken and to provide a palm vein scan.

The time allocated for your test session has not changed. Some of the test center locations are the same, and some test center locations are new with Pearson. All exams are now administered in computer-administered testing (CAT) format.

All exams are now administered by computer. Details about each specific exam can be found in the Exams section of this website; just select your exam from the list.

Most exams are available year-round by appointment Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, with testing beginning on September 4. Certain exams are available during specific weeks offered periodically. You can review the test center location and exam dates and score-reporting dates before you register in the Exams section of this website; just select your exam from the list.

Most exams are available year-round by appointment Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, with testing beginning on September 4. Certain exams are available during specific weeks offered periodically. You can review the test center location and exam dates and score-reporting dates before you register in the Exams section of this website; just select your exam from the list.

The current Texas-owned exams will continue to be utilized by Pearson. The change of testing vendor means that the organization responsible for managing the exam administrations, the website, exam scoring, and score reporting is changing.

Yes. For details, please see TEA's Educator Testing Transition PDF document.

You can review the fees for your exam on the Exams section of this website; just select your exam from the list.

Yes, upon entering and being seated in the testing room, the test administrator will provide you with a noteboard booklet and erasable pen for making notes or calculations. You must wait to take notes until after you have completed the compliance agreement presented to you on-screen at the launch of your exam. Once you have completed the compliance agreement, you may then begin taking notes. If you take notes prior to completing the compliance agreement your notebooklet will be removed and replaced with a clear one. In addition, if you time out of the compliance agreement because you were writing in your notebooklet your exam will end, you will not be permitted to test, and you will receive no refund or credit of any kind.

The Principal (068) exam is currently being administered and will eventually be replaced by a new Principal as Instructional Leader (268) exam. You can read more about the new exam at TEA's Principal Certification Redesign webpage opens in a new window.

Yes, all exams, including Braille, are now administered on a computer.

Candidates will need to bring an approved graphing calculator if they are taking any of the following exams:

  • Mathematics 7–12
  • Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering 6–12
  • Physics/Mathematics 7–12
  • Master Mathematics Teacher 4–8
  • Master Mathematics Teacher 8–12

An on-screen scientific calculator PDF is provided with the following exams:

  • Chemistry 7–12
  • Core Subjects 4–8
  • Mathematics 4–8
  • Mathematics/Science 4–8
  • Physical Science 6–12
  • Science 7–12
  • Special Education EC–12
  • Master Mathematics Teacher EC–4

Preparation

Preparation materials for TExES, TExMaT, and TASC and TASC–ASL examinations are available in the Prepare section of this website.

Yes, these will still be okay to use, although the exam functionality described in the current materials may vary slightly from the exams administered after September 1.

The updated preparation materials for TExES, TExMaT, and TASC and TASC–ASL examinations, including computer-administered testing tutorials, are available in the Prepare section of this website.

Scoring and Reporting

If you tested prior to September 1, your score report will be available in your ETS testing account at www.texes.ets.org opens in a new window. Access to your scores administered through ETS will be available via your testing account through September 28, 2018. Please note all other services will be disabled on August 31.

Your prior testing history going back to September 1, 2006, including your score reports, is also now available to you through your account on this website.

If you have previously tested, you may access through your account on this website your testing history and results of exams taken from September 1, 2006, to the present.

Requests for score reviews for exams taken prior to July 1, 2018, must be submitted at the ETS website at www.texes.ets.org opens in a new window.

Requests for score reviews for exams taken on or after July 1, 2018, may be submitted on this website beginning September 1, 2018.

Additional Information for Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs)

Yes, Pearson has begun informational outreach to EPPs that does include contact information.

Please see the EPP section of this website for complete Texas Educator Certification Examination Program resources for EPPs.

Yes, the Representative Tests purchased prior to September 1, 2018, are still valid for the exams. The same set of Representative Examinations is also available to order from this website.

Beginning in fall 2018, EPPs will work with Pearson on Title II data collection and reporting activities via a secure web-based system. More information will continued to be distributed to EPPs after September 1.

Pearson will provide each EPP with access to a secure website called edReports. Within edReports, the ResultsAnalyzer™ tool will be available to access score results. Training on the data-access tools began the last week of August. More information about EPP access to data is available on the EPP section of this website.

You will also be able to access your program's data through the ETS Data Manager via your ETS account through September 28, 2018.